Last Crusade Archive

Last Crusade: Equality and Envy

Posted May 21, 2017 By John C Wright

Frank Baum, the Royal Historian of Oz, in his book QUEEN ZIXI OF IX, reports that the immortal fairytale witch, Queen Zixi, has riches, magical powers, health, and the appearance of endless youth, and everything else her heart desires but one thing only: her image in the mirror shows her to be an unsightly old […]

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Last Crusade: The Dignity Of Man

Posted May 14, 2017 By John C Wright

One of the central ideas, so basic that it forms the foundation of all Western thought not just in political philosophy but in nearly all topics, is the idea of the dignity of man. So much so that even the worldviews acting most dramatically to rob and undermine the notion of the dignity of man […]

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Last Crusade: Man and Humanism

Posted May 7, 2017 By John C Wright

The signature peculiarity of the modern age that one must explain the obvious to the oblivious. One must explain the self-evident to audiences to whom evidence has no persuasive power. One must point out the paradox of any belief that blithely contradicts itself to audience to whom self-contradiction forms no obvious impediment to belief. One […]

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The Last Crusade: The Verity of Beauty

Posted April 30, 2017 By John C Wright

The pressure of time and other tasks prevent me from writing the essay I intended for this week. In lieu thereof, I reprint here an essay on the same topic from three years ago: To be a man means to seek a truth that satisfies the mind, a virtue that sates the conscience, and a […]

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Last Crusade: Crucifying the Truth

Posted April 16, 2017 By John C Wright

On this day, when infinite love clothed in living truth more brilliant that the sun, crowned with all virtues, descended into the finite sphere of Earth, and was greeted with indifference, jeers, hatred, humiliation, torture, and death, it behooves us to reflect on the nature of truth and mankind’s hatred of it. This is a […]

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Last Crusade: The Promise of Peace

Posted April 9, 2017 By John C Wright

The whole of that nameless modern movement which goes by a legion is names, whether it be called Political Correctness, Liberalism, Socialism, Collectivism, Totalitarianism, Humanism, Secularism, Hedonism or Nihilism, rests on one axiom of moral philosophy: moral agnosticism. This axiom states that there is not and cannot be a well formed conscience, or a conscience […]

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Last Crusade: The Authority Of Virtue

Posted April 6, 2017 By John C Wright

The Last Crusade are all who hold faith with in the majesty of truth; the impartiality of reason; the objectivity of reality; the authority of virtue; the verity of beauty; the dignity of man; the equality of the law; the love of patriots; and we hold faith with Christ. The enemy is a scattered and […]

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Last Crusade: The Reality of Reality

Posted March 26, 2017 By John C Wright

Every age has its peccadilloes. In the modern age, blatantly to deny the obvious is our most obvious dishonesty. We live in the era of the unreal. I can only offer, as an observation, what the passage of decades and the observation of the doings of modern men from my viewpoint, first from a law […]

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Last Crusade: The Impartiality of Reason

Posted March 19, 2017 By John C Wright

The Last Crusade is the eternal war against all Hellish things. The visible parts of the war, fought with sword or spear, bullet or bomb, are but sorties of a larger siege that is fought, oddly enough, with prose and poem, with spirit and prayer. One matter where the Last Crusade must plant a banner […]

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The Last Crusade: the Majesty of Truth

Posted March 12, 2017 By John C Wright

A former column lists the nine principles held by all men of good will, for which the Last Crusade takes up the cross. We hold to the majesty of truth; the impartiality of reason; the objectivity of reality. We believe in the authority of virtue; the verity of beauty; the dignity of man; the equality […]

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