The View From 1776

Revisiting Allan Bloom

Twenty years ago Professor Allan Bloom challenged the multi-cultural, PC educational establishment.  What he feared remains as true today as in 1987.

Read The Closing of the American Mind Revisited by R.R. Reno posted Tuesday, February 27, 2007,  in the First Things website.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/27 at 11:06 PM
  1. One of the things that has caused the loss of our culture is the loss of teaching that culture. Just as the author states the classroom shouldn't be used as a pulpit, the reality, the history, the purpose, the goals of the Catholic Church should be taught in the Catholic educational system. That same type of approach should have been required in the U.S. colleges and Universities by the administrators but, instead, each generation has found a "new culture" with each successive culture further removed from the one that formed and grew this nation.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't mean we shouldn't change as a nation and people, we did. We amended our Constitution in the State and at the national level when change was needed. However, now, the "Court" is the means of change and any group that doesn't like what the traditions, customs, laws and culture itself are, resorts to force through the Courts.

    This is the events that the socialists even before FDR set in motion. They were gaining in popularity, lost it, and then moved into the democratic party and continued their war on our culture and way of life.

    When the young are no longer taught what our nation stood for, how Constitutional change was done, the real role of the State Government and State Constitution vs. the U.S. Constitution, we end up with, well, what we have now. We now have a government spending its way into 2nd class status in a world of rising economies. We have a lessening of faith in the currency and even in the government to do its job.

    Hang on, its going to be a bumpy ride.
    Posted by JanPBurr  on  02/28  at  02:22 AM
  2. The common failing of all parties to the process is to take for granted the nature of the creature; the human being. Because man is nature's creature of choice-making, it is assumed that he can force-feed and make any system 'work,' adapt, evolve, and succeed.

    Recognizable in sub-human creature relations is the absolute necessity to conform the environment to the the uniqueness of each creature.

    Ignoring definitive human nature is the first step into chaos and recession.

    Affirming the natural and transcendent characteristic of each human being draws varieties of opinion as to a multi-faceted paradigma - and wilfully rejects any singular prioritized constant in the offerings.

    Validatiion of human as earth's Choicemaker challenges the plurality of viewpoints by way of indicating that every other paradigm cannot be initiated without passing through the door of Choice.

    Thus, "the laws of nature and nature's God" maintain control in the face of ignorant rebellion and its inadequacies. Selah

    Welcome the Season of Generation-Choicemaker. Joel 3:14 kjv

    semper fidelis
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  02/28  at  11:30 AM
  3. I absolutely loved Bloom's book when I was in college in 1987, and now I think I'll go back with my aged and hopefully enlightened perspective and read it again!
    Posted by Frank Staheli  on  02/28  at  06:35 PM
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