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Only the Brave

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Joseph Kosinski’s primeval masterpiece Only the Brave made me think of a lot of things. It’s based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of Arizona firefighters dedicated to battling the raging wildfires which quite often threaten civilization in the American West. So the intricacies and nuances of firefighting occupied my mind for a while. But what stuck with me the most in the days after watching the film was being reminded of a great passage in Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield’s magnificent novel of Thermopylae. Read more …

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Принципы законотворчества Фридриха Великого, часть 2

Statue of Frederick the Great in front of Schloss Charlottenburg2,457 words

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Перевод: Голубаев Евгений

Умеренность & гуманность

Хотя монарх и обладает властью, но подобно отцу, он должен эту власть заслужить. Фридрих беспристрастно отмечает, что Попликола, один из основателей Римской республики узаконил тираноубийство. Read more …

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Принципы законотворчества Фридриха Великого

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Перевод – Голубаев Евгений

Возможно, самая впечатляющая западная традиция государственного строительства, по крайней мере в Новое время, принадлежит Пруссии. Разумеется, либерально-демократическая традиция, начатая Соединенными Штатами и Францией крепка, и она недаром сегодня господствует в нашем мире. Read more …

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Enlightened Patriarchy:
Frederick the Great’s Principles of Lawmaking, Part 2

Statue of Frederick the Great in front of Schloss Charlottenburg2,925 words

Part 2 of 2; Russian translation here

Moderation & Humaneness

The sovereign has authority but, as with the father, this must be deserved. Frederick notes dispassionately that Publicola, one of the founders of the Roman Republic, had legalized tyrannicide. The laws must be fair and appropriate to the nation concerned, Read more …

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Enlightened Patriarchy:
Frederick the Great’s Principles of Lawmaking

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Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

Russian translation here

Perhaps the most impressive Western tradition of statecraft, at least in the modern era, is that of Prussia. To be sure, the liberal-democratic tradition launched by the United States and France is formidable, and it is not without reason that it today dominates our world. But the greatness of America and France also relied upon a prosaic factor: sheer demographic and geographic size. Read more …

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The Ancient Greeks:
Our Fashy Forefathers

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Nigel Rodgers
The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece
Lorenz Books, 2014

“Western civilization” is certainly not fashionable in mainstream academia these days. Nonetheless, the ancient Greek and Roman heritage remains quietly revered in the more thoughtful and earnest circles. Quite simply, virtually all of our social and political organization, to the extent these are thought out, ultimately go back to Greek forms, Read more …

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Licurgo e o Estado Espartano

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“E Teopompo, quando um estranho continuou a dizer, conforme ele lhe demonstrou gentileza, que em sua própria cidade ele era considerado amante de Esparta, disse: ‘Meu bom senhor, melhor seria para ti ser chamado amante de tua própria cidade’.” – Plutarco [1]

Assim como Mussolini olhava para a Roma Antiga por um modelo de uma sociedade sadia e orgânica, os antigos romanos olhavam para Esparta. Read more …

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Lycurgus & the Spartan State

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Portuguese translation here

“And Theompopus, when a stranger kept saying, as he showed him kindness, that in his own city he was called a lover of Sparta, remarked: ‘My good sir, it were better for thee to be called a lover of thine own city.’” – Plutarch[1]

Just as Mussolini looked to Ancient Rome for the model of a healthy, organic society, the Ancient Romans looked to Sparta. Read more …

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Leonidas & the Spartan Ethos

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The Persian rider edged his horse cautiously forward. Just ahead the coastal plain dwindled to a narrow passage between the mountains and the sea, scarcely wider than a carriage track. Read more …

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Rethinking Democracy:
Alain de Benoist’s The Problem of Democracy

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Alain de Benoist
The Problem of Democracy
Arktos Media, 2011

This deceptively brief study of democracy begins from the familiar point that the term can no longer mean much in an age when all regimes claim to be democratic. Read more …

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