Jan 9, 2012

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Elite and Underclass

Elite and Underclass

At 416 pages, Coming Apart is Charles Murray’s most substantial...

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Apr 8, 2010

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Sexual Liberation & Racial Suicide

An address given at The Occidental Quarterly Editor’s Dinner on October 30, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. What is “sexual liberation”? It is usually spoken of by way of contrast with the constraints of marriage and family life. It would seem to be a condition under which people have more choice than under the traditional system of monogamy. Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy...

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Dec 5, 2009

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Bonald’s Economic Thought

The French Age of Enlightenment witnessed and celebrated an economic revolution: the rapid growth of speculation and a money economy, and a corresponding diminution in the importance of landed wealth. Bonald believed that the change had been brought about by the practice of usury. He did not condemn all lending at interest as usury, but distinguished between the cases of lending...

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Dec 4, 2009

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Bonald’s Theory of the Nobility

Unlike Edmund Burke and Joseph de Maistre, Louis de Bonald devoted little space to analyzing the French Revolution itself. His focus instead was on understanding the traditional society which had been swept away. His review of Mme. de Staël’s Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution, e.g., ends up turning into a theory of the nobility and its function....

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Nov 1, 2009

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Louis de Bonald, On Divorce, Part II

Read Part 1 here. Divorce The reader may be forgiven for wondering why the foregoing matters are discussed at length in a treatise called On Divorce. Today we are inclined to view marriage as a “personal matter.” But it is not. Most obviously, it also concerns the interests of the children it produces: Public power is the guarantor of the commitment of the two spouses to form a...

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Oct 31, 2009

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Louis de Bonald, On Divorce, Part I

On Divorce Louis de Bonald Translated and edited by Nicholas Davidson New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1992 On the European continent, Louis de Bonald has long been named alongside Edmund Burke and Joseph de Maistre as a foremost first generation critic of the French Revolution and founder of modern conservatism. De Maistre himself, late in life, wrote to Bonald: “I...

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Oct 1, 2009

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F. Roger Devlin on Why We Write

I came late to the issues characteristically discussed in The Occidental Quarterly. I had no interest in politics during my early adult years, a circumstance for which I am now grateful. Like most Americans, I assumed that “politics” meant electoral contests between hardly-distinguishable parties. In early adulthood I encountered The Gulag Archipelago and gained a...

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Jul 12, 2009

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Paul Gottfried’s Terrestrial Railroad Journey

Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers Paul E. Gottfried Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books, 2009 Dr. Paul Gottfried, currently Raffensburger Professor of Humanities at unpretentious Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, is a naturally ambitious man whose plans for academic eminence and influence with the mighty did not come to fruition. The book’s...

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Jun 18, 2009

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Preparing the Next Rebirth

Men–Art–War Mikulas Kolya Lincoln, Nebr.: iUniverse, 2006 Men–Art–War is a self-published collection of ten philosophical short stories-stories, that is, which appear intended to illustrate the author’s Weltanschauung. Self-publishing seems destined to assume greater importance in American life, as the cultural gatekeepers become ever more ruthless to...

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Jun 1, 2009

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Picking up the Torch

The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition E. Christian Kopff Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 1999 E. Christian Kopff, classicist at the University of Colorado and occasional contributor to The Occidental Quarterly, has the knack of writing about difficult issues with an easy grace. The book under review is first of all a defense for our time of the value of...

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