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Totalitarian Totem

A totem is an emblem or revered symbol. Hitler had the swastika, Stalin the hammer and sickle. American leftists have the Obama logo and the statists’ claim to possess “the truth,” as in “the science is settled.”

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April 15, 2014   1 Comment

The Federalist No. 39

James Madison

Federalist 39 is pretty interesting. Madison doesn’t mince his words, explaining where the proposed Constitution consolidates power – even over individuals – and where it is limited and must share authority with the states.

What follows in our attempt to put it in more modern prose – and understand it ourselves.

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April 14, 2014   No Comments

Are you now or have you ever been a conservative?

The time: Some date in the future when the Democrats once again are the majority party in the House of Representatives.

The place: A hearing of HAAC, the House on American Activities Committee.

This doesn’t seem as farfetched as it should.

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April 8, 2014   7 Comments

Egotism in Work and Art – Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences

The following is a synopsis of the fourth chapter of Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences intermingled with some thoughts from this reader. This is the fifth in a series of posts about this important book.

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April 7, 2014   No Comments

Wisdom Does Not Lie on the Periphery

Ideas Have Consequences

The third chapter of Weavers seminal work, Ideas Have Consequences deals with yet another aspect of modern mans systematic abandonment of the classical search for the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

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April 2, 2014   1 Comment

It’s Not Easy Being Green, It’s Expensive (And Not Too Smart)

Thumbing through the April 2014 issue of Mechanical Engineering, one finds a heavy predominance of articles pertaining to so-called Green Engineering. Some of these articles cover pretty neat engineering science, regardless of the use to which it is being applied.

Some of them are about technology being used to solve non-existent problems.

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March 31, 2014   No Comments

So Much For “State Led” Common Core Initiatives

Jane Robbins, author of “Uncommonly Bad” (Academic Questions, Spring 2013), reveals that one of the stated goals of the federally funded consortia creating Common Core-aligned tests and of the National Governors Association–which owns the standards– is for colleges and universities to accept a core-based test as sufficient for college entrance, no remediation required.

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March 25, 2014   2 Comments

The Ethics of Rhetoric by Richard Weaver


Some books are nearly impossible to review. Such works have no wasted words and cannot be effectively summarized in the space available for any review. In fact, sometimes the explication of their contents cannot be done more concisely than the manner in which the author himself chose to arrange his words.

Richard Weaver’s The Ethics of Rhetoric is one such book.

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March 24, 2014   No Comments


The American Republic

There is a good deal to think about in this book and what it has to say will challenge the modern Right as well as Left. The former, depending on his religious beliefs, may be more inclined to give it due consideration, despite it’s challenging propositions. The latter are the very people that Brownson warned about, and will no doubt dismiss it as a religious rant, despite the clarity of Brownson’s arguments.

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March 19, 2014   No Comments

The Revolt Against the Masses How Liberalism Has undermined the Middle Class By Fred Siegel

The Revolt Against The Masses By Fred Siegel

Liberalism Unmasked could be an alternative title for Fred Siegel’s book. Siegel strips away the myth of benevolence cultivated by the left and exposes the egotism, snobbery, resentment and power seeking that are the constants of American liberalism. Siegel’s thesis is that Barack Obama’s liberalism is not rooted in Wilson progressivism or the New Deal but in post World War I intellectuals’ disdain for America. The author cuts the moral high ground from under the well-shod feet of contemporary liberals and their antecedents in the 1920s.

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March 18, 2014   1 Comment