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Making Poetry Great Again

Please let this note serve as a belated acknowledgement that Dr. Allen Frederick Stein’s poem “Ralph Waldo Emerson Meets John Brown,” which appeared in the January issue, served as an enlightening study tool for 65 of my students at Warren

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Bigger Barns

Where capitalism is “relatively benign of itself,” as Chilton Williamson, Jr., wrote when commenting on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Church and State,” Editorials) in the September issue, it is inaccurately named.  The word capitalism means that

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Table Talk

Quiet, Please,” by James O. Tate (The Music Column, August), was, like all his writing, excellent.  I learned much, especially when he concentrates on providing historical and cultural knowledge.  His formulation of how the internet can

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Variations on a Theme

I pretty much devoured the “Minority Cultures” issue (February) in one sitting.  Every issue is stellar, but the great thing I find again and again is that reading all these fine writers is like loving so many different works of

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Who Is One to Judge?

I found myself aghast that, after more or less favorably reviewing Calvary (“Vocation,” In the Dark, November), which sounds like a disgusting and anti-Catholic movie, George McCartney takes the opportunity to declare that “mandatory celibacy in the

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Imposing Duties

I always look eagerly for Thomas Fleming’s article when my latest issue of Chronicles arrives, but I was shocked and disappointed to read his cavalier dismissal of “seriously retarded people” and the “lowest” in the August Perspective, “And

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The May Issue

I was delighted to see that the May issue was focused on Ukraine, the largest European country.  While there is no point in polemicizing with those of your contributors who believe in an amoral Realpolitik—after all, if force trumps ideas,

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Final Thoughts

Catholics and Protestants sometimes remind me of Captain Quint and Chief Brody on board the Orca.  While they are at odds with each other, a monstrous thing is circling their beat-up old boat and threatening to swallow them whole,

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Polemics on Polemics

When I delivered Liberty: The God That Failed into the hands of my publisher, I did so with no little trepidation.  Supported entirely by Protestant, secular academic, and other non-Catholic sources, including the work of numerous historians of the first

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Iron Lady

Englishman Michael Stenton’s article “Margaret Thatcher” (Correspondence, June) never once mentions Thatcher’s hatred of the Irish, especially Catholics, which caused her to commit war crimes in Northern Ireland—crimes for which she should have been tried at The Hague.

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Slavery, or Not

Joseph E. Fallon’s assertion (in “The North’s Southern Cash Cow,” Vital Signs, June) that the reason the South seceded “was the tariff, not slavery” is simply wrong.  The loss of revenue from the American System of tariffs may have

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The Other Dylan

I enjoyed Dr. Thomas Fleming’s “Topsy-Turvy” (Perspective, June).  But I thought his gratuitous denigration of Jakob Dylan both unnecessary and ill informed.  I am not some Jakob Dylan “fanboy”; in fact, the only album I had owned is