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A Confucian Take On History: The Book Of Documents

When beginning a study of Confucianism, the most common starting-point is the Analects of Confucius, a reasonable choice since it's the most easily available book of the Confucian canon as well as the book most that gives us the most material from Confucius himself. When reading it, though, one quickly realises that Confucius draws a great deal of his teaching from prior sources. "A transmitter and not a maker," he describes himself in Book VII, Chapter I of that work, "believing in and loving t

Herostratos Rising, or: When Boomers Attack!

At the nadir of the Trojan War, with the Achaeans demoralized and defeated and King Agamemnon suggesting sailing home, Ajax and Odysseus were sent in a final effort to recruit Achilles back into the Achaean ranks. The hero, wounded by Agamemnon, is complimented, cajoled, and exhorted by Odysseus to fight for the Greeks against Troy—and then rejects them, declaring My [immortal] mother Thetis tells me that there are two ways in which I may come to my end. If I stay here and fight, I shall lose

Augusto Del Noce and Our Crisis

The subject of modernity is a well-worn saw among traditionalists and right-wingers. Modernity is the second greatest villain in the trad panoply of baddies after only Satan himself. And not without reason. Once the periodization scheme of antiquity, medieval, and modernity—with the latter being inaugurated by the Protestant Reformation and Enlightenment—is delineated, it's fairly natural and obvious that it would be seen as the bane of traditionalists. While the broad strokes of the historical

Reckoning Day for Neapolitan Bourbonism

The 'Repubblica Partenopea' lasted only a few months from 24 January 1799 until 13 June when it was destroyed by the royalist forces of Cardinal Ruffo with the assistance of an English fleet under Nelson. Although proclaimed in the name of liberty and equality, and in the interests of the entire people, it was unique among eighteenth-century republics in having been made possible only by foreign arms against a popular army which, insofar as it had any discernible political identity, was monarchi

Childhood & Holiness

(This essay by Romanian theologian, poet, and philosopher Nichifor Crainic (1889-1972) was published on January 1st 1938 in volume XVII of his popular magazine, Gândirea, described as one of the nation's most influential cultural publications of the interwar period. For resources that were invaluable in bringing this piece to you, many thanks to Rost Online, R. Codrescu, and D. Dimo) I have often written: "Our time is the age of youth"; and I said with that too little. The new political concepts

The Caudillo Principle

In today’s America, “unity” and “togetherness” are imbued with almost divine reverence. When President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for protesting the national anthem, these players and their supporters castigated the president for his “divisive rhetoric” and for trying to dismantle America’s “unity.” Logically speaking, these complaints assume that America was a perfectly unified country before Donald Trump came along, and furthermore, such words indicate that a majority of Americans sup

The Comte de Montlosier's Swansong for the Debased Nobleman

For a long time [the seigniors] are very feeble against the intendant, utterly powerless to protect their parish. Twenty gentlemen cannot assemble and deliberate without the king’s special permission. If those of Franche-Comté happen to dine together and hear a mass once a year, it is through tolerance, and even then this harmless coterie may assemble only in the presence of the intendant: Separated from his equals, the seignior again is separated from his inferiors. The administration of a v

On Law And Justice

Deconstruction for the De-Westernization and Pluriversality Law in the crucible of history Although in the present period legal norms are developed by politicians, laws originally predated politicians or were adopted only during the formation of political associations. In ancient times, many laws were attributed either to deities or cultural heroes, often those first kings who asserted order on the territory subject to them. The founding father of historical science, Herodotus, recalls that for