May 18, 2019

Love is the greatest good, but even love can go wrong. Perhaps everything that has ever gone wrong for human kind is love done badly. Eve and Adam wanted a delicious fruit, knowledge, all good desires by themselves. They forgot their deeper relationship with God and His wise warnings. Love degenerated to desire. As the most powerful and enduring virtue, charity is the most dangerous. Twist charity, misapply love, and what is good does evil. (Lord have mercy on me… Read more

May 17, 2019

I asked  for new voices and got some outstanding writers! Today we hear from the erudite James R. Harrington. James R. Harrington earned his M.A. in Ancient History at California State University Fulleron and is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James has been a classical educator in a variety of settings over the past thirteen years. He lives in Houston with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter. Harrington began with a series on shields in classical literature and now… Read more

May 16, 2019

Having killed millions, atheistic socialism finally found victims unwilling to die or at least able to resist the regime. As a result, in Eastern Europe and Russia, atheist socialism fell. Sadly, the brave dissidents did not “win.” Immediately, the sort of European who had agonized over “Ronald Ray-gun” went to the front of the victory parade and declared victory. Ryszard Legutko saw socialism, barbaric and brutal, fall due to the power of traditional religion, morality, and old values, then was… Read more

May 15, 2019

No idea is so good an ideologue cannot make it monstrous. An ideologue turns a good into the good and so makes an idol of an icon: a false god for a window to God. Perhaps, however, there is an ideology that can liberate humankind in our generation. Why would anyone wish to be ideological? Marx proposed we cannot help ourselves. We are all nearly blinded by ideology. Marxism proposed an “ideological man” – governed by the assumptions of the elite… Read more

May 14, 2019

Politics is everywhere. Try to think of one area where you have not run into contemporary politics in the last year. My church is liturgical, so unless the fall of Constantinople is still an issue, things have been fairly politics free, but I am better off than most people. Other areas of interest have not been so lucky: sports, literature discussions (even from Ancient Greece!), theology, have all become more political. Some political discussions are necessary in a field like… Read more

May 13, 2019

The ‘no-place,’ Utopia, of Thomas More is not and cannot be, but wishing so can fade into trying to make it so. The results are at best comically futile and at worst a motive for mass murder. One reason everyone should be conservative in our ambitions is the failure of Utopian schemes. We should seek justice, but as Mandeville suggests, not perfection. We must not, because those seeking perfection (us!) are not perfect. Like the citizens of Rapture in Bioshock,… Read more

May 12, 2019

I asked  for new voices and got some outstanding writers! Today we hear from the erudite James R. Harrington. James R. Harrington earned his M.A. in Ancient History at California State University Fulleron and is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James has been a classical educator in a variety of settings over the past thirteen years. He lives in Houston with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter. Harrington began with a series on shields in classical literature and now… Read more

May 11, 2019

The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in a Free Society is the best titled book since War and Peace if the job of a title is to sum up the contents of the book. The author Ryszard Legutko is an intellectual not prone to intellectualism or pandering to anti-intellectualism, because he suffered under socialism in Poland, resisted successfully, only to find that the Western democracies, while greatly preferable, had disturbing similarities to the old communist regime. He did not like this possibility,… Read more

May 10, 2019

Haile Selassie was a great man who ended badly. As an almost fifty-six year old who began badly, I read his life and hope to end well. How? There are lessons to be learned whether you run a non-profit, business or nation from the tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie. If you find yourself in an “empire in decline” feel free to skip my opinions about the Emperor and jump to what we can learn. On The Great Empire, the Declining… Read more

May 9, 2019

I ply with all the cunning of my art This little thing, and with consummate care I fashion it—so that when I depart, Those who come after me shall find it fair And beautiful. It must be free of flaws— Pointing no laborings of weary hands; And there must be no flouting of the laws Of beauty—as the artist understands. Through passion, yearnings infinite—yet dumb— I lift you from the depths of my own mind And gild you with my… Read more

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