Tag Archives: Enlightenment

Requiem For Polish Memory: Dissident Movement & True Enlightenment

This post could never do justice to how Poland’s own dissident movement was the demonstrative embodiment of a cultural singularity unknown in any other country. Polish Exceptionalism is Solidarity! Let me explain. Poland was never really in need of either … Continue reading

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Alexis Tocqueville: How Revolutions Begin

Its clear from anyone who’s spent time studying Arnold Toynbee’s oeuvre (pronounced ‘you’ve-ray’ meaning, a body of work), that he was inspired from the work of Alexis Tocqueville, especially Tocqueville’s study of the origins of the French Revolution and its … 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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Huxley, Orwell & The Challenge Islam Faces

Electronic media decentralizes.  It permits every single individual to be a center without margins.  There is no analogue in the natural world that can challenge its scope or authority.  The problem is when we permit such innovation to eclipse the … Continue reading

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Why England Succeeded In Possessing An Enlightened Economic Model Over Other Western Monarchies

Imprimus.  Latin for ‘ideas have consequences.’ For anyone who studied at University after circa 1985, you missed the greatest education curriculum ever produced since antiquity, namely the trivium and quatrivium.  Within either the trivium or quatrivium, if you studied any … Continue reading

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A True Catholic Humanist: Gilbert Murray & The Imploding West

Gilbert Murray is not often thought of being Roman Catholic, I remain unsure of his personal affections regarding the sources of contemporary Catholicism; he remained throughout his life a very deep public man of Britain, throughly engaged in the issues … Continue reading

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The Domestic Challenge Facing The West

Just what exactly is a culture war? It’s about competing forms of authority, and how they inform and shape human freedom. Today that war is waged within the once sacred, confined domain of the family, sexual ethics, law, technology, even … Continue reading

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Karol Wojtyla: The Challenge of the Enlightenment & The Death of Kant

The vast majority of Catholics simply do not understand a very serious truth about their own faith:  it fell to the Church to take up the challenge posed by the Enlightenment, namely, the nature, authority and scope of reason.  After … Continue reading

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