Whence Comes the Machiavellian: A Discussion of Maritain’s Paradigms

By |2015-05-19T23:10:13-05:00March 28th, 2015|Categories: Classics, Morality, Plato|Tags: |

Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the ways of the nations, and have no fear of the signs of the heavens, even though the nations fear them. For the carvings of the nations are nonentities, wood cut from the forest, fashioned by artisans with the adze, adorned with silver and gold. With nails and [...]

Requiem for a Soldier

By |2016-08-06T15:52:49-05:00July 4th, 2014|Categories: Classics, Sophocles, War|Tags: |

And yet I seem to know this simple truth: If the bestowing of the famous armor Had rested with Achilles while he lived, To give them as a war-prize to the bravest, No rival then would have filched them from my hands; -Sophocles, Ajax The Greek playwright Sophocles once wrote the tale of a [...]

When Gentlemen Dispute: A St. John’s College Reflection

By |2014-01-16T12:59:07-05:00August 12th, 2012|Categories: St. John's College|Tags: , |

“And above all, we should remember that there is simply no point in winning the argument if we know we are wrong.” -Mortimer Adler It was 1992, and as the nation prepared to reelect the current administration or elect an incoming one, no dearth of opinions could be found in the national punditry. It [...]

When Greeks Bear Gifts: On Economy, Philosophy and Freedom

By |2014-01-26T16:07:39-05:00May 13th, 2012|Categories: Economics, Political Economy|Tags: , , |

“To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say that private men have nothing to do with their own happiness or misery; that people ought not to concern themselves whether they be naked or clothed, fed or starved, deceived or instructed, protected or destroyed.”—Marcus Cato The Elder “Didst thou [...]

The Tragedy of Democracy Without Authority: A Reflection on Maritain and Thucydides

By |2018-08-19T21:25:25-05:00April 11th, 2012|Categories: Classics, Democracy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Politics, Thucydides|Tags: , |

Scrupulous fear of the gods is the very thing which keeps the Roman Commonwealth together. To such an extraordinary height is this carried among them, both in private and public business, that nothing could exceed it. –Histories, Polybius Infirmity doth still neglect all office Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves When [...]