Monthly Archives: August 2010

John Paul II: The Defeat Of Modernity & A New Birth Of Freedom

Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II had much in common.  Aron and the French left were ardent in their support of a secular humanism that had its birth in 1789, Berlin was a deracinated Jew … Continue reading

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A Critique Of Eastern Orthodoxy: Dangerous Idealisms In A Fallen World

My very first post on this blog was delivered on May 16, 2010.  I titled it “A New Beginning”.  It is posted on my home page after my bio.  It explains much of the tradition that I carry as I … Continue reading

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Rocco Buttiglione: The Work That Was John Paul The Great

It is simply not possible to speak of greatness without referring to Karol Wojtyla (pronounced Why-tee-wah), otherwise known as John Paul II.  No other person than Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of politics, social ethics and economics at the International Academy for … Continue reading

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The Wizard’s Of A Lost Federal Reserve & The Perils Of Macroeconomic Specialization

For Barney Kilgore & Robert Bartley!  Deeply missed and beloved. The recent acclaim that the Federal Reserve is out of ammunition meets public sentiment of a failed Presidency to generate a milieu that is downright UNAMERICAN!  The clarion call to … Continue reading

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The Cry Of Currency Manipulation Among The Specialists: Modern Cassandra’s To Be Ignored

Mr. Robert Pozen has eloquently written of Beijing’s autocrats maintaining unfair trade practices by artificially pegging their dollar to ours.  In so doing, our Federal Reserve is outsourcing its expertise to the Chinese along with inflation and the creation of … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu: On Teaching & The Soldiering Of Pupils

For anyone who has struggled teaching youth, take courage for Sun Tzu is your companion. Chapter 10 titled ‘Terrain’ No. 26 reveals:  “If a commander is indulgent, and unable to make your authority felt; kind hearted, but unable to enforce … Continue reading

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The Brilliance Of Sun Tzu: Leadership & Courting Defeat

Chapter 10 titled ‘Terrain’ has a brilliant small essay (No. 10) on the six ways in which men court defeat.  It was left to a brilliant commander who lived during the time of Sun Tzu who became a commentator on … Continue reading

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General David Petraeus Ph.D., Icon Of Counterinsurgency & The Ideals Of Mao Tse-tung & Sun Tzu

About fifteen years ago Nien Cheng (author of ‘Life & Death In Shanghai’) gave the commencement address at Marist College in New York.  I was unaware of her life and her relation to Mao Tse-tung, she was best friends with … Continue reading

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Geostrategic Consequences For Pakistan’s Epic Flood

Most people who live in first world countries are sheltered from consequences regarding nature, save possible hurricanes and tornadoes, which still leaves the vast majority of westerners unable to image how fragile life is outside the west.  Witnessing the latest … Continue reading

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Why Samuel Huntington’s “Clash Of Civilizations” Is Inadequate

There are two authorities on international relations whom have the temerity and fortitude to see the inadequacies of Samuel Huntington’s ‘Clash Of Civilizations’, a model developed more than a decade ago to explain world order.  Both Ms Ayann Hirsi Ali … Continue reading

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