02/01/1990

I see in an essay by Michael Novak that Arthur Schlesinger Jr., holds religion in high regard, apparently because it keeps the rabble down, but adds that he sympathizes with Tocqueville "who went to his death an unbeliever." Tocqueville, God bless him, is beyond caring about such courtiers as Schlesinger, but the notion that he [...]

I see in an essay by Michael Novak that Arthur Schlesinger Jr., holds religion in high regard, apparently because it keeps the rabble down, but adds that he sympathizes with Tocqueville "who went to his death an unbeliever." Tocqueville, God bless him, is beyond caring about such courtiers as Schlesinger, but the notion that he [...]

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. —Edmund Burke Ronald Reagan became president in 1981 threatening to eliminate the Department of Education, but by his second term his education secretary had become one of the administration's most outspoken cabinet members. William Bennett was controversial and iconoclastic. [...]

Jeane Kirkpatrick's seminal article, "Dictatorships and Double Standards," sounded an alarm about the entire direction of American foreign policy. Although the immediate issue addressed in the article was the contrast between the Carter administration's antagonistic treatment of rightist dictators and its solicitude for leftist ones, Kirkpatrick's larger concern was the crisis of spirit in America [...]

The following interview transcript, dated around 1860, was recently recovered from the attic of a South Carolina home. The interview subject is Beauregard T. Brownmiller, who served as the last president of the Slavery Rights Coalition. Brownmiller also wrote two best-selling books: The Southern Mystique and Our Property, Our Selves. Could you tell us a [...]

In the October 1989 issue of Crisis, under the title "Contemporary Art Is Perverted Art," Mr. Frederick Hart states: "The air is becoming suffocatingly pungent with the incense of pious indignation from the art world concerning Congress' reaction to the way the National Endowment for the Arts is spending taxpayers' money." This is a factual [...]

Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ, Madonna's Like a Prayer, and more recently, Serrano's Piss Christ. Is this art? For some years now the general public—as well as many highly educated people—have been at a loss to comprehend the twentieth-century phenomenon known as Modern Art. For the common man a visit to a gallery or museum [...]

One reason liberation theologians opt for socialism stands out above all others: their abhorrence of the prevailing capitalist system. If, as many liberation theologians stress, capitalism cannot be reformed to meet the basic needs of the poor or to give them true participation in society, then socialism would seem to be the only real option. [...]

Popcorn, I know, unlike wine, was never mentioned in Scripture. This omission was not, I think, a divine oversight but a reminder for the faithful that they might have to await the discovery of the New World to find out all the good things God had in store for them. You will have to remember [...]

Common Wisdom: 5:04

It reminded me of nothing so much as the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. When the earth rested, the question on everyone's lips was, "Where were you when it happened?" To live in the San Francisco bay area is to experience a kind of perfection. It offers a dazzling combination of sea and hills, [...]

I have noticed for a few years that the older people at Mass generally sing different words to the hymns than those who carefully follow the hymnal or missalette. I have also noticed a certain amount of annoyance among those older people who disdain the changes that now cause them to be lost during songs [...]

 Henry V Script Adaptation and direction by Kenneth Branagh A Samuel Goldwyn Films Release It was at the age of 15 that I found in a public library the recording of speeches from Henry V made by Laurence Olivier in the 1940s. These readings were not excerpts from the soundtrack of Olivier's famous movie but [...]

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