Book Review - America in Retreat

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Recently there have been a number of books published on America’s role in world events and what the world would be like absent such participation. Mark Steyn published After America in 2011. Earlier this year Dinesh D’Souza gave us America: Imagine a World Without […]

Duly Noted - Winning and Losing: The West Against Itself

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“God is on the side of the larger battalions” is credited to Napoleon. Well, he knew about winning and losing wars. His only problem: the final sequence of these occurrences. His stature makes it risky to argue with him. Nevertheless, reservations emerge. Not because his […]

On Shakespeare: King Lear, Macbeth and Obama

ldymcbthI am a man more sinned against than sinning. ~ King Lear

But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we’ll not fail. ~ Lady Macbeth

Prologue

This is part II of my essay on William Shakespeare (1564 –1616) the great English playwright, poet, and actor, […]

Duly Noted - Shame; On All Of Us

Duly Noted

The record of the last century has been assembled with mosaic pieces of horror. This explains inquiries directed at those who, as conscious contemporaries, have witnessed these wrongs. The past’s adults are faced with a question: “What were you doing? How could you allow such […]

Duly Noted - Secession, Autonomy and the State System.

Duly NotedInternational conflict prevention begins internally.

Even aloof Americans and Western Europeans are affected by “foreign affairs”. The general lack of concern is caused and supported by the impression that all troubles happen “abroad”. It is the good fortune of the American continent, and largely of Europe’s […]

Freedom of Religion is Not a Suicide Pact

My worthy colleague George Handlery recently wrote a piece on how the enemies of freedom are using our constitutional protections and similar freedoms in other nations as a leverage to take over those governments and societies. Mr. Haldlery’s analysis is correct, raising the question of when one may restrict freedoms in the name of preserving […]

On Hobbes and the Leviathan who devours men

ObmHbslvthnIt is not wisdom but authority that makes law.

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.

~ Hobbes

 

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Duly Noted - The Enemy? He is Us.

Duly NotedSly totalitarian challengers exploit our liberties that they abhor.

It is a natural inclination to endeavor to assess threats, whether immediate or only discernible to those with a vision. Such calculations are made in terms of the foe’s inclinations, and physical means. These estimates like to […]

On Machiavelli and the Ends Justify the Means to Liberal Fascism

mchvlIt is better to be feared than to be loved.

I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

~ Machiavelli

Biography

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance writer, humanist, diplomat, philosopher, historian, and politician, centered in Florence. […]

Duly Noted - Countries, Borders, Peoples.

Duly Noted

Man is a territorial animal. A consequence is mass murder that proves that pacifism, meant as an antidote for aggression, facilitates bloodshed. If land is involved, leaders and peoples tend to lose their rationality and their moral compass of decency.

Most conflicts are about claims […]

The Last Election - Book Review

Last Election About 30 years ago I encountered a book by one Joel Garreau entitled The Nine Nations of North America. Just recently I received my review copy of The Last Election by James Glenn Reynolds. Surprisingly, when I saw the cover the first thing that struck […]

On Aquinas First Principles: Ethics, Natural Law and Truth

ntrlwNatural law is nothing else but a participation of the eternal law in a rational creature.

~ Aquinas

. . . [T]he Law of Nature and of Nature’s God.

~ Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence (1776)

Biography

Aquinas, Saint Thomas(ca. 1225 – […]

Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part II

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Hitler’s Imam—the Grand Mufti reviews Bosnian Muslim SS Division (c. May 1943)

The Führer confirmed that the “struggle against a Jewish homeland in Palestine would be part of the struggle against the Jews.”

~Grand Mufti, German Newsreel, Nov. 28, 1941

This essay will conclusively chronical the historical […]

Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part I

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Hitler meeting with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Dec. 1941)

“Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.”

~Muslim Brotherhood official slogan

Prologue to Muslim […]

Worse Than We Expected?

The headline at WND proclaimed: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than I expected. The article is a stub, which links to the full piece at The Washington Times. The fact that Romney did not expect this bad an outcome speaks volumes about how many people viewed the election of the first openly anti-American person to the […]

MUST-READ COMMENTS FROM GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE … AUGUST 19, 2014

THE WORLD IS IN TURMOIL … CHRISTIANS ARE BEING CAPTURED & SLAUGHTERED EVERYWHERE … ISSIS CONTINUES ITS MARCH TO WASHINGTON D.C … AND THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO BE AOL, IN LEADING THE NATION

–FINALLY A REASONED VOICE FROM AMERICA’S USUALLY APATHETIC POLITICAL CLASS:

SO WHAT DOES GOVERNOR HUCKABEE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT […]

Ideology and Diplomacy

I can well remember back in fourth grade when I was introduced to the music of Tom Lehrer, the mathematician and musical satirist whose album This Was the Year That Was became very popular about that time. Among the songs it contained was one entitled Send the Marines, which incorrectly suggested that sending the Marines […]

TODAY'S RECOMMENDED READING

HERE’S TWO READING ‘GOLDEN OLDIES” WORTH PURCHASING FOR YOURSELF, LEFTIST FRIENDS, AND (PARTICULARLY) FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS:

“Nixon in Winter: His Final Revelations about Diplomacy, Watergate, and Life out of the Arena by Monica Crowley” …

[And a reminder, that to open any of the following blue Web links, please cut-and-paste the relevant one into your […]

On Plotinus and Immortality

plotinusNow I shall endeavor to make that which is divine in me rise up to that which is divine in the universe.

~Plotinus (last words)

I become a Christian on this date 38 years ago, August 8, 1976.

~Ellis Washington

Biography

Plotinus (c. […]

Duly Noted - Our Normalcy is Abnormal and the Self-Evident is Not Obvious

Duly NotedLiving in an advanced country brings privileges. Since we are used to them, these appear to be self-evident. Think of security and excellent health care. Add the role of laws to protect the citizen even against the state. Add to the benefits a system that, thanks […]

Roots of the Israel-Gaza Conflict

With the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza I decided to re-publish this Open Letter which I wrote during one of the previous Israel/Gaza conflicts. Nothing much changes, it seems. But hopefully this time Israel will deal with the terror-mongers once and for all.

But it seems that John Kerry has either bought into the […]

On Tacitus and the Tyranny of Monarchy

tctsThe more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.

~Tacitus

Prologue: Biography

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD […]

Islamism and Reality

I recently encountered a piece of commentary entitled Moral Equivalence, Moral Idiocy by Bruce Thornton; an excellent item explaining exactly what is going on in the “Arab-Israeli dispute.” It reminds me, in some ways of a piece written by Israeli commentator Ephraim Kishon that I read in 1968 or thereabouts, in the wake of the […]

Review of Lynne Cheney’s Book About James Madison

Lynne Cheney has written what may be the most authoritative and comprehensive book ever on the life of Founding Father and president James Madison. It […]

What Baton Do We Pass On?

ilglimgrtn3In the beginning of this nation, due to British rule, the idea of the United States was a whisper and a dream. The Puritans desire for religious and economic freedom is proclaimed in our Declaration with the terms, “… that all men are created equal, that they […]








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