The Real Legacy Of Augusto Pinochet


Recent incidents of leftist violence in the United States have caused some thoughtful commentators to consider the possibility of a return to 1970s-style leftist terrorism in the West.  For most young people today, names like the Red Brigades, the Japanese Red Army, the Baader-Meinhof Organization, and Carlos the Jackal mean nothing.  But in their day these groups caused a considerable amount of damage and subversion in the places they conducted their business.

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Coming In Summer 2017: Sallust’s “Conspiracy Of Catiline” And “War Of Jugurtha”


Intrigue…murder…the lust for power…and the fatal hubris that leads men to their dooms.

These are some of the compelling themes of Sallust’s famous works The Conspiracy of Catiline and The War of Jugurtha.  Considered the first of the great Roman historians, Sallust’s gripping narratives have been read for centuries for their penetrating character studies, timeless moral insights, and matchless rhetoric.  His profiles of flawed men led inexorably to ruin by excessive ambition or character defects resonate with us today more powerfully than ever.

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Sunday Movie Roundup (2/5/2017)


Black Mass (2015)

Director:  Scott Cooper

Boston has always been a more “closed” town than the other big east coast American cities.  It’s always been a weird mix of provincialism and internationalism.  And even within Boston, South Boston is a very different place from the other parts of the city.  If you grew up in Massachusetts in the 1970s and 1980s, and one side of your family was Irish immigrants in Boston, chances are just about 100% that you knew something about the Bulger family.  And by this I mean Billy Bulger, at one time the most powerful politician in the state, and his older brother James “Whitey” Bulger.

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Money Is Of Secondary Importance In War


Human nature being what it is, there will always be many different reasons why wars begin.  All of these reasons ultimately find their roots in human passions:  greed, the lust for power, or simply a desire to “put fortune to the test” (fortunam temptare) as the ancient Latin historians would say.

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s Syria Visit


The neocon Syrian “regime change” fanatics are not going to go gently into that dark night, it seems.  At least not without flinging a few last bits of bile through the interwebs.  The latest focus of their ire has been Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, whose recent trip to Damascus on a fact-finding mission about the toll the war has taken on the Syrian people has sent the regime-changers into paroxysms of rage.

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