Remembering the 1920s

By |2015-01-20T16:16:05-05:00January 20th, 2015|Tags: , |

It is a cliché that if we do not study the past we are condemned to repeat it. Almost equally certain, however, is that if there are lessons to be learned from a historical episode, the political class will draw all the wrong ones—and often deliberately so. Far from viewing the past as a [...]

T.S. Eliot: Culture and Anarchy

By |2014-03-28T16:49:08-05:00March 30th, 2014|Tags: , |

The title of my talk today may strike some of you as curious, if not confused. One recognizes the name of the Nobel-prize-winning Anglo-American poet and critic, T.S. Eliot; one may recall also that, late in his career, he published a small book entitled Notes Toward the Definition of Culture (1948). But the phrase, [...]