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Out of This World Liberalism

Politics is secondary to culture. The late Andrew Breitbart recognized this and formulated the well-worn axiom: “Politics is downstream from culture.” Control the culture and you can control the politics. While there are problems with this formulation (entrenched political power can direct the flow of culture with the helping hand of the anarcho-tyrannical state), Breitbart was the first troubadour in the mainstream of conservatism to realize that the Right’s pitiful performance in America’s cu

Temporarily Embarrassed Patricians

On July 4, 1838, the well-esteemed congregationalist minister Hubbard Winslow gave out an oration at Old South Church attended by the municipal authorities of Boston, in commemoration of the anniversary of American independence. Having graduated from the Yale Divinity School by 1825, in 1832 he had succeeded the Rev. Lyman Beecher as Pastor of the Bowdoin Street Church in Boston. Lyman Beecher was the father of, most famously, Harriet Beecher Stowe, among 12 other children who would cement the f

More than Damore, Less than Charlottesville

What's the first thing any chess strategist will tell you?  You must hold the center.  There are precious few winning strategies that do not control the center. A similar principle holds true in politics.  To achieve the goal of a just and well-ordered society, you must have the support of central figures, populations, and institutions.  This is equally true in the most limited system of government (a Monarchy*) and the most totalizing.  Your ideas must be "the middle."  This is of course a fung

Antifa Preps for Charlottesville

Vicky fastened a faded black bandana over her crusty and matted blonde dreadlocks and looked into her bedroom mirror. Clumps of rotting wax strewn haphazardly throughout unwashed stringy hair had resulted in a somewhat serviceable facsimile of the free form Rastafarian tutorial she watched religiously on Youtube. She contorted her face and practiced her best snarl into the mirror but was betrayed by her cherubic features and unblemished skin. She needed a scar. Preferably on account of a police

Russia and Multipolarity

Many ascribe the first steps in developing a strategy for multipolarity in international relations to Russia as well. Indeed, this claim has some merit. In Moscow on April 23rd, 1997, Russia and China signed the “Joint Declaration on a Multipolar World and the Establishment of a New International Order”, and on May 15th the declaration was registered in the UN.1 The document asserted that the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China will strive to promote the development of a multipolar

The Bifurcation Point of the Liberal Jurists

As I was reading a book on an episode in Bulgarian history known in Marxist historiography as the "White Terror" (1923-25) -- in truth a rather restrained and ad hoc reaction to an attempted communist uprising in September 1923, I was struck by a reference to one of Johann Caspar Bluntschli's tomes. The book was written by law students, so evidently the legacy of this Swiss transitional figure lives on in Slavic lands. Bluntschli was the premier moderate of his times. "I'm not one of these react

American Janissaries

June 28, (or June 15, depending on your calendar preferences) is the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. In this battle, smaller Serbian and Bosnian forces took the field against the invading Ottoman Turks. Both armies were essentially wiped out, and both the Ottoman Sultan Murad and the Serbian leader Prince Lazar were killed. In keeping with Ottoman tradition, on the news of his father’s death in battle, Murad’s son Bayezid strangled his younger brother Yakub, becoming the sole heir t

Africa Will Not Save Spengler's West.

The subject of "Africa" is one that is it is almost impossible to breach without the rancid stench of sentimentality choking out the critical faculties of any potential interlocutor. A perfect case in point can be found, unsurprisingly, in one of Ross Douthat's recent columns, "The West and What Come After." Against the backdrop of Trump's speech in Poland, Douthat writes: This nationalist argument comes in racist forms, but it need not be the white nationalism that Trump’s liberal critics rea