DANIEL FINNERAN

Politics

“An Honest Heart and a Knowing Head” | Lessons from Thomas Jefferson on How to Live Well

The following is an essay/meditation from my sister project, Pneuma. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, visit my website, pneumameditations.com or search Pneuma By Daniel Finneran on any of your favorite podcast streaming platforms. Hello all you beautiful, brilliant, remarkable people, and welcome to this episode of Pneuma. The great sages of the …

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The Declaration or The Constitution: Which Do You Prefer? My Thoughts on The Documents and A Review of Yoram Hazony’s “Conservatism: A Rediscovery”

It’s my habit, whenever I’m in conversation with someone of a strong and unconcealed political bent, from whom the gift of a sound civic education and a talent for an idea’s thoughtful expression haven’t been withheld, to ask him which of America’s two central documents, the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, he regards more …

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Religion and Politics: The Unwelcome Guests

Do you dare discuss religion and politics over the holiday season?  It’s an ageless maxim that, when gathered with family and friends during the course of the holiday season, all discussion of politics—and, to a lesser extent, religion—should be studiously avoided. These are the two guests, unique among all possible guests, to whom it’s not …

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Use Your Discernment (So Long as You Discern Nothing Different) 

Written 6 November 2022 There’s a shrinking number of celebrities in whom we Americans place our collective trust. A very small number, indeed, for whom, no matter the direction toward which our political preferences incline us, there’s near universal veneration.  Take, as one example, the late Alex Trebek, whose name was, and yet remains, synonymous …

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On Revolts and Revolutions: 18th-Century France and Modern China

Louis XVI: C’est une grande révolte!  La Rochefoucault-Liancourt: Non, Sire, c’est une grande révolution. Upon learning of the fall of the Bastille in the summer of 1789, Louis XVI—the hapless (and soon to be headless) French king against whom popular opinion in the country had long since turned—responded with one of the great understatements of …

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Donald Trump and King Pyrrhus

And, just like that, Rome’s conquest of Greece was nearly complete.  The strong, sturdy, ageless foundation of Hellas, upon which the rest of the civilized world then firmly stood, suddenly began to quake. Those ancient, mighty pillars by which the early Western man was raised, atop which the hundred famous city-states he inhabited were built, …

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