The turn language is taking in politics calls to mind that controlling language to control thought was a prime goal of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s ‘1984.’
The Princeton inquisition comes not for those who lapse from Christian habits but for those who fail to recite the liturgies of social justice.
Though separated by time and a continent, the fire at Notre Dame cathedral and the Capitol riots on January 6 symbolizes the same crisis of the West.
People mentally born yesterday pretend this is a new and exciting educational idea. What it really is is ignorant, narrow-minded, and racist.
Our educational institutions have committed intellectual grand theft, withholding critical knowledge from students and replacing it with the poison of identity politics and political correctness.
We should be less concerned with getting elite universities to rededicate themselves to teaching the Western heritage, and more focused on making Western culture a reality in our lives.
Nothing riles the cultural relativists and totalitarians more than the classical Western canon. The movement to bring back classical architecture in both Britain and the United States is long overdue.
The first shots of Chinese colonialism are evident as we head to the third decade of this century. One would be foolish not to take note of this historically significant development — and study its actual character.
The West has forgotten its own history, Shapiro argues, and is abandoning Judeo-Christian values and natural law in favor of moral subjectivism.
Of course, I’d prefer my child read classic literature and learn history than sit around reading propaganda on an iPad, but we can’t return to a classical education in the truest sense of the phrase.
Our religious liberty never proceeded from attempts at religious neutrality. It came precisely from the privileged position that Christianity has historically held in America and in the West.
The progress of Western civilization is a direct result of its openness to self-criticism and its confidence that our aspirational principles are right and just.
Dozens of leftist readers wrote to accuse Willa Cather of anti-Semitism, nativist bias, white-washing Indian genocide, and other crimes against humanity.
The United Kingdom’s new prime minister quotes Thucydides from memory, delivers devastating one-liners, and is utterly unfazed by the spotlight.
There are, of course, relatively simple ways to blow this objection to western civilization as ‘white civilization’ to smithereens, but many prefer the easy lie to the more complex truth.
As a political theory for rational, autonomous adults, liberalism has no place for the dependent and disabled, against whom Western liberal nations are engaged in a quiet genocide.
All this I might well expect from a pundit or a columnist in a college newspaper. But it’s a particular disappointment for this to have been authored by a professor of history.
Before finding public fame through ‘Civilisation,’ Kenneth Clark was a well-known art critic and youngest-ever director of London’s National Gallery.
Notre Dame’s fate is a reminder of the ravages of utilitarianism. What is the purpose of civilization if not the creation and preservation of timeless beauty and transcendent grandeur for posterity?
From New York to Virginia to Colorado to California, the lamps are going out all over America: and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime, unless we make a more serious effort.
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