The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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The Authoritarian Personality–The Next Generations

Sometime in the 1960’s a young German-American named Fritz Rechtschaffen is having a beer with his father, a prosperous owner of several appliance stores and a staunch Republican.  Pretending to take an interest in the boring old businessman, Fritz junior asks: “So, dad.  So like what did you do during the war?” Fritz senior, bringing the glass to his lips, pauses with the glass in midair and looks uncharacteristically pensive.  After a  half minute of embarrassing silence, the father takes a swallow of beer. “You know, son.  We spent the war years back in Germany.  It would have been hard...

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Ben Jonson, Part I

This is a revised and improved version of a talk I gave at a Summer School on Elizabethan/Jacobean England.     In the north aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey there is a tomb of a man buried vertically with the inscription, “O Rare Ben Johnson.” [sic]  The inscription was made at the request of a casual visitor who happened to be walking by. The misspelling is believed to be the work of those who replaced the original at some point.  The unusual positioning is explained by an anecdote.  Jonson was being chaffed, so the story goes, by the...

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SPECIAL GUESTS AT SUMMER SEMINAR

Time is running out, but there is still time to sign up for our special program on the roots of the revolutionary tradition.    In addition to the lecturers we have already announced we hope to have two old friends with us:  Christopher Check, my former second-in-command, who will be speaking on the Mexican Revolution and the persecution of Christians, and Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, who will share his thoughts on recent developments in Russia.  If you are still hesitating, about coming, then read the letter below one more time.   Dear Friend and Fellow-Reader: “The lamps are going out all...

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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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Forty Years in the Wilderness by Clyde Wilson

The Day-Spring from on High By the Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett Maitland FL:  Exulon Elite 711 pp.,  $32.99 Many  Christians  long admired the American Episcopal Church, even those without its bonds.  The Anglican faith was orthodox  but with a certain amount of gentlemanly tolerance;  it shared friendly borders with Catholics, Protestants, and  Orthodox, an ecumenical miracle;  it could embrace to a degree the catholic, the evangelical, and the charismatic, and perhaps tame them a little;  its language and music were wonders;  it was associated with many of the greatest achievements and leaders of the English-speaking world;  it gave us...

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Season 1, Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Episode 3: The New Age

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In this episode of Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, we deal with the issue of the New Age not just as a silly sideshow, but as a dangerous trap. Dr. Fleming starts by discussing the Renaissance and its two-pronged movement, the more questionable of which set up an alliance between science and magic that perseveres today in things like Gaia and the new global warming religion. Dr. Fleming also shares thoughts on Giordano Bruno, the phrase “Renaissance Man,” and Pico della Mirandola. Enjoy! Original Air Date: May 23, 2017 Show Run Time: 54 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming...

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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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Season 1, The Best Revenge, Episode 9: Smoking Pork

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Chef Garret introduces the noble topic of smoked pork. Original Air Date: May 20, 2017 Show Run Time: 1 hour 2 minutes Show Guest(s): Chef Garret Fleming Show Host(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming 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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Ridiculous Establishment Attacks on Trump

If you wonder why the American Establishment lost its grip on power, at least a little bit, look no further than its ridiculous attacks on President Trump over Russia and deposed FBI Boss James Comey. The Establishment, which I call the Rancid Ruling Elite, just isn’t serious. Maybe they still can bring down Trump, although I doubt it; but that only would mean the whole country isn’t serious – something that also seems more evident every day. What serious person even takes these allegations seriously? As I pointed out here five months ago, there’s no way the Russians could have...