Category Archives: Harry Jaffa

Conrad Black: Militant Positivism & The Diversity Police

Two months ago ‘The New Criterion’ published an essay explaining the lynching that was done to Conrad Black in the name of ‘diversity’.  I must admit that I remained perplexed until I read that essay, for I only remember what … Continue reading

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What Has Athens To Do With Jerusalem?

The North African Catholic Church throughout the last remaining centuries before the fall of Rome was the most fertile intellectual region before the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.  I don’t say that in a cavalier way, for the Church … Continue reading

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The Social Crisis of the Working Class

Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington remains the single most significant sociologist since the passing of Seymour Martin Lipset.  His latest is titled ‘The State of White America’.  This is a startling account of reversal of America’s … Continue reading

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The Promise Of Secular Life: Dystopic Mania For A Shapeless Freedom

Most Catholics can remember when Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) began criticizing the foundations of our capitalist ethic in admonishing the wests embrace of materialism.  He challenged us to become more by having less.  As a poet he understood the … Continue reading

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Civilizational Growth Or Decline: Technique, Expansion, Finding The Criteria For Intelligibility Of Civilizations

It remains out of vogue in our age of political correctness to speak of either growth or decline of civilizations.  But I do believe that their are criteria to discover a field of intelligibility from which to study and determine … Continue reading

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The Causes Of State Terror: 1789, Russia, Rawanda, The Vatican & American Exceptionalism

The ‘Reign of Terror’ that culminated in the French Revolution (1789), the Russian ‘Red Terror’ of Lenin and Stalin, African genocide in Rawanda, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, and legions of other rulers have embraced violence for political ends.  Where was … Continue reading

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Lawrence Kaplan

“The sleep of reason breeds monsters.”                                                                     … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin & Harry Jaffa: Evolution & Constitutional Government

The attempt, inherent in Darwinism, is to reduce man’s humanity to the outcome of a blind struggle of material forces denies, in effect, the ground in nature and reason of man’s personal and political freedom. Harry Jaffa is the foremost … Continue reading

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In Memory of Eric Voegelin: Politics In Service of Faith

“When impetuous young men are repelled by the vulgarity of democracy, Plato can point out to them that energy, pride, and will to rule can indeed establish the despotism of a spiritually corrupt elite, but not a just government; and … Continue reading

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A New Beginning

Every life begins with great promise.  How this promise grows depends on our willingness to accept the challenge of grace in all its tragedy, comedy and unique wonder. Every person knows what fearful destiny waits us; namely death.  Nevertheless, in … Continue reading

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