Author name: Ed Straka

Prison Within the Mind?

Intellectuals are naturally attracted by the idea of a planned society, in the belief that they will be in charge of it.― Roger Scruton[i] The human mind is an amazing thing and can be trained, even tricked into believing almost anything if the “Conditioners” (noted in the writings of the famous Christian writer C.S. Lewis) have determined it is to be so.[1]Equally, the mind can be trained, even tricked, into ignoring important things. Distraction by stimuli […]

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A Liberal Arts Perspective on Community: Faith & Reason

“The duty of any government, it’s primary duty, is the integrity of its own country and it’s citizens.” Nigel Farage[i] The following essay is written from a “liberal arts perspective,” meaning that the author has chosen to use the writings of the ancient, medieval, and modern writers in the “Classical tradition” to make a case for decentralized societies in general, and communities in specific, based upon faith and reason, rather than a centralized state that

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The Ancient Quest

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” Genesis 3:22 Genesis 3:22 The Book of Genesis aside, the genuine expectation of conquering death has long been a hallmark of the more extreme formulations of the innovationist approach to the future, and of the hopes it tends

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Dream Weavers

Caught between the Scylla and Charibdis? For the average young person caught up with all the techno-world lingo on their phones, their preoccupied parents who shuffle them from here to there like cattle, and the mindless public school system that is more about indoctrination rather than education, issues of epistemology and the veracity of that which they are daily confronted with seem of little importance. It is the excitement of “the new trend” that draws

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American Education

“Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.”― Roger Scruton  Historically, education was built upon a foundation of the past wherein it was understood that the learning of the ancients gave wisdom to those who hoped to build for the future. Once upon a time, education meant that children were taught to read,[1] write, and count so that they could function in the world of adults and provide a living for themselves, and their

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