Fritz Wagner

Written by Fritz Wagner

Frederick (“Fritz”) J. Wagner graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962 with a B.A. in English Literature where in the Fall of 1960 he took the political science course by Eric Voegelin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1968 and worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and then entered private practice. He founded the evForum listserve in 1999; started publishing and editing VoegelinView in 2009-13; and still maintains a personal website at www.fritzwagner.com.

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Are Things Going to Get Worse?
Countless articles have appeared touching on the personality of President Barack Obama without giving a particularly satisfactory account of his actions or motives. Republican politicians speak about the President as though he were similar to previous presidents–a man who will perform the same sort of cost-benefit analysis as do professional politicians everywhere. It is suggested…


The 28th annual meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society was held, for the first time, on the campus of Louisiana State University–an appropriate venue, where Voegelin held the distinguished title of Boyd Professor for sixteen years.Society members held invigorating discussions on an array of topics, which were thematically joined around the roles of mysticism, faith, and noetic reason within political…


The example of Obamacare elsewhere in VoegelinView may be found Scott Segrest's essay, "Richard Rorty and the Core of Progressivism," which deals with the presuppositions and programs of contemporary American progressivism as exemplified in the thought of Richard Rorty. As pointed out there, coercion is a tool of the progressivist program. If ordinary people don't like what the progressives offer,…

Posterity may know we have not loosely through silence permitted things to pass away as in a dream.
– Richard Hooker
 
After the murderous events of September 11th, 2001, there was an immediate reaction in which people wanted to retaliate against Muslim Arab nations, since, after all, this was an attack worse than Pearl Harbor and therefore we needed to declare war…

Theresa Alverne Hubley Sandoz

Died peacefully on June 25, 2011, at her home in Baton Rouge after a prolonged illness.   She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.   A funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral with interment to follow in the Port Hudson National Cemetery. (Details pending through Rabenhorst Funeral Home.)
Born May 20, 1927, in Many, La.,…

For some months now, we have been linking a few of our book ads to amazon.com. We recently learned that Amazon would pay VoegelinView a referral fee for sales made as a result of visits from VoegelinView. The University of Missouri Press, which publishes most of the books we advertise, does not object to something that is likely to result…

Professor Thomas Hollweck, 68, has passed away after a long illness.
A student of Eric Voegelin in Munich, he came to the United States and made his life here as a scholar of literature, culture and politics.  He was one of the four members of the Editorial Board that oversaw publication of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin and he himself…

In October of 1992, I decided to visit my son who was then living in Oakland, California. Oakland is across the bay from San Francisco and I had never before visited this beautiful area of the United States. I thought it would be a nice opportunity to meet Paul Caringella, Eric Voegelin's personal assistant for many years, so I called…

Watching TV
You understand it was 1960 and I was a nineteen year old undergraduate. To give you the setting: Our class was held in the auditorium of the Law School building.  Standard American-Oxford-Gothic law school architecture. The classroom ran the width of the building and there were windows on both sides. In the front was a stage surmounted by a…