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  • The Burkean Tradition of Strauss and Voegelin

    June 21, 2018

    Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin were scholars in the field of political philosophy, yet they did not have an explicit political teaching. They studied the great political philosophers of the past in order to learn lessons that might become living truths for us today. But Strauss and Voegelin did…

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  • The Restoration of Tradition

    June 20, 2018

    The position this essay will attempt to illustrate, if not demonstrate, is that once lost or weakened the tradition of a society can be restored only by a creative and even radical reconstruction of the tradition itself. The problem to which we address our­selves is as complex as it…

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  • Eric Voegelin: Meditation as Antidote to Gnosticism

    June 19, 2018

    “The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrifice God to civilization. The more fervently all…

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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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Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards. Sara MacDonald and Barry Craig.  Lexington Books, 2017.
 
David Adams Richards is a Canadian novelist and member of the Canadian Senate (nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and appointed in 2017).  Born in 1950 in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards is the celebrated author of sixteen novels as well as numerous poems,…

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In his Inaugural Address, President Trump intoned that “we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” He praised the “just and reasonable demands of a righteous people and a righteous public.”
The Trump rhetoric evoked a…

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What the German-American philosopher Eric Voegelin has called "the Drama of Humanity" is manifestly not over: if it was then who would be discussing it anyway? That might seem an obvious enough retort; nevertheless, in his novel The Road Cormac McCarthy takes us almost to the final scene of that drama. In the remorselessly bleak landscape of  what he has…

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Two worlds touch here.[1]
He said that the boy should find that place where acts
of God and those of man are of a piece.[2]
 
Through the end of the 1960’s teams still played baseball on the ellipse behind the White House.  Almost every weekday evening one could find an Industrial League or American Legion game to watch.  It was in some…

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Making Sense of the Alt-Right.  George Hawley.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.
 
In a 1969 interview with Playboy magazine, the Canadian philosopher of media Marshall McLuhan offered some piercing observations on the “television-conditioned young” who search for an identity in a fractious world.  “From Tokyo to Paris to Columbia, youth mindlessly acts out its identity quest in the theater of…

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A. James McAdams

Vanguard of the Revolution: The Global Idea of the Communist Party. A. James McAdams. Princeton University Press, 2017.
 
James McAdams has provided a compendious but readable account of communist parties from 1848 until now when he claims communist parties have died or withered away. McAdams, in my opinion rightly, does not consider the dynastic authoritarianism of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and…

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March 1917: The Red Wheel. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017.
 
Historians like Eric Hobsbawn had argued that the Russian Revolution was the seminal event of the twentieth century: “for “a mere thirty to forty years after Lenin’s arrival at the Finland Station in Petrograd, one third of humanity found itself living under regimes directly derived from…

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March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2017.
 
The Bolshevik coup d’état of October 25 (November 7 according to the Western calendar), 1917, is known the whole world over as the Russian Revolution. It is nearly universally considered to be either a liberating event or a catastrophic one, but one…

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“Personally, I require a ceiling, although a high one. Yes, I like ceilings, and the high better than the low. In literature I think there are low-ceiling masterpieces—Crime and Punishment, for instance—and high-ceiling masterpieces, Remembrance of Things Past.” 
—Artur Sammler, in Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1969), 151.
 
No one doubts that Crime and Punishment has a prominent place in the pantheon…

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Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Jessica Hooten Wilson. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2017.
 
Giving the Devil His Due is a book that grew out of Professor Wilson’s dissertation written under the guidance of the O’Connor scholar, Ralph Wood, at Baylor University.
It is clearly a wonderful idea to put O’Connor and…

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