Needed: Churchmen of Courage

By |2019-10-13T23:01:25-05:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Europe, St. John Henry Newman, Teddy Roosevelt, Virtue, Winston Churchill|

Where there are bishops of moral vigor, there will be an abundance of young men willing to take up the call of service to the Church. Where the spirit is tepid and refreshes itself on the thin broth of a domesticated and politically correct Gospel, seminaries will be vacant… To have been the proverbial [...]

War and Leadership

By |2018-12-08T16:57:50-06:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Modernity, Morality, War, Winston Churchill|Tags: |

Winston Churchill, who is the subject of Martin Gilbert’s work, comes out of it all a towering public figure—an inspiring wartime leader who never lost his confidence in the darkest hours of the war, a man of enormous vitality and energy, unsparing of himself, but who never lost an opportunity to enjoy what life [...]

The Cologne Riots & the Loss of a Moral Language

By |2016-01-28T12:21:28-06:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Europe, Immanuel Kant, Immigration, Winston Churchill, World War II|

On December 31, 2015, a mob of young Arab and North African men, perhaps as many as 1,000, assaulted, groped, harassed, and in some cases even raped European women in Cologne, Germany. It took almost a week for police to corroborate social media reports of the crime wave, and even longer for authorities to [...]

What is Civilization?

By |2015-05-28T15:03:32-05:00June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Civilization, Quotation, Winston Churchill|

“There are few words which are used more loosely than the word ‘Civilization.’ What does it mean? It means a society based upon the opinion of civilians. It means that violence, the rule of warriors and despotic chiefs, the conditions of camps and warfare, of riot and tyranny, give place to parliaments where laws [...]

Churchill’s Funeral, 50 Years On

By |2019-11-26T16:10:41-06:00January 28th, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, C.S. Lewis, Christendom, Christianity, Death, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Winston Churchill|

Who would true valour see, Let him come hither; One here will constant be, Come wind, come weather; There’s no discouragement Shall make him once relent His first avowed intent To be a pilgrim.      — Anglican hymn by John Bunyan, 1684 Fifty years ago, on the 28th of January, 1965, a hymn by [...]

Tragic Conservatism: Lessons from Poland’s Last Marshal

By |2018-09-25T15:29:18-05:00October 24th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Poland, Winston Churchill, World War II|

On December 3rd, 1945, the President of the United States awarded the Legion of Merit to Marshal Michał Rola Żymierski. Marshal Żymierski would die in 1989 as the last Pole to carry the honorific rank of Marshal. He would also die either forgotten or despised by his people. If he is remembered at all [...]

Behind the Sinking of the Lusitania

By |2014-09-10T17:52:09-05:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Pat Buchanan, War, Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson|

About how America became involved in certain wars, many conspiracy theories have been advanced—and some have been proved correct. When James K. Polk got his declaration of war as Mexico had “shed American blood upon the American soil,” Rep. Abraham Lincoln demanded to know the exact spot where it had happened. And did the [...]

Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech”

By |2020-03-04T13:13:34-06:00May 6th, 2014|Categories: Communism, Foreign Affairs, Leadership, Politics, Winston Churchill|Tags: |

Rarely has one speech created a whole new political condition. While Winston Churchill did not create the Cold War, he gave the amorphous condition plaguing relations between the free and Communist worlds a new dramatic image in his phrase about an Iron Curtain de­scending upon Europe. “We looked for peace, and there is no [...]

The Reactionary Loyalties of John Lukacs

By |2014-04-10T09:31:39-05:00April 8th, 2014|Categories: Communism, Conservatism, John Lukacs, Winston Churchill, World War II|Tags: |

In The Duel, a riveting account of Churchill’s confrontation with Hitler in the spring and summer of 1940, John Lukacs wrote that Churchill was the opponent of Hitler, the incarnation of the reaction to Hitler, the incarnation of the resistance of an old world, of old freedoms, of old standards against a man incarnating a force that [...]

Politics and War in Churchill’s Life of the Duke of Marlborough

By |2019-08-15T15:50:44-05:00March 10th, 2014|Categories: Books, Winston Churchill|Tags: , |

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough Marlborough: His Life and Times. By Winston S. Churchill. 4 vols. (London: George G. Harrap and Company, 1933-38). Not a whit less important than his deeds and speeches are his writings, above all his Marlborough—the greatest historical work written in our century, an inexhaustible mine of [...]

Most Successful Leader of the 20th Century?

By |2016-11-26T09:52:08-06:00December 7th, 2013|Categories: Leadership, Peter F. Drucker, Quotation, Winston Churchill|

The most successful leader of the 20th century was Winston Churchill. But for twelve years, from 1928 until Dunkirk in 1940, he was totally on the sidelines, almost discredited—because there was no need for a Churchill. Things were routine or, at any rate, looked routine. When the catastrophe came, thank goodness, he was available. [...]