Levinson’s Baltimore

From First Thoughts

Dr. Pat Deneen has a fine post (recycled from the leading journal in political science in the world) about the movement from family and community to individuality and choice in Barry Levinson’s AVALON in the mode of Ehrenhalt’s classic LOST CITY. It’s true that people spent more . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Trial of Free Will

From First Thoughts

So here’s an article by ME on Solzhentisyn, technolog y, purpose, and our future. A taste: People are more concerned than ever with doing what’s required to stay alive, even as they do everything they can to divert themselves from real thoughts about love and death. They’re . . . . Continue Reading »

The End of End of History

From First Thoughts

Here’s another segment of my “What Was History (with a Capital H)?” For now, I skipped over the part that both connected and distanced “Historical” thinking from Christian thought. I’m still working on key details of that. Modern thinkers aren’t quite . . . . Continue Reading »

Points of Bohemian Clarification

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Ted McAllister was puzzled (in a nice way) about some of the features of my post about his pro-Bohemian post. Because he wasn’t man enough to post his concerns on our site and boost our fabulous ratings even further, I’m not going to link his comments. Nonetheless, his questions should . . . . Continue Reading »

Defending the Bohemian

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Ted McAllister has posted my favorite porcher comment so far. The true conservative, in our day and age, defends the bohemian against bourgeois careerism and slouching toward a meritocracy based on the productivity that comes from being smart, pretty, pleasing, and industrious—as opposed to . . . . Continue Reading »

MY View of the Classical View of History

From First Thoughts

So I wrote up a talk at the ISI Honors Program on “What Was History (with a Capital H)?” Even the part I actually gave was way too long. And here’s part of the introduction that I had to cut. I will get around to posting some of the other parts soon. Are human beings fundamentally . . . . Continue Reading »