So, what’s this Vigilanter thing about anyways?  A tattoo on my right forearm, to be exact.  It comes from the adverb form of the Latin vigilans, from which the English words vigilant and vigilante come.  As an adverb, it would be translated “watchfully”.

However, due to connotations of “vigilante justice” and the mythos of the American Old West, (as well as nearly the entire Superhero genre), the word most often read on my arm is “vigilante r”.  While my career as a bounty hunter is probably not going to start anytime soon, I wear the ink with pride, as a reminder to watch my six, to slow down and pay attention to what I do, and finally as a reminder of youthful exuberance carried with me for life.

And what exactly does this have to do with this blog?

I see the primary purpose of my writing, to instill that same value into others:  to “watchfully” do everything in life.  First, I want to start out by examining where we’ve come from:

As mentioned here, “a firm understanding of the classics” of our common culture should allow us to speak the same language, therefore, this first course out of the Western Canon:

The First Course: Political Greats (To 1800)

  • The Republic – Plato
  • Politics – Aristotle
  • On Government – Cicero
  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • City of God – St. Augustine
  • Summa Theologica, Second Part – St. Aquinas
  • The Prince and The Discourses – Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
  • Patriarcha – Robert Filmer
  • Second Treatise – John Locke
  • The Spirit of the Laws – Montesquieu
  • The Social Contract – Rousseau
  • Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Rights of Man and Common Sense – Thomas Paine
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France – Edmund Burke

Beyond this, I’d like to delve deeper into the Western Canon, developing a syntopical understanding of the basis of Western Culture.  Eventually, a set of mental models will emerge, that should allow the reader to navigate an often confusing world.

Lastly, I’d like to say, that while I hold my own opinions, and lean strongly towards a neoreactionary/Alt-Right impulse, I’m creating this to encourage people of all stripes to start reading the classics of Western thought.  It will only be through a common intellectual framework that communication will be possible, going forward.  Unfortunately, the University has largely failed its mission to continue the “Great Conversation”, leading us all down a path of polemics and enstupidation, instead of insight.

This is no small task, but I’m up to it, are you?