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Mandeville, LA – [This speech is available as a Project ’76 Webisode/podcast for Founder’s Pass members here.] “04-07-1821, Washington, D.C. – AND NOW, FRIENDS AND COUNTRYMEN, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of [m]utation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve...
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Mandeville, LA – “The decisive reason [to refuse the purchase of a smartphone], however, for me to refuse a cellphone is the opposite of everyone else’s reason for having one: I do not want the omnipresent ability to communicate with anyone who is absent. Cellphones put their users constantly on call, constantly available, and as...
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Mandeville, LA – [From the Introduction to Democracy, The God That Failed.] “The world-historic transformation from the ancien regime of royal or princely rulers to the new democratic-republican age of popularly elected or chosen rulers may be also characterized as that from Austria and the Austrian way to that of America and the American way....
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“Europe has been turned upside down over and over again; and that at the end of each of these revolutions the same religion has again been found on top.” Mandeville, LA – “I have said that Asia and the ancient world had an air of being too old to die. Christendom has had the very...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from a 2010 essay by Dr. Hauerwas titled Just How Realistic Is ‘Just War’? Hauerwas’s point is that a Just War cannot be expected in a world of democratic societies, the U.S. is one of them. Taken as a point to begin thinking through the problem...
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“The main reason for the rise of Protestantism in the sixteenth century was in one monosyllabic word – sex.” Mandeville, LA – “There are two names by which the Church refers to this sacrament – either marriage or matrimony. Most popularly when we refer to this sacrament it is matrimony, although marriage is an appropriate...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: This passage is excerpted from C.S. Lewis’s book “The Abolition of Man” available in full text form, for free here.] “In what sense is Man the possessor of increasing power over Nature? Let us consider three typical examples: the aeroplane, the wireless, and the contraceptive. In a civilized community, in...
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Mandeville, LA – “But who am I to look out the window at others, when the story is my own as well? All my siblings went belly up in small farming. I held on to the old homestead and a remnant 40 acres only by renting out to a superb farming corporation while earning my...
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Mandeville, LA – One may be accused here of oversimplifying the historical process, but I take the view that the conscious policies of men and governments are not mere rationalizations of what has been brought about by unaccountable forces. They arc rather deductions from our most basic ideas of human destiny, and they have a great,...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Michael Hanby is a philosopher that has some interesting things to say about our Constitutional system as being THE reason our Order is so DIS-ordered- M.C.] (Excerpted from Rod Dreher’s The Dissolution of The Real) “First, says Hanby, the US Constitutional order presupposes the modern view of reality and nature....
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: I have met and read Allen Medenhall for years and always thought him brilliant. To use a quote from a book review as “truth and wisdom” might thus seem odd, but Mendenhall’s channeling of the authors (Carey and Frohnnen) is in harmony with what he has written before. – M.C.]...
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Mandeville, LA – “Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in terms of a forgetfulness of being and its Origin and expressed by the marginalization of philosophy, leisure, and liturgy as ways of being and acting. We can adequately addresseither these practices or this logic only by...
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Mandeville, LA – “Gore Vidal once said that the three saddest words in the English language were Joyce Carol Oates. “President Hillary Clinton” would have dislodged the exophthalmic novelist from that epigram, but as for “President Donald Trump”… the jury is not only still out, the crime hasn’t even been committed yet, despite the drama...
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Mandeville, LA – Editor’s Note: I have a special devotion to Frances de Sales and read him often. Today, Rod Dreher is reacting to what he calls a lack of “decorum” but what is properly titled as an expression of immodesty. Saint Frances instructed his monks about the beauty of modest behavior and the horrid...
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Mandeville, LA – “The phenomenon of white flight, of physical separation between the ideological cannon fodder classes and the liberal ruling class, represents the harvest of this economic energy. Functional liberal ruling and productive working classes require a frontier into which they can escape from the consequences of liberalism’s triumphs. What cities like Baltimore and Detroit...
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Mandeville, LA – “The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are...
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Mandeville, LA – “Sound bites now pass for erudite commentary and merge with the banality of celebrity culture, which produces its own self-serving illiteracy and cult of privatization and consumerism. Moreover, as the power of communication and language wanes, collapsing into the seepage of hateful discourses, the eager cheerleaders of casino capitalism along with the...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note. St Augustine is my patron Saint and can always be turned to when looking for how the secular world should be as opposed to how it is. The City of God v The City of Man is of primary use in this regard, consider, for example, Augustine’s view of secular...
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Mandeville, LA – Creating Problems Business men say that because everybody is selfish, business must therefore be based on selfishness. But when business is based on selfishness everybody is busy becoming more selfish. And when everybody is busy becoming more selfish. we have classes and clashes. Business cannot set its house in order because business...
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Mandeville, LA – To decipher the intricacies of the American system, a student must look to the religious phenomenon of Puritanism. In the British context the strongest political standard bearer of Puritanism, Oliver Cromwell, was a transient figure who had no lasting political impact either on the United Kingdom or continental Europe. Yet Cromwell’s political legacy...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Thanks to Winston Elliott III for republishing this essay from Anthony Esolen at his Imaginative Conservative site, read the whole essay here.-M.C.] “Choice is the dragon of our day. It smuggles into its charcoal-smelling barrow not goblets and gilt pommels but human souls, one after another after another, enticing them...
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Mandeville, LA – [Orestes Brownsosn book On The American Republic should be required reading in every literature course study. This excerpt from its final chapter explains the simplicity of how an order of men in society should be.] “The human race has its life in God, and tends to realize in all orders the Divine Word...
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Mandeville, LA – “There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing. For Roman Catholics, who have always been known for their faith-filled patriotism,...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Does the following brief passage from Macintyre’s chapter The Virtues In heroic Societies sound or look familiar to you? No, perhaps we need a crash course in heroism and Macintyre provides it-M.C.] M.l. Finley has written of Homeric society: The basic values of society were given, predetermined and so were...
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Mandeville, LA – “The great upheavals which precede changes of civilisations such as the fall of the Roman Empire and the foundation of the Arabian Empire, seem at first sight determined more especially by political transformations, foreign invasion, or the overthrow of dynasties. But a more attentive study of these events shows that behind their...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s Note. Donald Trump made “restoring liberty” part of his acceptance speech at the RNC. It follows that there needs to be a clear and reliable definition of Liberty and there is no better source than the gifted Pope Leo XIII. – M.C.] “Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s Note: J.D. Vance appeared on the Mike Church Show last Wisdom Wednesday and gave us a snapshot of his new book, out today Hillbilly Elegy. Here’s an excerpt that shows Vance pulls no punches in portraying a heartland gone diabolically wrong. – M.C.] “Why didn’t our neighbor leave that abusive man?...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s N.B. – I am often asked or sometimes impolitely insulted “wherefore thy Catholicism, Mitter Church?” In the wake of G.B.’s Brexit vote, I can think of no finder explanation for my Philosophia Perennis obsession than the obsession I have been blessed to cultivate for The Truth, or as Chesterton puts it… –...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Historian Hilaire Belloc penned this essay at the dawn of the  civil-religion heresy we call Americanism that has now completely enveloped the United States and whose errors have spread to the remainder of the Western World, this revelation was written in 1931. – Ed. – MC]  Now, it must be...
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Mandeville, LA – [We are about to become immersed in a tsunami of  media instructing us as Americans in the great tradition of “The Founders” that “we must vote this November even if that means choosing the lesser of two evils!” This is the path to the destruction of the soul and the endorsement of...
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Mandeville, LA – (To characterize Ms. Allen’s writings as “wisdom” would be an insult to Our Lady the Seat of Wisdom, however, this Memorial Day weekend needs a countervailing emission of Truth against the jingoists deifying the Founders and the Constitution that brought forth much of the unJust war, whose casualties we will mourn. –...
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Mandeville, LA – For myself, I am satisfied and persuaded that loyal shoulders should uphold the power of the ruler ; and not only do I submit to his power patiently, but with pleasure, so long as it is exercised in subjection to God and follows His ordinances. But on the other hand if it...
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Mandeville, LA – To have understood the polymorphous character of pleasure and happiness is of course to have rendered those concepts useless for utilitarian purposes; if the prospect of his or her own future pleasure or happiness cannot for the reasons which I have suggested provide criteria for solving the problems of action in the...
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Mandeville, LA –   [Editor’s Note – For those devastated by the exit from the GOP primary of the man Glen Beck called “God’s Chosen” candidate, your priorities may have been dreadfully disordered, here is a refresher course on our ACTUAL duties as Christians.] “The commitment of Christians in the world has found a variety of...
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