The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary


UnMasking Lincoln, Part Two: Warfare From Hell

The greatest fact of Lincoln’s career is the war he imposed upon the nation, a conflict that changed the nature of war in the civilized world.  As one of Lincoln’s favorite generals observed, “war is hell,”  and it has been hell at least since General Sherman gave us the example of total war.


Paley, Darwin, and the Future by James Patrick


I might begin with the vernacular observation that, like all of Saint Thomas’s five ways, the argument from design seems rooted in human imagination.  At some point we wake up and look around and see that the world is wonderful.   We may be the Hebrew psalmist:  “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1), or Saint Francis, who sang of brother sun and sister moon


Unmasking Lincoln, Part I

The modern American regime under which we live has only a few heroes, most of them entirely bogus: a pair of womanizing presidents–Franklin Roosevelt and Jack Kennedy–a philandering plagiarist who betrayed his country, Martin Luther King, jr.,  and the second founder of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.


Utopia Limited: Episode 2


In this episode of Utopia Limited, Dr. Fleming discusses the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that is the namesake of the series, as well as a dystopian classic set with some of the same ideas about English government: G.K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill.


I Dreamed I Saw Paree Last Night…

The other night I had a long and tortuous Corona-inspired dream. I had finally managed to get out of Illinois and the good old USA. I was in Paris at some kind of event or function I had helped organize, but it was in a strange part of Paris that looked more like Chicago or Minneapolis. It was one of those boring “procedural” dreams where you find yourself in the wrong room and cannot seem to locate the correct floor, and when you do, your number is nowhere to be found. Miraculously, I got everything straightened out, and it was...


Wednesday’s Child: The Grand Reboot

Stalin is said to have told Lenin’s widow, Nadezhda Krupskaya, that if she kept making a nuisance of herself he would “appoint another Lenin’s widow.”  Similarly, Bashar Assad is the Kremlin’s exarch in Syria because the Russians have appointed him to this position, and if he continues to make a nuisance of himself he may be replaced with another, better Bashar Assad. 


Homer: Episode 5


In this episode of Homer, Dr. Fleming discusses the value of the Greek religion from a cultural perspective, and begins to describe the qualities of the gods.