Tobias J. Lanz

Tobias J. Lanz teaches politics at the University of South Carolina.

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  • Two Faces of Modern Catholicism
    October 2019

    Two Faces of Modern Catholicism

    Much has been written about the modernization of the Catholic Church—especially the crucial years from 1870 to 1970. These histories have been written from a number of perspectives, each with different definitions of modernity. James Chappel, assistant professor of history at Duke University, gives us a new interpretation which succeeds in revising some of these accepted narratives. He does this by focusing on the Catholics of France, Germany, and Austria, which are historically conservative Catholic populations that also experienced rapid social change during the 20th century.

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  • The High Price of Wealth
    May 2018

    The High Price of Wealth

    This is no conspiracy theory. There is no secret group that meets secretly to make secret plans to run the global economy. All is done in the open.

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  • Living the Good Life in the South
    October 2014

    Living the Good Life in the South

    Havilah Babcock was a teacher who was once one of the best-known educators in South Carolina and a writer who had a national audience. Today, few remember him.

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  • Anarch's Journey
    May 2013

    Anarch's Journey

    Ernst Jünger was 20th-century Germany’s most prolific writer. Throughout his long life—he lived to age 102—he chronicled the upheavals of that most violent century. Despite his talent and output, Jünger remains virtually unknown in America.

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  • That Hideous Absolutism
    March 2013

    That Hideous Absolutism

    To the modern mind, religion and magic are related. Both are based on superstition, and both have been proved false by science. C.S. Lewis thought otherwise: Magic is more closely related to science.

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  • Science and Wisdom
    May 2012

    Science and Wisdom

    This is a remarkable book that will, however, be read by few. Its great fault is its defense of America, Christianity, and Western culture.

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  • Calvinism Without God
    August 2011

    Calvinism Without God

    Forget the “culture wars” and the assault on Christianity. The real conflict in America is thoroughly secular—between environmental and ecological “religions”—or so says Robert Nelson.

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  • Picking Up the Pieces
    February 2011

    Picking Up the Pieces

    Great Britain is in trouble—politically, economically, and culturally—and Phillip Blond wants to change this. He blames both the political right and the left for having created an atomistic society in which all pursue self-interest to the detriment of society as a whole.

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  • The Empire Is Naked
    June 2009

    The Empire Is Naked

    After the Last Man is a short and dense book, consisting of a series of vignettes (excursus) ranging from a paragraph to a few pages in length on the contemporary technological system. Each excursus is followed by a few lines that point the reader to other passages in the book.

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  • A New Agrarian Primer
    January 2008

    A New Agrarian Primer

    Most people think agrarianism is synonymous with farming. As a result, agrarian thinkers spend much of their time defending what they really mean—namely, that agrarianism is not so much about agriculture as it is an integrated life in which farming plays a central or at least respectable role.

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  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    November 2007

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Social conservatives have long argued that radical individualism—the essence of modern freedom—is corrosive to family and community life, and, if left unchecked, can even lead to civilizational collapse.

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  • The Greatest Revolution
    April 2007

    The Greatest Revolution

    Most people throughout the industrial world see cheap and readily available food as simply another modern amenity, such as electricity or running water. Few understand that agriculture has always been political, because it is tied to human survival.

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  • Live Free! (Kill Your Lawn)
    July 2006

    Live Free! (Kill Your Lawn)

    Americans love their lawns. They spend $40 billion per year—more than the gross national product of most countries—to create the perfect lawn. Taken together, all these lawns would cover the entire state of Kentucky.

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  • November 2004

    Beyond Politics

    Most Americans think of the terms modern and modernity as denoting something positive. A modern society is advanced in science, reason, hygiene, and human goodness.

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  • Economics and the Catholic Ethic
    January 2004

    Economics and the Catholic Ethic

    Amintore Fanfani (1908-99) was an economic historian whose scholarship focused on the origins of capitalism and questions of economic and social equity. In his early career, he was part of a broader Catholic and conservative intellectual movement that was active during the interwar years and included the English Distributists and the Southern Agrarians.

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  • The Imitation of Christ
    August 2003

    The Imitation of Christ

    Faith in technology is one of the central tenets of the modern age. Becausetechnological development is equated with progress, the technological world-view has been adopted by virtually every ideology and political regime the world over.

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  • A Man for Our Century
    December 2002

    A Man for Our Century

    Wilhelm Roepke (1899-1966) is one of the most original, yet least recognized, economic thinkers of the 20th century. One of the reasons for his relative obscurity is that he does not fit well into the prevailing capitalist/socialist dichotomy.

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  • The Moral Economy
    August 2002

    The Moral Economy

    The decline of the household economy is one of the most significant economic changes in post-World War II America. Unfortunately, it has received relatively little attention.

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  • <em>This</em> Is Conservatism?
    May 2002

    This Is Conservatism?

    There are two fictions that most American conservatives have taken to heart. First, that the Republican Party stands for conservative ideas and principles; second, that there has been a conservative renaissance in the last several decades, a resurgence that culminated with the Reagan presidency and continues into the present.

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