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  • Can a Natural Disaster be a Symbol of Truth? The Indian Ocean Tsunami: a Voegelinian/Desmondian Meditation

    August 14, 2018

    “Now the Flood: water is the matrix of all life, but in deluge its creative indeterminacy overwhelms and swamps. Finite beings are flimsy, tossed around as flotsam. (DECEMBER 26, 2004: EARTHQUAKE BENEATH THE SEA, TSUNAMI – PARADISE ONE MOMENT, DROWNING DESOLATION THE NEXT.) Creative power is destructive power beyond…

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  • A Reading and Commentary on Michael Kirwan’s Political Theology

    August 13, 2018

    Political Theology: An Introduction. Michael Kirwan. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2009.   Breadth and suggestiveness recommend this book to us. The breadth is reflective of the map of views offered us, largely from within England and Western Europe, and to some extent North America, other than the “better known”…

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  • John Rawls' "On Religion"

    August 12, 2018

    The discovery and publication of John Rawls’s senior thesis can be compared to the impact of the early writings of Karl Marx. It was only with the appearance of the latter that readers could gain an appreciation of the humanist roots of Marxian thought that, in its mature formulation,…

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  • 34rd International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society, Boston 2018

    May 28, 2018

    34th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2018 American Political Science Association Meeting, August 30-September 2 Boston, MA   David Walsh, Meeting Director [email protected]   Dear Friends, I look forward to seeing you all in Boston, or as many of you as can make it, for our annual…

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Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair. Bonnie Honig. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
 
Public Things examines how public practices, space, and objects can form a collective identity in an age of privatization and deregulation. Although she does not define public things, Honig gives examples like public universities, prisons, national parks, roads, the military, government, electrical and power sources, libraries, and radio…

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The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution. Ganesh Sitaraman. New York: Knopf, 2017.
 
“The number one threat to American constitutional government today is the collapse of the middle class” opens The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution. According to Sitaraman, the erosion of the middle class directly threatens the assumption of the United States Constitution of relative economic equality in society. The founders…

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America, Aristotle, and the Politics of a Middle Class. Leslie G. Rubin. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2081.
 
Today the middle class in the United States is threatened, with its decline and diminishment exacerbating political conflict at home and schizophrenic policies abroad. The result is that America appears to be in trouble with political polarization, economic stagnation, and government dysfunction. For…

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Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History. Matthew Simonton. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.
 
Between tyranny and democracy there was oligarchy in the classical world. However, the rule of the few has been neglected by scholars, even when such a study, especially with today’s growing class divide, is all the more pressing. Matthew Simonton’s Classical Greek Oligarchy remedies this deficiency in our…

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Ukraine and Russian Neo-Imperialism: The Divergent Break. Ostap Kushnir. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
 
Since the end of the Cold War, Ukraine has neither transition to a European-style democracy and economy nor has it become a one-party state and planted firmly in the Russian orbit. After the Cold War Ukraine declared itself a neutral state and then in 1994 formed limited…

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The Man in the High Castle. Philip K. Dick. New York: Mariner Books, 2012.
The Man in the High Castle. TV Series created by Frank Spotnitz and adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick. 2015-present.
Submission: A Novel. Michel Houellebecq. New York: Picador, 2016.
Children of Men. A film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. 2006.
The Lives of Others. A film directed by Florian…

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The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. Katherine J. Crammer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
What is Populism? Jan-Werner Müller. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. New York: Vintage, 2005.
The Sell Out: A Novel. Paul Beatty. New York: Picador, 2016.
 
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency still remains…

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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. Charles Murray. New York: Crown Forum, 2013.
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Robert D. Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Arlie Russell Hochschild. New York: The New Press, 2016.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.…

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The End of White Christian America. Robert P. Jones. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. R. R. Reno. Washington D.C.: Regnery Faith Publishing, 2016.
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Robert D. Putnam and David Campbell. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
 
According to Robert J. Jones’ The End of White Christian America, white…

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What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Thomas Frank. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004.
Listen, Liberal; Or, Whatever Happened to the People? Thomas Frank. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2016.
Why Liberals Win (Even When They Lost Elections): How America’s Raucous, Nasty, and Mean Culture Wars Make for a More Inclusive Nation. Stephen Prothero. New York: HarperOne, 2016.
Why…

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