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Civilization

In the process of revitalizing Britain's governing principles, the American founding also unleashed the ideas of liberty and equality to an unexpected degree... A heavy overcast settled over the Huron Valley. Expecting snow at any moment, I...
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"You cannot assume your personal opinions are the truth. This is why we study history: to use the slashing blade of reason like a machete to hack through the dark jungle of false opinion until we see the light of truth"...
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Augustine passed on to us, and all posterity, prescient words of wisdom: that even in the most disconcerting and dark of times, beauty, compassion, truth, love, and happiness abound... When the Visigoths sacked Rome in 410, the...
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A democratic society requires an informed base of voters making political judgments on the basis of commonly accepted information. When reliable authorities no longer hold sway, unscrupulous authoritarians can step in to fill the void... “We have a risk of getting to a place...
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Our situation is a gift, for God will give each of us who ask for it the grace to endure the darkness, barbarism, and loss of our customary sensible and cultural signs of God’s love and presence...
City
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What we need today to re-create the beautiful city, an icon through which to see the glorious City of God, is a new Iliad, a new story that will manifest “what the many do together,” for what the many do together “rarely lacks a certain nobility, or beauty”...
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President Trump was right to defend the West, a civilization which goes back to the Homeric epic and the Hebrew prophets, and having been baptized by Christ, is “not the property of any particular race but the universal aspiration of humankind”...
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Augustine recognized that the flaws of human nature precluded perfection on earth, and he concluded that government cannot save souls by coercing virtuous conduct... Since Augustine’s death in 430 A.D., the world has changed so much that...
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Join Boris Johnson, Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, as they debate the significance of the world's most timeless civilizations: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Mr. Johnson defends the culture, art, and philosophy of Ancient...
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Wendell Berry’s poetry sings with the love of a man for his home, enticing the reader to embrace his vision of local agrarian economy as sufficient for the good life... “From knowledge of the forest comes/at...
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Star Wars is an icon of the modern idol of distraction that has become the destiny of a generation of lost souls. Modernity’s enchantment with the film is rooted in a religious hunger for transcendence—but God has been left off the modern menu... And...
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The so-called Boromir Option raises the question as to whether it is ever permissible to use evil means in pursuit of a good end... In a recent essay for the Imaginative Conservative I...
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One of the fathers of authentic American music, Scott Joplin had an enormous influence, reaching even beyond America to Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky... “It is never right to play ragtime fast.” This admonition from the...
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History remembers Hannibal and Scipio Africanus, not because they were unique in their motivations, but because they were the absolute embodiment of the citizen-State symbiosis that bound the family and State together... That which binds a people together is...