The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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Poems of the Week: Henry Timrod

These poems of Henry Timrod, the finest poet of the War Between the States, are posted courtesy of Vince Cornell: Serenade Hide, happy damask, from the stars, What sleep enfolds behind your veil, But open to the fairy cars On which the dreams of midnight sail; And let the zephyrs rise and fall About her in the curtained gloom, And then return to tell me all The silken secrets of the room. Ah, dearest! may the elves that sway Thy fancies come from emerald plots, Where they have dozed and dreamed all day In hearts of blue forget-me-nots. And one...

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Democracy, Part 2: From Under the Rubble, Episode 30

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From Under the Rubble with Dr. Fleming and Rex Scott: “Democracy, Part 2.” Original Air Date: June 2018 Show Run Time: 25 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Rex Scott From Under the Rubble episodes are available to Gold subscribers and higher.   From Under the Rubble℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2018. All Rights are Reserved.

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Surviving the Sterility of Ideological Times by George Bagby

Solzhenitsyn endorses the agrarian, patriarchal, and authoritarian institutions of Russia’s past as good examples. These institutions, he says, “preserved moral health […] incomparably higher than that expressed today in simian radio music, pop songs and insulting advertisements: could a listener from outer space imagine that our planet had already known and left behind it Bach, Rembrandt and Dante?”

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Wednesday’s Child: The Ecology of Talent

At first glance there are simply too many exceptions to prove the rule.  Take Emily Dickinson, a woman of transcendent genius who dreamed up a whole new language of English poetry, too advanced for our age to find any proper understanding or creative use.  If anybody knows anything at all about Dickinson, it’s that she was a hermit, living at a remove from urban civilization and the cultural milieu it nourished. 

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Democracy, Part 1: From Under the Rubble, Episode 29

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From Under the Rubble with Dr. Fleming and Rex Scott: “Democracy, Part 1.” Original Air Date: June 2018 Show Run Time: 25 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Rex Scott From Under the Rubble episodes are available to Gold subscribers and higher.   From Under the Rubble℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2018. All Rights are Reserved.

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Trump Loses Again

I never liked Robert de Niro as an actor–it’s all just mugging for the camera.  I’d rather watch Jerry Lewis.  But you gotta admit he’s right on Trump.  I mean there is nothing too low for this charlatan, including sucking up to the world’s meanest dictator.  And for what?  Getting a declaration that the funny little fat guy is going to denuclearize Korea.  Who cares.  Bring it on.  Now, Obama, there was a real negotiator.  He knew how to give billions of dollars of paybacks and benefits to Iran and Korea, and so far we haven’t had a war.  If...

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Humpty Dumpty on Democracy

In the early years of the new millennium I wrote a series of short columns on the political and ethical distortions of language.  This bit of fluff, trifling as it is, should be enough to debunk the nonsense of democracy The People, No! Nobody can define democracy–probably nobody wants to–and if any honest man succeeded in defining it, the liars (always in the vast majority of mankind) would stone him to death for his pains.  Democracy means, literally, rule by the people or rather, As Roger Scruton puts it (in his very useful Dictionary of Political Thought), “by the people...

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Trump in Quebec Shows Obsolescence of NATO, EU.

I don’t think Trump, as the Europeans fear, is gearing for a trade war. This is just his typical negotiating style. The Europeans really are freeloaders and trade cheaters who long took advantage of American negotiators. Now they’re feeling like Hillary did on Nov. 9, 2016.