Clarity vs. Obscurity I: The Essences of Classicism and Modernism Compared

By Adam Sedia Classical and modern poetry are inarguably different. Indeed, modernism’s chief boast is its break with classicism and tradition more broadly. The difference is palpable in even the most cursory reading of a classical poem alongside a modernist one. Yet in what does the difference lie? It might be tempting to follow Justice…

On Lessing’s ‘Nathan the Wise’: Is a Harmony of Cultures Possible?

For the first inaugural lecture kicking off the RTF Symposium ‘The Role of Art in Shaping a Sovereign Citizenry’ which will feature lectures every Sunday afternoon until March 12 2023. In this lecture RTF President Cynthia Chung will conduct a discussion on the classical work ‘Nathan the Wise’ by the renaissance humanist Gotthold Lessing. Exploring…

Romeo and Juliet: “It was just that the time was wrong”

By Boniface One of Dire Straits greatest hits was their song Romeo and Juliet. It takes a seemingly normal view of the Shakespeare tragedy, that it is the greatest love story of all time. But it does have one line that is good: Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start And I bet, when you…

Art, Metaphor and Epiphany

By David Gosselin The experience of great art is similar to the experience of a great scientific discovery. There is a common sentiment of “epiphany”. It is the strangely familiar feeling of remembering something for the first time, or having our attention fall on something that had been there all along. In both the case…

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…

Classics & Classics : The Three Kingdoms… Tempus, Kairos & Chronos

In this presentation delivered by the Rising Tide Foundation’s resident China expert Dr. Quan Le, the heart and soul of Chinese civilization is explored through the portal of the great Confucian classics and the deeper moral, philosophical and even geopolitical lessons contained in the 14th century historical novel by Luo Guanzhong titled ‘The Romance of…

The Immortal Spirit of Coretta Scott King

By Matthew Ehret While many people are quick to acknowledge the vital role in world history played by the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a too often overlooked figure is his fellow activist, partner and wife Coretta Scott King. Once King had fallen in the struggle against tyranny on April 4, 1968, Coretta was…

For MLK’s 94th Anniversary: Great Speeches to Edify and Uplift the Soul

The vision for a world of peaceful cooperation and brotherhood which Martin Luther King willingly gave his life represents a promethean fire, is required more today than ever before. As civilization is confronted with some of the most dangerous challenges threatening global war, and a plunge into a new Dark Age, the tests we will…

The Mind, Life and Insights of Confucius

While all living beings are mortal, only human kind has access to the self-awareness of its own mortality. With this knowledge of our own finiteness, we may become cynical and fearful pessimists wallowing in despair and nihilism or we may choose to embrace a higher set of goals and principles for the identity we shape…

The Battle for the Mind: How to Exit an Artificial Reality

By Cynthia Chung [This is a transcript of a Rising Tide Foundation lecture delivered December 18, 2022 which can be viewed here.] The above is a picture from George Cukor’s movie ‘Gaslight’ (1944) which is what originated the term “gaslighting.” [The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone using psychological methods into questioning their own…

C.S. Lewis’s Science Trilogy Explained with Cynthia Chung

In this episode of ‘Unreliable Narrators’ RTF President Cynthia Chung is invited to unpack C.S. Lewis’ Science Fiction Trilogy and its importance in understanding the causes and remedies of the problems of transhumanism, Malthusianism and the occult plaguing today’s world. Subscribe to the Unreliable Narrators Podcast here. Below is the Lecture Series Cynthia delivered on…

The War on Science and the 20th Century Descent of Man

By Cynthia Chung In Part 1 the question was discussed what was Aldous’ real intention in writing the Brave New World; was it meant as an exhortation, an inevitable prophecy or as an Open Conspiracy? An Open Conspiracy closely linked to not only H.G. Wells, who clearly laid out such a vision in his book by the…

Spenser and Marlowe – God’s Spies

By Gerald Therrien “Come, let’s away to prison:We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage:When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down,And ask of thee forgiveness: so we’ll live,And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughAt gilded butterflies, and hear poor roguesTalk of court news; and we’ll talk with them…

Symposium: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Statecraft

To view all past symposiums click here. To register for future class series email info@risingtidefoundation.net 1st Movement: The Ancients Date: Sunday May 9 at 4pm ESTTitle: Plato and Confucius, Spiritual Brothers and Philosopher Kings Living at the Two Ends of the World Island Lecturer: Dr. Quan LeBio: Dr. Le is a practicing psychiatrist and geopolitical…

Brunelleschi’s Dome: The Project that Inspired a Renaissance

by Cynthia Chung To this day, over 550 years after its construction, the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral remains a proudly cherished national treasure of the Italians, attracting tourists from all over the world to gaze upon its magnificence in person. It is not only appreciated for its incredible beauty but also as the largest…

All Possibilities Actualized, or The Dimensions of Time

By Dr. Michael Clarage Time has different dimensions, just like space. Words like “now”, “eternity”, “possibilities” refer to dimensions of time, just as “length”, “area”, and “volume” refer to dimensions of space. With this essay I hope to show how on the topic of TIME, Physics can re-join its historical siblings after too many years…

RTF Cinema Picks

Everyone loves a good story. The problem is that storytelling, like any branch of art, can sometimes be a double edged sword that can make us either better or worse. The factors that determine the power of art to do either improve or deteriorate an audience are many, acting simultaneously on the mind, body and…

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…

Germany’s Stockholm Syndrome and the Firing of Valery Gergiev

By Cynthia Chung “No, there is a limit to the tyrant’s power! When the oppressed man finds no justice, When the burden grows unbearable, he appeals with fearless heart to heaven, and thence brings down his everlasting rights, which there abide, inalienably his, and indestructible as stars themselves. The primal state of nature reappears, wherein man…

Schiller’s William Tell: A People’s Fight for Freedom

Friedrich Schiller is a name beloved in Germany as the “poet of freedom”, and while festivals were once held in his honor across the English speaking world just a few generations ago, his memory has sadly fallen into the shadows. Despite that, Schiller’s life and works of drama and poetry inspired not only the greatest…

The Poetic Principle as a Force of Universal History

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Gerald Therrien addresses the question of morality’s relationship with creative genius and how this uniquely human power allows us to translate discoveries of human nature and the universe into new forms of action and artistry that both elevates our culture while extending the influence of a mortal life infinitely…

The 4 Seeds, Timeless Education and Universal History

This presentation is about the most powerful tool to achieve the final goal of Universal History, which is everlasting Peace & Prosperity for all. For this, we need to match, in the diverse human societies on Earth, the epistemological stature of a given person with his social status. We need to guarantee that our cultural…

Xi Jinping’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and the overthrow of Atlanticism

By Matthew Ehret As Atlanticists continue their commitment to a future shaped by energy scarcity, food scarcity, and war with their nuclear-capable neighbors, most states in the Persian Gulf that have long been trusted allies of the west have quickly come to realize that their interests are best assured by cooperating with Eurasian states like…

The Harmony Between Tianxia and Westphalia

By Matthew Ehret I have noticed that many pro-Chinese thinkers and writers have lately made the mistake of presuming that Chinese culture and civilization stands in total opposition to the divisive/imperially minded western culture which has laid waste to much of the world over the past centuries. This perception has expressed itself in the various…

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…

Cervantes and His Age: Don Quixote and a Spain in Crisis

For this lecture from the Rising Tide Foundation Symposium “Storytelling, Mythmaking, and the Shaping of Universal History” Adam Sedia will go over the relevance of Cervantes’s “Don Quixote” for today. Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote is commonly considered the first modern novel. It certainly is one of the most beloved — it has more translations…

Rediscovering the Odyssey of Homer: Was it History or Myth?

Up until the late 19th century, humanity had presumed that the fantastical stories conveyed in the ancient works of Homer were little more than fiction. However, certain archaeologists choose to see in Homer’s work the metaphorical hand of truth, and following the author’s descriptions of lands contained in the Illiad, tracked down the exact locations…

Why the Study of Ancient History Must Be Reformed

Our understanding of humanity’s place in the universe and how it came to be is the result of centuries or even millennia of scholarship and dedicated inquiry. But what happens when an intellectual heretic arises, one whose ideas or theory threatens to undermine humanity’s most essential understanding of itself? Is the heretic and his or her…

Politics in China: a Lecture by Prof. Frans Vandenbosch

Ignorance is the root of fear, and fear of China has been raised to a fever pitch in recent years by forces that wish to induce a mis-educated western audience to acquiesce to 1) a new clash of civilizations while 2) shutting the door on what may possibly be the last real opportunity to break…

Paraguay: Genocide in the Name Of Free Trade

By Andrew F. Laverdiere Recently, the YouTube channel The Armchair Historian with 1.83 Million subscribers hosted by Griffin Johnson posted a video about the 5 year War Of The Triple Alliance of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay against Paraguay. The only context given for the conflict which resulted in a near extermination of the population was…

Kepler Observatory Project Update with Matt Ehret and Patrick Cyr

The day has finally arrived! The unique Dodecahedral observatory inspired by the Keplerian model of the solar system has finally been assembled on location in the Kenauk Nature Reserve in Montebello Quebec! Matt Ehret introduces the project with this third update and talks with astronomer, designer and classical painter Patrick Cyr. Support the project here….

Casting the Good Spell: Is Christianity a Fairy Tale?

Recently Cynthia Chung had a very engaging conversation with the Unreliable Narrators on the subject of C.S. Lewis’s science-fiction trilogy. The podcast can be listened to here: Lewis himself was interested in exploring the idea of a ‘good spell’ vs. a ‘bad spell’ in the third installment to his science-fiction trilogy titled “That Hideous Strength,”…

C.S. Lewis vs H.G. Wells: A Journey out of the Deep Black Void

C.S. Lewis is famously known for his work ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ as well as his impassioned defense of Christianity in an age of accelerating materialism, but he is less known for his work in science fiction. Although not often appreciated as these works deserve, Lewis’ sci-fi trilogy (Out of the Silent…

Kirk Douglas, Trumbo and JFK: When Hollywood Patriots Resisted the Deep State

By Matthew Ehret In recent decades, barring a few exceptions, Hollywood (just like much of the mainstream media) has become a branch of the CIA and broader military industrial complex. While fake news agencies as CNN spin false facts to the intellects of mushy-minded Americans, Hollywood prepares the fertile soil for those false seeds to…

Why H.G. Wells’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ Has Arrived Today

By Cynthia Chung “It has become apparent that whole masses of human population are, as a whole, inferior in their claim upon the future, to other masses, that they cannot be given opportunities or trusted with power as the superior peoples are trusted, that their characteristic weaknesses are contagious and detrimental to the civilizing fabric,…

The Cold War as an Aberration of History [A Symposium in 5 Acts]

Between November 28 and December 26, the Rising Tide Foundation is hosting a symposium of 5 lectures featuring different stories from the Cold War. Each story zeroes in on the artificial causes of this dark period in world history that never should have happened and how great men and women who understood how to break…

To What Purpose are We Drawn to Tragedy: A Study of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In this lecture, Cynthia Chung discusses whether there is a purpose to tragedy beyond merely being tragic and whether this was the intention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Along with a study of the play, two performances are compared and juxtaposed to determine what Shakespeare intended for his audience. Featured Cover Image: “Hamlet’s Vision” by Pedro Americo

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 RTF 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…

The Cosmology of the Electric Universe (RTF Lecture with Dr. Michael Clarage)

What if everything you’ve been told about biology, cosmology, and microphysics is wrong? In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, Dr. Michael Clarage introduces the electrical model of the universe by exploring solar systems, galaxies, supernova and other celestial phenomena without the baggage of assuming there are such entities of “black holes”, “dark matter”, or “empty…

Why Sergey Glazyev’s Memorial to the Legacy of Lyndon LaRouche Matters

On September 11th, 2022, the brilliant Russian economist, grand strategist and leading architect of the emerging new multipolar financial architecture Sergey Glazyev delivered a remarkable memorial address on the life and work of his friend and ally Lyndon LaRouche (1922-2019) who’s 100th birthday was celebrated on September 8th). Within the powerful 13-minute address, Glazyev outlines the root causes of…