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The Fatal Conceit of the West

The fatal conceit of the west is discerned when academics affiliated to the intellectual mores of German idealism begin to conceive of power relations outside of history.  Think Kissenger, Hegel or worse yet, Francis Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ charade. Let’s … Continue reading

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The Morality Of Political Realism: Fortitude For The American Imperium

What are we witnessing in the political and therefore spiritual morass that is a craven European Union, especially geopolitically and strategically?  “Idealism” is a tough sell in American Foreign Policy, but most often it has been alloyed to the social … Continue reading

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Obama: The AfPak Strategy, What Nixon & Kissenger Can Teach

If Nixon hadn’t committed political suicide in Watergate, he would have turned a very diplomatic war into a massive win given how the Tet offensive was a disaster for the North Vietnamese.   Yes, the Marxist doctrine on insurgency was … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden: The Nemesis Of History

The death of Osama bin Laden ushers in an period of relief fit for Sophocles! It should surprise no one that violent revolutionaries are unfit to govern the impact of the means by which they rule.  This tale is well … Continue reading

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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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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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Islamic Fundamentalist Terror, Revolutionary Powers: Agents Of Violent Change

Are there historical antecedents to the rise of Islamo-fascism?  What can we quarry from authors struggling to maintain an even gaze on such political violence?  How do they shape both our ability to perceive enemies and our response to such … Continue reading

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Statesman & The Gift Of Shaping The Future

Henry Kissenger once remarked that “great statesmen are distinguished less by their detailed knowledge than by their instinctive grasp of historical currents; by an ability to discern amidst the myriad of impressions that impinge on consciousness those most likely to … Continue reading

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