Joseph Pearce

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A Morning with Big Brother

I have long since broken the habit of watching television. We don’t have TV in the house and I relish all the good things that fill the time that would otherwise have been wasted in watching it: Conversation; unhurried dinners at the table with my...

Can Shakespeare Save Civilization?

Perhaps an apology might be necessary for the sheer audacity of beginning any essay with such a question and with such a seemingly absurd claim. Of course, Shakespeare cannot save civilization, at least not on his own. Perhaps we should rephrase...

Who's on the Right Side of History?

It has become a commonplace in modern political polemic to talk about being on the right side of history. It is a phrase commonly employed by those who consider themselves “enlightened” or “progressive” and is used to condemn political opponents for...

The Decline and Fall of 'The Andy Griffith Show'

Believe it or not, I had never heard of Andy Griffith until I was forty years old. For some reason, The Andy Griffith Show had never made an impact on British television; at least, I have no recollection of ever seeing it, unlike other American...

Sherlock Homeless

According to Guinness World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed movie character in history. He has been played by more than seventy actors in over 200 films. To the older genertion, he will always be seen as he was portrayed by Basil...

Big Brother in the Classroom

Education is not a question of “rights” to be imposed by the state, but of the “freedom” of parents to choose the sort of education that they believe is best for their children… The late Joseph Sobran (1946-2010) was a journalist who thrived...

Inquisition Torture: Not what you think?

It is almost fifty years since the “Spanish Inquisition” sketch by Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first aired on British television. Today its catchphrase, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” has an enshrined place in popular culture. It is...

'The Hobbit' Turns 80

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” When Tolkien wrote these words, which would become one of the most famous and most memorable opening sentences in all of literature, he could not have known what literary power would be unleashed by...

What Is Nationalism?

Mark Malvasi’s recent essay on the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century was a cogent and thought-provoking appraisal of the dangers of politically orchestrated mob-patriotism. It was not, however, an essay that sought to define nationalism...

The Morality of Modern Education is Relativism

It would be a mistake or, at any rate, an exaggeration to say that modern education has turned its back on morality. It has not. It’s just that the morality it pursues is that of radical relativism with its radical skepticism about the benefits...

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