A Vision In A Dream: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination and Politics

The Sufis by Jean-Leon Jerome.

[Editor’s note: Below is the first part of Prof. Thomas F. Bertonneau’s essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s theory of the imagination. The argument of part two — which will be published next week — is dependent on that of part one, since the two constitute a complete essay. There are, however, insightful and thought-provoking comments throughout, perhaps […]

The Changing Architecture of Ideas: From Memory Theater to the Internet

From the priest-poets — who initiated young men and women into the Mysteries, and that gave the tribe meaning with stories passed down from their forerunners — to the craftsmen that taught new apprentices, ancient peoples passed down their cultures by word of mouth. These were, to use a more familiar phrase, oral traditions. Writing, […]

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political propaganda of the pornographic type has tended to emanate from the Left-wing. More than just an open rejection of the center-Right’s values, certain theories on […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]

From Romanticism to Traditionalism

The movement called Romanticism belongs chronologically to the last two decades of the Eighteenth and the first five decades of the Nineteenth Centuries although it has antecedents going back to the late-medieval period and sequels that bring it, or its influence, right down to the present day.  Historically, and in simple, Romanticism is the view-of-things […]

The Devil is a Lie: Hip Hop, Esoteric Symbolism, and Illuminati-Phobia

Esoteric and Masonic symbolism in Hip Hop.

“Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” This was the title of 50 Cent’s 2003 album, and it summed up the Hip Hop attitude of a generation. It was about money, drugs and drug deals, and “booty.” Sure, these are still, to a greater or lesser extent, important elements of the genre. Though it’s been around since […]

Damage Done: Philosophy, Medicine, And The Preventable Harm We Do

Medicine by Gustav Klimt

Between 1900 and 1907 Gustav Klimt painted the ceiling of the University of Vienna’s Great Hall. A triptych: one of the paintings was titled “Medicine.” However, in contrast to the popular contemporary image of the science – as one that has helped us to live longer and healthier lives – Klimt’s painting places the skeletal […]