The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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Poems: Songs by Thomas Campion

Campion was a practicing physician and was among the finest song-writers of the elizabethan-Jacobean era.  He was both a poet and a composer, who in later years was known primarily as a music theorist.   The first poem is a song loosely based on a Horatian ode.  The second is a translation from Catullus.  I have provided links to Lumiarium.com for recordings.

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The House on the Rock by Ken Rosenberger

One weekend in May, Mark Beesley, who has playing host to Ken Rosenberger (Atlanta) and Robert (Geraci) lured them–dragging the Flemings in tow with the promise of beer and cheese in Monroe (Wisconsin) to the “world-famous” House on the Rock.  Here is a brief account made by one of the victims, Ken Rosenberger.

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Wednesday’s Child: Of Means and Motives

In at least one respect the gentle reader must give Wednesday’s Child his due.  In nearly 200 posts in this space, no mention has ever been made of “Mueller” or “Mueller’s investigation.”  That is because I seek to protect the gentle reader from inconsequential twaddle, political banality, and useless names as I myself dream of being protected by some supernatural entity from all such unwelcome intrusion. However, grand jury indictments resulting from the investigation so incautiously mentioned above are unlike the investigation itself, in that they are not, as the Russians say, just “grinding water in a mortar.”  Some world-class...

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Yes, Andrew Yang Has a $12,000 Yearly Bonanza for You

One of the benefits of the presidential primaries is ideas sometimes percolate to the surface. That’s the case with Andrew Yang and his $1,000 monthly Universal Income. Every citizen, from Jeff Bezos, worth $100 billion (after the divorce), and the homeless guy on the street corner would get a bank deposit of $1,000 a month. This is an old idea. Back in 1972, Democratic Nominee George McGovern promised $1,000 a year to everybody. According to the government’s inflation calculator, that comes to $6,218, about half Yang’s amount. But if you go by the price of gold, it was $72 in...

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Two War Poems by John Streeter Manifold

John Manifold was an Australian poet who fought in the European theater during World War II.  I read the first long ago in an anthology, and it has always served to remind me that fine and vigorous formal verse could still be written in the middle of the 20th century.  It is a pity that he is not read more outside of Australia, where is or was something of a hero.

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Rights to Public Education?

The discussion of human rights limps along on the Forum: Political theories are often too abstract–too etherial to stand fast in the high winds of everyday life.  Let us turn to some everyday topics where human rights might be invoked.  I’ll put a simple one on the table, and others, I hope, will up the ante.  Once upon a time it was assumed that parents were obligated to provide for their children’s education, either by teaching them at home, paying for the private schools they sent them to, or, by the later 19th century in some parts of the US,...

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Wednesday’s Child:Jacques and the Beanstalk

That Jacques the peasant, whom I had occasion to recall the other week as the emblem of all spontaneous popular unrest, is indeed in fine fettle is further corroborated by news stories from the city of Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals region, infamous for the cellar in which the Russian royal family was executed.  It occurred to the spawn of the Antichrist who now control the Moscow Patriarchate that coming to terms with the city’s ignominious past in time for its tercentenary would make a good pretext for building a new cathedral, meanwhile keeping under wraps the news that...