Schooling the Teachers

From First Thoughts

Most observers agree that education in the sciences in the United States is not where it should be. Commentators like Richard Dawkins think that the lion’s share of the blame must go to that tireless agent of premodern darkness, the religious right. Since the test of intellectual seriousness . . . . Continue Reading »

The Almost Perfect Murder

From First Thoughts

The first story to give me a healthy Augustinian appreciation of human depravity when I was a boy was the infamous murder of Bobby Franks committed by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. When I finally got around to reading Nietzsche, the crime came to symbolize the natural outcome of proud striving . . . . Continue Reading »

The End of Old Bavaria?

From First Thoughts

If The Economist is to be trusted , Bavaria gives the lie to the secularist story of modernity, according to which man has only achieved health, wealth, and education in proportion as he has cast off the fetters of religion and tradition. This deeply traditional and still strongly Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »

Still More Obama

From First Thoughts

In an inspired synthesis of my previous two posts —or what would have been an inspired synthesis, if he hadn’t actually written the piece first—Michael Knox Beran (writing for City Journal ) argues that Senator Obama is the “post-masculine” version of the collectivist . . . . Continue Reading »

De Manlitate

From First Thoughts

If you share my self-indulgent love of conservative Jeremiads, you have probably happened upon quite a few books and articles deploring the unmanliness of postmodern men. It seems to me that there is considerable justice in these complaints, but their authors tend to have little concrete advice on . . . . Continue Reading »