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Good Riddance Castro: How Cuban Church-State Relations Needs Tocqueville

It shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the nature and origins of political regimes to acknowledge Latin America’s susceptibility to the corrosive social, political effects of republicanism.  Ideas matter, but functioning institutions matter more.  The Caribbean, Central and South American regimes … Continue reading

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Spinoza, Kant, Solomon Maimon & Jewish Secularization In 18th Century Europe

‘The Road to Modernity’ by Gertrud Himmelfarb, the wife of Irving Kristol and mother of Fox News contributor and founder/editor of Washington’s ‘The Weekly Standard’ William Kristol is the most significant public contribution to any understanding of the European Enlightenment … Continue reading

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John Paul II: The Defeat Of Modernity & A New Birth Of Freedom

Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II had much in common.  Aron and the French left were ardent in their support of a secular humanism that had its birth in 1789, Berlin was a deracinated Jew … Continue reading

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Fascist Islam: History & Prospects

Although Malise Ruthven is credited with coining the term ‘Islamofascism’ while writing for the British Independent in 1990, the term was coined by Maxine Rodinson.  Nevertheless, we have throughout the west a vast intellectual reserve providing antecedents for us to … 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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