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When Fools Rule and Civilizations End

When Fools Rule and Civilizations End: What Will Come After?

It’s an old story; one told by the history books for those with time and desire to read. When there is no longer a transcendent purpose in the hearts and minds of the average citizen, those who make it to the top are generally not the best nor the brightest but either the most cunning or the most easily controlled by the power behind the throne.[i] Even in the ancient Roman world this was true […]

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American Nationalism: Was Ozzy Right?

American Nationalism: Was Ozzy Right?

American Nationalism: Was Ozzy right? [i] The problem with “nationalism” is that it has the tendency to project itself beyond historic boundaries, both morally and politically.[ii] Indeed, the very thing the State insists it will protect the people from – danger – it ends up precipitating in an ironic quest for power and control.[iii] This is an old process used again and again throughout history. In ancient Greece a man named Plato wrote of this very tendency in his

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Why Did No One Care About the End of the Republic?

Why Did No One Care About the End of the Republic?

It is an ancient question that echoes throughout history only to land in the 21st century in the hearts and minds of a few Americans. As for the rest of our fellow citizens – they either do not care or are focused on large scale politics and “America First” nationalism that breathes threats to the perceived enemies of the realm, real or not. Or they are left-wingers dreaming the impossible dream one more time of

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Gatekeepers & Cultural Stewards

Gatekeepers & Cultural Stewards

For those who are in tune with the what and the why of their local culture (or, better yet, community), one does not have to be an elitist gatekeeper at a news station or university or think tank to want some ideas kept out of the mix. Why? Because culture is “the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought characteristic of a community or

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