Sarah joined me in November, for episode 4 of this program, in which we discussed her book Weather Eye Open, which was published by the University of California Press in The press clearly couldn't get enough of Sarah's work, and earlier this year published her latest volume in their New Poetry series.
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The book is entitled Green is the Orator, and will be the topic of our conversation for episode Nature -- Poetry. Islam essentially survives, and Islam would not have survived had the Crusade made good its hold upon the essential point of Damascus. Islam survives. Its religion is intact; therefore its material strength may return.
Our religion is in peril, and who can be confident in the continued skill, let alone the continued obedience, of those who make and work our machines? There is with us a complete chaos in religious doctrine We worship ourselves, we worship the nation; or we worship some few of us a particular economic arrangement believed to be the satisfaction of social justice Islam has not suffered this spiritual decline; and in the contrast between [our religious chaos and Islam's] religious certitudes still strong throughout the Mohammedan world lies our peril. In The Great Heresies , Belloc argued that although "Muslim culture happens to have fallen back in material applications; there is no reason whatever why it should not learn its new lesson and become our equal in all those temporal things which now alone give us our superiority over it—whereas in Faith we have fallen inferior to it.
It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable, that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent. Even a slight accession of material power would make the further control of Islam by an alien culture difficult.
A little more and there will cease that which our time has taken for granted, the physical domination of Islam by the disintegrated Christendom we know. At the time of his writing, the Islamic world was still largely under the rule of the European colonial powers and the threat to Britain was from Fascism and Nazism. Belloc, however, considered that Islam was permanently intent on destroying the Christian faith, as well as the West, which Christendom had built. Belloc's attitude towards Judaism is complex and has been a subject of controversy. Belloc took a leading role in denouncing the Marconi scandal of , in which government ministers were caught insider trading.
Belloc emphasized that key players in both the government and the Marconi corporation had been Jewish. Jewish historian Todd Edelman identifies Catholic writers as central critics. In his opinion:. The most virulent attacks in the Marconi affair were launched by Hilaire Belloc and the brothers Cecil and G. Chesterton , whose hostility to Jews was linked to their opposition to liberalism, their backward-looking Catholicism, and the nostalgia for a medieval Catholic Europe that they imagined was ordered, harmonious, and homogeneous.
The Jew baiting at the time of the Boer War and the Marconi scandal was linked to a broader protest, mounted in the main by the Radical wing of the Liberal Party, against the growing visibility of successful businessmen in national life and their challenges to what were seen as traditional English values. Wilson's biography expresses the belief that Belloc tended to allude to Jews negatively in conversation, sometimes obsessively. Anthony Powell mentions in his review of that biography that in his view Belloc was thoroughly antisemitic, at all but a personal level.
From his days in politics onwards, Belloc repeatedly demonstrated a belief that Jewish people had significant control over society and the world of finance. In his book, The Jews , Belloc argued that "the continued presence of the Jewish nation intermixed with other nations alien to it presents a permanent problem of the gravest character," and that the "Catholic Church is the conservator of an age-long European tradition, and that tradition will never compromise with the fiction that a Jew can be other than a Jew.
Wherever the Catholic Church has power, and in proportion to its power, the Jewish problem will be recognized to the full. Robert Speaight cited a letter by Belloc in which he pilloried Nesta Webster because of her accusations against "the Jews". In February , Belloc wrote to an American Jewish friend regarding an antisemitic book by Webster.
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Webster had rejected Christianity, studied Eastern religions , accepted the Hindu concept of the equality of all religions and was fascinated by theories of reincarnation and ancestral memory. Belloc also condemned Nazi antisemitism in The Catholic and the War Belloc grew up in Slindon and spent most of his life in West Sussex. He always wrote of Sussex as if it were the crown of England and the western Sussex Downs the jewel in that crown.
One of his best-known works relating to Sussex is The Four Men: a Farrago , in which the four characters, each aspects of Belloc's personality,   travel on a pilgrimage across the county from Robertsbridge in the far east to Harting in the far west. In my opinion it is a lunatic book. She is one of those people who have got one cause on the brain. It is the good old 'Jewish revolutionary' bogey. But there is a type of unstable mind which cannot rest without morbid imaginings, and the conception of a single cause simplifies thought.
With this good woman it is the Jews , with some people it is the Jesuits , with others Freemasons and so on. The world is more complex than that. The Third Reich has treated its Jewish subjects with a contempt for Justice which even if there had been no other action of the kind in other departments would be a sufficient warranty for determining its elimination from Europe Cruelty to a Jew is as odious as cruelty to any human being, whether that cruelty be moral in the form of insult, or physical You may hear men saying on every side, 'However, there is one thing I do agree with and that is the way they The Nazis have settled the Jews'.
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Now that attitude is directly immoral. The more danger there is that it will grow the more necessity there is for denouncing it. The action of the enemy toward the Jewish race has been in morals intolerable. Contracts have been broken on all sides, careers destroyed by the hundred and the thousand, individuals have been treated with the most hideous and disgusting cruelty If no price is paid for such excesses, our civilisation will certainly suffer and suffer permanently. If the men who have committed them go unpunished and only defeat in war can punish them then the decline of Europe, already advanced, will proceed to catastrophe.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hilaire Belloc. Hilaire Belloc portrait by E. See also: Hilaire Belloc bibliography. Poetry portal. II, No.
Chesterton and Mr. Fisher Unwin Ltd. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 27 April Oxford University Press.
Article by Bernard Berganzi. Of course Belloc was prejudiced, but there were few who knew him who did not love his prejudices, who did not love to hear him fight for them, and who did not honor him for the sincerity and passion with which he held to them. Once the battle was joined all his armoury was marshalled and flung into the fray. Dialectic, Scorn, Quip, Epigram, Sarcasm, Historical Evidence, Massive Argument, and Moral Teaching --of all these weapons he was a past master and each was mobilised and made to play its proper part in the attack.
Yet he was a courteous and a chivalrous man. A deeply sensitive man, his was the kindest and most understanding nature I have ever known. In spite of a rollicking and bombastic side he was as incapable of the least cruelty as he was capable of the most delicate sympathy with other people's feelings. As he himself used to say of others in a curiously quiet and simple way, "He is a good man.
He will go to Heaven. Markel, Hilaire Belloc , Twayne Publishers , p. Retrieved 26 February At last he swallowed some which tied Itself in ugly Knots inside. Henry will very soon be dead. Harmondsworth: Penguin, , p.
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Harmondsworth: Penguin, p. A society in which a minority owns and controls the means of production, while the majority are reduced to proletarian status, is not only wrong but unstable. Belloc sees it breaking down in two ways — on the one hand into State action for welfare which pure capitalism cannot embody ; on the other hand into monopoly and the restraint of trade.
There are only two alternatives to this system: socialism, which Belloc calls collectivism; and the redistribution of property on a significant scale, which Belloc calls distributivism. It is pages in length of close print It does not mention the Mass once. That is as though you were to write a history of the Jewish dispersion without mentioning the synagogue or of the British empire without mentioning the city of London or the Navy Letters from Hilaire Belloc , Hollis and Carter, Endelman The Jews of Britain, to They are both close friends of mine. One is for, the other against… I believe that, when the passions have died down, the Dreyfus case will remain for history very much what the Diamond Necklace has remained, or the Tichborne case ; that is, there will be a popular legend, intellectually worth nothing; and, for the historian, the task of criticising that legend, but hardly of solving the problem.
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