Thursday, April 28, 2005

Welcome to the Agora

The smart ones will be along soon.


At 8:59 PM, Blogger flenser said...

I knew you were a modernist, Rick. I'll take my stand with Richard Weaver, who thought Western Civ fell off the cliff back in in the 14th century with the onset of nominalsim.

Oh. I always wanted to say this.


At 9:07 PM, Blogger truepeers said...

Can't second that. But I've an idea for a post, Rick, on the renewed "fear" of Quebec separatism in Canada, and the nature of nationalism and decentralization in North America.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Rick Ballard said...


I acknowledge that Burke interjects some concepts which remain open to question but it's so damn difficult to find decent Thomist's capable of sustaining an argument.

And now I have to run up another damn Amazon bill in order to try and figure out what Truepeers is talking about. Girard and Gans - why do I feel so limited?


Great topic for a first post. I find the "threat" of the Quebecois amusing.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Rick Ballard said...

Anyone wishing to post should email me a word file. If I recognize you from Roger's Place, Belmont Club or WoC I'll publish. If you are extending a comment made please provide a hotlink.

I'll be extending Admin privileges on a selected basis and I will look at submissions from those who are not regular commenters but feel that they have something to add.

I will act as publisher/editor and all material submitted becomes property of this blog unless copyright is exercised at the time of submission.

No material will be published without the author's approval of any editorial changes.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger flenser said...

There is an article on Claremont titled 'Jaffa versus Mansfield', which seems worthy of either general discussion, or grounds for an extended post which might then be discussed. The divide in conservatives between followers of the Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment. At least that was my quick take on it.

(And we don't need to learn French.)

But I like truepeers idea also.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Rick Ballard said...


Write the post. I'm not going to get involved in a sheep from goats choice until I don't have time to properly edit. You'll never be in the goat crowd anyway.

(No Buddy, raising goats doesn't put you in the goat crowd.)

And thust to bed. Ciao alla mattina.

At 11:11 PM, Blogger truepeers said...

Rick, before you run up an Amazon bill, spend some time at these sites:

For Rene Girard: link

For Eric Gans:

And since you are apparently a Thomist, here's a link to a guy, Chris Morrissey, who is one as well as a follower of Girard and Gans. His site has additional links to Girard's Mimetic Theory and Gans' Generative Anthropology:


At 9:52 AM, Blogger Rick Ballard said...


The Jaffa versus Mansfield article is great. I wish that the necessity for the compromise concerning concerning slavery had been covered a bit more thoroughly. I've been re-reading Strauss recently, trying to achieve a better understanding of the flow of political philosophy back to Plato's Republic. Interesting to note the comments about Clarence Thomas. I'm betting that he succeeds Rehnquist.


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