John Rao | Remnant Columnist, New York
My family always used to spend a month or more in Rome after the end of the academic year in New York in May and the beginning of the Roman Forum’s Summer Symposium on Lake Garda. In 1995, my wife and I arrived in the Eternal City with our firstborn child, Nicholas, who was only two months old.
“And Santa Claus has got a toy for every good girl and good little boy; He’s a great big bundle of joy, He’ll be coming down the chimney, down”. (Count Basie Orchestra, 2015)
“What is all the joy about?” (Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Harvard Address, 1978)
Thirty years ago, it seemed as though the United States was sitting on top of the world. The Soviet Bloc had collapsed. American Pluralism had fought and won the Good Fight. History had come to an end. In no time at all, the pluralist Santa Claus would bring joy to the world and the entire planet would finally experience the peace that passes all understanding.
Editor's Note: What follows is the English translation of an article that first appeared in Italian on the website, Daily Compass. It is being reproduced here with the permission of the author. MJM
The FBI raid on former President Trump’s residence is the sign and culmination of an oligarchy’s domination (political, financial, media, etc.) which has subverted the natural and legal order. The remedy, however, does not consist in returning to the “American Way” or “to the principles of the Founding Fathers”, because they were always, from the very outset, designed to allow an oligarchy to dominate things politically and socially.
The title of this article has a two-fold significance. On the one hand, it points to that network of people, organizations, and blogs that I want to introduce to The Remnant family; a network that represents precisely what the title indicates: Free—as opposed to Oppressed, Muzzled, Suicidal, or openly Collaborationist—Catholic Italy. On the other, it reveals its members’ goal: to liberate their fellow believers and fellow countrymen from a regime with clearly totalitarian and viciously anti-religious ambitions, making it inevitably anti-rational and utterly inhuman in consequence.
“Are you ready?”
I HEARD THAT question ominously posed in the Greenwich Village café where I was sitting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, following my recent return from university in Britain in the late 1970s. The man demanding a response was clearly miserable, and knew that his query would depress the group of regulars standing round the counter with him. Their equally downcast faces indicated that they were indeed grimly prepared for the nightmare that all without exception were confronting together. Some mini Apocalypse was obviously unavoidable. What was it? It was another “holly, jolly Christmas”, the intolerable pretentions of which the lot of them anticipated as eagerly as an extended vacation in a leper colony.
“Do you want Total War?”
This was the question that Joseph Goebbels asked to a select audience of Nazi Party stalwarts during his perhaps most famous speech at the Berlin Sports Palace on February 18th, 1943. Accompanied by measures fully mobilizing the German people for conflict for the first time since the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, it was seen as a defiant response to Franklin Roosevelt’s announcement of the United Nations Alliance call for “Unconditional Surrender” of the Axis Powers at a meeting in Casablanca just a few weeks earlier.
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“Even if the wounds of this shattered world enmesh you, and the sea in turmoil bears you along in but one surviving ship, it would still befit you to maintain your enthusiasm for studies unimpaired. Why should lasting values tremble if transient things fall?” (Prosper of Aquitaine)
Feast of St. Joseph
March 19, 2021
Dear Friends of the Roman Forum,
Both our Catholic Faith as well as the innate human Reason that that Faith has given us the courage to take seriously have long prepared us for the disaster that has finally overtaken the naturalist Enlightenment world in the last thirteen months. For let us remember that it is indeed that absurdly anti-Christian “rationalist civilization” that has now administered to itself a predictably irrational coup de grace.
“It’s obvious; we have to kill the King. Otherwise, we are lost!”
These words were spoken by an elderly Spanish friend of mine in 1981, after Juan Carlos, in the wake of a failed coup d’état, recommitted himself to the undoing of the work of Franco’s Nationalist Movement. And they were enthusiastically endorsed by the thousands of his fellow Civil War veterans listening to him address a conference of militant rightists in Madrid.
Destruction of the common and all too known enemy, along with an awareness that the troops were fighting on “the last hill”, with the consequences of defeat too horrible for anyone to contemplate, was the glue cementing the highly variegated crowd taking part in the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 12th.
A. The Attempted Coup d’État
Saturday, November 7th, was the moment that I realized that these articles of mine had to change their name. What I once called “Letters From Hell” now must be labeled “War in Hell”. For war is what in fact broke out with the beginning of the coup d’état still being attempted against the real winner of the 2020 election.
I suppose that I should not have been surprised by the audacity of the traitors engaged in this coup. After the destruction of the minds of several generations of young Americans, after the assiduous pursuit of their seduction through the promotion of endless permutations on human sexual depravity, after four years of propaganda on the part of a news media perfecting a mixture of the techniques of Joseph Stalin and Joseph Goebbels through its incessant parroting of political lies and its effective liquidation of any knowledge of the existence of an opposition, what else should I have expected?
We are truly living through “the times that try men’s souls”. All of us horrified by the sheltering of every vile form of revolutionary madness under the cynical leading wing of the Democratic Party
Por Dios, Por la Patria, y el Rey!
Spanish Republican forces controlling Toledo at the beginning of the Civil War in 1936 informed the Nationalist commander of the Alcazar in the center of the city, Colonel José Moscardó Ituarte (1878-1956), that they would kill his son Luis if he did not surrender this citadel up to them. "Commend your soul to God and die like a patriot shouting ‘long live Christ the King’ and ‘long live Spain’!” were the instructions the aggrieved soldier gave the twenty four year old Luis. "That, I can do” was the doomed man’s clear response. He was killed.