10/01/1985

Hungary has had an atheistic government for the past forty years. Hungarians today seem happy, healthy, and prosperous. Is this proof of the effectiveness of Marxism, communism, and atheism? The examination of this question is particularly timely because of a distinct break-point in history thirty years ago. In 1945 the Communist Soviet Union wrested the [...]

Hungary has had an atheistic government for the past forty years. Hungarians today seem happy, healthy, and prosperous. Is this proof of the effectiveness of Marxism, communism, and atheism? The examination of this question is particularly timely because of a distinct break-point in history thirty years ago. In 1945 the Communist Soviet Union wrested the [...]

Editor's Note: The following essay originally appeared as the Introduction to Hilaire Belloc's classic work. The Servile State, published by Liberty Classics (7440 N. Shadeland, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250). It is reprinted here with the kind permission of Mr. Nisbet and the publisher. Very early in the first chapter Hilaire Belloc defines J the servile state: [...]

Back to the Future. Written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Universal Pictures. Reviewed by Richard Alleva Conservatives are often defined—or maligned as people who resist change. According to that definition, the most conservative creature on the face of the planet is the pre-college teenager. It's not that teenagers actively resist [...]

The Schizophrenic Soul of American Liberalism A war is being waged today for the soul of American liberalism—a war that will be won by the side that manages to incorporate its peculiar understanding of "community" into liberal doctrine. The two antagonists in this struggle might be described as "national community" liberalism and "small community" liberalism. [...]

The summer vacation has ended, and by now most 1 students have settled in to face the challenge of the year ahead. No doubt, some students are dreamily gazing out the classroom windows—wondering about the beauty of the autumn leaves, and letting their minds wander to the fun and frolic of the picnics, bike rides [...]

Poverty, disarmament, South Africa: every diocesan justice-and-peace commission will be worrying about those subjects this winter. The really ambitious activist needs a new cause, something a bit recherche, to keep him one step ahead of the crowd. Unless I'm mistaken the next such cause is the Campbell Soup boycott. Actually, boycotting Campbell is not a [...]

The managing editor of Catholicism in Crisis forwarded a letter addressed to me via his office from a gentleman in Canada. Terry Hall figured that perhaps Schall could "do" something with it. On what appears to be a photocopy, with no salutation, so the letter may be sent around elsewhere, the reader is informed that [...]

Editor's note: The following report notes the marked increase in the number and intensity of attacks on the Catholic Church within the Soviet Union. The report was prepared by Catholics For Religious Freedom in Totalitarian Nations (P.O. Box 33883, Washington, D.C. 20033-0883) and is reproduced here with the group's permission. In the last decade Western [...]

It appears that the only person in the United States who knows that pornography is not protected speech under the First Amendment is Henry E. Hudson, chief prosecutor for Arlington County, Virginia and new head of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography which cranked up operation last June. In Arlington County, he did what most [...]

Mary Gordon's use of the most eloquent passage in St. Paul's writings as her epigraph for Men and Angels (Random House, 1985) seems to suggest a sea change in her attitude toward religion. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity. I am become as sounding brass, or a [...]

Strange that small Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, should be the site of statements by which an epoch is marked. It was there, in March of 1946, that Winston Churchill declaimed (and Churchill always declaimed): "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent." And it [...]

Recently, a theologian friend explained to me the "hurdle" he had to jump before he could accept the concept of "economic rights." He had been raised to believe, he said, that if an able man doesn't work, he shouldn't be fed by others. He could not at first accept the concept that every person deserves [...]

The temptation which arises from old socialist concepts is that of granting primacy to economic technique, and by the same token of tending to entrust everything to the power of the State, administrator of the welfare of all, and to its scientific and bureaucratic machinery; which obviously, whether we will or no, leads in the [...]

When I represented the U.S. at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, I spent as much time with delegates from Black Africa as I could. They showed a special warmth, gentleness, and candor in return. I usually inquired about South Africa. Most admitted that their own nations trade heavily with South Africa. Most recognized [...]

It is interesting how so many contemporary movements start out under the banner of "life." Hitler and Mussolini proclaimed that Facism represented "vitality" opposed to "pallid liberalism." In America, on the right, "life" issues suggest, first of all, abortion; while, on the left, "an ethic of life" is the banner for an entire social agenda, [...]

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