Monthly Archives: April 2013

How the American Academy sold its soul:

“At the very beginning of the era of the modern university… Andrew Carnegie decided that it would be a good idea to give college teachers pensions. A college president was pretty hard-pressed to refuse such a gift, if he wanted … Continue reading

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The current presidential administration

“…[holds] in their lifeless hands the riches of their fathers, without inheriting the spirit which had created and improved that sacred patrimony: they read, they praised, they compiled, but their languid souls seemed alike incapable of thought and action.” ― … Continue reading

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Too true…

“…Success is a wonderful cloak for faults.” — Livy, History of Rome, Volume XIV, Summaries, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 404), Edited by Jeffrey Henderson, Page 229, year 2004.

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Diminished educational standards of the present age…

“Had someone told me before the age of twenty-one that I would become a teacher I would have laughed.  In the Gymnasium and even at the university our professors were our enemies.  This had much to do with the strict … Continue reading

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Christianity’s gift of civilization to the Western World…

“Christianity, which opened the gates of Heaven to the barbarians, introduced an important change in their morals and political condition.  They received, at the same time, the use of letters, so essential to a religion whose doctrines are contained in … Continue reading

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The difference between those who trust ubiquitous government, and those who trust individual liberty…

“I, for one, wish that President Kennedy had read something like the following passage from Georges Bernanos before he, in 1961, exhorted the people of the United States to “get moving ahead.”  “This world believes it is moving ahead,” Bernanos … Continue reading

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Good advice for those who want to prevail in war…

“In accepting war, it should be “pure and simple” as applied to the belligerents.  I would keep it so, till all traces of the war are effaced; till those who appealed to it are sick and tired of it, and … Continue reading

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