Archive for March 2012

A Burke for Our Times

Edmund Burke was the greatest master of the English language, not even excepting Shakespeare.  It is no doubt a startling claim, but one that I think is highly defensible.  The man could simply make the language do whatever it was he wished...

Impiety and Enforced Forgetfulness

I’m struck at the vanity of those impious folks infatuated with their ability to improve the situation without having first served a long apprenticeship under the tutelage of the old. Proudly ignorant—they believe freedom from apprenticeshi...

Carbuncles, Bedbugs, Boils and Politics

To paraphrase an observation of Chesterton on the subjects of poets, silence and cheese:  Political scientists have been mysteriously silent on the subject of soap, or at least until now.[1 ] Less than obvious, therefore, at least to some, ...

Mitchell at the National Cathedral

For those in the D.C. area, I will be speaking at the National Cathedral on Sunday morning at 10:10. The topic is “The State of Political Geography: Where Do We Live?” It’s a beautiful venue, and it would be great to meet ...

Birzer Against the Machine

Don’t miss Brad Birzer’s superbly thoughtful essay “Christian Humanists Challenge the Machine.” He provides a lucid historical and philosophical roadmap tracing the anti-humanism of the modern impulse of mastery, beg...