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The Underman as Cultural Icon:
The Saga of “Blanket Man”

Anarchist print of Blanket Man as revolutionary hero

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“Blanket Man,” known in a previous life as Bernard (Ben) Hana, was a filth-ridden alcoholic, given to drinking methylated spirits attired in nothing other than a blanket and a loin cloth. He shouted or mumbled abuse at passers-by, as he squatted on the streets of Wellington with others of his ilk. Read more …

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American Transcendentalism:
An Indigenous Culture of Critique

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Philip F. Gura
American Transcendentalism: A History
New York: Hill and Wang, 2007

Philip Gura’s American Transcendentalism provides a valuable insight into a nineteenth-century leftist intellectual elite in the United States. This is of considerable interest because Transcendentalism was a movement entirely untouched by the predominantly Jewish milieu of the twentieth-century left in America. Read more …

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Red Skull – Incarnate

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In my previous study on Marvel comics, I discussed the character the Red Skull, the WWII-era Nazi villain resurrected in the modern age, to battle his old foe, the racial liberal Captain America. Read more …

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From Salon to Guillotine
Augustin Cochin on the French Revolution

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Augustin Cochin
Organizing the Revolution: Selections From Augustin Cochin
Translated by Nancy Derr Polin with a Preface by Claude Polin
Rockford, Ill.: Chronicles Press, 2007

The Rockford Institute’s publication of Organizing the Revolution marks the first appearance in our language of an historian whose insights apply not only to the French Revolution but to much of modern politics as well. Read more …

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From the Editor

Sandro Botticelli, “St. Augustine in his Cell,” circa 1490 to 1494, Uffizi, Florence

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In order to deal with a family medical crisis, I will be away from the office until August 2. I will have limited internet access, so for the duration of my absence:

  • We will still be posting the high-quality articles and reviews you have come to expect, but for the next week or so, due to travel preparations, travel, and getting settled in, they will be less frequent. Read more …
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Masculinity & Master Morality

Michelangelo, Study for Adam, 1510-1511

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In a Scientific American article titled “When Men Are Less Moral Than Women,” psychology professor Cindi May recently claimed that men were more likely to “cut ethical corners” when they felt their masculinity was at stake. Read more …

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Rousseau as Conservative:
The Theodicy of Civilization

Nicolas Poussin, “Et in Arcadia Ego,” 1637

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In 1762, Immanuel Kant did something unprecedented: he missed his daily walk. He stayed home to read Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s new book Emile, Read more …

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Batman Returns:
An Anti-Semitic Allegory?

Danny DeVito as the Penguin

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Soon after the release of director Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Read more …

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The Front National’s Tactical Winning Streak Continues

Marine Le Pen and her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen

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Since the election of Marine Le Pen to the head of the Front National the party has moved from one tactical victory to another. As the baton passed from the previous generation the coalition of “tendances” that forms the party has also changed. Read more …

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Introduction to Aristotle’s Politics
Part 2: In Defense of Popular Government

Raphael's Aristotle from "The School of Athens," fresco, 1510–1511, Apostolic Palace, Vatican

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Part 2 of 2

5. The Good Man and the Good Citizen

Having now surveyed Aristotle’s thoughts on the elements and proper aim of politics, we can now examine his arguments for popular government. When I use the phrase “popular government,” it should be borne in mind that Aristotle does not advocate a pure polity, but a mixed regime with a popular element. Read more …

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