Crowd Culture: Tyranny of the Herd

By |2017-07-18T15:34:08-05:00June 8th, 2011|Categories: Bernard Iddings Bell, Books|Tags: , |

Crowd Culture: An Examination of the American Way of Life by Bernard Iddings Bell. Americans watching the political upheavals in Egypt and elsewhere feel a variety of emotions, ranging from excitement about potential reform to fear of political regression. Both instincts revolve around the image of crowds in the streets—their promise and their peril. [...]

Robert Nisbet, War, and the American Republic

By |2017-06-12T16:00:33-05:00July 30th, 2010|Categories: Featured, Federalist Papers, Foreign Affairs, George W. Carey, Robert Nisbet, War|Tags: |

Winston does well in bringing Robert Nisbet’s teaching to bear upon the basic problems we confront (War, Crisis and Centralization of Power). An assigned reading in my contemporary American conservative course at Georgetown is Nisbet’s The Present Age. While this work incorporates much of his previous thought and findings, I assign it primarily because it [...]

America’s Ruling Class–And the Perils of Revolution

By |2017-06-12T15:22:37-05:00July 20th, 2010|Categories: Leadership, Politics|Tags: |

As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors’ “toxic assets” was the [...]