The Decline of Deontological Ethics

Belloc suggests in his book The Servile State—and this is borne out by my own casual observations—that the legal machinery of the late capitalist state is wholly incapable of addressing the systematic corruption, collusion, and other great crimes against property and propriety, and the several moral safeguards of the nominally free society that are commonplace today. The great are not merely left unmolested when caught out in scandal and rapine, but advanced to higher spheres of impunity. A mature ponerology…

Notes on Gary North’s Critique of Familism and Patriarchalism

Dr. Gary North has a problem with the family, and his critique of the family has formed a significant part of the redoubtable scholar’s latter intellectual output. It is unusual, to say the least, that a scholar with a reputation of “conservatism” arising from his public pronouncements regarding the continuing relevance of the Bible and biblical law, would be seen to turn his critical gaze on what many assume is an institution ordained by God. After all, doesn’t the Bible…

Liberal Politics as Program

    Modern politics in the West is distinguished from pre-modern by its positive nature—that is, its focus is not government per se, but ‘development’, ‘improvement.’  This is politics as program, as a form of social engineering.  Such has been the presupposition of government within living memory.  Whatever degree of authenticity we attribute to our contemporary elections, imagine if you will a candidate for political office who failed to promise that his policies held the key to increased prosperity, as…

Monsters and Men: A Brief Précis of Creation Typology

  There lies at the core of Darwinism a dread realization that largely remains unrecognized by the ever-publishing, ever-disputing cadres of evangelical creationism. This realization is that human evolution implies human extinction—that the purported development of man is facilitated by the death of anything we might recognize as human.  If one accepts the idea of created kinds, it is only in the context of a ‘creation typology’ that this extinction-producing change which evolutionary theory anticipates can be determined.  By creation…

The Inevitable Reunion of Disparate Qualities: A Perennialist Speaks to Kinists

  A note to readers: While it is certain that Radical Traditionalism (represented today by the school of so-called Perennial Philosophy) has much that is worthy to say to the modern condition, subordinate as it is to the overmastering influence of commerce, it is often, perhaps rightly, thought inimical to the simple faith of the saints, which the West, both well and badly, transmitted to the world during the course of 1900 tumultuous and trying years following the Resurrection of…

Creationism Upholds Racial Consciousness

  Anti-kinists often claim that racial awareness derives from the inherently atheistic theory of evolution set forth by Charles Darwin in his book, Origin of Species. They point out that the full title of his work was Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Also they maintain that Darwinism laid the basis for the “master race” ideology of Nazi Germany with its emphasis on amoral struggle for survival.…

Prolegomenon to Red Toryism: A Total Antidote to Neo-Conservatism

  What kind of animal is Red Toryism? What truck would The Cause have with the crimson devil? Quoting the words of TS Eliot on the subject, a man befriended and lauded by no less than this our patron saint, Russell Kirk notes that:

In December 1928, Eliot published in his magazine his essay ‘The Literature of Fascism’—which he rejected, along with the literature of Communism. “A new school of political thought is needed,” he wrote, “which might learn from…

Connecting the Spirits of the Renaissance and Modernism

  The wholly self-conscious direction of humanist thought toward a new birth of society is utopian, of the same essential spirit as the modern scientific-technocratic project, and cannot be dissociated from it, despite certain particulars at variance between the two geographies of feeling. In linking themselves with the classical mind in a kind of creative re-imagining of the past, the Renaissance’s great classicists sought to reconnect themselves and their age to what they imagined was a more vital past. They…

The Authorized View of Race

  The question of race and public policy is an inquiry that of necessity must include contemporary perspectives, but cannot halt there, when it has succeeded in uncovering the almost kaleidoscopic pattern of attitudes that map the current scene. One feature of that scene that forcibly presents itself is the energetic involvement of powerful interests in shaping the public view of race and racial relations. While their activities in this area are something less than determinative, their influence is also…