Omnibus: Human Things, Machines, & America

Praelectio & Lectio (The Syllabus)

Revolt of the Masses, Ortega y Gassett. A seminal work by a brilliant author, which helps to elucidate the “modern turn” from Quality to Quantity (a distinction which is not absolute, but in our times, is generally not even realized, let alone recognized).

The French Revolution, Thomas Carlyle. History the way it should be written: colorful, dramatic, and chock full of insight. Since the French Revolution is THE seminal watershed (formally) in the passage from antiquity to Modernity, it deserves close attention.

Anti-Federalist & Federalist Papers. Here is the “Great Debate” for American times. In retrospect, it is the arguments of the anti-Federalists that appear to have been vindicated most by the course of events, although classical liberals today like to pretend that they are a smooth blend of Burke & Madison.

This Independent Republic, RJ Rushdoony. Rushdoony makes a strong case that it is Magna Carta and the medieval era that have to be properly understood in order to grasp the “exceptionalism” and tradition of ordered liberty that came into birth across the Atlantic.

English-Speaking Justice, George Parkin Grant. Here is the original “George Grant” (not the one in Tennessee): a Canadian, & outspoken Christian philosopher who probed the limits of classical liberal orthodoxy:

“The study of philosophy is the analysis of the traditions of our society and the judgment of those traditions against our varying intuitions of the Perfections of God” GP Grant.

The Possessed. Dostoevsky has to be included somewhere: this is his analysis of “revolutionary” characters, almost as much of a classic as Brothers Karamazov.

Lecture 8, Groen Van Prinsterer, analyzing “the Revolution”. As Cologero Salvo says, “we need the opposite of a ‘Revolution'”. Here is a Protestant, Dutch theologian explaining the thinking that went into the change made official by 1789. It explains why Politics is still paramount, & why the government just keeps getting better.

 

 

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