Sunday, March 25, 2007

New English Review

in the person of Hugh Fitzgerald calls Jacques Barzun its intellectual co-sponsor in a blog post that drew this comment:

26 Mar 2007

An insight typical of the noble Barzun, a cultural treasure in a very dark time. Eliot, Lewis (THE ABOLITION OF MAN), and Russell Kirk wrote about decadence along the same lines and the London Social Affairs Unit has recently published a volume of essays on the same theme, DECADENCE: THE PASSING OF PERSONAL VIRTUE AND ITS REPLACEMENT BY POLITICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SLOGANS, ed. Digby Anderson (London: Social Affairs Unit, 2005: ). One of the most moving of Barzun's many virtues is that he is a patriot, both for the USA and the idea of the West, without being exclusive or chauvinistic: he knows that the struggle is for a civilization, which entails a universal dimension. God bless him.

Dr. M.D. Aeschliman

See also an excerpt from M. D. Aeschliman’s review of Hugh Brogan, Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life (National Review, April 2, 2007) in Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor