Shakespeare, a Political Theorist Too

Hamlet (1948)

That they are tragedies also reveals Shakespeare’s pessimistic outlook on politics. Politics is a tragic necessity. But it comes with a cost. Namely, the forsaking of love.”

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Better Understanding Plato’s Republic

Plato’s Republic is not, primarily, asking the question ‘what is justice?’ as much as it is asking what kind of city do we live in? Before we can address any political issue we must first know whether we are living under a regime of tyranny or liberty.”

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Aristophanes: The First Poet Critic

In the words of German poet Henrich Heine: “There is a God, and his name is Aristophanes.”

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Sophocles and the Necessity of Family

Instead of the gods being our deliverance, the family is the instrument of salvation and the bulwark against tyranny in his surviving plays.”

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Euripides: Oracle of Modernity

Euripides’ gods are the gods of Hesiod given a new, cunning, and manipulative makeover. Furthermore, they are depicted as clear threats to the human social order.

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Why Aeschylus Still Matters Today

“But Aeschylus’ cosmos goes beyond Homer’s in presenting Reason, Persuasion, as an integral aspect of the cosmos that was otherwise absent in Homer.”

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Burke’s Aesthetics Formed the Core of His Politics

“Those who deal in political aesthetics have long noted that Burke’s aesthetics is the core ground of his outlook.”

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A Deep Dive into Ben Shapiro’s Book

(Gage Skidmore)

That ‘conservatives’ today celebrate the book speaks volumes of the leftward drift of conservatism and the confused state of existence conservatism is in.”

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What Can Thucydides Teach Us About China’s Rise to Power?

(Navy)

“The problem with America as a maritime power in Asia is that, like the United Kingdom of yesteryear, the United States is not an Asian power.”

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In Defense of Jordan Peterson’s Religious Beliefs

“However, [Peterson’s] general statements about God do, or would, find a home in Catholic and Orthodox theological dogma and tradition.”

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Why Edmund Burke Would Oppose Originalism

Burke’s place in the American conservative pantheon is peculiar if not paradoxical.”

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What Can Machiavelli Teach Us About the Midterms?

For it is through political conflict that greater representation is born, more interests come to the table, and the expansion and development of liberty and order comes about.”

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Can Carl Schmitt Explain How We Got from the Cold War to Trump?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States and the West lost their common foreign enemy. Would the sense of rivalry that characterized these tensions abroad then turn inwards, once no common enemy remained?

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