Dr. Alberto M. Piedra is a Professor Emeritus at IWP. He is Former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and Former Chairman, Department of Economics and Business at The Catholic University of America.
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The Dechristianization of France during the French Revolution

Little doubt remains among scholars as to the dechristianization of France during the French Revolution. This may not have been the objective of the intellectual founders of the revolutionary movement of 1789 which swept over the land of Joan of Arc, causing havoc to all sectors of French society and the death of thousands of…

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Thoughts on Hilaire Belloc

Belloc, together with Newman, Chesterton, and Waugh, were three of the principal writers of the Catholic literary revival during the early 20th century in England.

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Chesterton’s reply to “What’s Wrong with the World”

The British philosopher and writer G.H Chesterton wrote in his remarkably perceptive book What’s Wrong with the World: “…in the modern world we are primarily confronted with the extraordinary spectacle of people turning to new ideals because they have not tried the old. Men have not got tired of Christianity; they have never found enough…

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The Search for Happiness

All human beings are searching for happiness in this world of ours.  Historically this has always been true but, perhaps, even more so in our modern age when the possibility of acquiring material goods has been facilitated by modern technology and the process of continuous innovation; a process that is continuously making available new products…

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The Myth of Utopianism

The 18th century was a period of history in which the self-entitled prophets of the Enlightenment (Aufclarung) had a blind faith in the idea of continuous progress and the establishment of a perfect society: utopia.

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Americans voted for the Trump Doctrine

President-elect Trump’s foreign policy agenda as laid out in his Foreign Policy Speech in April 2016 is in stark contrast to the reigning foreign policy orthodoxy of Washington and Brussels. Trump’s vision sees the advancement of our national interest as a process which begins by making “America Great Again” and not by creating a “New World Order.”…

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Constitutional Coups: A Threat to Private Property

“Just as the territorial conquests ofRepublican Rome called into being the Empire,so the extension of the attributes of the State in democraciesmade inevitable the coming of authoritarianism” Bertrand de Jouvenel “The right to the private ownership of materialgoods pertains to natural law, insofar as mankindis entitled to possess for its own common use thematerial goods…

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Unity with diversity: The challenge of globalization

Introduction There is no doubt that the world of today is, in many ways, radically different from the years that preceded the First World War. The so-called “Pax Britanica”, which basically prevailed from the Congress of Vienna until the summer of 1914, came to an abrupt end with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand the…

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