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P R A E S I D I U M

A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

11.1 (Winter 2011)

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

President

Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

Secretary

Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY

Director

Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)

Director

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Contents of This Issue

Literary Analysis

Men of Less Will Than Whimsy: The Moral Non-Sequitur Within Jules Romains’s Epic Portrait of Europe (Part One)       John R. Harris

When “unanimist” author Jules Romains completed a long series of novels intended to cover twenty-five very troubled years of Europe’s early twentieth century, he believed himself to be representing modern reality with unique fidelity.  In some ways, perhaps, he was; but a moral slipperiness characterizes even his “heroes” which must call into question the progressive view of the real.  

     Short Stories

Four Politically Wicked Bedtime Stories     Peter Singleton

These four animal fables are, in the tradition of Aesop, entirely about human beings–and, as is often the case with the genre, they have observations to make about society that would bring out the Thought-Gestapo in force if said outright. 

     The Polis vs. Progress

Megatrends and Megatraumas        Mark Wegierski 

This brief essay maps out five basic issues whose resolution (or irresolution) will inevitably shape the world’s future. 

Livable Spaces: A Radical Alternative to False Conservatism (Part One)     John R. Harris 

Since the Left, having given itself wholly to progressivism, cannot coherently address questions about how to preserve or recover the charm of human-scale neighborhoods, an answer must come from the Right–yet here we find no wit or will to respond, at least for the moment. 

The American South: A Whipping Boy That Intellectuals and the Masses Can Share     J. S. Moseby

With the lone exception of the Third Reich’s ghouls and goblins, the South–especially the antebellum South–is a default villain for America’s academics, intellectuals, and chattering classes as well as for movie-goers and TV-addicts. 

     Faith & Cultural Meltdown

Extra-Terrestrials Do Not Threaten Faith, Whatever Else They May Menace       Pancratistes

Our favorite pseudonymous commentator wrestles to its knees the absurd “high brow” contention that the existence of alien space travelers necessarily disproves the essentials of Christian belief. 

     Home-School Corner

Which End of the Funnel?     Staff

Private schools have no educational purpose in our society unless they endorse the home-schooler’s endeavor of injecting new value into a moribund culture.