How Liberalism Destroyed Itself [Book Review]

… Liberalism’s great failing and ultimate weakness: its incapacity to foster self-governance. Liberal individualism demands the dismantling of culture; and as culture fades, Leviathan waxes and responsible liberty recedes. It’s been a while since I…

Giacomo Leopardi: Reason as the Enemy of Nature

No wonder why Giacomo Leopardi’s notebook Zibaldone (1898) is considered to be one of the most important books of the 19th century. Zibaldone is a 2,500 pages (note)book full of wisdom about art, human culture,…

Freud on the Fragility of Human Happiness

The programme of becoming happy, which the pleasure principle imposes on us, cannot be fulfilled; yet we must not — indeed, we cannot — give up our efforts to bring it nearer to fulfilment by…

The (Troublesome) Origins of Modern Newspapers

Staying away from daily newspapers is a matter of mental hygiene. One side of the problem is the news itself. Rob Wijnberg does an excellent job explaining what exactly is the problem with news in his article The…