James Burnham: Marxist, 1933–1940

James Burnham: Marxist, 1933–1940

By Francis P. Sempa James Burnham (1905–1987), who became a leading anti-communist and prominent intellectual figure in American conservatism, began his professional intellectual career as a Marxist. His early writings appeared in leading Marxist and socialist...
Can the State Punish Thoughtcrime?

Can the State Punish Thoughtcrime?

A Melanchthonian Analysis E. J. Hutchinson There have been a slew of comments in recent months suggesting that ideological woke progressivism is a new religion manqué (the reference to the left hand is intentional), a bottomless reservoir both of false...
The Russell Kirk Center at 25

The Russell Kirk Center at 25

A Historian’s Perspective Dr. George H. Nash In October 2020 the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal celebrated its first twenty-five years of existence. It provided an occasion to reflect on the significance of Kirk’s work and its bearing on the purposes and...
The Human Story Books

The Human Story Books

By Dr. Anika T. Prather In These Pages There is so much to glean from the ancient folk There is so much to learn from those who spoke centuries ago It is different for every person How the books connect to the soul But they will if you let them And it may take time to...
A Cautionary Tale for Our Loveless World

A Cautionary Tale for Our Loveless World

By Auguste Meyrat At the time of its publication in 1856, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert scandalized audiences by glamorizing adultery and ridiculing marriage and religion. The novel’s story is about Emma Roualt, the wife of a dimwitted country doctor, Charles...
The Risks of Levity

The Risks of Levity

Milan Kundera, Ambiguous Prophet Trevor C. Merrill “Those no longer able to see reality with their own eyes are equally unable to hear correctly,” writes Josef Pieper. “It is specifically the man thus impoverished who inevitably falls prey to the demagogical spells of...

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