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Ryszard Legutko: The Demon in Democracy

Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Encounter Books, 2016 (go buy at encounterbooks.com)

Publisher’s Presentation:

LegutkoRyszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades – and he fought with the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature.

In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality.

Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices.

About the Author:

Ryszard Legutko is a professor of philosophy at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory. His most recent book is on the philosophy of Socrates. He has served as the Minister of Education, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the late President Lech Kaczynski, and Deputy Speaker of the Senate and is active in the anti-communist movement in Poland. He is currently a Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Paul Brunton: The Spiritual Crisis of Man

Rider, 1970 (1952)

Back Cover:

BruntonDr Brunton, whose works are best-sellers in a dozen languages, was born in London in 1898.

During a successful career in journalism, he developed an interest in comparative religion, mysticism and philosophy. He has travelled extensively in the Orient, living among yogis, mystics and holy men. He is one of the few students of the East who have the ability to illuminate his understanding for the reader.

This book concentrates upon the plight of mankind today, and upon the possibilities of a solution to the problems that beset the world. Dr Brunton admits that the advances made in technology and science, the results of which now threaten our very existence, are inevitable and even necessary. But, as he explains, it is because these advances have been made regardless of the true needs of humanity that their goodness has turned to evil.

In his approach to these great issues Dr Brunton traces the concept of God from that of primitive superstition to the most elaborately philosophical, and then describes what his own mystical experience have taught him about the true nature of God and about man’s relationship to it. Now he believes it is a matter of the greatest urgency that we should transcend mere intellectualism by an awakening of our power of intuition, because this is the voice of the Soul or Overself, and the essential link between God and man. We must submit to this voice if we are to save ourselves from chaos and destruction.

David Boucher & Andrew Vincent: British Idealism and Political Theory

Edinburgh University Press, 2000

Back Cover:

Boucher Vincent“An original project, both in its conception and execution. The authors have risen magnificently to the challenge…(they) write as acknowledged experts in the field; but while they draw on their own previous work, they extend and deepen it by asking many new questions.”  Peter Nicholson, University of York

“A first-rate contribution to contemporary scholarship on the British Idealists…What makes the book especially valuable is the attempt to relate the work of the British Idealists to concerns in contemporary political philosophy or to major figures in modern philosophy outside the Idealist movement.”  Professor William Sweet, St Francis Xavier University, Canada

British Idealism – influenced by the character of German Idealist thought at the end of the eighteenth century, developed by Kant, Fichte and Hegel – began to establish its roots during the middle of the nineteenth century and rapidly became the dominant British philosophy. It began to be challenged at the turn of the century by philosophers including Bertrand Russell and by the end of the First World War it was on the retreat, although its philosophical reverberations are still evident. Testimony to this fact is the considerable renaissance in all aspects of Idealist studies, and particularly in the works of its most recent twentieth-century exponents Michael Oakeshott and R.G. Collingwood.

This book offers an introduction to British Idealism through a study of each of the seven key thinkers – T. H. Green, Bernard Bosanquet, F. H. Bradley, Henry Jones, David Ritchie, R. G. Collingwood and Michael Oakeshott. It explores the background religious, political, moral, ideological and economic themes which underpin the work of the thinkers and shows the relevance of their philosophy – with the emphasis on social cohesiveness and the relationship between individual and collective responsibility – to current politics.

Written by two of the leading experts in the field, this is a valuable text that will introduce the theory of British Idealism to a broad range of readers.

Contents:

Introduction

1.  T. H. Green: Citizenship as Political and Metaphysical

2.  F. H. Bradley: Ethical Idealism and Hedonism

3.  Bernard Bosanquet: The Sociology of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Sociology

4.  David Ritchie: Evolution and the Limits of Rights

5.  Henry Jones: Beyond Socialism and Liberalism

6.  R. G. Collingwood: The Enemy Within and the Crisis of Civilization

7.  Michael Oakeshott: The Non-Economic Character of Civil Association

About the Authors:

David Boucher is Professor of Political Theory at Cardiff University. Andrew Vincent is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Sheffield.

Michael Lüders: Die den Sturm ernten

Wie der Westen Syrien ins Chaos stürzte

C. H. Beck, 2017

Kurzbeschreibung:

Wo liegen die Wurzeln der syrischen Katastrophe? Das gängige Bild sieht die Schuld einseitig bei Assad und seinen Verbündeten, insbesondere Russland. Dass auch der Westen einen erheblichen Anteil an Mitschuld trägt, ist kaum zu hören oder zu lesen. Michael Lüders erzählt den fehlenden Teil der Geschichte, der alles in einem anderen Licht erscheinen lässt.

Anhand von freigegebenen Geheimdienstdokumenten und geleakten Emails von Entscheidungsträgern zeigt er, wie und warum die USA und ihre Verbündeten seit Beginn der Revolte ausgerechnet Dschihadisten mit Waffen beliefern – in einem Umfang wie seit dem Ende des Vietnamkrieges nicht mehr. Dadurch haben sie die innersyrische Gewalt ebenso befeuert wie auch den Stellvertreterkrieg zwischen den USA und Russland. Eindringlich beschreibt Lüders, wie insbesondere Washington schon seit langem nur auf eine günstige Gelegenheit wartete, das Assad-Regime zu stürzen. Dabei behandelt er auch frühere amerikanische Putschversuche in Syrien in den 1940er und 1950er Jahren, die fehlschlugen und erklären, warum sich Damaskus der Sowjetunion zuwandte. Die Kehrseite dieser Politik des Regimewechsels erlebt gegenwärtig vor allem Europa: mit der Flüchtlingskrise und einer erhöhten Terrorgefahr durch radikale Islamisten.

Über den Autor:

Michael Lüders war lange Jahre Nahost-Korrespondent der Hamburger Wochenzeitung Die Zeit und kennt alle Länder der Region aus eigener Anschauung. Als Islamexperte ist er häufiger Gast in Hörfunk und Fernsehen.

Paul E. Gottfried: Fascism

The Career of a Concept

Northern Illinois University Press, 2015

Publisher’s Description:

gottfriedWhat does it mean to label someone a fascist? Today, it is equated with denouncing him or her as a Nazi. But as intellectual historian Paul E. Gottfried writes in this provocative yet even-handed study, the term’s meaning has evolved over the years. Gottfried examines the semantic twists and turns the term has endured since the 1930s and traces the word’s polemical function within the context of present ideological struggles. Like “conservatism,” “liberalism,” and other words whose meanings have changed with time, “fascism” has been used arbitrarily over the years and now stands for a host of iniquities that progressives, multiculturalists, and libertarians oppose, even if they offer no single, coherent account of the historic evil they condemn.

Certain factors have contributed to the term’s imprecise usage, Gottfried writes, including the equation of all fascisms with Nazism and Hitler, as well as the rise of a post-Marxist left that expresses predominantly cultural opposition to bourgeois society and its Christian and/or national components. Those who stand in the way of social change are dismissed as “fascist,” he contends, an epithet that is no longer associated with state corporatism and other features of fascism that were once essential but are now widely ignored. Gottfried outlines the specific historical meaning of the term and argues that it should not be used indiscriminately to describe those who hold unpopular opinions. His important study will appeal to political scientists, intellectual historians, and general readers interested in politics and history.

Reviews:

“Gottfried brings vast erudition and interpretive nuance to the subject of fascism. This book is a significant contribution to the fields of political thought and European history.”  Jeff Taylor, Dordt College

“Gottfried’s study is particular, nuanced, and multifaceted…a model for the type of work that can earn the right a hearing from more attentive audiences.”  The American Conservative

Fascism is a meticulously researched primer on the true history of one of the world’s worst ideologies. Upon finishing the book, readers will emerge with a firmer understanding of history, philosophy, and the ways in which words shape culture and reality.”  Jay Lehr, The Heartland Institute

Fascism is a book of remarkable scholarship and sensitivity regarding some exceedingly complex ideas. Gottfried’s navigation of the ins and outs of the interwar ideological quarrels in Italy and France is especially masterful.”  Robert Weissberg, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

About the Author:

Paul E. Gottfried is the retired Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient. He is the author of numerous books, including The Search for Historical Meaning (NIU Press, 2010) and, most recently, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America.

Daniel Friberg & Joakim Andersen (red.): Höger om åsiktskorridoren

Motpol i urval 2006-2016

Arktos, 2016

Baksida:

friberg-andersenUnder tio års tid har tankesmedjan Motpol analyserat, kritiserat och provocerat i den svenska samhällsdebatten. Ur en mångfald av infallsvinklar har man gisslat svensk kulturrelativism, migrationspolitik, jämställdhetsiver, vänsterradikalism och nyliberalism. Samtidigt har ambitionen funnits att erbjuda alternativa perspektiv – de flesta med utgångspunkt i den traditionella, i egentlig mening konservativa, högern. Bitsk kritik har varvats med eftertänksam spekulation och halsbrytande humor, rakt argumenterande debattartiklar med sakliga och resonerande texter.

Ur det som en gång var en enkel så kallad bloggportal, har vuxit en bredare verksamhet, som genom seminarier och publikationer haft och har ett inflytande på det svenska debattklimatet som svårligen kan överdrivas. En växande skara anhängare har hyllat verksamheten, en betydligt större skara tysta sympatisörer har låtit sig influeras av den främsta intellektuella motpolen till Sveriges politiska etablissemang.

I denna bok finner läsaren ett brett urval av texter ur bloggportalen, sedermera webbtidskriften, Motpols mångfacetterade historia. Politisk analys, religionsvetenskap, filosofi och historia möter bitande satir och sarkastisk humor. Med en inledning av Motpols mest namnkunniga skribent, Joakim “Oskorei” Andersen, ett förord av författaren Lars Holger Holm och efterord av den svenska nya högerns grand old man, förlaget Arktos VD Daniel Friberg.

Höger om åsiktskorridoren kommer inte att bli årets julklapp i Sverige detta år, kanske inte heller nästa. Vilket bara ytterligare understryker hur mycket Motpol behövs.

Karlheinz Weißmann: Gegenaufklärung

Gedankensplitter – Notate – Sentenzen

Junge Freiheit, 2013

jf-buchdienst.de:

WeissmannVernunftbetont, ohne Vorurteile, liberal, weltoffen – wer will das nicht sein? Diese Attribute werden gemeinhin der großen geistigen Bewegung der Aufklärung zugeschrieben. Doch so einfach liegen die Dinge nicht. Die Aufklärung war auch die Geburtsstunde eines ganz unbegründeten Vertrauens in den Menschen und die Möglichkeiten seiner Welterkenntnis, einer unerfreulichen Vorstellung von sozialer Symmetrie, aller Konzepte utopischer Zwangsbeglückung und damit der Totalitarismen. Kritiker der Aufklärung – nicht aus Prinzip, sondern weil sie ihre Augen nicht vor der Wirklichkeit verschließen – teilen deswegen nicht das optimistische Menschenbild oder die Vorstellung von der Machbarkeit aller Verhältnisse. Und einige von ihnen werden zu Gegenaufklärern. So wie der Historiker Karlheinz Weißmann in diesem Buch, das 60 Kolumnen von ihm enthält, die seit 2010 in der Jungen Freiheit erschienen sind.

Karlheinz Weißmann ist zweifelsohne ein Gegen-Aufklärer: Er glaubt nicht an die Machbarkeit der Dinge, hält die Überschätzung des Menschen und seiner Vernunft für einen schweren Fehler und ist überhaupt der Auffassung, daß anthropologische Konstanten nicht ungestraft ignoriert werden können. Die Position des Gegen-Aufklärers formuliert Weißmann seit zwei Jahren als Kolumnist in der Junge Freiheit. Die ersten 60 Folgen sind im vorliegenden Band versammelt. Sie sind auch ein Tagebuch unserer Zeit.

Karlheinz Weißmann, Wikipedia

George A. Panichas & Claes G. Ryn, eds: Irving Babbitt in Our Time

CUA Press, 1986

Front Flap:

panichas-rynWell before his death in 1933, Irving Babbitt had been internationally recognized as an American literary scholar and cultural thinker of unusual intellect, learning, and insight. Literature and life, he insisted, are indivisible. The study of literature must, in effect, become a discipline of ideas and imagination: a discipline that must distinguish between the significant and the insignificant, between literature with an ethical or moral center and literature subservient to the flux of relativism.

Babbitt’s admirers include Paul Elmer More, T. S. Eliot, Louis Mercier, Gordon Keith Chalmers, Walter Lippmann, and, in a later generation, Nathan Pusey, Walter Jackson Bate, and Peter Viereck. Among his critics are Edmund Wilson, Sinclair Lewis, H. L. Mencken, Ernest Hemingway, and Allen Tate. Although not always mentioned by name, Babbitt has remained a presence in American intellectual consciousness and literary criticism. Even his critics have been indelibly affected by his ideas.

Irving Babbitt in Our Time draws together the essays of ten recognized scholars for a reconsideration and critical reassessment of his work and to demonstrate Babbitt’s relevance to contemporary criticism.

Contents:

George A. Panichas & Claes G. Ryn: Introduction

Russell Kirk: The Enduring Influence of Irving Babbitt

George A. Panichas: Babbitt and Religion

Claes G. Ryn: Babbitt and the Problem of Reality

Folke Leander: Irving Babbitt and Benedetto Croce

Joseph Baldacchino: Babbitt and the Question of Ideology

Peter J. Stanlis: Babbitt, Burke and Rousseau: The Moral Nature of Man

T. John Jamieson: Babbitt and Maurras as Competing Influences on T. S. Eliot

Richard B. Hovey, Jr.: Babbitt and Contemporary Conservative Thought in America

Mary E. Slayton: Irving Babbitt: A Chronology of His Life and Major Works, 1865-1933

Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin & Brett M. Decker: The Conservative Case for Trump

Regnery, 2016. Go buy on Amazon.

From the Inside Flap:

SchlaflyIf you can’t stand Hillary Clinton, but wonder if you could vote for Donald Trump, you need to buy this book.

In it, you’ll learn from conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly – lawyer, bestselling author, and “sweet- heart of the Silent Majority” – why Donald Trump is worthy of every conservative’s vote.

Joined by Ed Martin, the former head of the Missouri Republican Party, and Brett Decker, formerly an editorial writer with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, Schlafly presents the real Trump, the Trump she and her colleagues have met with and interviewed, the Trump who promises to be the most conservative president America has had since Ronald Reagan.

Like Reagan, Trump, if elected, will inherit an America on the ropes, an America transformed into an unhappy, unprosperous, weakened, and divided nation. He will face in Hillary Clinton a far left ideologue who considers herself above the law.

Trump is the antidote to all that – a first-time politician who could actually live up to his campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly reveals:

1. How Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court (on which Schlafly advised him) could be the most consequential in a century
2. How, unlike any other Republican, Trump could actually fix the nation’s immigration mess
3. Why his economic platform could spark an economic revival on the scale of the Reagan boom of the 1980s (it is based on much the same plan)
4. How Trump will defend the First Amendment – guaranteeing freedom of speech and religion – against an ever more dictatorial Left
5. Why Trump’s fresh thinking on defense and foreign policy is long overdue – and could send terrorism into rapid retreat

Donald Trump is the most controversial Republican presidential candidate since Barry Goldwater, and could be the most conservative and successful since Ronald Reagan. Phyllis Schlafly makes an irrefutable case that needs to be shared with every wavering voter. Nothing less than the future of our country is at stake. If you buy only one political book this year, it has to be The Conservative Case for Trump.

Reviews:

“Phyllis Schlafly is an American treasure who has been fighting the good fight for American sovereignty and cultural renewal for five decades. Without Phyllis, there’d be no Donald Trump. This book by Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, and Brett Decker shows why Republicans not supporting Trump are helping elect Hillary Clinton.”  Laura Ingraham, radio host and editor of LifeZette

“Donald Trump has dominated the election conversation in the 2016 cycle for a reason: he strikes a chord with voters who are sick of a political class that is running America into the ground. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, and Brett M. Decker show how President Trump can get our country back on the right track, and why Republicans and independents need to unify behind his candidacy.”  Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives

“Phyllis Schlafly has been a brave, badly needed voice of resistance to the takeover of the Republican Party by business interests and bloodless ideologues who’d love to flood America with cheap immigrant workers (to do the jobs they haven’t already outsourced to other nations). Early on, she recognized the potential for Donald Trump to rebuild her party along more patriotic, common sense – and, she would say, Reaganesque – lines. What comes through in these pages by Schlafly, Martin, and Decker is the calm reason of veteran Republicans and patriots who can’t be bought or intimidated. I think a lot of Democratic patriots will be persuaded too.”  Mickey Kaus, journalist and author

The Conservative Case for Trump is nothing less than the case for saving America from socialist tyranny cemented into place with the votes of millions of Third-World immigrants. It is the case for making a U-turn to expand economic opportunity, an America First foreign policy, preserving our constitutional rights – especially our First and Second Amendment rights – and ending the insanity of government-enforced political correctness. Every conservative needs to read this book and heed the wisdom of the heroic Phyllis Schlafly.”  Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, professor of economics, Loyola University Maryland; senior faculty, Ludwig von Mises Institute; and author of The Problem with Socialism

About the Authors:

Phyllis Schlafly, the founder and CEO of Eagle Forum, has been a conservative icon since her bestselling book, A Choice Not an Echo, was published in 1964. A lawyer, activist, author, nationally syndicated columnist, and radio commentator, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed Martin has been president of Eagle Forum since January 2015 and previously served as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, and was chief of staff for Missouri governor Matt Blunt. He lives with his wife and four children in St. Louis.

Brett M. Decker has been an editor for the Wall Street Journal, editorial page editor for the Washington Times, and has written for publications ranging from the New York Times and USA Today to National Review and the American Spectator. He served in Republican leadership in Congress and was a senior appointee in the George W. Bush administration. Author of Bowing to Beijing and Global Filipino, he is from Detroit.

John Red Eagle & Vox Day: Cuckservative

How “Conservatives” Betrayed America

Castalia House, 2016. Go buy.

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Book Description:

Fifty years ago, America was lied to and betrayed by its leaders.

With virtually no debate, Congress passed the most radical change to immigration law in American history. Since 1965, America has endured the biggest mass migration of people in human history, twice the size of the great wave of immigration into the USA between 1870 and 1930. As a result, Americans are being displaced in their own land by an ongoing invasion that dwarfs Operation Barbarossa, is two orders of magnitude larger than the Mongol hordes, and is one thousand times larger than the First Crusade.

America’s so-called conservative leaders and the conservative media have joined forces with liberal internationalists in openly celebrating this massive invasion, relying on bad theology, outdated economics, and historical myths to falsely claim that immigration is a moral imperative, an economic necessity, and in the national interest. Cuckservative: How “Conservatives” Betrayed America is a powerful defense of America’s right to exist as a nation by two Native American authors, as well as a damning indictment of a conservatism that has failed to conserve America’s culture and traditions.

This powerful and remorseless book addresses the myth of the Melting Pot, proves that mass immigration is a net negative for the U.S. economy, and exposes the anti-Christian ideology behind the Christian establishment’s support for multiculturalism and open borders. It even shows how 50 years of immigration have lowered America’s average IQ. The authors pull no punches in conclusively demonstrating that it is not right, it is not moral, it is not economically beneficial, and it is not Constitutional to betray America’s posterity.

In Cuckservative, John Red Eagle and Vox Day warn Americans that if they do not defend their culture, their posterity, and their nation, they will eventually find themselves on their own Trail of Tears.

About the Author:

Vox Day graduated in 1990 from Bucknell University with degrees in Economics and Asian Studies. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, the International Game Developers Association, and Mensa, and helped found the techno band Psykosonik. In addition to his weekly columns, he transmits contagious and controversial memes daily from the Vox Popoli blog.

Tage Lindbom: Före solnedgången

Norma, 1993

Baksida:

LindbomDen sekularisering, som fått ökad utbredning i Västerlandet, har efter andra världskrigets slut lett till stor oklarhet inte minst på moralens område. Vad är ont och vad är gott, var går gränsen för mänskligt ansvar?

Behovet av en moraldebatt, inte minst i Sverige, har ofta påtalats och det är därför angeläget när Tage Lindbom i sin nya bok Före solnedgången griper sig an denna fråga i ett längre kapitel.

Vår tids människor upplever på många sätt osäkerhet och otrygghet. När Gud förklaras vara god och samtidigt allsmäktig, så frågar sig många, varför tillåter Han då allt detta onda och lidande i världen? Det är en stor och svår fråga, som Tage Lindbom ägnar en inträngande granskning.

Föränderlighet och rastlöshet upplevs som plågsamma och det uppstår en längtan efter fasta hållpunkter. De vetenskapliga löftena från seklets början om slutgiltiga svar på tillvarons gåtor har inte infriats. Tvärtom upplevs världen av många som ett oavlåtligt flöde utan mål och utan mening.

Finns då inte en högre gudomlig ordning, som ger åt skapelsen en möjlighet till jämvikt och harmoni, till en djupare mening med vårt jordiska liv?

Tage Lindbom vill bejaka denna fråga: det finns en skapelsens inneboende ordning. Men vi blir delaktiga av denna ordning först när vi upphör med vår folksuveräna självtillbedjan.

Leon J. Podles: The Church Impotent

The Feminization of Christianity

Spence Publishing Company, 1999 (Go to the publisher’s website or amazon and buy)

Book Description:

PodlesIn the stale and overworked field of gender studies, The Church Impotent is the only book to confront the lopsidedly feminine cast of modern Christianity with a profound analysis of its historical and sociological roots. Dr. Podles identifies the masculine traits that once characterized the Christian life but are now commonly considered incompatible with it. In an original and challenging account, he traces three contemporaneous medieval sources: the writings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the rise of scholasticism, and the expansion of female monasticism. He contends that though masculinity has been marginalized within Christianity, it cannot be expunged from human society. If detached from Christianity, it reappears as a substitute religion, with unwholesome and even horrific consequences. The church, too, is diminished by its emasculation. Its spirituality becomes individualistic and erotic, tending toward universalism and quietism. In his concluding assessment of the future of men in the church, Dr. Podles examines three aspects of Christianity – initiation, struggle, and fraternal love – through which its virility might be restored.

Reviews:

“This groundbreaking book should be read by everyone concerned about the future of Christianity.”  St. Anthony Messenger

“This volume will certainly invite an important discussion.”  National Catholic Reporter

About the Author:

Leon J. Podles, a native of Baltimore, earned his bachelor’s degree at Providence College and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia. He later studied Old Icelandic at the University of Iceland. He has worked as a teacher and a federal investigator and is now the president of the Crossland Foundation. Among the numerous journals for which he has written are America, American Spectator, Crisis, and American Enterprise, and he is a contributing editor of Touchstone. Dr. Podles and his wife have six children and live in Naples, Florida, and Baltimore.

Joseph Baldacchino, ed.: Educating for Virtue

National Humanities Institute, 1988 (There are still problems with adding links here, but go to the publisher’s website or amazon and buy the book!)

Essays by Solveig Eggerz, Paul Gottfried, Russell Kirk, Claes G. Ryn, Peter Stanlis

Back Cover:

Baldacchino“If there is a single thread that runs through these essays, it is the recognition of a universal order that transcends the flux of human life and gives meaning to it. Insofar as men act in accordance with this order, they experience true happiness and are brought into community with others who are similarly motivated. But men are afflicted with contrary impulses that are destructive of universal order. When acted upon, these impulses bring suffering and a sense of meaninglessness and despair; the result is disintegration and conflict – within both the personality and society at large. Yet so tempting are the attactions of these impulses that they frequently prevail and must be taken into account in any realistic assessment of human affairs. This tension within the person between competing desires – the conflict between what Plato called the One and the Many – is the ultimate reality of human experience. To apprehend this reality, and to act in the light of the transcendent purpose with appropriate reverence and restraint, is the essence of wisdom; and to help deepen and strengthen this apprehension – through philosophy, history, literature, and the arts and sciences – is the overarching purpose of any education worthy of the name.”

From the Foreword [by Baldacchino]

Contents:

Claes G. Ryn: The Humanities and Moral Reality

Russell Kirk: The Ethical Purpose of Literary Studies

Paul Gottfried: Education and the American Political Tradition

Peter J. Stanlis: The Humanities in Secondary Education

Solveig Eggerz: Permanence and the History Curriculum

Laurie Ossman & Steven Brooke: Great Houses of the South

Rizzoli, 2010 (Go to the publisher’s website or amazon and buy the book; links will be added here asap.)

Book Description:

OssmanAn exquisitely photographed collection of the great houses and mansions of the South. In the tradition of Rizzoli’s Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley and Great Houses of New England, Great Houses of the South features a stunning array of newly photographed homes that range over three centuries and are distinctive examples of the architecture of the region. While in popular imagination the “Southern Style” is embodied in the classic Southern plantation house with its Greek Revival detailing – its stately white columns, wide porch, and symmetrical shape – the houses themselves are much more various and engaging, as shown in this important volume. From stately Stanton Hall of Natchez, Mississippi, one of the most magnificent and palatial residences of antebellum America; to Longue Vue House and Gardens of New Orleans, the luxurious Classical Revival–style home of Edgar and Edith Stern; to the fabled Biltmore of Asheville, North Carolina, the opulent French Renaissance–inspired chateau and Gilded Age estate of George Washington Vanderbilt, this lavish volume is comprehensive in scope and a landmark work of enduring interest to homeowners, architects, architecture historians, and all those who love fine architecture.

About the Authors:

Laurie Ossman has served as the Deputy Director at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. Her previous positions include Chief Curator at The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida, and Curator and Restoration Project Manager at Ca d’Zan, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.

Steven Brooke is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and winner of the A.I.A. National Institute Honor Award for photography. He is the photographer of Rizzoli’s Aqua, Seaside Style, and Miami: Mediterranean Splendor and Deco Dreams.

Alan Sears & Craig Osten: The Homosexual Agenda

Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today

B&H Books, 2003 (Go to the publisher’s website or amazon and buy the book; unfortunately I can’t provide links at the moment.)

Sears OstenAuthors Alan Sears and Craig Osten expose the goals of the homosexual movement and its rising legal activism. The homosexual agenda has as its primary aim to “trump” the rights of all other groups, especially those of people of faith. The saddest part of the story is that it is working. In 1988, 74.9 percent of the American public thought that sex between two people of the same gender was always wrong. By 1998, the percentage had fallen to 54.6 percent. Sears and Osten provide well-documented proof that America; is not only becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, through the indoctrination of children, positive exposure on TV, and the support and approval of corporate America, it is becoming less tolerant of those who disagree.

About Alan Sears:

Alan Sears serves as President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). He leads the efforts of ADF through a comprehensive legal strategy that includes training, funding, and legal advocacy that has resulted in various important roles in 47 victories at the United States Supreme Court and in three out of four cases.

Since the launch of ADF in 1994, Sears has provided strategic leadership in the training of 1,846 lawyers from 45 nations through the one-of-a-kind ADF Legal Academy. These attorneys have provided more than $195 million in pro-bono/dedicated time. His visionary efforts have also resulted in the graduation of more than 1,600 outstanding law students, representing more than 200 law schools from 20 nations from the world-class Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership training program.

Sears earned his Juris Doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush Administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section. Sears was appointed as Director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and served as Associate Solicitor with the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.

He has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, and The ACLU vs. America, both with Craig Osten. His most recent books are In Justice and Trial and Error.

Norman E. Rosenthal: Super Mind

How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation

TarcherPerigee, 2016 (There are at the moment problems with the Insert Links function, but I will add the links asap; meanwhile, visit the Publisher’s website, amazon, or some other bookseller anyway, and, as always, order the book!)

Book Description:

RosenthalThe noted research psychiatrist and New York Times-bestselling author explores how Transcendental Meditation permanently alters your daily consciousness, resulting in greater productivity, emotional resilience, and aptitude for success.

Most of us believe that we live in only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep, and dreaming. But there is so much more.

In Super Mind, clinical psychiatrist and bestselling author Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., shows how the incredibly simple daily practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can permanently improve your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life–placing you into a super-mind state of  consciousness where you consistently perform at peak aptitude.

In his most ambitious and practical book yet, Rosenthal shows how TM is more than a tool for destressing or for general wellness. It is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain. Written in Rosenthal’s trademark style of restraint and intellectual carefulness, Super Mind explores how we can aspire to so much more than we ever thought possible.

Reviews:

Super Mind is a wonderfully practical exploration of the benefits of Transcendental Meditation that reveals how the technique is not a belief or faith but a simple tool that, in my experience, can improve your life in ways you never thought possible.”  Hugh Jackman

“In Super Mind, Norman E. Rosenthal has written a vibrant, practical, and persuasive guide to all the ways in which mediation can profoundly affect every aspect of our lives – from our emotional and spiritual well-being to our intellectual and creative abilities.”  Arianna Huffington

Super Mind opens new doors to thinking about consciousness, and new possibilities about how consciousness can grow and change a person’s life forever. Transcendental Meditation has been found to improve physical and psychological health in hundreds of published studies and Norman E. Rosenthal weaves this evidence together with powerful stories of transformation – a must-read for anyone wanting to develop a Super Mind.”  Maria Shriver

“Dr. Rosenthal’s Super Mind is a thoroughly engaging, scientifically sound testament to the immediate and long-term benefits of Transcendental Meditation – a technique I have been practicing for nearly two years. TM has made me more mentally and physically energetic, sharper, less stressed and more positive. If I could write a prescription for TM to all my patients, I would.”  Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent, Ob-Gyn

“Norman E. Rosenthal, renowned scientist and researcher, reveals the powerful, life-enhancing effects of Transcendental Meditation in this acutely observed and poetic book.  In Transcendence, Rosenthal gave us the science behind TM; in Super Mind he does that and more, showing us the broad applications and transformative stories of real people using this simple technique.”  Richard A. Friedman, M.D., contributing Op-Ed writer for The New York Times and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College

About the Author:

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and the New York Times-bestselling author of books including Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation and The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections. He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health as a research fellow, researcher, and senior researcher for more than twenty years and was the first psychiatrist to describe and diagnose Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Bernardo Kastrup: Dreamed up Reality

Diving Into Mind to Uncover the Astonishing Hidden Tale of Nature

Iff Books, 2011

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KastrupA strong and growing intuition in society today is the idea that our thoughts create our own reality. Yet it seems obvious that, try as we might, our lives are not quite what we fantasize. Is the intuition thus wrong? Through a rational, methodic interpretation of meditative insights, the validity of which is substantiated with a compelling scientific literature review, the author constructs hypotheses that reconcile facts with intuition. Mesmerizing narratives of his expeditions into the unconscious suggest an amazing possibility: just as dreams are seemingly autonomous manifestations of our psyche, reality may be an externalized combination of the subconscious dreams of us all, mixed as they are projected onto the fabric of space-time. Perhaps the laws of physics are an emergent by-product of such synchronization of thoughts. Through computer simulations, the author explores the implications of these hypotheses, with conclusions uncannily reminiscent of observed phenomena.

About the Author:

Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in computer engineering and has been a scientist in some of the world’s foremost scientific laboratories. He researches and writes about metaphysics and philosophy of mind.

Douglas Wilson: Standing on the Promises

A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing

Canon Press, 1997

Book Description:

WilsonAs parents, our greatest calling is the raising of our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. God has designed each family to be a culture – with a language, customs, traditions, and countless unspoken assumptions. The culture of the family intimately shapes the children who grow up in it. It is the duty of the father to ensure that the shaping takes place according to biblical wisdom.

Some fathers establish a rebellious culture for their children and bring upon their children the wrath of God, sometimes for generations. Other fathers fail to establish any distinct culture, and outside cultures rush to fill the void.

Through the Messiah, God promised blessing to His people, “their children, and their children’s children forever.” The norm for faithful members of the covenant is that their children will follow them in their faithfulness. The oddity should be children who fall away. Unless we reestablish faithful Christian culture in countless homes, we will never reestablish it anywhere.

Standing on the Promises brings clarity, providing parents with an insightful handbook on biblical childrearing, that avoids another paint-by-numbers method for parenting.

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About the Author:

Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). As one of its founders, he has served on the board of Logos School, a classical and Christian school (K-12), since its inception, and he is a Senior Fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College. He is also the editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine, the editor for the Omnibus textbook series, and the author of many books, including Reforming Marriage, Recovering the Lost Tools of LearningThe Case for Classical Christian Education, Angels in the Architecture (with Douglas Jones), and a biography of John Knox. His blog can be found here.

Todd Huizinga: The New Totalitarian Temptation

Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe

Encounter Books, 2016

Book Description:

HuizingaWhat caused the eurozone debacle and the chaos in Greece? Why has Europe’s migrant crisis spun out of control, over the heads of national governments? Why is Great Britain calling a vote on whether to leave the European Union? Why are established political parties declining across the continent while protest parties rise? All this is part of the whirlwind that EU elites are reaping from their efforts to create a unified Europe without meaningful accountability to average voters.

The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe is a must-read if you want to understand how the European Union got to this point and what the European project fundamentally is. This is the first book to identify the essence of the EU in a utopian vision of a supranationally governed world, an aspiration to achieve universal peace through a global legal order.

The ambitions of the global governancers are unlimited. They seek to transform not just the world’s political order, but the social order as well – discarding basic truths about human nature and the social importance of tradition in favor of a human rights policy defined by radical autonomy and unfettered individual choice. And the global governance ideology at the heart of the EU is inherently antidemocratic. EU true believers are not swayed by the common sense of voters, nor by reality itself.

Because the global governancers aim to transfer core powers of all nations to supranational organizations, the EU is on a collision course with the United States. But the utopian ideas of global governance are taking root here too, even as the European project flames into rancor and turmoil. America and Europe are still cultural cousins; we stand or fall together. The EU can yet be reformed, and a commitment to democratic sovereignty can be renewed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Reviews:

“The ‘European project’ is unraveling – not a moment too soon – because its soft authoritarianism is becoming too obvious to disguise or ignore. Todd Huizinga demonstrates how the European Union’s multiplying misadventures are reminding us of what EU elites want us to forget: the indissoluble link between rights-based self-government and the nation-state, which is not an anachronism after all.”  George F. Will

“If the European Union prefigures one possible future of the global order, as Todd Huizinga argues, globally concerned citizens cannot afford to ignore the questions he raises in this book. Wise in tone and even prophetic, it is seasoned with personal experience and shows a solid grasp of practical policies as well as ideas. This is essential reading for all who care about the course on which humanity is sailing.”  Os Guinness, author of The Global Public Square

“This is the best book ever written about the European Union. Having spent years in Brussels as an American diplomat, Huizinga knows European politics and culture as few statesmen or scholars do. He deftly dissects the powerful vision of global governance behind the endless directives from the EU bureaucracy. This lucidly argued text is indispensable to understanding Europe’s current crises – of democracy and sovereignty, immigration and national identity – as well as America’s relationship with Europe.”  John Fonte, director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute, author of Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or Be Ruled by Others?

“This brilliant book is the single best volume on the European Union from a conservative viewpoint that I have read. The insights sparkle on every page. What makes it so compelling is that Huizinga understands both the American society and the European project from personal and professional experience. He offers a lucid perspective on the friction between Europe’s relativistic postmodernism and the strong fiber of Christian conviction that runs through American culture and democracy.”  David Aikman, award-winning journalist, author of The Mirage of Peace: Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict in the Middle East

About the Author:

Todd Huizinga is director of International Outreach at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a cofounder of the Transatlantic Christian Council and a research fellow of Calvin College’s Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics.

As a U.S. diplomat from 1992 until 2012, Mr. Huizinga served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Luxembourg, political counselor at the U.S. mission to the European Union in Brussels, consul for political and economic affairs at the U.S. consulates in Hamburg and Munich, and consul for public affairs at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. He has also served in Dublin, Frankfurt, and Costa Rica, as well as on the European Union Desk at the State Department in Washington, D.C. He speaks German, Dutch, Spanish, and French.

Diana Johnstone: Queen of Chaos

The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton

CounterPunch, 2015     Amazon

JohnstoneUnited State wars are getting repetitive. Always the same old scenario. The mainstream media alert public opinion to the latest “villain” supposedly threatening to slaughter “his own people”. The U.S. does the job instead with its drones and missiles. The new “villain” is soon forgotten, but his country is left in a shambles, with competing fanatics vying to dominate the chaos. Something new is needed. How about a Woman War President? Hillary Rodham Clinton has painstakingly groomed herself for the role. Her record as Secretary of State shows that she is fully qualified to be the first woman to be known as the “mother of all drones” or even to launch World War III.

Reviews:

“Veteran journalist Diana Johnstone captures the imperial worldview of Hillary Clinton in memorable detail. Hillary the Hawk, as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, never saw a weapons systems she did not support nor a U.S. war practice she did not endorse. This included her hyper-aggressive launch of the war on Libya (against the opposition of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates) and the resulting sprawling chaos, violence and weapons dispersal spilling beyond Libya’s war-torn society to larger regions of central Africa. Johnstone documents Hillary Clinton as ‘the top salesperson for the ruling oligarchy’ and ‘the favorite candidate of the War Party.’ That is what is at stake in November 2016.”  Ralph Nader

“If you are still fooled by Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic Party, then Diana Johnstone’s book will dispel the myth that either they or the party are redeemable. Hillary, like her husband, Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership, are controlled by corporate money and willing accomplices in the crimes of empire. Her appeal to gender holds no more promise for the poor, the working class or the wretched of the earth we tyrannize around the globe than Obama’s appeal to race. The predatory engines of corporate capitalism and the security and surveillance state will run as smoothly under her direction as they did under her predecessor. If you doubt this, read this book.”  Chris Hedges

“Diana Johnstone has written an extremely valuable book on Hillary Clinton, which not only examines in detail Mrs. Clinton’s political history and record, but places them in their evolving political context, which enlightens readers on the domestic and international political environment within which she works and into which she adapts.and serves.”  Edward S. Herman

About the Author:

Diana Johnstone was European editor of In These Times and press officer of the Green group in the European Parliament from 1990 to 1996. She is the author of The Politics of Euromissiles and Fools’ Crusade. She lives in Paris.

Thomas Moore: Soul Mates

Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship

Harper Collins, 1994

Front Flap:

MooreA companion volume to the national bestseller Care of the Soul, this new book from Thomas Moore explores how relationships of all kinds – with all their difficulties – deepen our lives and help fulfill the needs of the soul.

As Thomas Moore pointed out in Care of the Soul, the soul thrives under certain conditions, especially intimacy, attachment, and involvement. Unlike many books that are concerned with making relationships work better, Moore’s new book, Soul Mates, finds meaning in endings, separations, jealousy, sexual conflicts, and other obstacles we may encounter in the pursuit of intimacy. The book emphasizes that if we are willing to live through these difficulties, life is enriched and the soul thrives. Moore describes how “soul-intimacy” can be cultivated in simple ways that are often overlooked – writing thoughtful letters and engaging in heartfelt conversation, for instance. On another level, he investigates ways to create soulful community and a profound sense of conviviality in society and among nations. For insight he appeals to a wide range of literature and mythology – Emily Dickinson, Sufi poetry, Native American folktales, and classical mythology. In all of these sources Moore finds intimacy depicted as a matter of soul rather than interpersonal dynamics.

Everyone whose heart, mind, and soul were touched by Care of the Soul will find in Soul Mates the same kind of empathy, caring, and wisdom as Thomas Moore expands on his ideas about life and explores all human relationships.

Reviews:

“In richly textured and shaded prose, he evokes mythology, poetry and sacred and philosophical traditions to speak not to our agendas but to our souls.”  San Francisco Chronicle

“I devoured Soul Mates like some comfort food for the spirit…Moore moves love off the fast track and into the realm of mystery and imagination where it belongs.”  New Woman

“An eloquent, passionate, often mystical exploration of how we mere mortals might better understand ourselves and others in a late-20thcentury society in which so much emphasis is placed on interpersonal dynamics and so little on introspection, care, grace, gratitude and honor.”  Detroit News

“[Moore] delights in plainness, things imperfect, ragged edges, loose ends, failures, flops, incompletions, annoyances, dissatisfactions. The comfort he offers is that in such shortfalls from ultimacy and salvation, we may find our richest reality. The soul’s fertility is slow and organic.”  New Orleans Times Picayune

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Harikeśa Swami Viṣṇupāda: Varṇaśrama Manifesto for Social Sanity

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1981

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Harikesha SwamiA treasure for those seriously pondering the destiny of the world, this manifesto persuasively argues that the day of the materially based nation-state is over. Challenging the economic and political goals most of us tacitly accept, the author uncovers a massive yet hidden flaw in the foundation of modern social systems and offers a new blue-print for the restructuring of human society.

Preface by Jay A. Matsya, editor:

The increasing social chaos, economic decay and military confrontation throughout the world should not receive the full measure of our resentment and scorn. We all desire that our national and international environments yield as much happiness, comfort, and serenity as possible. Times of upheaval and testing, however, do have their value. An ancient Indian pundit once commented that a truly intelligent person should know how to extract nectar from a stock of poison, perceive a rare jewel amid a pile of garbage, and acquire wisdom from a low-class but qualified teacher. At first glance, perilous epochs in history seem to offer participants nothing beyond hardship, suffering, and despair. But one should not fail to note that during adverse years, when the human grasp on reality shakes, the world’s thinkers are sometimes moved to exert their intellects with a special profundity.

Whether man is heading in the right direction or completely off course is a question phrased earnestly in the sea of troubles, not on Easy Street. Hence, the present world climate of materialistic unrest and failure holds great import for sage thinkers. Now the impetus is generously available for intense re-evaluation of the foundation and structure of human society. Distressing circumstances mercifully press us to take a more careful look at ourselves and our civilization. Thus, humanity may inch closer to clues of lasting social prosperity and peace.

After ten years of rigorous thought, supplemented with extensive travels on each continent, the author decided – hesitantly, he admits – that at last he was ready to write this book and that human society might be ready to receive it. The Varṇaśrama Manifesto for Social Sanity presents sociological, political and economic perspectives and information never before considered by modern man. Its unique proposals derive from a reservoir of knowledge most learned persons have yet to tap. I hope troubled mankind will take advantage.

Harikesha Swami Vishnupada

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Julius Evola: La dottrina del risveglio

Nuova edizione riveduta

Con un saggio introduttivo di Jean Varenne

Edizioni Mediterranee, 1995 (1943)

EvolaNella Dottrina del Risveglio Julius Evola si propone di mettere in luce la natura vera del buddhismo delle origini, dottrina che doveva sfaldarsi fino all’inverosimile nella gran parte delle forme successive, quando, per via della sua divulgazione e diffusione, essa divenne più o meno una religione. In realtà, il nucleo essenziale dell’insegnamento aveva avuto un carattere metafisico e iniziatico. L’interpretazione del buddhismo come una mera morale avente per fondo la compassione, l’umanitarismo, la fuga della vita perché “la vita è dolore”, è quanto mai estrinseca, profana e superficiale. Il buddhismo è stato invece determinato da una volontà dell’incondizionato affermatasi nella forma più radicale, dalla ricerca di ciò che sovrasta sia la vita che la morte. Non è tanto il “dolore” che si vuole superare quanto l’agitazione e la contingenza di ogni esistenza condizionata, le quali hanno per origine, radice e fondo la brama, una sete che per la sua stessa natura non si potrà mai spegnere nella vita comune, una intossicazione o “mania”, una “ignoranza”, l’accecamento che spinge verso un disperato, ebbro e cupido identificarsi dall’Io con l’una o l’altra forma del mondo caduco nella corrente eterna del divenire, del samsâra. Il nirvâna non è che la designazione del còmpito negativo, consistente nell’estinzione (della sete e della “ignoranza” metafisiche). La sua controparte positiva è l’illuminazione o risveglio (la bodhi), donde, appunto, il termine “Buddha”, ossia “lo Svegliato”. Da qui il titolo del presente libro. Essendo stato il Buddha non un brahmâna, ma un appartenente alla casta guerriera, viene qui messo in rilievo il carattere “aristocratico” del buddhismo, la presenza in esso della forza virile e guerriera (il ruggito del Leone è una designazione dell’annuncio del Buddha) applicata ad un piano non materiale e non temporale, in aperto contrasto con le accennate interpretazioni sfaldate, quietistiche e umanitarie di essa. Il fine precipuo e eminente dell’ascesi buddhista è la distruzione della sete, il decondizionamento, il risveglio, la Grande Liberazione. Da questo punto di vista, Julius Evola ha messo in risalto come almeno una parte delle discipline esposte sia anche suscettibile di una applicazione nella stessa vita nel mondo, per la fortificazione dell’intimo animo, per realizzare un distacco, per enucleare in sé qualcosa di invulnerabile e di intravolgibile. Questa ascesi “aristocratica” può dunque avere anche un valore immanente, proprio in un’epoca come l’attuale, al fine di far da antidoto al clima psichico di un mondo caratterizzato da un insensato attivismo, dall’immedesimazione in forze “vitali”, irrazionali e caotiche. L’Autore, tuttavia, pur procedendo a simili precisazioni e pur tratteggiando adeguatamente la cornice dottrinale essenziale del buddhismo, si occupa soprattutto del lato pratico, dell’”ascesi” del buddhismo, con una esposizione sistematica basata direttamente sui testi. Lo stesso Buddha infatti si presenta come un uomo il quale si è aperta la via da sé, con le sue sole forze, come “combattente asceta”, anche se poi egli ha costituito il punto di partenza di una catena di maestri e di corrispondenti influenze spirituali. Il lato importante del buddhismo delle origini è pertanto l’esigenza pratica, il primato dell’azione e l’avversione per ogni vano speculare.

Bernardo Kastrup: Rationalist Spirituality

An Exploration of the Meaning of Life and Existence Informed by Logic and Science

Iff Books, 2011

KastrupWhy does the universe exist and what are you supposed to do in it? This question has been addressed by religions since time immemorial, but popular answers often fail to account for obvious aspects of reality. Indeed, if God knows everything, why do we need to learn through pain and suffering? If God is omnipotent, why are we needed to do good? If the universe is fundamentally good, why are wars, crime, and injustice all around us? In modern society, orthodox science takes the rational high-ground and tackles these contradictions by denying the very need for, and the existence of, meaning. Indeed, many of us implicitly accept the notion that rationality somehow contradicts spirituality. That is a modern human tragedy, not only for its insidiousness, but for the fact that it is simply not true. In this book, the author constructs a coherent and logical argument for the meaning of existence, informed by science itself. A framework is laid out wherein all aspects of human existence have a logical, coherent reason and role, including the ones often perceived as negative. The powerful logic of this framework inescapably leads to insightful and inspiring guidelines for living a purposeful and meaningful life.

Contents:

1  The hypothesis of meaning

2  A search for ultimate purpose

3  A process of universal enrichment

4  The unrealized potential of consciousness

5  The brain as a consciousness transceiver

6  Science does not claim to explain it all

7  The role of intelligence

8  The beginnings of a theory of purpose

9  Recapping our journey thus far

10  A return to boundless consciousness

11  God

12  A natural tendency towards insight

13  A universal memory of qualia

14  Interpretation and guidelines for purposeful living

15  Related concepts

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About the Author:

Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many scientific papers and philosophy books. His three most recent books are: More Than Allegory, Brief Peeks Beyond and Why Materialism Is Baloney. He has also been an entrepreneur and founder of a successful high-tech start-up. Next to a managerial position in the high-tech industry, Bernardo maintains a philosophy blog, a video interview series, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. He has lived and worked in four different countries across continents, currently residing in the Netherlands.

Armin Mohler & Karlheinz Weissmann: Die konservative Revolution in Deutschland, 1918-1932

Ein Handbuch

6., völlig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage

Ares Verlag, 2005

MohlerDas in fünf Auflagen erschienene bio-bibliographische Handbuch Armin Mohlers ist längst ein Klassiker und unverzichtbares Hilfsmittel für jeden, der sich mit der Geschichte der rechten und konservativen geistesgeschichtlichen Strömungen während der Weimarer Republik beschäftigt.

Für die sechste Auflage wurde das Standardwerk von einem der profundesten Kennern der Materie, Karlheinz Weißmann, überarbeitet, in dessen Hände Mohler die Fortführung seines Werkes vor seinem Tod legte. Ohne den bisherigen Duktus des Buches zu ändern, hat Weißmann eine Fülle von neuen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen in diese Neuauflage einfließen lassen.

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