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Old Wisdom, Modern Folly

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, June 27, 2019

The central fallacy of modernity is the belief that science and technological progress have made traditional wisdom and the insights of earlier thinkers irrelevant or malign. This presentist hubris of what G.K. Chesterton called the “small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about” is particularly misplaced when it comes to understanding human nature and behavior, especially political action.

American Flag flying over a field
In the News

The Anti-Entrenchment Agenda

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia The American Prospect
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Two anxieties are currently driving American politics. On the right, the anxiety is about the demographic and cultural trends favoring Democrats. People of color represent only 21 percent of Americans born before 1946, but they amount to 44 percent of millennials—and, according to a Pew survey, 57 percent of millennials place themselves among liberals, while only 12 percent side with conservatives. Election by election, more liberal voters are coming of age, while more conservatives are dying off.

In the News

'No War On Iran' Rally Planned For San Francisco

quoting Abbas Milanivia KTVU
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A "No War on Iran" rally is planned for Tuesday in San Francisco at the BART Plaza at Mission and 24th Streets, with protestors calling for the Trump administration to end economic sanctions against Iran and back away from military conflict. 

In the News

Does Debating With The Far-Right Legitimise Their Ideas?

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Debating Europe
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Should we ‘no platform’ far-right speakers? When Oxford University Student Union invited Steve Bannon, a former Donald Trump adviser accused of advocating far-right views, there was a predictable storm of protest. Some argued he should be denied the oxygen of publicity, others that his views should be challenged in public.


The Cowardly Incoherence Of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, And Other Iconoclasms

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A few activists succeed in demonizing Father Serra and removing a mission bell, but progressives still want the names ‘Stanford’ and ‘Yale’ on their résumés.

In the News

Iran Shot Down A $176 Million U.S. Drone. Here's What To Know About The RQ-4 Global Hawk

quoting Amy Zegartvia Time
Friday, June 21, 2019
Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone in the politically sensitive Strait of Hormuz has created a dangerous new level of tension between the two countries

Victor Davis Hanson: California's "Woke-A-Topia" Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia WWL Radio
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "America’s First Third-World State."

Analysis and Commentary

What Do Shifting Trends In Medical Care Have To Do With Violence Against Doctors?

by Chirantan Chatterjeevia The Telegraph
Friday, June 21, 2019

The doctors’ strike — it has now been resolved — and the subsequent collapse of West Bengal’s healthcare infrastructure should remind us that contempt for doctors is nothing new.

In the News

The Intellectual Origins Of The Trump Presidency And The Construction Of Contemporary American Politics

mentioning Morris P. Fiorinavia Counter Punch
Thursday, June 20, 2019
It is foolish to think that Trumpism and Trumpistas are merely a product of personality. To believe that is to assume that Donald Trump is sui generis, elected under unique circumstances and that the politics and polices produced under him are tied to him.
Condoleezza Rice is interviewed on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight

Condoleezza Rice Shares The Beautiful Advice She Would Give Her 8-Year-Old Self

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Today
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her upbringing how her parents instilled confidence in her and the touching advice she would give to her 8-year-old self.


Virtues Task Force