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Conservatives Who Write Novels

April 14, 2021

Yesterday, April 13, 2021, six political conservatives who are scholars met via Zoom to discuss why they write novels.

Read about “Writing and the National Interest” by clicking here.

Their discussion posted at YouTube was 1:34 hrs in length and sheds light on critical issues facing all Americans. You are invited to support advertising of their narrative fiction by making a tax exempt donation to American Academy of Distance Learning.

Donors of $100 may request an autographed copy of one of their novels by going to:

http://www.academydl.com/donate and click on the “Friend” option to make a secure donation by credit card or PayPal.

Your donation is tax exempt!

Australian Racing and Education

April 13, 2021

Keeneland racecourse is racing as American thoroughbred enthusiasts look forward to the Kentucky Derby, but Australia is not to be outdone.

A two-day meet next weekend at Royal Randwick will outshine America’s “Darby” in quality of entries and elegance.

A century ago Australia was a backwater.

No longer as one entrepreneur donated $4 billion Australian to reform its higher education system away from Progressives like those who dominate American higher education.

Wealthy Americans are put to shame by the late Paul Ramsay!

And Australians dress for thoroughbred royalty racing at Randwick.

See you there?

The Dead and Living “South”

April 12, 2021

About thirty-three miles from where I’ve lived since 1996 is the town of Windsor, Virginia where major media has covered the pepper spraying of a driver of a new SUV. Though a temporary license was pasted in the rear window, a police officer stopped the vehicle and abused the driver, a black Lieutenant in the U.S. Military wearing Army fatigues.

The video of this encounter was featured on CNN’s “First Light” program this morning as “the lead” for the day and will be carried via the Internet and other media throughout the world.

The general “take” on this will confirm that America is “racist,” and the police are instructed to protect the white majority.

This episode which occurred last December and has come to light only now follows an episode the month before in Graham, North Carolina where African-American demonstrators were tear-gassed. Graham is 186 miles southwest of Windsor, and 50 miles east of Winston-Salem where tobacco (Camel cigarettes), textiles and university education (Wake Forest) dominated.

I had to look up that information because I am a Yankee and am appalled by a lingering disposition to honor “the South” in the form it took that killed 600,000 combatants in a savage Civil War.

Among some folk in Windsor and Graham, however, a love for that era transcends so much that is good in the southern United States, and the struggle to interpret life lived in the South by some of America’s most brilliant writers. I must assume that residents of Windsor or Graham are not readers of Faulkner nor the Fugitive Agrarians.

I  lived in Dallas, Texas, for three years from 1969-1972, where the traditions of the South and its distinctive literature were honored at the University of Dallas. My colleagues and friends, especially, Melvin E. Bradford, was a “Wallace Democrat,” and Tom Landess supported my work by publishing my history of political theory. My university colleagues in the Literature Department were heirs to the works of William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Katherine Anne Porter, and Robert Penn Warren.

That is “the South” that has risen and lives.

A Call for Political Novels

April 11, 2021

Political philosophy inspired Eric Voegelin to explore the great questions that philosophers examined from the ancient Greeks though the 13th century scholars in universities that fostered the scholarship of St. Thomas. These men shaped “the West” and gave Western culture a unique “edge” that defines Western man.

Voegelin in his later works went to the core of social and cultural issues that motivates us to contemplate American culture with all the skills in our possession including narrative fiction.

As I observed on April 3rd, a colleague–shaped by the same scholars brought together at the University of Notre Dame in the 1960s and 1970s who influenced me–has expressed a fear that the American nation in the present day exhibits signs that it is defeated and occupied by a foreign power.

Barriers of law and practice that limit political power of “the State” have been breached and only killing of the occupied people remains to be accomplished.

Writing about this danger sounds shrill and off-putting since the occupying forces in the present day are our fellow Americans.

If this were simply a passing phase, we might relax our guard and wait for some favorable resolution of social forces. But all the instruments of civilization—universities, religious institutions, public media—have joined in willful destruction of our spirits and the just order that once was dominant—before we were dispirited.

We who practice political philosophy write scholarly works to alert our fellow citizens about this present danger. That was what I did in my 2015 study titled The Conservative Rebellion.

But the public’s interest in reading serious scholarship is non-existent.

For that reason I asked some scholars who have taken to writing narrative fiction—novels—to meet to discuss their craft. You are invited to listen to a first discussion about writing novels and the national interest that will be recorded and posted at the website of American Academy of Distance Learning.

Click here for a description of that event.