Category: Religion and Philosophy

Must We Cancel Foucault?

By Mark G.E. Kelly, TELOS Michel Foucault’s name has never been far from scandal. Indeed, he has proven to be a perennially controversial figure. He rose to prominence in controversy, his ponderously scholarly 1966 book The Order of Things becoming a bestseller because marginal denunciations of humanism and […]

Cicero: Rome’s Greatest Defender

By Edward Whelan, Classical Wisdom There are many great Romans whose names are still honored to this day. None has been more feted down the centuries than Cicero. He was perhaps Rome’s greatest author and one of its greatest orators and philosophers. Cicero was also one the last […]

Church membership in the U.S. has fallen below the majority for the first time in nearly a century

But traditional religion is being replaced with political religions and free-for-all occultic and/or conspiratorial beliefs. Nietzsche would have predicted as much. So would Dostoevsky. By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post The proportion of Americans who consider themselves members of a church, synagogue or mosque has dropped below 50 […]

Remembering Leo Strauss

One of the neocons’ intellectual godfathers. Know your enemy. By Grant Haver The political theorist Leo Strauss (1899-1973) is perhaps an unlikely subject for Chronicles’ “Remembering the Right” series. Although no one can deny the extensive influence of his ideas on the conservative (and later, neoconservative) movement in […]

Who is Winning the Culture War?

This is an interesting discussion of the culture wars from a serious left/Marxist perspective.  My viewpoint is that the cultural left has been the hands-down winner on most cultural issues (outside of certain narrow geographical, subcultural, institutional, or socioeconomic sectors). But the economic right has been the hands-down […]

Christianity and the State

The Tom Woods Show We’re familiar with the arguments regarding why Christians should view the state in a positive light. Are there countervailing arguments? (You know the answer!) Gary Chartier joins me to discuss. Related Episodes Ep. 1426 Can You Be Christian and Libertarian? Ep. 767 Romans 13: […]

Political Theology Today

By David Pan, TELOS What does political theology mean today? At the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute conference from which many of the essays in this issue originated, a primary goal was to discuss the crisis of secular liberalism and “how faith is reshaping culture and politics today.”[1] But even […]

Kick the Puppy S2: E5

Keith & RJ Study claims vaccines saved 37 million lives mostly children over the past two decades, anti-vaxxers are growing, backlash to over-medicalization, the complexity of the immune system, a long history of human poisonings, paranoia and the American tradition, criticisms of scientism, SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes during […]

Kick the Puppy S2: E4

Keith, Emma & RJ Game Stop vs Wall Street, Robinhood, micro-revolts in the United States, Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site temporarily shut down after protesters gather at entrance, Robinhood was supposed to be for the little guy, Citadel, aristocrats pretending to be friends with the peasants, rich people […]

What is Justice?

As a Nietzschean, I don’t really believe in the concept of abstract “justice,” which I consider to be more of a Sorelian myth or a Platonic noble fable. By Cayce Jamil, Center for a Stateless Society If you listen to a protest, you will more than likely hear […]

The Folly of Anarchism

An interesting critique of anarchism from a medievalist, throne and altar, Eastern Orthodox perspective. It’s always interesting and a good plan to see what “the other side” has to say. Btw, folks, this is what true conservatism looks like, not the know-nothing shit being dished out by FOX […]

The Nazi Inspiring China’s Communists

This seems to be the standard Shadia Drury interpretation of Carl Schmitt. Schmitt’s view of international relations was just a restatement of Machiavelli and Hobbes. It’s hardly extraordinary that Chinese geopolitical strategists would have an interest in him. The most important aspects of Schmitt’s thought was his recognition […]

Postmodernism Debate: Russell v. Rectenwald

As much lambasting as both the Frankfurt School and postmodernism get for supposedly having created “cultural Marxism,” both schools of thought are actually quite interesting. The Frankfurt School’s critique of scientism and the culture industry is essential to understanding modern societies, particularly the fusion of capitalism and totalitarian […]