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This news story reminded me of our discussion of Mill’s thoughts on political parties, conservatism, and order. Conservative stalwart David Brooks has recently been making the rounds lamenting that the Republicans are no longer a conservative party in the Burkean sense we considered a few weeks ago: “By traditional definitions,” he writes, “conservatism stands for […]

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Some quick hits in the headlines this week, some historical beverage news related to our recent discussions: Like coffee? Thank Goethe!! Green tea: The original Reefer Madness. “For most of the 19th century, there was less concern about the perils of taking cocaine than there was about the negative side effects of drinking green tea,” writes Matthew Sweet […]

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I came across this book review of one of our authors – Mary Shelley, who is the subject of a new biography. Or rather, we could say that the biography has another subject, one of the women whose modern work on Shelley was critical to Shelley’s resurgent reputation in high culture and academic analysis. After […]

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You may have already noticed that the 19th century is very hot right now. Every day there are new articles in the media, new shows and films come out that are set in that era (or parodying it, or adding zombies to it). People seem interested in it as never before. Some people are apparently […]

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Well this is interesting… from academic blog Crooked Timber: Yesterday I chanced to read a story from 1850, The Three Visits, by one Auguste Vitu. It is in a collection of, broadly speaking, ghost stories: The Macabre Megapack: 25 Lost Tales From The Golden Age. It is free to Amazon Prime members, and 99 cents […]

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