M. Night Shyamalan’s “Devil”

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Night Shyamalan’s film, Devil , his latest installment in his series of mythopoeic movies, gives the viewer the opportunity to glimpse ever so briefly the reification of a theosophical speculation that may have its roots in Boehme, where evil is rendered by a very real demon grimly determined . . . . Continue Reading »

Sagging Porches

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At one time the website Front Porch Republic stood as a shining light, celebrating an open and public discussion of the limits of government, the intrinsic necessity of conceiving of ‘place’ in the human drama, and the acknowledgement of ‘liberty’ as a requirement . . . . Continue Reading »

Leo, say it ain’t so!

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Considering that many of the scholars that blog here are, to one degree or another, Straussians, I found this blog over at Spengler . . . well, informative. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/spengler/2010/10/22/leo-strauss-destroyer-of-judaism/ Because I’ve not read Strauss and what . . . . Continue Reading »

Gnostic Meditations and other stuff!

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Here are some insightful excerpts from, “Secret Cinema: A Gnostic Vision in Film,”  a book by Wake Forest University English Professor, Eric Wilson: http://www.voegelinview.com/secret-cinema-gnostic-film-pt1.html Professor Peters, a clever writer and provocateur at The . . . . Continue Reading »

Ohio Militia Dudes!

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  It seems that just weeks before the general election that old leftist rag, Time Magazine, has flushed out evidence of militant, right wing, militia types running around my neck of the woods: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2022516,00.html As it turns out about fifteen years . . . . Continue Reading »

Say You Want A Revolution?

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Tip-o-the-hat to Salem, Oregon’s resident conservative, Mr. Bill Parsons, for alerting me to Dr. Angelo M. Codevilla’s essay, America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution :    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the/print . . . . Continue Reading »