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The Federalist No. 39

Federalist 39 is pretty interesting. Madison doesn’t mince his words, explaining where the proposed Constitution consolidates power – even over individuals – and where it is limited and must share authority with the states. What follows in our attempt to put it in more modern prose – and understand it ourselves.

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Egotism in Work and Art – Ideas Have Consequences

The following is a synopsis of the fourth chapter of Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences intermingled with some thoughts from this reader. This is the fifth in a series of posts about this important book.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green, It’s Expensive (And Not Too Smart)

Thumbing through the April 2014 issue of Mechanical Engineering, one finds a heavy predominance of articles pertaining to so-called Green Engineering. Some of these articles cover pretty neat engineering science, regardless of the use to which it is being applied. Some of them are about technology being used to solve non-existent problems.

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The Ethics of Rhetoric by Richard Weaver

Some books are nearly impossible to review. Such works have no wasted words and cannot be effectively summarized in the space available for any review. In fact, sometimes the explication of their contents cannot be done more concisely than the manner in which the author himself chose to arrange his words. Richard Weaver’s The Ethics of Rhetoric is one such book.

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THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC: ITS CONSTITUTION, TENDENCIES, AND DESTINY by Orestes Augustus Brownson

There is a good deal to think about in this book and what it has to say will challenge the modern Right as well as Left. The former, depending on his religious beliefs, may be more inclined to give it due consideration, despite it’s challenging propositions. The latter are the very people that Brownson warned about, and will no doubt dismiss it as a religious rant, despite the clarity of Brownson’s arguments.

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A Treason of The Heart by David Pryce Jones

A Treason of the Heart is an incredibly depressing book, the equivalent of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Both books share the distinction of featuring characters with little, if any, redeeming value. At least Wolfe’s book is fiction. It is about British people who have taken up foreign causes – often in direct conflict with their own country. It is an interesting book, but it isn’t a lot of fun to read.

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