John M. DeJak

John M. DeJak, an attorney and educator, is headmaster of Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, Va.

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  • What We Are Reading: November 2021
    November 2021

    What We Are Reading: November 2021

    Catharine Savage Brosman reviews Thomas Keneally's Woman of the Inner Sea and John M. DeJak reviews Heinrich Rommen's The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy.

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  • Faith and Country Weighed in the Balance
    October 2021

    Faith and Country Weighed in the Balance

    In the mid-20th century, politically conservative Roman Catholics emerged who were paradoxically defenders and promoters of the American polity, while the official position of the Church demonstrated an unease with the American system of government.

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  • The Life of the Mind
    March 2021

    The Life of the Mind

    The cultivation of the intellectual life begins in silence and reflection, Zena Hitz writes in Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life.

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  • The Sepulcher as Political Symbol
    January 2021

    The Sepulcher as Political Symbol

    The bones and dust of the Italian poet Dante were a political football for the warring factions of Italy long after his death, Guy Raffa writes in Dante's Bones. He who possessed Dante's remains symbolically controlled the country's future.

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  • The Serfs of Silicon Valley
    November 2020

    The Serfs of Silicon Valley

    An oligarchy has arisen from the über-rich of Silicon Valley, served by dispossessed, monastic tech-serfs and a new cultural “clerisy” in academia, media, and religious institutions, Joel Kotkin argues in The Coming of Neo-Feudalism

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