A Memorable Failure

The Durban Conference was a farce and a trap. Its failure was the most logical, just, and healthy thing that has happened in international politics in recent years. The conference never honestly proposed to fight racism and discrimination, aiming instead to exalt those communities that have the opportunistic support of the world’s left, which, at…

Christmas meditation

If there is one obvious thing in the world, it is that Christianity is, in its origin, not a doctrine, but a narrative of miraculous facts. Jesus Himself makes this very clear in Matthew 11:1–6, when asked who He is: “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind…

Learning to Write

It is by reading that one learns how to write – that is the very type of synthetic formula which bears within it several truths, but that due to its recurring usage is taken, in the end, as having value on its own, like a fetish, empty of that valuable content which, in order to…

Study Before You Speak

The shortest way to the destruction of democracy is fostering criminality through culture and subsequently trying to control it by disarming the civil population. The Brazilian left has consistently walked this double road for at least five decades, and they have always known exactly what the result would be: social chaos, followed by a toughening…

What Does It Mean to Be a Socialist?

Socialism has killed over 100 million dissidents and spread terror, misery, and famine over one quarter of the Earth. All of the earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, tyrannies, and wars of the last four centuries combined have not produced such devastating effects. That is a sheer and simple fact, accessible to anyone who can look into The…

Weapons of Freedom

The most obvious thing about the analysis of history and society is that when a situation changes considerably, you can no longer describe it with the same concepts as before: in order to account for unheard-of facts, not classifiable under known categories, you have to create new concepts or perfect the old ones through criticism.…

It Was a Disaster

No historian, no well-informed reader can conceive the great literature of the first half of the 20th century without the names of G.K. Chesterton, Léon Bloy, T.S. Eliot, François Mauriac, Julien Green, Flannery O’Connor, Georges Bernanos, Paul Claudel, Miguel de Unamuno, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Péguy, Hugo von Hoffmansthal, Hermann Broch,…

China at Walmart

To find out to what extent Brazilian intelligentzia is in the dark about what goes on in the world, just go to Walmart in any small American town. Seventy percent of the products sold there are Chinese. The data are from China Business Weekly magazine. “If Walmart were a country” – writes Ted C. Fishman…

The Shoes of the Stupid Fisherman

Do you remember Morris West’s international bestseller, “The Shoes of the Fisherman,” which was later turned into a film with Anthony Quinn as the main character? I am sure most of you have never heard of it. The past vanishes from the public memory faster than ever, making it so that each of us, in…

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