Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture

American culture is like an open sewer, spewing waste and corrupting everything it touches, says Anthony Esolen, author of Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Esolen describes the decay of American civilization, why children should play outside more, and how we must recover a proper sense of manhood and womanhood. He ends on a hopeful note, offering advice on how to begin to recover what we’ve lost.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member

    Shouldn’t we start by admiring beauty and craft rather than all this post-modern multicultural nonsense.

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    • February 8, 2017, at 12:51 PM PST
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  2. Mike Rapkoch Moderator

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Shouldn’t we start by admiring beauty and craft rather than all this post-modern multicultural nonsense.

    I’m reading the book right now. He does make this argument.

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    • February 8, 2017, at 1:04 PM PST
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  3. Arahant Member

    Slop music in the churches? Oh, man, are you ever singing my song!

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    • February 8, 2017, at 7:30 PM PST
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  4. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Man , that was cheery! , I don’t disagree at all, I’ve been noticing this decline all my life. The one question I have now is how many loops go on this noose.

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    • February 9, 2017, at 6:29 AM PST
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  5. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    The author makes a great point about children not playing outside. As a parent, this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart.

    Here’s my experience. Because of constant news reports of crimes against children (think Elizabeth Smart) and our lax criminal justice system which lets sexual predators off with a slap on the wrist, parents are afraid to let their kids play outside unsupervised. This is a fact. So, industries which provide kids with supervised activities have grown up around this parental anxiety — think Soccer Tots, dance classes, Taekwondo, “travel” sports, etc. When my kids go out on their bikes and ring doorbells, they find no one home a high percentage of the time because the parents are shuttling their kids to one activity or another. My wife and I were forced to resort to this same lifestyle. If we didn’t, our kids would have had nothing to do outside of our home.

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    • February 9, 2017, at 7:30 AM PST
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  6. Raxxalan Member
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    Scary thing for me is that Most People not only Don’t know that “Band of Brothers” comes from the St. Crispen’s day speech from Henry V. It is that many people don’t really know anything about the Historical events in the 20th century portrayed in the show. We haven’t only lost the allusion, the original history of Aincourt, but also the modern history of WWII. I am always really worried that when we forget the horror of the last World War we pave the way for the next World War.

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    • February 9, 2017, at 8:21 PM PST
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