Reimagining American Community
Aug
07

Hefenfelþ and Hiroshima

What is it about the threat of a nuclear explosion that most disturbs us and most discomforts us? Is it the sheer number of deaths it can cause? This would be the most obvious answer, and there is a great deal of truth in it: the thought of destruction occurring on a scale that takes
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Jul
22

The Confucian Self-institution Dialectic

"...obviously Confucius did value a government by good people much as classical Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle would have valued a philosopher-king to rule over them. But this is not an argument for liberalism, but instead an argument for virtue ethics. Calling both suppo
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Jun
26

What is Most Valuable in Russia’s Political Heritage?

Whereas, in respect to the United States, attention is directed toward shining ideals, in regards to Russia all of the attention is directed toward actions, whether real or more or less invented (and how is an ordinary person to know the difference?). It is constantly repeated that Ru
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Jun
25

Poem: Sentence Fragments

This poem by Kevin Hadduck will appear in Hymnody of the Blue Heron, to be published by WordTech Communications, Cherry Grove Imprint. Publication date April 2016.
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Jun
24

Pobedonostsev: personalist, populist, perennialist, patriot, peacenik

It would be a mistake to cast Pobedonostsev as a simple reactionary...When he attacks the institution of the press, it is not on the grounds that a free press dangerously promotes free expression. Indeed, his entire line of attack turns on his argument that the press in fact stifles f
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Jun
22

Book Review: The Philanthropic Revolution – An Alternative History of American Charity

For Beer, and for American history, charity and philanthropy are not only distinct but are even antagonistic. Philanthropy, especially in its early years, did not want to augment but to eliminate charity, which its proponents viewed as an archaic, ignorant, and in fact counterproducti
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Jun
21

Book Review: The Submerged Reality – Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics

On December 13, 1929, at the Mecca Temple in New York City, the famous philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell debated novelist John Cowper Powys on the question, “Is Marriage Modern?”. The debate ran its course and, in the concluding statement, the moderator (a positivist, and
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May
28

Re-thinking the nation-state: a re-Orientation

In certain quarters, it now seems passé to talk about nation-states, whereas in others it is starting to seem necessary and downright urgent. Global finance has made it so that practically all sectors of the manufacturing economy enjoy full mobility of capital across any and all natio
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May
26

Discipline or Discernment?

In his argument, Gobry does argue effectively that the lash is no more cruel that imprisonment, and he certainly makes a clever case that it is less so; however, I would argue that it is largely dependent upon the individual, and as such, it is difficult to deal with systemically
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May
13

On Reason and Christian Faith

It has become a cliché of modern culture to consider belief a sign of lack of sophistication and intelligence. This attitude has lately been taken to extremes by the so-called New Atheists.
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May
11

Book Review: Dataclysm – Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

There was once a time when the embarrassing (and often idiotic) things people said as teenagers evaporated into the past, sometimes for good, only to be remembered when mom digs up an old diary or yearbook from some dusty boxes in the attic. But those days are gone. The young (and old
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Apr
16

The perpendicular politics of China

Western politics is no stranger to the idea of the sexually-libertine, secularist free-market libertarian, so the Chinese ‘right’ is not something which will take many in the West by surprise. But the idea of a socialism which is also socially-conservative (in spite of the efforts of
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