The Western Abdication of Natural Rights

Thomas Jefferson, while not recognizing any established religion in the newly created United States, realized that in order to enact laws that would ensure the ‘unalienable’ and ‘self-evident’ natural rights, they could not separate themselves from God and his natural law.  But today, the Western body politic has altogether abandoned that natural law.

FAFCE’s ‘Vote for Family’ Campaign

The European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) recently announced its EU-wide campaign in the lead-up to the European elections of 23-26 May. The campaign, ‘Vote for Family’, seeks “more family-responsive policies within the framework of the EU competences,” according to FAFCE’s Vice-President, Vincenzo Bassi.

PUBLISHERS’ STATEMENTS

This is the first of two ‘Publishers’ Statements’ that we shall publish during the inaugural month of the online edition of The European Conservative.  A Statement by a representative of the Board of the Center for European Renewal shall be published in due course.

“Europa Sovranista”

Organized by Italy’s Nazione Futura, this one-day Italian-language conference (“Sovereign Europe: What role for European conservatives and sovereigntists?”) brings together former President of the Czech Republic (2003-2013), Vaclav Klaus; former Chancellor of the Office of the Czech President, Jiří Weigl; founder and Board President of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, Benjamin Harnwell; and the founder of conservative publisher Giubilei Regnani Editore and President of Nazione Futura, Francesco Giubilei.

The cause of Europe’s crisis

This essay appears on the website of “One of Us”, a European Citizens’ Initiative launched in 2014 to defend life, beginning at conception:

“Today’s man needs to return to [the truth], come back from remote aims of biotechnological research and the misleading worship of scientific idolatry to the reality of everyday life.

“The Anointed Imagination”

If you love English literature and the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Chavagnes Summer Conference 2019—to be held outside of Nantes on 22-26 July—may be just the thing for you.

This year’s Conference, titled “The Anointed Imagination: Literature and the Light of Christ”, will bring together scholars like British philosopher, Anthony O’Hear OBE, author Fiorella de Maria, and Joseph Pearce for a consideration of “creativity and Christian faith”.

What Sir Roger wants from architecture

A short excerpt from Sir Roger Scruton’s latest contribution (bp) to the Spectator:

“Our need for belonging is part of what we are and it is the true foundation of aesthetic judgment. Lose sight of it and we risk building an environment in which function triumphs over all other values, the aesthetic included.”

The Spengler Society & Michel Houellebecq

After decades of relative neglect, Oswald Spengler is being remembered as one of the undisputed key thinkers of the 20th century—and as a philosopher whose predictions about the future of the West seem to fulfil themselves at a surprising speed.