The World Desperately Needs the Wisdom of Bobby Kennedy Now More Than Ever

By Matthew Ehret Today’s fires which have spread across America in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the knee of Minnesota police officer Derick Chauvin has presented America with the chance to do some serious soul searching. The fact that these riots have occurred at a moment when America finds itself seriously reviving the spirit…

Paul Robeson and the Battle for the Soul of America

By Matthew Ehret “Every artist, every scientist, every writer must decide now where he stands. The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice” Paul Robeson, 1937 America today stands at a crossroads. Where an entrenched oligarchy strives desperately to keep hold of those…

Beyond the Lines: Keats’ “Ode on Indolence”

By David Gosselin The question has been raised by many critics, academics, scientists, and artists, “What is Creativity?” In the spring of 1819, the poet John Keats experienced one of the greatest bursts of creativity in the history of art and science. When fully considered, the astounding poetic achievements of the spring of 1819 parallel…

How Classical Painting Liberates us from the Shackles of the Senses

An exploration of Schiller’s Aesthetics as it pertains to political revolutions past and future By Matthew Ehret This article is based on a lecture given on Feb. 11, 2019 in Montreal Canada. German poet Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) wrote his twenty six Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man in 1794 in order to address this…

Russia and the United States: The Forgotten History of a Brotherhood

by Cynthia Chung “A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it”. – Frederick Douglass (former slave who would later become a great American statesman and diplomat) It has always been an utmost necessity to exercise…

How to Conquer Tyranny: A Lesson from Plato

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Plato’s Letter VII Plato to Dion’s associates and friends wishes well-doing. You write to me that I must consider your views the same as those of Dion, and you urge me to aid your cause so far as I can…

Benjamin Franklin and Chinese Civilization

Dave Wang is Manager of Hollis Library and Adjunct Professor of St. Johns University– Article originally published on Reset DOC (Dialogue of Civilizations) Prof. Wang has published over twenty groundbreaking articles on the topic of Chinese influences on the founding fathers of America. You can find more of his incredible work athttps://foundingfathersandchina.blogspot.com Scholarship on the study…

How to Overcome Today’s Crisis: A Lesson from 1933

As the world is swept up by a two fold crisis led by a global coronavirus pandemic and financial collapse, it is no wonder that America’s great president Franklin Roosevelt is on everyones’ mind. Faced with the collapse of the cultural, economic and social fabric of society after 4 years of depression, President Roosevelt launched…

Why Today’s Crisis forces a Re-Evaluation of “Value”

By Matthew Ehret Today’s international crisis has caused the world to confront a major blind spot in thinking which has gone unchecked for far too long: The belief that money holds intrinsic value. Not only has the reality of insufficient medical infrastructure across European and American nations cause a sudden alarm (despite the trend occurring…

Alma Deutscher’s Plea for Harmony Strikes a Universal Chord

An incredible speech was given by the 14 year old composer Alma Deutscher upon receiving the European Culture Prize at the Vienna State Opera on October 20, 2019. At this prestigious ceremony, the young musician, whose works have sent shock waves through the musical world since she began composing at young age of 6 made…

Khazaria and the Forgotten Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Confucian Alliance

Today’s age of geopolitics has made it difficult for many people to appreciate the cooperative traditions in history that gave rise to the great discoveries and progress of humanity’s collective experience. From the ancient Silk Road uniting the east with the west in trade and cultural exchange for hundreds of years to the 7-9th century…

The Russian-China Polar Silk Road Emerges

Whether the Arctic will become a platform for cooperation or warfare has been a question often posed throughout the past 150 years. As early as 1875, a vision for Eurasian-American cooperation was becoming realized as leading Americans and Russians alike foresaw the construction of telegraph and even rail lines across the 100 km Bering Strait…

The New Silk Road Ushers in a Potential Renaissance for the Middle East

By Matthew Ehret With the transformation of the rules of the “Great Game” in the Middle East since 2015, a sweeping set of development/reconstruction programs led by China now have a chance to become hegemonic across the formerly hopeless, terrorist-infested region. This new positive dynamic is returning the Middle East to its historic role as…

Poe’s Metaphysics: Rediscovering Eureka

By Matthew Ehret What I here propound is true: — therefore it cannot die: — or if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will “rise again to the Life Everlasting. Nevertheless it is as a Poem only that I wish this work to be judged after I am dead.” –Edgar…

The Art of War in the 21st Century

By Cynthia Chung Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the most influential books written on military strategy and philosophy. This is not confined to just Asians but Europeans and Americans alike have attempted to study The Art of War hoping its wisdom would be revealed to them. However, it is clear with…

A Pax Americana or A Republic If You Can Keep It?

By Cynthia Chung “Fortune thus blinds the minds of men when she does not wish them to resist her power.” – Livy It seems quite evident to many that the United States has been consumed by the same ambition and thus fate with that of the Roman Empire. That one of the most notorious periods…

For Victory Day: It’s Time to Think About Finally Winning WWII

By Matthew Ehret 75 years ago Germany surrendered to allied forces finally ending the ravages of the Second World War. Today, as the world celebrates the 75th anniversary of this victory, why not think very seriously about finally winning that war once and for all? If you’re confused by this statement, then you might want…

An Overview of the Bay of Pigs and its Relevance for Today

By Cynthia Chung “There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold.” – William Shakespeare Once again we find ourselves in a situation of crisis, where the entire world holds its breath all at once and can only wait to see whether this volatile black cloud…

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Secret to Immortality

By David Gosselin William Shakespeare (baptized April 26, 1564, died April 23, 1616) is arguably the greatest writer in any language. Shakespeare’s classical poetry is not only one of the most exalted examples of what an immortal sense of creative identity can accomplish, it is a symbol of the artist’s immortality, and timelessness itself. As…

The Art of Peace- The New Silk Road Counters an Age of Turbulence

The Rising Tide Foundation proudly presents the proceedings of the November 16 seminar held in Montreal Canada entitled “The Art of Peace: The New Silk Road Counters an Age of Turbulence” featuring six speakers tackling the multi-faceted New Silk Road from artistic, engineering, historical, philosophical and scientific standpoints. Presentation 1: A new epoch of cooperation…

Symposium: The Edgar A. Poe You Never Knew

On June 8, 2019 a symposium hosted by the Rising Tide Foundation titled “The Edgar Allan Poe You Never Knew” was held in Montreal Canada. 160 years of slanders begun by Rufus Griswold and enemies of Poe have kept alive a false image of this great poet which this event intended to disprove. The symposium…

The Art of Gaslighting

By Cynthia Chung For those who have not seen the 1944 psychological thriller “Gaslight” directed by George Cukor, I would highly recommend you do so since there is an invaluable lesson contained within, that is especially applicable to what I suspect many of us are experiencing nowadays. The story starts with a 14 year old…

Russia Before the Revolution: A Voyage Along the Silk Road in Colour

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863 – 1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in colour photography, in particular, his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy. It was this fame that, in 1909, brought him to the attention of Tsar Nicholas II who would provide funding and the authority for Prokudin-Gorsky to…

China’s Sputnik Moment Kindles a New Spark of Hope for the World

By Matthew Ehret It was once believed in the west that the future would be beautiful, just, and as plentiful as it was peaceful. Under John F. Kennedy’s bold leadership the idea of space exploration was more than a simple “space race” or plopping a human being on the moon “within the decade and returning…

Norman Rockwell & the Rediscovery of America’s Moral Compass

By Matthew Ehret A great poet once said that you can judge a nation by how it honors (or fails to honor) its artists. In many ways, the soul of a nation is entirely shaped by the artists which that society has produced. This makes perfectly good sense, as an artist is able to portray…

A Fresh Look at Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura

Everyone knows about Raphael Sanzio’s immortal mural entitled the School of Athens featuring an array of philosophers across the ages centred around the epistemological divide between the founder of the School of Athens named Plato (in motion, holding his Timaeus while pointing to the eternal realm of ideas) in a debate with the chief sophist…

The Emerging Eurasian Alliance as an Opportunity not a Threat

by Cynthia Chung This article is based off of a presentation done at the RTF symposium on Nov 16th titled “The Art of Peace: The New Silk Road Counters an Age of Turbulence” This past November marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and along with its celebration the continuation of a…

A Study of Schiller’s Ghost Seer Part I

By Cynthia Chung The Ghost Seer first appeared in several instalments in Schiller’s publication journal Thalia from 1787 to 1789, and was later published as a three-volume book. It was the one of the most popular works of Schiller’s during his lifetime. People were attracted by the subject of mysticism, apparitions and the horrifying unknown….

A Study of Schiller’s Ghost Seer Part 2

by Cynthia Chung For Part 1 please refer here. Note to the reader: it is absolutely necessary that you first read Part 1 before proceeding to Part 2 for the lesson to have a complete overview and the reader a thorough understanding of what Schiller’s intention was for this very important and insightful drama. The…

To What Purpose do We Seek the Beautiful?

Class by Cynthia Chung. We all have something that comes to mind when we are speaking of beauty. It is certain that almost everyone right now is thinking of something different from the person next to them about what is beautiful. Everyone seeks out beauty, But if we cannot explain why we think something is…

Why Must Aesthetics Govern A Society Worthy Of Political Freedom? Ask the CIA

In the mid-1990s, a series of exposés featured on the London Independent and elsewhere brought a dark secret to light. Many were startled by the revelation that the entire evolution of 20th century modern art was directed in large measure by the CIA! This not only included the direct financing of abstract painters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko,…

The Power of Metaphor

By David Gosselin Metaphor should not be approached as some “thing,” but as a transformative power, the invisible process by which “things” come into being. Using metaphor, even very simple language and very common-place images can be brought into new, unique constellations. Contrary to the sundry definitions of metaphor proffered by many school teachers and…