The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary


 Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass”

Unless you are a seasoned choral singer, lover of choral music or frequent concert goer, you may not know about what H.C. Robbins Landon (a major biographer of the composer) says is “arguably Haydn’s single greatest composition.”


Mueller Report No Surprise to Fleming Foundation Readers

The media continue to dunk their heads in a cesspool. CNN’s Chris Matthews fumed, “How could they let Trump off the hook?” Especially disgraced are “analysts” John Brennan, the former CIA honcho who voted for the Communist Party USA in 1976; and James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, who perjured himself before Congress on the total spying on the American people? They kept saying Trump was a spy for Russia and would be taken out by the Russia Hoax. 


Dante the Man, Part II: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 26


In this episode Dr. Fleming discusses the Old Testament “vendetta” attitude that many characters (including Dante) have in The Comedy, though particularly in the Inferno (understandably). Dr. Fleming discusses the sometimes understandable, but often ridiculous reasons that cities could be so partisan during this time period, shadows of which can be seen in football match brawls between supporters today (in Italy and elsewhere). Original Air Date: March 25, 2019 Show Run Time: 26 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Silver subscribers and higher.   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production...


Dante the Man, Part I: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 25


Another season of Christianity and Classical Culture on the Fleming Foundation. In this first episode of what will be an ongoing exploration of Dante and the Commedia, Dr. Fleming and host Stephen Heiner first discuss some good English translations to use, then go on to first discuss Dante’s family background, then the political and religious world in which he lived. Dr. Fleming discusses Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, and other Italian city-states: their relationships with each other, the Church, and foreign invaders. Dr. Fleming concludes the episode by parsing the Guelph/Ghibelline feud. Original Air Date: March 20, 2019 Show Run Time:...


Two Oinks for Democracy, Conclusion: Dealing with Muslims

Any honest evaluation of US foreign policy over the past 50 years would lead to one conclusion: Any effort to build a stable regime friendly to US interests will have to construct its programs on a population that has some understanding of the West and some institutions—religious or cultural—compatible with our own.  On this basis, we can appreciate at least one of the reasons why we have chosen Israel, for all the troubles this special relationship has cost us, to be the focus of our influence in the Middle East: Israel is a European colony in the Arab and Muslim...


Wednesday’s Child: Let 20,000 Tattoos Bloom

I am often at a loss when challenged on my conclusion that diversity, in the world we inhabit today, is a synonym of conformity.  My opponents in the argument make me feel like a conspiracy theorist, someone who has some truths to impart but needs a better broom to sweep them back from under the carpet and into the light of day. It’s not that he doesn’t have the facts, it’s that the facts are too many. What I want, I have often thought, is an illustration, a “meme” as is now fashionable to say, something with the simplicity of...