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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…