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Two Faces of Modern Catholicism
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Two Faces of Modern Catholicism

Much has been written about the modernization of the Catholic Church—especially the crucial years from 1870 to 1970. These histories have been written from a number of perspectives, each with different definitions of modernity. James Chappel, assistant professor of history

The High Price of Wealth
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The High Price of Wealth

This is no conspiracy theory.

There is no secret group that meets secretly to make secret plans to run the global economy. All is done in the open. The global money elite is well known—the G7 leaders, the central banks,

Living the Good Life in the South
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Living the Good Life in the South

Havilah Babcock was a teacher who was once one of the best-known educators in South Carolina and a writer who had a national audience.  Today, few remember him.  This is partly because of the passage of time—Babcock died in 1964. 

Anarch’s Journey
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Anarch’s Journey

Ernst Jünger was 20th-century Germany’s most prolific writer.  Throughout his long life—he lived to age 102—he chronicled the upheavals of that most violent century.  Despite his talent and output, Jünger remains virtually unknown in America.  One reason is language; the

That Hideous Absolutism
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That Hideous Absolutism

To the modern mind, religion and magic are related.  Both are based on superstition, and both have been proved false by science.  C.S. Lewis thought otherwise: Magic is more closely related to science.  Both function as alternatives to religion,

Science and Wisdom
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Science and Wisdom

This is a remarkable book that will, however, be read by few.  Its great fault is its defense of America, Christianity, and Western culture.  The authors also make the egregious error of criticizing modern and postmodern thought, which they believe

Calvinism Without God
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Calvinism Without God

Forget the “culture wars” and the assault on Christianity.  The real conflict in America is thoroughly secular—between environmental and ecological “religions”—or so says Robert Nelson.  He makes the argument, long known to conservatives, that religion never really goes away.  Modern

Picking Up the Pieces
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Picking Up the Pieces

Great Britain is in trouble—politically, economically, and culturally—and Phillip Blond wants to change this.  He blames both the political right and the left for having created an atomistic society in which all pursue self-interest to the detriment of society

The Empire Is Naked
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The Empire Is Naked

“All our inventions have endowed material forces with intellectual life,
and degraded human life into a material force.”

—Karl Marx

After the Last Man is a short and dense book, consisting of a series of vignettes (excursus) ranging from a

A New Agrarian Primer
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A New Agrarian Primer

Most people think agrarianism is synonymous with farming.  As a result, agrarian thinkers spend much of their time defending what they really mean—namely, that agrarianism is not so much about agriculture as it is an integrated life in which farming

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Social conservatives have long argued that radical individualism—the essence of modern freedom—is corrosive to family and community life, and, if left unchecked, can even lead to civilizational collapse.  But another, perhaps more damning, charge today is that individualism is bad

The Greatest Revolution
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The Greatest Revolution

Most people throughout the industrial world see cheap and readily available food as simply another modern amenity, such as electricity or running water.  Few understand that agriculture has always been political, because it is tied to human survival.  Even fewer

Live Free! (Kill Your Lawn)
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Live Free! (Kill Your Lawn)

Americans love their lawns. They spend $40 billion per year—more than the gross national product of most countries—to create the perfect lawn.  Taken together, all these lawns would cover the entire state of Kentucky.  Lawns are everywhere, from trailer parks

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Beyond Politics

Most Americans think of the terms modern and modernity as denoting something positive.  A modern society is advanced in science, reason, hygiene, and human goodness.  To condemn modernity is to be against progress and all of its material benefits.  Even

Economics and the Catholic Ethic
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Economics and the Catholic Ethic

Amintore Fanfani (1908-99) was an economic historian whose scholarship focused on the origins of capitalism and questions of economic and social equity.  In his early career, he was part of a broader Catholic and conservative intellectual movement that was active

The Imitation of Christ
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The Imitation of Christ

Faith in technology is one of the central tenets of the modern age.  Becausetechnological development is equated with progress, the technological world-view has been adopted by virtually every ideology and political regime the world over.  All technology is good; more

A Man for Our Century
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A Man for Our Century

Wilhelm Roepke (1899-1966) is one of the most original, yet least recognized, economic thinkers of the 20th century.  One of the reasons for his relative obscurity is that he does not fit well into the prevailing capitalist/socialist dichotomy.  Roepke borrows

The Moral Economy
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The Moral Economy

The decline of the household economy is one of the most significant economic changes in post-World War II America.  Unfortunately, it has received relatively little attention.  Professional economists find it trivial compared to the workings of large-scale institutions and global

This Is Conservatism?
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This Is Conservatism?

“Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

—Ernest Hemingway

There are two fictions that most American conservatives have taken to heart.  First, that the Republican Party stands for conservative ideas and principles; second, that there has been a conservative renaissance in