E. Christian Kopff

An associate professor at University of Colorado, Dr. E. Christian Kopff is the author of  Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition

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  • Arms and the Man: Clint Eastwood as Hero and Filmmaker
    May 20, 2019

    Arms and the Man: Clint Eastwood as Hero and Filmmaker

    A nation lives by its myths and heroes. Many societies have survived defeat and invasion, even political and economic collapse. None has survived the corruption of the picture it has of itself.

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  • Immigration and Citizenship: Ancient Lessons for the American People
    April 2018

    Immigration and Citizenship: Ancient Lessons for the American People

    Americans have been debating immigration since the Founding era. Congress passed the first Naturalization Law in 1790, which it amended and fine-tuned in 1795, 1798, and 1802.

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  • Italy’s Donald Trump
    November 2015

    Italy’s Donald Trump

    Politicians and businessmen do not always see eye to eye. In ancient Rome the political elite, the Senatorial Order, squabbled with the wealthy Knights of the Equestrian Order.

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  • August 11, 2015

    Bill O’Reilly: the Big Dog Who did not Bark

    In the aftermath of the FOX Republican Debate there has been no discussion of the absence of FOX News (FNC) star Bill O’Reilly.

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  • Why Christians Need the Classical Tradition
    December 2014

    Why Christians Need the Classical Tradition

    One of the most intriguing paradoxes of Dante’s Divine Comedy is the pervasive presence of pagan classical antiquity in what was meant to be (and is) Europe’s greatest Christian poem.

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  • Last of the Romans
    September 2014

    Last of the Romans

    Andrew Crocker did not attend his commencement exercises at Michigan State University in East Lansing on May 2. He was home dealing with family matters. So he missed the awarding of two honorary doctorates.

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  • Vocation and the Humane Economy
    August 2014

    Vocation and the Humane Economy

    The dominance of economics is a fact of life today. For some that is a good thing. An editorial writer for the old Rocky Mountain News told me that politics was a bad way to settle public issues; economics was a better one.

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  • May 28, 2014

    Last of the Romans

    Decisions to eliminate the liberal arts are neither bold nor innovative. They are reckless and irresponsible. Once the number of schools making them reaches a critical mass, there will be no turning back.

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  • A Guiding Presence
    April 2014

    A Guiding Presence

    Bruno Gentili passed away in Rome on January 8. He was Italy’s most distinguished scholar of ancient Greek language and literature.

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  • June 13, 2013

    Sequester Semester 2013

    We are almost to the middle of 2013 and, in Lord Melbourne’s words, “What all the wise men promised has not happened.”

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  • Plato and the Spirit of Modernity
    May 2013

    Plato and the Spirit of Modernity

    In C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle the world of Narnia begins to dissolve and disappear. The Pevensie children are confused and frightened, but Professor Kirke, now Lord Digory, reassures them that the Narnia and the England they had known were only shadows compared to the reality they were about to experience.

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  • Long Day’s Journey Into Ignorance
    June 2003

    Long Day’s Journey Into Ignorance

    In Céline’s nightmarish masterpiece, Journey to the End of the Night, the hero reaches America in a slave ship. He escapes, but the rest of the crew refuses to go with him. They have their reasons.

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  • When Immigration Becomes Migration
    August 2002

    When Immigration Becomes Migration

    Americans believe that they are unusual. They use the word “unique” as a term of praise so often that it has lost its status as a superlative and now means “very good.” This feeling is so pervasive in the United States that scholars have even coined the phrase “American Exceptionalism” to describe it.

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  • Pat Buchanan, Conservative Revolutionary
    April 2002

    Pat Buchanan, Conservative Revolutionary

    At present birthrates, Europe’s population in 2100 will be less than a third of what it is today, Buchanan reports. European birthrates are far below replacement levels.

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  • Retelling History
    January 2002

    Retelling History

    A few years ago, David Denby wrote about his experiences as a student in Humanities I-II, the “Great Books course,” at Columbia College.

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  • July 2001

    The Final Solution of the Philological Problem

    Paul de Man's life was "the classic immigrant story" (according to James Atlas). He arrived in New York in 1948 from his native Belgium and worked as a clerk at the Doubleday bookstore in Grand Central Station, He met Mary McCarthy, who helped him to a job teaching French at Bard College.

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  • Front Page News

    The National Front's mayoral victory in the southern French village of Vitrolles, on February 9, was front-page news in Europe and is important for Americans. The NF candidate had been its brilliant deputy chief, Bruno Mégret, who barely lost the 1995 election to Socialist Jean-Jacques Anglade.

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  • Confirmation and Indoctrination
    December 1996

    Confirmation and Indoctrination

    Institutions survive because the old teach the young. The Quakers who founded Haverford and Swarthmore colleges in Pennsylvania had to admit that the Holy Spirit could use the help of explicit teaching to back up His direct conversation with the human heart.

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  • December 1996

    The Bankruptcy Crisis

    Personal bankruptcies are being filed at a rate 25 percent higher than in 1995, and if the current rate is maintained, the absolute numbers, estimated at 1.1 million, will surpass the record of 900,000 set in 1992.

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  • Scholarship and Bricolage
    April 1996

    Scholarship and Bricolage

    Suppose it is true that we are living in a post-Christian age. On what basis shall we live our lives, make moral decisions, create and destroy? I suppose that, if Christianity were to disappear as the guiding moral force in the United States, it would be replaced by another religion, probably Islam.

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