Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

Regionalism, Tradition and Good Taste

In the field of art, two equally erroneous extremes should be avoided. One is cosmopolitanism, which strives to establish only one art form for the whole world without considering the characteristics proper to each people and each region. The other … Continue reading

Saint Joseph, Martyr of Grandeur

To even begin to comprehend the nature of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, we must bear in mind two awe-inspiring facts. Saint Joseph is the virgin-husband of Our Lady and the guardian-father of Our Lord. The husband must … Continue reading

Pagan Manliness and False Christian Patience

If we compare the features of this third-century Roman, represented in a splendid sculpture from the Capitoline Palace, with those of the famous Apollo Belvedere, its irregularities become evident. In this sense, we could not exactly call this man handsome. … Continue reading

Defying the Law of Gravity

Recollection, silence, and isolation have always been distinctive characteristics of the Carthusian Order, founded by Saint Bruno in the eleventh century. A modern man would view the Carthusians as antiquated souls, lacking impulse, vitality, or any other type of dynamism. … Continue reading

A Precarious State That Always Ends Badly

“What habits have changed? Which ones have caused the greatest scandals and arguments? “Sex magazines for men and pornographic movies and plays have grown in their numbers, becoming ever more daring and unrestrained… “Nowadays, radio programs are common where sex … Continue reading

The Termite Man

I know the case of an old farmer of São Paulo, the master of a vast coffee plantation and of a spacious mansion, square-shaped with two floors, a door in the center and windows of equal size throughout the facade. … Continue reading

Reflections on a Café

For a long time, a very long time, I have wanted to convey an impression about the development of Brazil. “Development” is a term I use here in a sense only remotely related to what is usually understood by that … Continue reading

The Insidious Question

Somebody asked me if I were a man of the right. Enthusiastically and euphorically I answered, “Yes.” On answering, I was already waiting for the concise and venomous little question that would come next: “Of the extreme right, then?” The … Continue reading

Tradition, Family, and Property

Once upon a time, there was a young man torn by a critical conflict of affections. He loved his charming spouse with all his soul. Yet at the same time, he had profound affection and respect for his mother. However, … Continue reading

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