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On Shakespeare: Richard III & Julius Caesar

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Shakespeare: Richard III & Julius Caesar

  Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all time. ~ Ben Johnson Biography William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, celebrated as the most outstanding writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. Known as England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.” Although the source of some […]

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On Montaigne: the father of psychological essays

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Montaigne: the father of psychological essays

  A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. ~ Montaigne Biography Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592) was a giant of the French Renaissance, the cultural and artistic movement in France between the 15th and early 17th centuries, and one of the most important writers of that period celebrated for promoting […]

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On Rabelais: A precursor to Oscar Wilde and the celebrity culture

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Rabelais: A precursor to Oscar Wilde and the celebrity culture

  It was from Lady Wilde that Oscar learned that identity is a kind of fiction, and that being oneself is a form of playacting. It was from her that Oscar [Wilde] learned that the most important act of creativity is the creation of one’s own image. He learned from his mother that the most […]

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On Hobbes and the Leviathan who devours men

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Hobbes and the Leviathan who devours men

  It is not wisdom but authority that makes law. During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man. ~ Hobbes Biography Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), was an English philosopher, scholar […]

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On Machiavelli and the ends justify the means to liberal fascism

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Machiavelli and the ends justify the means to liberal fascism

  It is better to be feared than to be loved. I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it. ~ Machiavelli Biography Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance writer, humanist, diplomat, philosopher, historian, and politician, centered in Florence. As an official in the Florentine Republic, with […]

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On Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the complexities of human nature

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the complexities of human nature

  Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400), known as the Father of English literature, is commonly called the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. Although he attained recognition during his lifetime as a philosopher, astronomer, alchemist and author, writing a scientific treatise […]

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On Dante’s Divine Comedy and the evil of neutrality

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Dante’s Divine Comedy and the evil of neutrality

  The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. ~ Dante Biography Dante Alighieri (c. 1265–1321), was the foremost Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His epic poem, Divine Comedy, is universally considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a […]

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On Aquinas first principles: ethics, natural law and truth

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Aquinas first principles: ethics, natural law and truth

  The natural law is nothing else than the rational creature’s participation in the eternal law. ~ Aquinas . . . [T]he Law of Nature and of Nature’s God. ~ Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence (1776) Biography Aquinas, Saint Thomas (ca. 1225 – d. 1274), was a priest and Dominican friar born in Roccasecca, Italy. […]

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Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part II

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part II

  The Führer confirmed that the “struggle against a Jewish homeland in Palestine would be part of the struggle against the Jews.” ~Grand Mufti, German Newsreel, Nov. 28, 1941 This essay will conclusively chronical the historical facts and details that the modern incantation of devout Islam – from the early 1900s-9/11, up to the early […]

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Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part I

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Muslim Brotherhood = Devout [not radical] Islam, Part I

  “Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.” ~Muslim Brotherhood official slogan Prologue to Muslim duplicity and treachery From the rise of “radical” (i.e., devout) Islam in the early 1900s to 9/11, conventional media coverage […]

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