The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary


Romantic Nationalism, I: The Humanity of Herder

Herder approached the nations of the world much as a radical environmentalist today regards endangered species.  Each nation is precious because it reflects some quality within the human type, and when an imperial nation eliminates another nation, it is committing a crime against humanity.


Dante the Man, Part V – The Virtue of the Classical World: Christianity and Classical Culture, Episode 29


In the continuing discussion regarding Dante, Dr. Fleming and Stephen discuss Dante’s choice of Virgil as his guide through both Inferno and Purgatorio and what the virtues of the noblest of the pagans were. We are also reminded that some of Dante’s placements – be it suicides in Purgatory or the character of Cato presiding over Mt. Purgatory itself – are not strictly speaking theologically orthodox, but do benefit from greater context and reading. Original Air Date: May 20, 2019 Show Run Time: 40 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner This Podcast is available for Silver...


Don Kavanaughlone Gets His Revenge

Last month, the Democrats’ newly restored majority in the House voted to obey their tech masters and bring back Net (Non-) Neutrality, with the misnamed Save the Internet Act.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Twitter, of course represents San Francisco and is a co-sponsor, as are Eschoo and others in the ApplePay pockets of the tech titans.So these Digital Dictators are not independent of the government, but meshed tightly with it.


President Bernie?

Here’s something weird about Bernie Sanders’ campaign: If he pulled our troops home from abroad and canceled dumb military projects like the F-35 – called the $1.4 Trillion National Disaster – he would have plenty of money for his other projects: covering all those without medical insurance, free college for everybody and jobs training for anyone. There would be no need for imposing new taxes on “the wealthy.”


Wednesday’s Child:Remembering Laurence Olivier

The subject of Shakespeare films was mooted  in the comments to last week’s post, with one reader skeptical, and as it so happens that the subject is a vital part of my autobiography, I thought I’d put in my ha’penny’s worth.  The fact is, Olivier’s Hamlet was how, at the age of eight, I began to learn English, thanks to some friends who had sent us a recording of excerpts from the 1948 film.  My father had not given me the text of the play.  The point was to piece it together by listening to the record – I listened...


Photios, the Franks, and the Filioque, Part I

The Balkans: by fate the cross-roads between Greek East and Latin West.  In the fourth century, the line dividing the Western from the Eastern Roman Empire had been drawn through the northern and westerly reaches of these lands denominated by the Romans as “Illyricum.” As far as sacred jurisdiction was concerned, Illyricum was, by the eighth century, disputed territory. Against the ancient claims of Rome and because of her obnoxious refusal to fall in line with the imperial proscription of images, Emperor Leo III (717-741), “the Saracen-minded,” had removed even western Illyricum from Rome’s theoretical jurisdiction and placed it directly...