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Wednesday’s Child: Jury Box Blues (FREE TO THE UNIVERSE)

I feel I ought to persist in last week’s line of argument, because judging by one or two readers’ responses I did not make my point very clearly.  Clarity in general, as even my most ardent well wishers may have observed by now, is not my strong suit.  There are reasons for this, quite apart from innate indolence and acquired dependence on French brandy. Russia, it may be remembered, never developed a school of formal philosophy, nor did it ever boast a system of jurisprudence even remotely rivaling the continental European, to say nothing of the Anglo-Saxon.  Our insight in...

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The Pope’s Temptation

Is anyone old enough to remember when it was not quite respectable to be in the news?   Of course, the doings of the great and the wise would have to be recorded—the birth of an heir, the discovery of a planet—but, otherwise, it  was better not to be noticed by the newspapers, which have always been properly regarded as scandal sheets.  And, of all classes of men who had to avoid notoriety, the clergy were at the top, and of all the Christian clergy, the Pope was chief among those who were wise enough to stay out of the...

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Umbria: The Best Revenge, Episode 13

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Thomas and Garret Fleming, joined by Rex Scott, eat their way through Umbria. Original Air Date: December 4, 2017 Show Run Time: 39 minutes Show Guest(s): Garret Fleming Show Host(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming, Rex Scott The Best Revenge is available for Gold subscribers and higher.   The Best Revenge℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved and any duplication without explicit written permission is forbidden.

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Progress: Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Episode 8

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In this episode of Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Dr. Fleming continues on the theme of “Progress” recently discussed in 2 episodes of Christianity and Classical Culture. Dr. Fleming makes the case that, contrary to popular belief, technological and medical progress have NOT been unqualified benefits to the human race. Original Air Date: December 2, 2017 Show Run Time: 49 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Silver subscribers and higher.   Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All Rights are...

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Niki Haley–Trump’s Worst Mistake

Niki Haley is a disaster as foreign policy mouthpiece.  One might use of her what Mencken unfairly said of Bryan:  “a zany without sense or dignity.”  Of course she is a good deal more virile than South Carolina’s distinguished Senator Lindsay Graham, but that can be said of Chelsea Manning.  Butching it up for the press in difficult matters of war and peace is exactly what the United States does not need, and her recent ridiculous tirade gave the Russians one more opportunity to ridicule the cynicism–and amateurism–of the US foreign policy establishment. Serious nations do not act like North...

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The Myth of Progress, Part 2: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 18

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Continuing on the themes from the previous episode, Dr. Fleming goes on to discuss the role of a wall in a city – how does it restrict “progress”? How did Rome, Athens, Paris, and even NYC and Chicago deal with “borders”? What about monuments – and the tearing-down of them – is this “progress”? Is this simply at attack on Christianity? Part 1: The Myth of Progress, Part 1: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 17 Original Air Date: December 1, 2017 Show Run Time: 50 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Gold subscribers...

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The Myth of Progress, Part 1: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 17

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In this episode of Christianity and Classical Culture, we begin a two episode miniseries examining the Myth of Progress. Why is modern culture ugly? How is this related to progress? How is “progress” properly defined? How do we see it in art and architecture? What are some cities that demonstrate an ordered an organic growth? Original Air Date: November 30, 2017 Show Run Time: 59 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Gold subscribers and higher.   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved...

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City-States Rights, Part I A (FREE)

A version of this was presented some years ago at a meeting in Charleston, South Carolina Cities like Charleston and Siena and Edinburgh are a great deal like nations: They have their own identity celebrated in songs and stories and a peculiar slant on history.  These real cities are not merely aggregations of aliens who “dwell together, in Eliot’s phrase, “to make money from each other.”  They are enduring communities, with a common  faith and identity, that have a future only because they have a past. I have come to see that in this respect Charleston has been throughout its...

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Islam: The Real Truth About the “Religion of Peace”, Episode 4

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In this episode of Islam: The Real Truth About the “Religion of Peace”, Dr. Trifkovic continues his explication of portions of the so-called “theology” of Islam by contrast with Christian concepts of creation, scripture, tradition, sin, fallenness, predestination, angels, devils, and the afterlife. Original Air Date: November 22, 2017 Show Run Time: 32 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Srdja Trifkovic Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Islam: The Real Truth About the “Religion of Peace” is exclusive to Charter Members.   Islam: The Real Truth About the “Religion of Peace”℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All Rights are Reserved.

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Seven Things to Be Thankful for Thanksgiving 2017 (FREE)

Despite our many problems, there remain many good things occurring in America. This Thanksgiving 2017, here are seven of them: 1. Second Amendment, First Freedom. Because Americans possess more than 300 million firearms, our governments – federal, state and local – know there’s a limit to how much they can push us around. Certainly we have way too much government. But the extreme level of repression and control the “free” countries of Canada, Australia and Western Europe (except Switzerland) suffer don’t exist here. As I related earlier, the police themselves don’t want to take our guns because it’s too dangerous....