In Defense of Daniel Bell

By |2015-05-28T09:47:09-05:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Character|Tags: |

Dr. Bradley J. Birzer’s recent essay about the late Daniel Bell is faulty. Professor Bell was one of the most gifted and independent-minded scholars of the last century. Although he was more a man of the left than a conservative, he was a valuable ally to conservative traditionalists. Dr. Birzer’s piece describes the late Professor [...]

Barry Cooper: Political Philosophy and Empiricism

By |2014-02-10T17:09:16-06:00November 1st, 2013|Categories: Political Philosophy, Politics|Tags: , |

Barry Cooper Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, is a festschrift to Barry Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary. The themes of hunting and weaving are ones illuminated in Cooper’s own career as he brings together political philosophy and empiricism in [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar and Global Theatre

By |2016-02-12T15:28:20-06:00August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Film, Hans Urs von Balthasar|Tags: |

Hans Urs von Balthasar You might think your own point of view is the best way to tell your life story. But what about other people? Don’t they have a perspective that also helps tell the full story? The Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar famously came up with an amazing analogy to think about [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Stanley Rosen

By |2017-06-05T12:05:06-05:00June 8th, 2013|Categories: Ideology|Tags: , |

Stanley Rosen In the past couple of essays, I have looked at Leo Strauss and Harvey Mansfield as teachers in a climate of positivism, relativism, and academic mediocrity. In this essay, I will explore Stanley Rosen, as described by Nalin Ranasinghe in Teaching in an Age of Ideology. What we will discover is [...]

An Exemplary Study of Nietzsche & His Political Thought

By |2014-05-29T17:33:51-05:00February 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communism, Friedrich Nietzsche, Lee Cheek, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

A Review of William H. F. Altman’s Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: The Philosopher of the Second Reich (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013). In this imaginative and refined commentary on Nietzsche’s political thought, Altman provides an incisive critique of the achievement of Nietzsche, as well as his limitations. The work is the third volume of a trilogy on German [...]

Literary Imagination

By |2018-12-12T16:24:34-06:00December 17th, 2012|Categories: Andrew Seeley, Books, Conservatism, Film, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|Tags: |

William Lee Miller’s complementary books, Lincoln’s Virtues and The President: The Duty of a Statesman, are a rare combination of historical investigation and moral reflection presented in comfortable prose filled with real world insight. The Publisher’s Review excerpt from the Amazon site is right on: Margaret Whalen Turner’s Attolia series makes a great gift for those who know nothing can [...]

On the 12th Day of Christmas, Give Your True Love… a Gun!

By |2021-01-05T21:13:46-06:00December 8th, 2012|Categories: 2nd Amendment, Christmas, Constitution, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Willson|Tags: , |

The historian Michael Bellesiles tried to usher in the new millennium by claiming that guns were scarce in colonial America and even beyond. The problem was, it was quite easy to show that his research was flawed and his conclusions nonsensical. It wasn’t the first time that a historian with an agenda was found out, [...]

A Marriage of Personal Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism

By |2014-12-30T16:55:37-06:00November 20th, 2012|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Civil Society, Conservatism, Natural Law, Neoconservatism, Social Order|Tags: , |

Over on the First Things blog, Robert George has blessed us, yet again, with the conventional and convenient wisdom of (Catholic) neoconservatism. The post, titled “No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism,” is a sustained argument for just how convenient this marriage of utility and principle really is, and why [...]

Mission Impossible

By |2014-01-03T16:37:36-06:00October 8th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Poetry, Politics, Stephen Masty|Tags: |

(Visitor: “What should be our national mission?”) A mission for Amurika! That’s surely what we need! A moral cause to save the world, a banner and a screed, So thousands of Amurikans, in every foreign land, Exacerbate the problems that we never understand. […]

Falling into Feudalism

By |2014-02-18T14:29:49-06:00September 4th, 2012|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Understandably, these days there is a great deal of political analysis swirling around. This morning, I read Pat Buchanan’s article, “Obama’s America – And Ours.” I was struck by this statement: From Jamestown in 1607 to Yorktown in 1781, there was no federal government. There was no United States. Yet generations of colonists had built forts, cleared [...]

Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra

By |2014-02-20T11:27:59-06:00August 20th, 2012|Categories: Books, Film|Tags: |

Wind. All he could hear was wind. The voice of Max and the others vanished in the gale of his waking nightmare. It was dark, the kind of perfect darkness modern people rarely know and so find disorienting. And then he saw a circle, spinning like the outside rim of a wagon wheel and the [...]

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