TR, Wilson, or Coolidge? (full lecture)


President Calvin Coolidge–one of the best men in American history.  I’d take one Coolidge over a thousand Wilsons.

“When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institution.”–The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge

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Progressivism’s Origins: In Pure and Unadulterated Racism


Just a quick note–the quotes below from E.A. Ross–a leading public intellectual during the Progressive Era–are quite disturbing and despicable.  Still, when Progressives claim they favor equality, they must at least acknowledge their rather brutal past.  Ross’s views are typical of the era, especially when all Eugenists were Progressives.


The following quotes are all from Edward Alsworth Ross, The Old World in the New: The Significance of Past and Present Immigration to the American People (New York: The Century, 1914).


“The influence of the Germans in spreading among us the love of good music and good drama is acknowledged by all. But there is a more subtle transformation that they have wrought on American taste. The social diversions of the Teutons, and their affirmance of the ‘joy of living,’ have helped to clear from our eyes the Puritan jaundice that made all physical and social enjoyment looks sinful. If ‘innocent recreation’ and ‘harmless amusement’ are now phrases to conjure with, it is largely owing to the Germans and Bohemians, with their love of song and mirth and ‘having a good time.’” (pg. 54)

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Civil War Battle Study Guide

battle-of-lookout-mountain-1Birzer Civil War Study Guide, Spring 2017

Battles to Know/Army of the Potomac Leaders (No naval battles listed)



Battle of First Bull Run

Battles of Wilson’s Creek/Lexington (Missouri)

Battle of Ball’s Bluff



Battle of Forts Henry and Donelson

Battle of Shiloh

New Mexico/Southwest Campaign

The Peninsular Campaign

Antietam Campaign

Battle of Fredericksburg

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The Killing Fields, Study Guide

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[Originally published at TIC]

Review of “The Killing Fields,” by Roland Joffe (director), Warner Brothers, 1984.  Re-issued on Blu-ray, 2014 in hardback digi-book form.

Based on the true events of a New York Times employee, Dith Pran, (a native Cambodian; Khmer) who has to escape the Cambodian gulag, ca. 1976, the movie follow Pran through his horrific and terrifying escape from the Khmer Rouge, a journey that took four years from beginning to end.

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Horrors of Communism (Full Lecture)

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With an emphasis on the Hiss-Chambers trial, the horrors of communism.

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The “Machine” of Ideology (Full Lecture)

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My follow-up to last week’s talk on Progressivism.  Now, the meaning of ideology and its inherent and inevitable demeaning of the human person.  All ideologies–left and right.

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Matthew Colville’s Dungeons and Dragons Videos

Dungeons_&_Dragons_5th_Edition_logoI’ve been proudly playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) since 1980.

Yes, 1980 was back when a number of folks feared that the game itself was evil.  Jack Chick was worked up as was Tom Hanks.  I still remember my mother talking to another friend’s mother, worried that we might be doing something to conjure up the devil.

Honestly, I’ve never understood this, as D&D more than anything else taught me the glory of the ideas of imagination, free will, and morality.  D&D seemed not just the opposite of evil, but a very refuge from the evils that seemed to lurk on all sides of life back in 1980 (most of the chaos and evil was personal and in my very family, as I tried to navigate around and away from it all).

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