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The State They Want

It is common enough in conservative American dialogue to critique the sorry state of the modern university. Fair enough. People, both on the left and right, have been bemoaning the sorry state of public higher education in America since the 1980s. Back then, liberal Allan Bloom penned The Closing of the American Mind in order to rage against the collapse of Western civilization and the Greco-Roman classics in the American university system. Bloom got tagged as an “elitist” for his thought crime,

There is No End

Go catch an SJW or a neo-Marxist academic type. Do not use violence, but you do need to fully corner them for this one. Once you have this hypothetical lefty contained, ask them this simple question: what is the end goal? What, pinko, is supposed to be the final form of your ideology? If you hang around these types enough (and I do), you realize very quickly that they fall into two camps: 1) those who operate purely on emotion, and therefore know very well what they are against but are less cer

How to Read the Iliad

“The classics have more and more become a baton exclusively for the cudgelling of schoolboys, and less and less a diversion for the mature.” Ezra Pound’s observation, from a 1921 essay on translations of Homer, may have been true at the time but has, in the following decades, become somewhat optimistic. Often, schoolboys aren’t really taught the classics at all, but insofar as they are, “cudgelling” is still about right. I can’t completely blame those reluctant to read old books, since the very

Lally-Tollendal's Defense of the Royalist Emigres

The problems of dealing with migrants, refugees and settlers are an area that empires have had a decisive advantage in, historically. States founded on civic equality, constitutional rights and unitary territorial integrity do not have the mechanisms of personal control, the corpus domini (body of the lord) as opposed to corpus civitatis (civic body) style of governing in a patrimonial and seignorial fashion. As such, they suffer terribly when dealing with exceptional disasters like refugee cris

Slouching Towards Fascism?

They’re at it again. This time the target is Italy, the homeland of the dread “F word.” The award for most outrageous headline may go to Quartz, which called the recent elections in Italy the endgame of Steve Bannon’s “‘ultimate dream.’” Why, you may ask? Because, like in 2016, the populists won the day. Some history is needed first. Like other Mediterranean nations in Europe, Italy has long been considered something of an albatross around the necks of German, British, and Scandinavian taxpayer

Vaublanc's Specula Principum for the Modern Age

The "specula principum," or "mirrors for princes," was a longstanding genre in European literature starting from at least the Carolingian period in the early 9th century, with the most notable examples from that time probably being Sedulius Scottius and Hincmar of Reims. Such books of instruction and advice, dedicated to personal rulers as opposed to institutions, covered various subjects from exhortations to virtue and piety, household and fiscal management, selection of ministers, ecclesiastic

In "The Student," The Russian Film Industry Admits What It Fears Most

I want to like the Russian film industry, I really do. Often they have the goods: talented direction, great cinematography, and music, even decent acting. But the "artsy Russian film" has one key problem: over there, the good guys are winning the culture war. That means the only way to be counter-cultural and edgy in Russia is to join the Pussy Riot faction and make movies that critique tradition, religion, and morals. The Student (2016), a recent prizewinning art-house film directed by Kirill

Zero Day For South Africa

Until this week, “zero day” or Day Zero in South Africa denoted the day when Cape Town, the second largest metropolitan area in the country, would run out of water. That particular day is now projected for November. At that point, all of the rationing in the world will not help the thirsty, hot, and stinky residents of the Cape of Good Hope. All commentators agree that Cape Town’s troubles are solely due to malfeasance on the part of the South African government. South Africa is one of the most