I have been reading and thinking about liberalism for so long it would be impossible to list and thank all the scholars whose work has informed and shaped mine. HELENA ROSENBLATT, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS What does it mean to be a liberal, and how has the meaning of the word evolved over decades and even centuries? The … Continue reading The Lost History of Liberalism From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century | Helena Rosenblatt
“Educated people of varying political persuasions celebrated republicanism for its spirit, its morality, its freedom, its sense of friendship and duty, and its vision of society. Republicanism as a set of values and a form of life was much too pervasive, comprehensive, and involved with being liberal and enlightened to be seen as subversive or … Continue reading Gordon S. Wood on Republicanism and Monarchy in the Eighteenth-Century
“There have been times when “a considerable portion of enlightened minds” were taught in our schools. Such times there were in India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. But, as I remarked (…) the adept is the efflorescence of his age, and comparatively few ever appear in a single century. Earth is the battle-ground of moral no … Continue reading “I Believe in Philosophy” | Hypatia of Alexandria in Agora and History
FEDERALIST REPUBLICANISM: BENJAMIN RUSH ON FEARS OF DEMOCRACY, PARTY POLITICS, MORAL DEGRADATION AND CORRUPTION A pattern I am beginning to notice in the early American writings is a rather … rightful obsession with corruption and moral degradation of not just government, but also society (i.e., people). The founders and framers established a republican America on … Continue reading Note on Benjamin Rush and Early Federalist Republicanism: Fear of Democracy, Moral Degradation, and Corruption
MY VIEW OF AMERICAN CONSERVATISM NOW, INCLUDING EXPERIENCES WITH REPUBLICAN PARTY AND TRUMP ERA VOTERS I once defined myself as a ‘Conservative,’ because I was finding the closest description to my views as it was then. So, I do not define myself in this sense anymore. However, mostly, it has to do with Trumpism, after … Continue reading I once defined myself as a Black Conservative. Why I consider it a mistake today
“What then is the American, this new man? . . . He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds.” J. HECTOR ST. JOHN DE CRÈVEŒUR, LETTERS … Continue reading Commentary on James Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur – What Is An American: “What then is the American, this ‘New Man’”?
In regards to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, it is a great reference for understanding ‘REPUBLICANISM,’ in two different, but closely related senses. The author of the article, Frank Lovett explains that in the first sense is meant, a loose tradition or family of writers in the history of western political thought: “Machiavelli and his … Continue reading The New Americanism: Notes on the Construction of a Revolutionary Neo-Republicanism—incl. on Dugin and Eurasianism
Kyrie Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
The supreme tranquility of Plácido, when Plácido Domingo sings Recondita armonia. Romanticism never dies in us. . . But our Floria is Sophia. English What subtle harmony of different beauties!Floria, my passionate lover is a brunetteAnd you, unknown beauty,Are framed by fair hairYou have blue eyesTosca has dark eyesThe mysterious artMixes the different beauties together:But … Continue reading Recondita Armonia | Plácido Domingo
THE MESSAGES AND MUSIC IN SOUL HAD AND STILL HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES, CULTURE, AND REANIMATE THE NATION. . .
“We are the Party of Lincoln.” HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA) No, you’re not. You are false, as if entirely alien to the very name you claim. You delude the members, and disrespect the origins of the Republican Party. Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln Letter to Joshua F. Speed lays into Anti-Immigrant Nativist Party ‘Know-Nothing’
Fox News has echoed talking points from the El Paso shooter’s manifesto regarding a Hispanic “invasion” for some time. The attempt of Trump to relate the Dayton’s shooter’s left-wing sentiments to Elizabeth Warren is a cunning distraction and a deceitful comparison. “Will leaders sit back as invasion happens?” TUCKER CARLSON, COMING TO AMERICA SEGMENT Perhaps, … Continue reading Fox News and El Paso Gunman are on same Page: Fox Repeats Shooter’s Manifesto Verbatim
“Let us leave modern men to their ‘truths’ and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” JULIUS EVOLA JEAN VARENNE’S INTRODUCTION ON JULIUS EVOLA AND BUDDHISM The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts. —♦— “This reaction to the work … Continue reading Jean Varenne on the Reactions to Julius Evola on Buddhism || From ‘Introduction’ to The Doctrine of Awakening