sábado, 8 de julio de 2017

The historical event the current migrant crisis most resembles is the French Revolution

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by Jason Baxter
A sense of nostalgia for the past—a piercing sense of loss, a sense of the weakening and effacement of what, we suspect, used to feel so strong and vital—is the dominant sentiment of contemporary conservatives. The experience of nostalgia is a feeling of beauty’s remoteness, but only because it is so far in the future. It is hope. And the great thing about true hope, this nostalgia for the future, is that it has none of the irritability, fear, and discouragement that flavors many of the words of those who describe the demise of Christendom in our day... 

by Steven Kessler
Is there any other event in history comparable to the situation in Western Europe now? The historical event the current migrant crisis most resembles is the French Revolution, upon which Edmund Burke famously commented. Burke believed in change, knowing that a nation unwilling or unable to change would collapse. However, he also believed in prudence, moderation, moral restraint, and gradual implementation with reflective assessment. Had modern Europeans believed in the same things, they would not be in this predicament now...

by Glenn Arbery
It is not a matter simply of rejecting others outright or demonizing them, but of listening carefully and making the better argument compelling—the argument that truth exists and that the moral good is not a matter of personal preference. Our graduates will certainly face “post-humanist ideologies” everywhere they go, but they will be prepared to represent the “perennial philosophy” taught at Wyoming Catholic College…

by Sean Busick
In his classic work, William F. Buckley apparently did not resist the ideas of collectivism as successfully as he thought, making the case for the desirability of a strong central government, a generous interpretation of the powers conferred by the Constitution on Congress, and collective action for the good of society. Buckley would have done better to have focused on basic conservative principles such as tradition, faith, family, limited constitutional government, and distrust of centralization. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things...

by Jeffrey Hart
American students once understood that they were dealing with important things. They were participating in the Western memory, and becoming citizens of the Western present and not mere passengers. But in the early twenty-first century, the liberal arts curriculum at our universities is in a peculiar condition of uncertainty. The questions for the West have now become: What it is that we should remember and teach? What are the elements of Western civilization that might sustain what is left and reconstruct what has been damaged or destroyed?… 

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