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Lithuania. Why? by James Patrick

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At present Lithuania is a tiny Baltic country wedged between Latvia and a small Russian enclave on the Baltic and Poland, with Belorussia on the southeast. There are 2.8 million Lithuanians plus another 200,000 Lithuanian-speakers outside the country, a population about the size of Dallas if the suburbs are included. The 1921 encyclopedia says, “Their language is said to be more closely related to the ancient Sanskrit than any other European tongue of dialect. They are at least partly Slavic and they bear close affinity to the Wends of Prussia, the Letts of Livonia, and the Cours of Courland. The...

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The Seven: Some Possibly Relevant Background

The period of the Persian Wars and the aftermath were a period of intense political activity at Athens. In one generation, Athenians had expelled the tyrants, completely reorganized their commonwealth, and beaten back two Persian invasions. Such success was bound to inspire confidence in the Athenian commonwealth, a confidence that would lead first to to the  hybris of the Athenian Empire and then to the ruin Athens suffered in the war with Sparta and her allies.

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Up From Unionism by Jerry Salyer

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The moment I learned of the existence of Catholic Confederates:  Faith and Duty in the Civil War South, I set about acquiring my own copy.  For the book in question deals with an important and fascinating subject which has been mostly “memory-holed” by Catholic pop media  which is more interested in celebrating the ostensibly “Catholic” side of Mohatmas Ghandi than in recalling those of our forebears who stood on “the wrong side of history.” 

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Down With Seuss!

Ted Geisel/Dr. Seuss ia finding what he would have wrongly supposed to be unlikely “conservative” allies, who either defend him on the grounds that the enemy of my enemies is my friend–what we might call the Stalin Complex–

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Deep Thought For the Day

At breakfast here on Sullivan’s Island, my wife commented: “I guess we missed to really big events last night. The Golden Globe Awards and Trump’s CPAC speech.” I feel just awful about it

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With Fire and Sword, IV: The Political Dimension

Sienkiewicz has set  his narrative in the most troubled period of Polish history. This is not one of the historical subjects I know at all well and will content myself with a brief comment that will probably do as much to distort as to clarify the context. From today’s perspective, Poles frequently comment on the tragedy of their nation, caught between two ruthless imperial peoples, German and Russian.  One might add, that the Swedes to the North were also a threat.  That is a valid way of looking at the situation, but there is another:  Poland was in a good...

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The Regime Cracks Down

I posted this squib on FB  in answer to a discussion of the origin of America’s ongoing ideological crackdown via the media.

Every political regime (or tribal society) known to me imposes, whether consciously or not, its way of thinking on the populace.

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With Fire and Sword III: More on Men

Let us first and briefly consider several character portrayals before going on in the next stage to speak of the political dimensions.  I’ll pass over our young hero, who is a somewhat more violent version than Scott’s most heroic characters and look at the variety of tough men portrayed:  Chelmnitski, Bogun, Tugai Bey the Tartar chief, Zagloba and the Prince. Chelmnitsk is the pivot of the action.  He is the soul of the rebellion and the personification of the Ukrainian Cossacks.  The wrong he has suffered from the Polish elite–whose leaders he understands very well–have given him, at least in...