The Ambiguity of Stalin

By |2019-04-25T23:43:12-05:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: Books, Communism, History, Russia|

Somehow Joseph Stalin cannot be reduced merely to just another Russian autocrat or just another communist dictator. Not for him the “banality of evil.”… Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928 By Stephen Kotkin (Penguin Press, 2014) Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator By Oleg Khlevniuk, translated by Nora Seligman Favorov (Yale University Press, 2015) The [...]

The Dangers of Russophobia

By |2019-02-27T13:37:45-05:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Character, Communism, Government, Joseph Pearce, Political Philosophy, Politics, Russia, Senior Contributors|

We should not confuse or conflate Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet leaders, such as Josef Stalin. They are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese. Nowhere is this more evident than the way in which Mr. Putin has shown himself to be a great admirer of the anti-Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Special [...]

How the Myth of the ‘Robber Barons’ Began––and Why It Persists

By |2019-08-13T17:53:14-05:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Capitalism, Communism, Economic History, Economics, Free Markets|

Capitalism Worked, But We Were Told It Didn’t We study history to learn from it. If we can discover what worked and what didn’t work, we can use this knowledge wisely to create a better future. Studying the triumph of American industry, for example, is important because it is the story of how the [...]

God, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, & the Fall of the Soviet Union

By |2019-04-25T15:52:41-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Communism, History, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II, World War II|

Paul Kengor’s A Pope and a President is unusual in that it is also a theo-history, taking seriously the religious events of the 20th century. Written with academic rigor and in a brisk, readable style, it is a God’s-eye view of the hidden events of the 20th century and the actions of Ronald Reagan and [...]

Marxism: A Primer

By |2018-04-26T23:30:13-05:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Civilization, Communism, Ideology|

Unlike reality—which is infinitely and ultimately unknowable—Marxism as ideology pretends to understand the world, but, in reality, it offers only the merest shadow of true complexities… Though responsible—directly and indirectly—for the murder of nearly 150 million innocent children, women, and men in the previous century, Marxism is making a comeback in Western civilization. Not [...]

Is the Vatican Flirting With Communism?

By |2018-02-10T23:03:24-05:00February 10th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communism, Dwight Longenecker, Politics, Religion|

Vatican diplomats are on the verge of a new relationship with China, and, moreover, about to make a deal with the communist state. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Rome is capitulating to an avowed atheistic enemy of religion… Taking advice from his boss, who encouraged everyone to “go out and make [...]

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America

By |2017-09-29T12:09:37-05:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Cold War, Communism, Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, National Security, Politics, Russia|

Dear President Putin: It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness… Dear Mr. President: The below memorandum regarding Russian-American bilateral relations was drafted by my Ministry’s Department of [...]

Demolishing Myths About Communism

By |2019-05-16T12:53:11-05:00September 25th, 2015|Categories: Communism, Featured, Russia|

Robert Conquest, a historian whose landmark studies of the Stalinist purges and the Ukraine famine of the 1930s documented the horrors perpetrated by the Soviet regime against its own citizens, has died at 98, having outlived the Soviet Union—which came into being in the year of his birth, 1917—and which he helped to bring [...]

Empire & Paradox in Our Post-Modern Comedia Divina

By |2019-06-06T11:56:57-05:00June 25th, 2015|Categories: Communism, Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Politics, Russia, Stephen Masty|

Wordsworth sang* to Milton, “thou shouldst be living at this hour,” and the same goes for G. K. Chesterton, the connoisseur of paradox. Weighing nearly four-hundred pounds at the end, today he would float like a dirigible over modern foreign affairs; plucking choice paradoxes at every hand and drawing as many lessons from our globalised [...]

Political Giantism: The Threat to Democracy?

By |2019-04-02T15:08:42-05:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, Communism, Democracy, Featured, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics|

To the size of states there is a limit as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements; for none of these retain their natural power when they are too large or too small, but they either wholly lose their nature or are spoilt. – Aristotle The great Aristotle is always worthy of our deference [...]

The Evil Empire Speech

By |2019-02-28T12:11:06-05:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Communism, Democracy, Featured, Ronald Reagan|

President Ronald Reagan delivered the following address on March 8, 1983, before the National Association of Evangelicals. This was the first time President Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” In fact, he used the term “evil” eight times in the speech, and by so doing clearly and boldly characterized the Cold [...]

Why Did the Berlin Wall Fall?

By |2019-06-06T11:57:26-05:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Barbara J. Elliott, Communism, Europe, Poland, Russia|

The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain seemed to be permanent fixtures of the political landscape of Europe after 1961. But to everyone’s surprise, the Berlin Wall opened on November 9, 1989. This stunning event triggered a chain reaction throughout Eastern Europe, accelerating a process that had begun a decade earlier. Using a little [...]

Bruce Springsteen at the Berlin Wall

By |2019-06-04T13:04:40-05:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Communism, Ronald Reagan, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

In 1988, the Cold War seemed to be far from over. Though Mikhail Gorbachev had come to power in the Soviet Union three years earlier and had signed a major arms reduction treaty with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the Iron Curtain continued to divide Europe between west and east, and seemed to most observers [...]