ACF Middlebrow #6: Paul Rahe


The ACF Middlebrow podcast continues with Hillsdale Professor Paul Rahe! We discuss the film he most assigns in class, Coppola and Puzo’s The Godfather, and the perfect introduction for young American college students to the study of different regimes, ancient and modern. We answer the question: How did the Martin Scorsese movie Silence inspire the professor to think about Western politics and the dichotomy between Caesar and Christ? Listen, comment, and share, folks! Please review & rate us on iTunes!


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  1. Percival Thatcher

    Titus Techera: Please review & rate us on iTunes!

    It’s about time!

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  2. Ansonia Member

    Fantastic podcast with Dr. Rahe, but much too short.

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  3. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you.

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  4. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Glad you liked it folks, the professor is a hoot to talk to, so we’ll do this again when we can find something worth saying!

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  5. I Walton Member
    I Walton

    Just getting around to this.  Outstanding.  Thanks.   Regarding the effect of Christianity on Japan.   When I was American Economic Minister in Tokyo working toward a trade deal for the Clinton Administration, I asked about a senior academic/bureaucrats that was  different,  more skilled at skewering us for our hypocrisy, and able to actually lead their group toward new consensus.   Commenting that he was so  different, I was told he was a Christian.  I then paid attention to the few people who were able to deal with notions of right and wrong or abstractions in general.  They were very few but always Christians.    They found their place, a tiny group that is not a threat but helps Japanese understand Westerners and provide nudges when necessary toward a different consensus.  These were just quick impressions on my part, a non Japan hand.   It would be interesting for someone to study if that is the case.  Japan is unique in other ways, the familiares are the cohorts from Tokyo University, not their actual family which were small and of less importance, but the loyalty toward upper and lower class mates and cohorts followed them throughout life and is the thing that governs everything in Japan.

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  6. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Yup. I agree that family has been massively transformed into kinds of classes in relation to their influence–which is not quite wealth, nor quite office, but it goes through both!

    This thing–that Japanese Christians are somewhat different, also makes sense, but I’ve no experience myself of it, so I’m curious!

    Also, thanks for the kind words!

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