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 "It was with great pride that Leon Gruca proclaimed that morning to Martyniak that following a long night of reflection, he had decided that the two of them would go and sign a loan for twenty...
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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. William Butler Yeats, Second Coming Jenny Teichman, a Cambridge philosophy professor, in her new book, The Philosophy of War and Peace, takes upon herself the challenging task...
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There are many books on my shelves that haunt me with a sense of guilt every time they catch my eye. They are my sins of omission, those worthy tomes that deserve my attention and which...
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“The Greek Sophists argued that the law and religion were deceptions devised by the Strong and the Wise. Contrary to the Sophists, I am of the opinion that the Strong and the Wise are not cleverly...
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Toward the end of the twentieth century, closing two thousand years of history since the time of the Incarnate Christ (or close enough), millennium fever struck the western world hard. A fist across the face and a punch...

I had remarked during my stay in the United States, that a democratic state of society, similar to that of the Americans, might offer singular facilities for the establishment of despotism; and I perceived, upon my return to...
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Do you ever wonder about Santa’s elves? In the German folkloric tradition, Jacob Grimm tells us that the elves accompanying the kindly gift-giver were there to threaten, beat, or kidnap naughty children. These creatures were associated with...
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So I know it is seasonal and traditional to tell our readers what to buy their loved and liked ones for Christmas. The problem with coming up with such a list is that I might disappoint...
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The great Southern novelist Walker Percy called singer-writer Bruce Springsteen his "favorite American philosopher." Raised in a blue-collar household in central New Jersey, Mr. Springsteen was not exposed to literature by his parents and attended a junior college only...
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Did Bilbo Baggins steal the One Ring from Gollum? Tolkien geeks debate the issue to this day. The more interesting question: Did author J.R.R. Tolkien steal the ring from Richard Wagner? In our chapter on the ring...
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When The Imaginative Conservative asked ISI for Christmas gift suggestions, we were delighted to oblige. As Thomas Sowell has written, books make great Christmas presents. With a book you are “giving the gift of wisdom,” and...
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I was late coming to Dante. Never read him in high school or college, and after my formal education ended with my bachelor’s degree, why on earth would I have bothered? As a professional journalist, I read voraciously,...
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Until you can tell Junior, “I’m not your friend, I’m your father,” you’ll always be a lightweight. Now, some guys like to keep it that way; they like to keep it light. It keeps them from having to...
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One of the typical phenomena of the twentieth century is the event of spiritually energetic people breaking out of the dominant intellectual group in order to find the reality that has been lost.–Eric Voeglin In the introduction to...