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P R A E S I D I U M
A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
11.3 (Summer 2011)
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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
Proverbs are always favorites with those who enjoy succinct wit and the sound of language–but little thought is usually given to the affinity of the proverb with oral-traditional culture. This connection does much to explain the tendency of such sayings to resignation and pessimism.
Penitence and To the Beloved PAL Girls Wesley Ross Harris
A young poet, appearing in this venue for the first time, reflects upon a subject very appropriate to young men.
Now He Drives Himself John Harris
A rather older poet has a low-impact collision with his aging.
The “A” in “Team” Ivor Davies
Don’t underestimate the ability of the determined female athlete to win on and off the field–by doing “whatever it takes”..
The Polis vs. Progress
Thanks to an unscrupulous abuse of terms, the notion of conservation has passed out of the word “conservative” in a political context. This short piece remarks certain conditions that must be acknowledge if the two usages are to be brought back under one aegis..
Technology: Culture’s Deterioration Wesley Ross Harris
This short essay is based on an extraordinary effort in a freshman composition class. Among other things, it implicitly gives the lie to those condescending technophiles who never tire of affirming that the up-and-coming generation loves gadgetry and will demand more and more of it.
Mass-Hysteria and Name-Calling: A Very Ancient Example Peter Singleton
Gustave Flaubert was inspired by his reading of Polybius when he found a perfect example of men acting like animals. We should re-read the same ancient text and and learn the right lessons before history repeats itself to the final hour.
Faith & Cultural Meltdown
Islamic Neighborhoods–Not Koranic Societies John R. Harris
No educated Westerner wants Islam to be eradicated from the earth, and no true American would deny it the same freedom of expression as other religions enjoy here; yet to the extent that Islam actively seeks the subversion of Western freedom and American tolerance, it is a threat to common decency and an enemy of the state. We may disagree about that extent, but we cannot ignore the basic challenges posed by the Koran.
Reading and Writing: The Bedrock of Home-Education Gianna DiRoberti
Public and private schools have different problems, and parents certainly have very different situations and objectives: but to dispute the higher literacy of children who learn to read and write at home is almost impossible..