Category Archives: American Society

College students are asking questions

college studentsCollege students are asking a lot of questions. They aren’t looking for the bullet point stock answers provided by the American mainstream media and Liberals within the college and university system. Unfortunately, there’s not many other places they can go to find the answers they seek. Since the summer semester of 2009, I decided that if students asked my my opinion, I would answer their questions after class or during my office hours. In those early days I would see an average of about three college student a week. This semester, partly driven out of fear over the national elections in November, a dozen students regularly contact me either through email, text message, phone calls, and Facebook in addition to my office hours and times before and after class.

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Understanding the future through our past

a6_1024pixelUnderstanding the future and what awaits us as a people can be done if we truly understand our past. This is one of the reasons why the modern university system has followed in the traditions of Aristotle and has included the study of history as a part of the core requirements for almost every degree. From our vantage point in the 21st century, the Enlightenment Era was the time in human history where the foundation of our nation was laid. The men and women that began to contemplate the weightier issues of life, such as the origins of individual rights and liberties, how governments form, and the origins of national wealth and prosperity had questioned everything that had formed the traditions of church, state, and life in Europe for as it had existed for millions of people over nearly a thousand years of human history.

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The distortion of history

279_civil-war-soldiers2eeeWithin the records of history, no nation or empire has ever survived a war declared on its own history. One of the earliest examples that easily comes to mind is the Roman Empire. Although English historian Edward Gibbons, author of the multi-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire presents the thesis that Christianity was one of the catalysts for the eventual collapse, he also presents that by the time of the appearance of Christianity within the empire, the intellectuals had already declared war on the empire’s own history. It had become frowned upon by the Roman authorities and intellectuals to study ancient Greece or anything related to that ancient pre-Roman civilization. As anyone who seriously studies the ancient Mediterranean world will know, Roman civilization, as great as it was, was nothing more than a latinification of what had existed at the heights of the ancient Greek civilization.

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