Part 2 of Volume One begins with Tocqueville briefly noting that up until this section, he has only bothered with explaining the theories and structures of the government and the social state of the American union. Part 2, he writes, will be concerned with filling these theories with the substance of the power behind its words. It is the ‘invisible hand’ of democratic function that Tocqueville seeks to explain here. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy In America (Part 4 of 13)”
Genre fiction writer, video game designer, web developer, and head of his own publishing house, Vox Day is not a guy that has time to screw around with Leftist idiots seeking to tear down and destroy anything they disagree with. So naturally, he wrote a book about it—about GamerGate, about the 2015 Hugo Awards, about the Tim Hunts and Brendan Eichs and James Watsons of the world, and most importantly, about what to do when confronted with SJWs in both your personal neighborhood and their own natural habitats. Continue reading “REVIEW: SJWs Always Lie (Vox Day – 2015, Castelia House)”
Due to the length of chapter eight, summary and discourse on its contents has been given its own chapter in this guide. It concerns the federal constitution and the general composition of the American federal system.
Chapter 8 – Of the Federal Constitution
Finally, at about page 186, Tocqueville gets to what we modern Americans probably thought the book was going to be about on page one: the democratic order of the American federal government. He reiterates that, until this chapter, he has been concerned with explaining and detailing the structure of the social and governmental apparatuses that keep the government and people stable. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy In America (Part 3 of 13)”
Chapters five, six, and seven are concerned more with the details of the law and organization of the American political structure than with general theories as to its governance. Chapter five concerns the ground-up formulation of the American government, emphasizing the regional autonomy of townships and counties, but stopping short of analyzing the federal government. Chapter six looks at the judicial system as it is practiced in both general principle and specific case. Chapter seven is a look at the American political jurisdiction and how it compares to France. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 2 of 13”
In the presently-waging culture war, there is no greater weapon at the Left’s disposal than sexuality. Traditionalists, frequently outmaneuvered by the Left’s dominance in the mainstream entertainment industries, have no convincing counter to the normalization of a hypersexualized youth culture. The common assumption is that the mainstream media simply reflects back at the culture all of the norms and values that the culture already exhibits, but when it comes to the ongoing sexual revolution, that isn’t quite the case. In her 2012 book, The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, Gabriel Kuby argues that the abolishment of sexual mores and the continuing push toward the normalization of extreme sexual behavior are explicit goals implemented by the ruling elite, and not merely some grassroots upsurge of depravity. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Global Sexual Revolution – Gabriele Kuby (Fe-Medienverlags Gmbh, 2012; Angelico Press 2015)”
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The first part of this guide covers roughly the first hundred pages of Democracy in America, beginning with the author’s introduction and ending with the fourth chapter.
Tocqueville begins his book with a thirty-some page introduction in which he states, and then later restates, that Democracy in America is not a travelogue. Nor, does he add, is it merely a catalogue of various American institutions. Instead, it is a work of political science that attempts to capture the growth of a liberal-democratic revolution that Tocqueville believes is sweeping the West. Continue reading “A Not-So-Brief Guide to Tocqueville’s Democracy in America: Part 1 of 13”
Released seventy years ago, renowned 20th century sociologist Carle Zimmerman’s book Family and Civilization studied and anticipated the breakdown of the Western family as we know it. Written before the explosion of no-fault divorce, proliferation of same-sex relationships, and the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision, his work already painted a grim look at the future of Western family development. While many of us on the Right attribute the disintegration of family bonds to the neo-Marxist ideologies that have permeated our culture, in addition to the radicalized individualism put forward by the Enlightenment, Zimmerman points out the general cycle that Western familism existed in pretty much the same format long before the early-Modern thinkers ever came to the scene. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)”
In the coming months, I will be uploading a series of pieces on the landmark 1835 & 1840 works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America. This project is a bit of a lengthy one that I’ve been ruminating on for quite some time. These works will be something of an unprofessional guidebook to help synthesize Tocqueville’s ideas and truncate his study using chapter summaries. His body of work remains fascinating both in thought and in writing style, so I highly encourage everyone to go out and read his magnum opus at some point. But for those of you who have actual lives and can’t commit to a sixteen hundred-some page long tome, there will be instead QNUW. Continue reading “A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia”
Part one of our book guide covered some basic, entry-level, easily read books on the contradictions, lunacy, and general evil that modern liberalism and Leftism embodies. Part two introduced conservative and Christian texts in brief, looking at the connection between Christianity and Western Civilization. Part three begins where part two left off: here, the Christian worldview is on full display, distinctions between so-called liberalism (“classical liberalism”) and conservatism are better defined, and the nature of Modernity is revealed in its full excessive, brutal detail. Continue reading “A Brief Book Guide (Part III)”