Richard J. Bishirjian
Richard J. Bishirjian
Political theorist, Ph.D., president of Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016 and currently president of American Academy of Distance Learning. He is the editor of A Public Philosophy Reader, The Development of Political Theory, The Conservative Rebellion and author of The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education. Dr. Bishirjian’s essays have been published in The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics, Chronicles, The American Spectator and The Imaginative Conservative
Conservatism and Spiritual and Social Recovery

Conservatism and Spiritual and Social Recovery

As I read newspapers, popular magazines, listen to National Public Radio, watch cable television, attend Catholic Mass, and work with American academics at the deracinated institutions called colleges, I am conscious that American secular culture has had at least one hundred years to effect a closing not only of the American mind but of the American soul as well. That is visible in large protests and vandalism and looting in the context of something called “Black Lives Matter.” Few if any except the revolutionaries who teach “community activists” in such matters are aware that the ideal to which they are responding was first conceived by Lenin in his 1902 essay, “What is to be Done?” In that essay Lenin outlined the methods that he believed would achieve a successful revolution in Czarist Russia. His methods included a) maintaining large non-Party organizations with mass membership controlled by communists; b) concentration on agitation of single ideas to foment discontent; and c) organized activism aimed at “the masses,” not exclusively the “proletariat.”  More


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OEconomica No. 1, 2016