Thomas Molnar

Thomas Molnar is the author of numerous works, including Authority and Its Enemies.

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  • Democapitalism
    May 9, 2018

    Democapitalism

    "Democratic capitalism" equals political correctness for the neoconservative. It is a term at least as ubiquitous on these shores and on others as McDonald's, Coke, and Disneyland.

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  • August 3, 2017

    The Rise of the Profane

    At some point in their development, civilizations cease believing in the sacred and plunge into a new set of absolutes. No community likes to speak of decadence and its usually harsh symptoms; no one may even grasp the meaning of such an upheaval.

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  • October 2001

    Church and Democracy

    There is no documentary evidence of any period in the history of the Church when dignitaries such as bishops would have been "democratically" elected by the assemblage of "voters."

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  • July 2001

    Art Restoration: The Sistine Chapel

    The present controversy around the restoration of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling prompts the following reflections on restorative work in general, and that of our time in particular.

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  • Back in the News

    School uniforms are back in the news. The school board of the nation's largest school system, that of New York City, voted unanimously this March to recommend uniforms for elementary school students.

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  • June 1997

    Frederick Wilhelmsen, R.I.P.

    Frederick Wilhelmsen (1923-1996) is still revered in Catholic circles of the Hispanic world, where he is praised as a friend and a scholar and a kind of honorary Spaniard, and to crown it all, an incarnation of Don Quixote.

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  • December 1996

    The Rise of the Profane

    At some point in their development, civilizations cease believing in the sacred and plunge into a new set of absolutes. No community likes to speak of decadence and its usually harsh symptoms; no one may even grasp the meaning of such an upheaval.

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  • November 1996

    The Fukuyama Decade

    The Fukuyama-decade continues on—history has ended, all is well in the cosmos, and the New World Order is functioning well.

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  • July 1996

    A King for France?

    Kings and dynasties seemed to be buried and forgotten when two recent events revived interest in them. On a frivolous but historically significant level, it was the series of scandals of the House of Windsor that brought Europe's ruling families brutally in the limelight.

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  • The Twilight of the Sacred
    April 1996

    The Twilight of the Sacred

    At the center of the contemporary pagan/Christian controversy are the nature, the localization, and the psychological-mythological motivation of the sacred. The last one dominates the debate because as the transcendent God becomes less focused the sacred turns into a basically human domain.

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  • March 1996

    Left and Right in Eastern Europe

    Not much can be understood about the new role of the political left and right in Eastern Europe without taking into account two fundamental factors, generally ignored by both critical and enthusiastic observers of the post-1990 years.

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  • July 1995

    When East Meets West

    With every passing day the Eastern European countries are absorbed and integrated into Western-sponsored international institutions—the U.N., NATO, the European Union, the World Bank, etc.

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  • December 1994

    Democapitalism

    "Democratic capitalism" equals political correctness for the neoconservative. It is a term at least as ubiquitous on these shores and on others as McDonald's, Coke, and Disneyland.

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  • Justice and Its Harvesters
    December 1994

    Justice and Its Harvesters

    Nobody, except the New York Times and its worldwide allies, questions the right and duty of Catholic bishops to raise their public voice on moral issues, and on social issues intertwined with problems of a moral nature.

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  • Polarizing Attitudes

    In South Africa the negotiations between F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela and the subsequent election of the latter as president had an unexpected and wholly unknown prelude. In 1969, I was teaching at South Africa's University of Potchefstroom, the very center of Afrikaner conservative forces.

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  • November 1993

    Culture vs. Colonization

    Eastern Europe's adversary today, now that communism is dead, is the melange of brutal liberalism pouring in as an ideological menace from America.

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  • The Ideology of Technology
    July 1993

    The Ideology of Technology

    The technological age has been in gestation since the late Middle Ages, when the Sorbonne professors, the Catalan Ramón Lull, and the German Nicholas of Cusa directed their quest away from the Scholastic philosophy of essences toward a method that explores relationships.

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  • November 1992

    Communism, Nationalism, Liberalism

    I chose the three words in my title because they summarize the situation in Eastern Europe, a situation simple yet complicated, tragic yet full of hope. I apologize for the cliches, but they become more profound as this article proceeds.

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  • Céline and French Reactionary Modernism
    August 1992

    Céline and French Reactionary Modernism

    Reactionary literature in France today—as opposed to earlier varieties, for example the romantic, two centuries ago—is distinguished by its despair, its radical style, its exploration of new worlds, its almost science-fiction approach to life and letters.

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  • July 1992

    The Forum and the Faith

    When in Rome, one should first try to see it as a city like any other. Easier written than done when one's hotel is just behind the Pantheon and in its walls there are plaques commemorating that General San Martin, Bolivar's fellow liberator, lived there, and that Stendhal worked on his Memoires in one of the rooms.

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