Maybe my English history major does have something to do with my neoconservativism

Modern England makes me weep, but all my long-time readers know of my passion for British history.  Watching this Prager U video makes me realize that there may be a connection between my love for England’s past and my believe in America’s future:

By the way, for an in-depth analysis of the British Empire’s democratic effect, you might also enjoy Niall Ferguson’s Empire How Britain Made the Modern World — and yes, this is the same Niall Ferguson whose article explaining why Obama should lose the election recently graced Newsweek’s cover.

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  • Caped Crusader

    Check Urban Dictionary to make sure you want to claim title of neocon versus just true conservative. Wasn’t sure of definition myself.

  • Ron19

    There is almost a straight line recorded ascent from Abram (Abraham) to modern times, with branches going off in England and 20th Century USA, etc.  There have been several major contributors, such as England; there have been other contributors also.
    How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    “From modern economics to Western art and music, the Catholic Church has contributed more to the development of Western civilization than any other institution–but rarely gets credit for it.”   
    Amazon Book Description
    From the Publisher
    Ask a college student today what he knows about the Catholic Church and his answer might come down to one word: “corruption.” But that one word should be “civilization.” Western civilization has given us the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, a unique sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, a philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts that we take for granted as the wealthiest and most powerful civilization in history.  But what is the ultimate source of these gifts? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer: the Catholic Church. Woods’s story goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity. In How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, you’ll learn:
     • Why modern science was born in the Catholic Church
     • How Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics five hundred years before Adam Smith
     • How the Catholic Church invented the university
     • Why what you know about the Galileo affair is wrong
     • How Western law grew out of Church canon law
     • How the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life
    No institution has done more to shape Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and in ways that many of us have forgotten or never known. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is essential reading for recovering this lost truth.
    Of course, Judaism was an even earlier source of modern civilization even before that, even before the Romans and Greeks and Chinese.
    Bookworm, thanks for the tip on this book.  It seems to have been published under two different titles; I’ve just put it on my Kindle under the title of Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power [Kindle Edition]

  • Ron19


    As for the “Corruption”:  The corruptions are not part of the Catholic Teaching.  The corruption comes when an individual or his catechist decides to disregard some of the valid truths that he was taught.