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Wednesday’s Child: A Gnostic Mixology (FREE)

It must be the time of year.  Friends and acquaintances keep sending me novels, asking for my opinion as if I were a cocktail taster in a bar with a pernickety and occasionally abusive clientele – a gay one, presumably.  Last week I nearly died after taking a swig of mendacious absurdity.  This week’s concoction is very different. The brew that has been set before me has as its base a Gnostic cosmogony.  And, since its style is tongue-in-cheek urbane, colloquial and hip, there is in the mix an equal amount of Hollywood brooding on the meaninglessness of life, as...

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The Religion of Peace is Busting Out All Over

American bigots are always complaining about Islamic violence.  They apparently are incapable of listening to the reasonable and fact-based arguments put forth by their democratically elected monarchs.  George Bush explained to us that Islam was a “religion of peace,” and his successor gave us the  valuable lesson in American history that Muslims had been with us from the beginning.  Of course they were, doesn’t anyone remember the Terrorists who went by the name of Barbary Pirates? For all these reasons and many more, American bigots should beware of drawing conclusions from the recent attack in Manchester, England, that left 22...

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Albanian Chauvinism Is Looking for Trouble in the Balkans  (FREE)

Albanian chauvinism is looking for trouble in the Balkans.  And in the Balkans, hardcore nationalism is still the guiding force behind all socio-political developments. That’s evident in Skopje, in Kosovo, in Albania, in Serbia, in Montenegro, in Bosnia, in Croatia and in Slovenia.  In the case of the last two, the ban on the concert in Maribor (Slovenia) of Croat nationalist singer Marko Perković  triggered a new row between Zagreb and Ljubljana. This is not, however, the first time that a concert of the controversial artist is banned. But that was the least serious of the troubles that recently erupted...

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Filmer’s Patriarcha, Conclusion

Filmer’s Patriarcha, Conclusion Most of the most important topics that Filmer takes up have been covered, but there are a few points in the latter parts of the work that are worth pointing out and possibly talking about.  Let me list them briefly. 1) In his discussion of John Selden (VIII), Filmer cleverly notes the discrepancy in the arguments of those who flatly rejection the idea  that sovereign power can be traced to Adam but eagerly embrace the notion that property rights derive from the first man.  I didnt’ know there were already libertarians in the 17th century.  In his...

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In the Midst of Death We Are in Life

This brief but moving essay came in originally as a comment on my most recent contribution to Properties of Blood.   Each year, one on the second Saturday in May and again on the second Saturday in October, we – the genos and the phratry to use the words presented by Dr. Fleming – of the Maddens, the Jones and the Garrets hold a grave yard workin’. Up through the 60’s, we really worked; we cleaned the cemetery twice a year; now, old, living far away and disjointed, we pay to have it done monthly; yet, we still gather at...

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Trump ‘s Enemies on Right and Left–A Plague on Both their Houses

The Trumpster is in trouble again. In this week’s tempest in a teapot, he is:  A) Derided for apparently  backing off on the promise to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem—Mark Levin is livid, and I can’t imagine why!  B)  Accused of sharing information with the Russians on how to fight ISIS—the news room of the Washington Post is said to have cheered the report.  C) Deserted by the professionally  dumb blond of the conservative press, Ann Coulter. In reverse order:  If you have ever cared about what Ms Coulter—a perpetual adolescent who will not act or dress her...

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Season 1, Foreign Affairs, Episode 4: May 2017 (Free)

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In this episode of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Srdja Trifkovic comments on the referendum in Turkey, the French election, and the state of the British Government, all within the context of 11 months on since Brexit caused the first major shock to “politics as usual.” This episode is free to the public. Show Sponsor: Members Who Support Our Work Original Air Date: May 12, 2017 Show Run Time: 45 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Srdja Trifkovic Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Podcast Player – Click the Cloud to Download Episode   The Fleming Foundation Presents Foreign Affairs℗ is a Production of the Fleming...

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Still Time to Join the Counter-Revolution

Revolution & Resistance Dear Friend and Fellow-Reader: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark was inspired by the outbreak of World War I, the European civil war that was the beginning of the end of our civilization.  Now that we are closer to the end than to the beginning of our descent into the abyss, it is more vitally important than ever to understand what has happened, or rather, what we have done to ourselves.At our first Summer School, we studied the greatest external threat...

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Filmer’s Patriarcha, IV-VII (FREE)

Filmer is typically accused of tracing the legitimacy of Charles I, back, in an unbroken line, to Adam.  What he actually argues is something different.  In the first place, he points out that, at least in principle,  there is always an heir, even if that heir is unknown.  If Adam were still alive and died today, there would be an heir, though no one would be able to discover who it was.  On the strength of the Old Testament, he assumes that the principle of primogeniture is universal, when it is not.  The privilege given first-born sons is a natural tendency,...

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The New Index: Deleting the Great Books of the Anti-Western World

Most people are acquainted with published series and curriculum lists of  “great books,” such as the Great Books of the Western World, the Harvard Five Foot Shelf, the reading lists of “great books” colleges, and the contributions to curriculum reform made by the latterday president of the Wizard of Oz University, the Great and Terrible Bill Bennett. Most of the writers on most of the lists are either deserving of careful study, such as Homer and Sophocles, Vergil and Cicero, Dante and Shakespeare, or at least harmlessly pleasant pieces of fictions (Little Dorritt) or merely tedious scientific and mathematical works (Ptolemy,...