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Irving Kristol, Isaiah Berlin, Norman Podhoretz: Marxian Shylocks & The Political Incubus Of Failure

The cherished yet divided life of diasporic Jews in America exemplified in Kissenger, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Irving Kristol, Isaiah Berlin, Norman Podhoretz, Einstein and hosts of other brilliant minds relieved from the tyranny of Fascism in Europe was on full … Continue reading

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Nobility of Spirit

In 1945 the German novelist Thomas Mann gave the title ‘Nobility of Spirit’ to a book encompassing a series of essays in which he reflected on the crisis of humanity and the qualities required for spiritual renewal.  Both Julien Benda’s … Continue reading

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Modern vs. Post Modern: Helpful Hints

The extravagant display of hubris by literary studies throughout the West since the mid 1970’s is waning.  Michel Foucault, Jacque Derrida and the host of other manic modernists have left a canon of criticism whose edge is blunted by the … Continue reading

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David Hume: Liberty

“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.  Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand … Continue reading

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Orwell & John Stewart Mill: Limitations Of Pacifism

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and spiritual feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is … Continue reading

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The Opium of Intellectuals

Their are sources of required reading for those guilty of having given themselves over to murderous passionate ideologies only later to live with poisoned conscience.  Julien Benda’s “The Treason of Clerics” and Raymond Aron’s 1955 masterpiece “The Opium of Intellectuals” … Continue reading

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Benny Avni: Oriana Fallachi In Drag

One simply cannot find a better informed source on the Middle East and its intractable political, religious pathologies and their geo-political consequences than Benny Avni.  His sources remain personal contacts of intelligence agency personnel throughout the globe.  Yesterday he revealed … Continue reading

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Natural Law, The Constitution & Radical Plurality

The U.S. Constitution was established to secure the rights declared in the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration is really a declared anthropology grounded in Natural Law.  However, Madison was aware of the Aristotelian injunction toward Democracy when he wrote “democracy … 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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