April 17, 2014

Dismantling of a Culture

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Source: National Review Online | Kathryn Jean Lopez America’s elites now disdain the rest of America. David Gelernter, the Yale professor of computer science, has an alarming yet cautiously exuberant book out, America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats). He tells us where we are and how and why we got here, and gives readers a pep talk,   encouraging them to be the light (not “lite”) we need. He talks about it all with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Is there a precise moment where you can say, yes, yes, this is the moment when America went “lite”? DAVID GELERNTER: The Cultural Revolution itself began right after World War II (when our leading colleges were still in the hands of the generally centrist WASP elite) and culminated around 1970, when intellectuals were in control, and preparing to use these universities as platforms for imposing their … [Read more...]

Touchstone. Courage and Conversion: An Interview with Hadley Arkes

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I read this article yesterday in Touchstone Magazine and was glad to find that it is featured this month on their website (I was going to recommend it today). Particularly encouraging is Arkes' conviction, which I also share, that we can find a way out of our present cultural morass. I'm not a fatalist despite the constant drumbeat that we are doomed (much coming from Orthodox quarters too as it turns out). A fascinating interview that is also good for the soul. Source: Touchstone Magazine | Marcia Segelstein Hadley Arkes is the Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions at Amherst College and one of the country’s most prominent proponents of natural-law jurisprudence. He is the author of numerous books, including First Things (from which the journal took its name) and Natural Rights and the Right to Choose. His latest is a collection of essays called Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law. In an interview for the … [Read more...]