“Ode to Death”

By |2018-11-11T22:47:29-05:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Gustav Holst, Memorial Day, Music, Veterans Day, War, World War I|

Editor's Note: Gustav Holst wrote his "Ode to Death" in 1918-1919 in the wake of World War I. Though he received a medical exemption from military service, Holst had composer-friends who served (Ralph Vaughan Williams) and died (George Butterworth) in the horrific combat on the Western Front. The text of "Ode to Death" sets a section [...]

The Death of Europe: Two Classic Films and the Great War

By |2018-12-13T23:45:16-05:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Europe, Film, Friendship, Mark Malvasi, Nationalism, Senior Contributors, War, Western Civilization, World War II|

So incisive and troubling did the Nazis find Jean Renoir’s indictment of war and his embrace of the shared culture of Europe, that when the Wehrmacht invaded France and occupied Paris in the spring of 1940, Renoir’s film La Grande Illusion was among the first cultural artifacts Nazi officials confiscated… The Great War was a catastrophe for Europe. [...]

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”: A Coded Message?

By |2019-02-21T12:31:31-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Film, History, Mystery, World War II|

The 39 Steps is one of five films that Alfred Hitchcock made in England about espionage in the mid-to-late 1930s. These films capture the growing threat felt in Britain from foreign powers. In their scenarios the nation's security was nowhere more threatened than by spies hiding in plain sight... The Thirty-Nine Steps. A novel. Then a film: The 39 Steps. In the end, that [...]

Syria: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

By |2018-09-18T11:01:13-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, Joseph Mussomeli, Politics, Terrorism, War|

Like his predecessors, President Trump is now convinced that staying the course militarily throughout the Middle East is our only choice, worrying that a “hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists would instantly fill." If that is the standard, we will stay forever... Despite this President’s sometimes confused perspective on international relations, his world [...]

“The Human Condition”: A Tale of the Suffering Servant

By |2018-08-24T20:58:30-05:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Film, World War II|

The Human Condition, directed by Masaki Kobayashi, is more than a mere movie. It is certainly not entertainment. It is an experience in which the viewer participates. It is not an easy movie to watch. The suffering Christ is encountered at every turn… In one of the most ambitious cinematic projects ever undertaken, Japanese [...]

“A Fanfare for Paratroopers”

By |2019-06-06T16:05:22-05:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Military, Music|

Editor's Note: During World War Two, the famed English conductor Eugene Goossens, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, commissioned various American composers to submit patriotic pieces to celebrate the Allied war effort against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Eighteen compositions (including one by Goossens himself), brief fanfares all, were submitted and were played over the [...]

War, Power, & Supremacy: A Conservative Interpretation

By |2019-03-05T14:31:53-05:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Foreign Affairs, History, War|Tags: |

At the zenith of our commitments, we were at the nadir of our precautions. —Walter Lippmann, U.S. Foreign Policy: Shield of the Republic (1943) In his wartime study of American foreign policy, Walter Lippmann remarked on the propensity of the United States government for entering into commitments that lie outside the scope of existing [...]

Tolkien at Exeter College

By |2019-04-18T12:41:41-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Education, J.R.R. Tolkien, World War I|

Though J.R.R. Tolkien arrived at Exeter College as a Classics (Great Books) scholar, he found his real passion resided in Germanic and Northern language and myth… Tolkien at Exeter College: How An Oxford Undergraduate Created Middle-earth by John Garth (66 pages, Exeter College, 2015) Never judge a book by its size. This little book is [...]

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, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, 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 [...]

The Attack on Memory

By |2018-06-21T22:06:42-05:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Andrew Lytle, Civil Society, Richard Weaver, Robert E. Lee, South|

History is the “remembered past,” remembered according to values and virtues that are the inheritance of a particular people. The story as told gives meaning to the “facts,” and the story must be told to be remembered… “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I [...]