The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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Umbria: The Best Revenge, Episode 13

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In this episode of The Best Revenge, Thomas and Garret Fleming, joined by Rex Scott, eat their way through Umbria. Original Air Date: December 4, 2017 Show Run Time: 39 minutes Show Guest(s): Garret Fleming Show Host(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming, Rex Scott 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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Progress: Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Episode 8

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In this episode of Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?, Dr. Fleming continues on the theme of “Progress” recently discussed in 2 episodes of Christianity and Classical Culture. Dr. Fleming makes the case that, contrary to popular belief, technological and medical progress have NOT been unqualified benefits to the human race. Original Air Date: December 2, 2017 Show Run Time: 49 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Silver subscribers and higher.   Surely, You Must Be Joking Dr. Fleming?℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All Rights are...

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Niki Haley–Trump’s Worst Mistake

Niki Haley is a disaster as foreign policy mouthpiece.  One might use of her what Mencken unfairly said of Bryan:  “a zany without sense or dignity.”  Of course she is a good deal more virile than South Carolina’s distinguished Senator Lindsay Graham, but that can be said of Chelsea Manning.  Butching it up for the press in difficult matters of war and peace is exactly what the United States does not need, and her recent ridiculous tirade gave the Russians one more opportunity to ridicule the cynicism–and amateurism–of the US foreign policy establishment. Serious nations do not act like North...

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The Myth of Progress, Part 2: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 18

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Continuing on the themes from the previous episode, Dr. Fleming goes on to discuss the role of a wall in a city – how does it restrict “progress”? How did Rome, Athens, Paris, and even NYC and Chicago deal with “borders”? What about monuments – and the tearing-down of them – is this “progress”? Is this simply at attack on Christianity? Part 1: The Myth of Progress, Part 1: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 17 Original Air Date: December 1, 2017 Show Run Time: 50 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Gold subscribers...

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Stupid Thoughts

This is a country where Joe Scarborough, who is so fake he has to lie about his Thanksgiving day, is accusing Donald Trump of insanity.  If it hadn’t been Morning Joe, it might have been Matt Laurer.  What a country. The only clever thing I have ever heard from John Podhoretz (Full disclosure: I have never met the pizza man though I did have dealings with his parents) is his remark that Trump should be impeached for forcing on our attention the moronic Lavar  Ball, who single-handedly has done more to explode the idea of racial equality than anyone since...

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City-State Rights, Part II: Conclusion

The city-state is the seed-bed of civilization, but the concept seems alien to the American tradition.  Nonetheless, our cities once did possess, at least before the revolution, many of the same chartered rights enjoyed by English and European burgs.  In the Anglo-American world, the liberties of cities was defined by the charters they received either from the Crown itself or from the Royal Governor and legislature: Williamsburg, for example, was chartered in 1695, Wilmington in 1763.  Many of the older cities and towns of the Eastern Seaboard had been chartered municipal corporations, though in the decades following the revolution, the...

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Wednesday’s Child: Home Sweet Home

My wife used to say that coming from Palermo to London is like falling from the calyx of a flower onto a bed of metal shavings, and with every passing year I marvel more and more at the accuracy of that description.  In reverse the shock of the change does not work as powerfully, probably because the brain, like eyes after a spell in darkness, needs time to adjust and take it all in – the sunlight, the smells and the smiles.  Each time I return, I can almost literally feel the mind thawing out as I hand to Mimmo,...

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The Myth of Progress, Part 1: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 17

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In this episode of Christianity and Classical Culture, we begin a two episode miniseries examining the Myth of Progress. Why is modern culture ugly? How is this related to progress? How is “progress” properly defined? How do we see it in art and architecture? What are some cities that demonstrate an ordered an organic growth? Original Air Date: November 30, 2017 Show Run Time: 59 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Gold subscribers and higher.   Christianity and Classical Culture℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2017. All rights are reserved...

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What $47 Million Sale of Anti-tank weapons to Ukraine Really Means

The Pentagon really exists for one thing: to spend your tax dollars. When’s the last time they won a war above the size of Grenada in 1983 or Panama in 1989? Recent losses include wars in: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria. The Pentagon is the DMV with tanks, planes and nuclear bombs. According to an Atlantic Council article by Stephen Blank in Newsweek, the Pentagon now thinks it can save Ukraine from Russia by sending in anti-tank weapons: “There’s a real possibility that the United States will finally send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. “The country has been fighting a defensive...

City States Rights, Part IB (Free to all registered subscribers)

There have been many press accounts, including Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s series of articles for the London Telegraph, on the increasingly strict censorship of opinion in Europe.  Public criticism is usually taken to be the sign of a robust society, but it is increasingly difficult to describe Islamic attacks on Jews and, in the aftermath of the recent Islamic invasion, information on the robbery, assault, rape, and murder committed by immigrants has been rigorously suppressed.  In 1995 the EU sacked economist Bernard Conolly for criticizing monetary union, and it took six years for the European Court to act on the case.  When...