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Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: A World Split Apart

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: A World Split Apart An Address To The Faculty and Students of Harvard University, delivered 8 June 1978, Harvard University. “I am sincerely happy to be here on the occasion of the 327th commencement of this old and most prestigious university. My congratulations and very best wishes to all of today’s graduates. Harvard’s […]

A paleoconservative’s book review of ‘Why Liberalism Failed’ by Patrick Deneen

Introduction Every decade or so comes an intellectual history book that one has to read. Previous claimants to ‘must-read’ intellectual histories were Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and David Gress’ From Plato to NATO: The Idea of the West and Its Opponents. Now there’s a book bold enough to postulate: “Among the greatest challenges […]

Aristopopulism

University of Notre Dame Political Science Professor, Patrick Deneen, elicited renown for his cultural-political critique of modern liberalism, entitled simply Why Liberalism Failed? In this lecture, Patrick Deneen presciently scans the future, and holds out hope for the prospect for an ennobled aristoi and a more refined populace. He concurrently acknowledges the persistence of class […]

The thesis of Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations is coming to ripe fruition in the twenty-first century

“People define themselves in terms of ancestry, religion, language, history, values, customs, and institutions. They identify with cultural groups: tribes, ethnic groups, religious communities, nations, and, at the broadest level, civilizations. People use politics not just to advance their interests but also to define their identity. We know who we are only when we know […]