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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)
The previous issue of Praesidium (Fall 2010) may be viewed by clicking here.
John R. Harris, Ph.D.
Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.
Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.
Michael H. Lythgoe
Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)
Contents of This Issue
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.