Author Archives: Glaucon

Keene: Center of the free state project?

Apparently, according to this article: http://www.slate.com/id/2296999

Ken Burns’s The War

Further to my previous post, here is a great summary of Ken Burns’s recent documentary “The War”, which is actually worse than his Civil War one.

Ken Burns’s Civil War

The following article ends up by making an important point regarding the famous Ken Burns documentary on the Civil War: “Watching the film, you might easily forget that one side was not fighting for, but against the very things that Burns claims the war so gloriously achieved. Confederates, you might need reminding after seeing it, […]

Eliot Spitzer and Sophistry

In Ancient Greece sophists were teachers who taught virtue, which in those days generally meant the art of statesmanship, to young men rich enough to afford their services. Sophistry, as their art was called, is a trade much criticized in the dialogues of Plato, where Socrates attacks not only the practice of teaching for a […]

Fight Club

The narrator and Marla look on as the headquarters of “major credit card companies” collapse.

The fall of the United States?

From the Guardian: Decline and fall of the American Empire Key passage: “Let me put an alternative hypothesis. America in 2011 is Rome in 200AD or Britain on the eve of the first world war: an empire at the zenith of its power but with cracks beginning to show. The experience of both Rome and […]

Academia, Harold Bloom, and the Western Canon

Throughout the twentieth-century the American right slowly lost all influence inside academia. How and why this happened is a discussion for another post (Allan Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind” is a good place to start) but what is certain is that today the elite academic institutions in the United States are completely controlled […]