Category Archives: Identity Development

Apaiser: Peace or Imminent U.S. Defeat, The Parisian Afghani’s & Power Blocks

About 40 miles north of Paris is the lovely town of Chantilly, a town known for horse training.  This luxury town is now witnessing the imminent defeat of America throughout the AfPak region.  How is this so?  America has a … Continue reading

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Unearned Income & Happiness

Some years ago I picked up a book that chronicled the lives of lottery winners.  Most ended badly.  Very few didn’t end up either alcoholic or destroyed.  Most just spent their way into oblivion.  Arthur C. Brooks, the President of … Continue reading

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How Western Civilization Triumphed Over Every Civilization

Teaching Aristotle or Plato is often hard if not downright difficult, especially when you try to cover the “epoch” between his time and ours.  I mean something very specific. What underwrites Western Civilization is a Judeo-Christian ethic.  Prior to this … Continue reading

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El Narco: Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Last summer we heard how Mexico was already a failed State.  All the data not withstanding, Mexico was fighting an insurgency, fueled by the twin enormities of a dominant illicit drug trade and inept political institutions. But we miss something … Continue reading

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Castlereagh: The Irish Brit

The daunting challenge for politicos is reconciling realism to morality.  Without ‘Natural Rights’ doctrine, this cannot be done!  All the more difficult when your Lord Casterleagh, the man responsible for the creation of Presbyterian ‘Orangemen’ that ran the ‘Troubles’ in … Continue reading

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Structural Unemployment: The New Reality

Other than George Orwell, I can only think of two men who engagingly wrote about the social impact of superior technology on permanent unemployment:  Milton Friedman & Peter Drucker.  Dr. Drucker is a far more sophisticaed realist than the arcane … Continue reading

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Identity & Personhood In Ancient Rome: The Specificity Of Christian Ethics vs. The Eros Of Selfish Property

This blog has dealt sufficiently with the concept of ‘The Specificity of Christian Ethics’ at great length, it cannot be ignored how secular life itself is a perversion of Christianity.  This insight will move into greater relief as the West … Continue reading

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James Joyce: The Irish Modernist

Only someone with a classical education can understand what motivated James Joyce, for the modernist within him resisted any neat clarification.  Perhaps Samuel Becket alone was capable of residing in a world inhabited by Joyce.  How else to say it: … Continue reading

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How The Secular World Began

Just as contemporary historians and philosophers are finally beginning to ride astride the findings of Catholic theologians on distinguishing variable modes of the Enlightenment (Hans Urs von Balthasar, John Courtney Murray, Henri De Lubac and Gertrud Himmelfard) all come to … Continue reading

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American Colossus

“Gentleman, you have undertaken to cheat me.  I won’t sue you for the law takes too long.  I will ruin you.”   Cornelius Vanderbilt 1890. When Vanderbilt left America for business in South America, his business partners began exploiting his … Continue reading

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