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.” (Anna Kováčová)

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.”

A permanent temptation

In Robert Jackson’s 2007 primer on sovereignty (published by Polity Press), the eminent Boston University professor speaks of the challenge of ensuring that those with state power are responsible and prudent. “For those who wield power,” he says, “there is a permanent temptation to abuse their power.”

It is important to remember this in the lead-up to the European elections in May.

The heart of this classic

“[The movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’] is a classic that most Americans turn to, each Christmas season. The story of the irreplaceable value of the life of a man and the impact on the lives of countless others. Yet, it seems that the real miracle that is revealed in the film goes often overlooked.” (Bree Dail)

Homage to Gianfranco Miglio

This morning, at the Palazzo Pirelli in Milan, an important event was held paying tribute to one of the great…

Bastiat necktie

The Montreal Economic Institute has produced a limited number of neckties featuring the image of the 19th century French economist, legislator, and writer, Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850).

On the crisis of the family

In an essay originally appearing in 2017 at Breitbart and re-published yesterday by Intellectual Takeout, former US diplomat Ted Malloch writes about the ongoing crisis of the family in Europe:   “The crisis of the family is not simply a result of changed sexual mores or feminist ideology, while they contribute to it. It has far deeper roots. The family has lost its social significance because to the State, the family is a threat.…

Bannon at the Oxford Union

Limited strictly to “members only” and noting that “no bags [would] be permitted into the event”, the Oxford Union Society (founded in 1823) hosted Steve K. Bannon on Friday, November 16.  Local media reported around a thousand protestors, who clashed at times with police. In its materials, the Oxford Union described Bannon with this: “After a career in the Navy, investment banking, and Hollywood, Mr. Bannon co-founded Breitbart News in…

Plato’s ‘Symposium’ … as a televised picnic

Here’s an interesting way to spend 46 minutes this weekend.  First, a brief description: ​ “Jonathan Miller [the renowned English theatre and opera director, actor, and author] plays Plato’s ‘Symposium’ as a picnic organized by an OxBridge don for his students. The […] script is faithful to the drinking party recorded by Plato, [at which] Socrates asks each guest to explain the nature of love. By a series of questions, Socrates leads the guests…

The fluff on which the “false Europe” rests

On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that an Austrian woman’s conviction for disparaging religious doctrines in 2009 did not breach her freedom of speech.  The ECHR said Austrian courts had “carefully balanced [the woman’s] right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.” In 2011, a Vienna court convicted the woman for having called the prophet of Islam…

Kirk centennial

Today is the centennial of the birth of the conservative thinker and American man of letters, Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918…