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A Brief Explanation of Protestantism

The exact number of Protestant denominations is not definitively¬†known, some estimates go as high as over thirty thousand. This is likely impossibly large, and furthermore the vast majority of Protestants worldwide belong to a handful of major groups. These are, in no particular order: Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals. There are many […]

Why do Those on the Right Find Leftist Arguments Unconvincing?

Why do Those on the Right Find Leftist Arguments Unconvincing?

Following the Second World War there was a general agreement among the Political Class that government intervention was necessary to avoid the extremes of privation, like those found during the Great Depression. This was known as the “Post-War Consensus”. Coupled with the social revolutions of the 1960’s, these trends lead to a Leftist Triumphalism which […]

Putin’s Idea of Russia, the History of a Notion of History; or, a (Very) Brief History of Russia

Putin’s recent actions in the Ukraine have brought a resurgence of Cold War-era rhetoric among Western politicians. Comparisons of Putin to Hitler are futile, as comparisons to Hitler and the Nazis are heard almost daily, often in completely mundane circumstances. Furthermore, figures similar to Putin are replete throughout Russian history, comparisons to Russian historical figures […]

The Folly of Libertarianism pt. III: Elizabethan Poverty Laws, Victorian Changes to Poverty Laws, and the Results

Note: this is part three, parts one and two may be found here and here. A frequent argument posed by Libertarians is that social spending will encourage sloth and indolence, eventually proving an undue burden on the growth of business. Furthermore, in their rhetoric targeting anti-poverty measures they are depicted as recent government incursions on […]

Religious Revivalism, Cults, and why South Park was largely Correct about the Mormons, but forgot all the Manifest Destiny: The History of those weird, little Religions

The South Park episode “All About the Mormons” gives a relatively accurate secular historical description of the founding of the Mormon religion. However, while a hilarious rendition of the story, it understandably leaves out the cultural and political context in which Mormonism emerged. The founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, was a product of the 19th […]

So-Called Counterfactual History is not history, or, Don’t listen to Niall Ferguson

I once read a fun, if somewhat un-literary and pulpy, science fiction novel entitled The Guns of the South. In it, the AWB, a modern and real, South African white supremacist organization, travels back in time to sell AK-47s and other modern weaponry to the Confederacy during the American Civil War. They intended to create […]

The Christianization of Poland

The nation states of East Central Europe have historically found themselves within a crossroads of different civilizations, religions, and feuding Great Powers. Poland in particular has occupied a heavily contested piece of Europe for its entire history. Different political arrangements that arose in Poland and East Central Europe would exist within perpetually contested space. Different […]