Tarry for the Nonce

December 16, 2005

And I Know You Were . . .

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 8:24 am

If, in theory, one was searching for a conservative college (I presume in the “political” sense of the word,) one might ask the Young America’s Foundation.



  1. a conservative college (I presume in the “political” sense of the word,)

    I would be more inclined to think that, by conservative, is meant that these colleges are more apt to teach the classics of Western civilization as the foundation of their curriculum.

    From what I know of at least seven of these colleges on the “Top Ten” list, they all use a classical curriculum — in other words, Latin & Greek scholars, primary texts, Western Civ, probably Latin and Greek as core languages, true support of the literary & historical canons, philosophy (and all aspects thereof), encouragement of serious scholarship even in the undergraduate years….

    It is also fair to say that a college that teaches from the viewpoint that Western Civilization has been a good force in the world and has seriously impacted the world in which we currently reside (not merely the Western world but the entire world) — one which desires to conserve the tenets of that civilization — would also be politically conservative. But not necessarily so.

    Perhaps it would be more correct for them to describe themselves as being radical. In today’s world — dominated as it is by anti-American nihilists who would like to think they (and their theories) will live forever, these radicals will prove to have saved Western Civilization.

    Comment by auntlori — December 16, 2005 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Auntlori, you’re putting an awfully heavy burden on the shoulders of these schools! Save Western Civilization from the anti-American nihilists?

    Comment by Troy — December 17, 2005 @ 11:39 pm

  3. I am sure, Troy, that they are very willing to bear any burden for the cause.

    Comment by auntlori — December 18, 2005 @ 6:29 am

  4. Blind adherence to any creed can’t be a good thing.

    Comment by Howard — December 18, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

  5. well, I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition…….

    Comment by auntlori — December 18, 2005 @ 6:13 pm

  6. NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise…surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…. Our *four*…no… *Amongst* our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as fear, surprise…. I’ll come in again.

    [The Inquisition exits]

    “I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.”


    [The cardinals burst in]

    NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms – Oh damn!

    Comment by El — December 18, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

  7. Y’all killed it with your intellectually superior Arguments.

    Comment by Michael — December 20, 2005 @ 9:36 am

  8. To continue this wonderful tangent, a book came out recently that debates the notion that the Spanish Inquisition was as nasty as popular opinion would claim. Part of the argument is that “an all-powerful, torture-mad Inquisition is largely a nineteenth-century myth.”

    “The Spanish Inquistion: A Historical Revision”
    pp $21.00 by: Henry Kamen

    Oh, and beware the SOFT PILLOW!

    Comment by Mueller — December 20, 2005 @ 1:39 pm

  9. Bring out……


    Comment by auntlori — December 20, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

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