By day, I'm a father of seven and husband of one. By night, I'm an author, a biographer, and a prog rocker. Interests: Rush, progressive rock, cultural criticisms, the Rocky Mountains, individual liberty, history, hiking, and science fiction.
“People go to Washington asking the Federal Government to solve their economics problems. But the Federal Government was never meant to solve men’s economic problems. Thomas Jefferson says, ‘The less government there is the better it is.’ If the less government there is the better it is, the best kind of government is self-government. If the best kind of government is self-government, then the best kind of organization is self-organization. When the organizers try to organize the unorganized, they often do it for the benefit of the organizers.”
—The Catholic Worker (Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin) Quoted in Maisie Ward, Unfinished Business (Sheed and Ward, 1964), 176,
Inspired by Gleaves Whitney and Winston Elliott, I first read Christopher Dawson seventeen years ago, this Thanksgiving break. To celebrate that first reading–which changed my life–here is the full PDF of Dawson’s 1939 book, Beyond Politics. Enjoy.
Yes Sirree, Winter is surely here and in our annual bid to help those suffering from seasonally affected misery (and those canny customers with an eye for a bargain), the latest Burning Shed sale includes items from across labels and some massive savings.
Kscope label releases by Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Mansun and many more A third off King Crimson’s wonderful Thrak box £10 off the Japanese edition of Bruford’s Seems Like A Lifetime Ago and BB’s Gonzo back catalogue reduced in price Yes 50th Anniversary tour posters 50% off Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge’s Gonwards box Rick Wakeman cardboard replica edition CDs The final copies of the No-Man ‘EMI pressing’ of Love And Endings Shriekback catalogue gems Rupert Hine’s Thinkman trilogy
Ends Monday November 26th.
Les Penning & Robert Reed
In Dulci Jubilo (cd/vinyl pre-order)
Les Penning and Robert Reed‘s enchanting version of Christmas classic In Dulci Jubilo (featuring Tom Newman).
Available as a 5 track maxi-single CD and a 7″ vinyl edition featuring Tom Newman and RR mixes.
All orders of the vinyl include a free Signed Christmas Card.
Pre-order for December 14th release.
Live at Glasgow Apollo 77 (cd/vinyl pre-order)
A live performance from the Front Page News tour of 1977 released for the first time.
Strictly limited to 1000 copies on vinyl and 3000 on CD, Live at Glasgow Apollo 77 follows the success of the 30 CD deluxe box set Wishbone Ash The Vintage Years 1970-1991.
Pre-order for January 11th release.
Big Big Train
Back Catalogue Repressings (cds)
2018 repressing of three early BBT releases: Goodbye To The Age Of Steam (1994), English Boy Wonders(1997) and Gathering Speed (2004).
A fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of one of the UK’s finest contemporary Progressive bands.
Greetings Cards / Sorceress – 3D Lenticular Card (cards pre-order)
Pack of 6 blank greetings cards featuring classic Opeth album covers (dimensions: 16cm x 16cm) and a 3D lenticular card of the striking artwork for Sorceress (dimensions: 30cm x 30cm).
Pre-order for December 7th shipping.
Something To Be Won EP (vinyl pre-order)
The debut EP from singer songwriter Michael Clark on 12″ Vinyl.
Michael’s mesmerically haunting songs recall the simplicity of Elliot Smith, Pink Moon-era Nick Drake and elements of his father Gavin Clark’s (Clayhill, Uncle) work.
Yep, it’s Black Friday. And, for this deal, you not only DON’T have to leave your home, but you’ll ALSO get lots and lots of nutrition for the mind!
Right now, Tom is offering a Master membership to Liberty Classroom for only $287.
If you use the link below and purchase a LC Master membership, I (Brad) will happily and eagerly and joyfully send you a signed copy of IN DEFENSE OF ANDREW JACKSON as well as RUSSELL KIRK: AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE as my gift.
To secular and leftist Europeans, Hungary’s Fundamental Law came as a shock. The preamble set the tone—it is the opening line of the Hungarian National Hymn (anthem): “God, bless the Hungarians.” That was already too much for The Guardian. A writer for that left-wing British newspaper noted that the new constitution’s “preamble is heavily influenced by the Christian faith and commits Hungary to a whole new set of values, such as family, nation, fidelity, faith, love and labour.” It was enough to point this out: further criticism would apparently have been superfluous.
— Read on theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/11/viktor-orban-hungarian-resistance-lee-congdon.html
I consider myself an anti nationalist, but I found this article absolutely fascinating–BB.
Of course, I do not want or desire to conflate that which is sacred with that which is profane. The Sabbath does not exist for the right of association. Yet, as we pause and reflect on the many great and grand blessings bestowed upon us as Americans, we would be foolish to ignore the tradition of self-governance, of community building, and of the right to association. Once again, it is healthy to remember what we should cherish. Plato, after all, told us we must love what should be loved and hate what should be hated. In rough times, we too readily remember the hate part but forget the love part. As you celebrate your time with your family, eat turkey and mashed potatoes, and watch, for the 1000th time, Home Alone, don’t forget to give thanks—to all of those who came before us and, especially, to He who created us in His image to know, to serve, and to love Him.
— Read on theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/11/harmony-order-thanksgiving-bradley-birzer.html