Month: June 2004

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Appalachia Revisited

Taking Another Look at the Hatfields and McCoys If America has ever had a non-pluralistic culture, it was Appalachia in the nineteenth century before the coal mining started: Poor, …

“Social changes which propel dubious characters in great numbers into ruling positions make the political environment unlivable for well-bred men with some self-respect.” Eric Voegelin, Plato and Aristotle, 288-289.

Orestes Brownson’s Conversion When Brownson started taking concrete steps toward Rome, it was philosophy that paved the road. His was a philosophical conversion, Rome via Athens, though he would …

“The man who can wholeheartedly believe that all things are created by God and that God does not create evil, is freed from many burdens, and one of them …

Prophet McLuhan on the World Series of Poker’s Popularity “Poker is a game that has often been cited as the expression of all the complex attitudes and unspoken values …

“If I had to single out one piece of writing which was more responsible than anything else for my becoming a Catholic, it would that essay of Kierkegaard’s.” Walker …

Some Education from Henry Adams The “profoundest lessons are not the lessons of reason; they are sudden strains that permanently warp the mind.” “The habit of expression leads to …

Books I recommend to young adults James Schall, Another Sort of Learning. Read this while you’re still in college. Its primary value rests in the writers Schall introduces (the …

“Christians should be the salt, not the syrup, of the earth.” Georges Bernanos “What matters is not what ideas do to men but what men do to their ideas; …