Towards a Culture of the Noösphere: Gigantic Shadows of Futurity Part I

By Aaron Halevy In March of 2011, Italy celebrated its unification’s 150th anniversary, and during the major ceremonies, Verdi’s Nabucco was performed in Rome’s opera theater. Once the famous chorus piece, Va pensiero was sung, the audience applauded loudly and demanded an encore. As the applause died down, the shout was heard from the audience of: “Long…

SONG OF THE CRAB NEBULA or “The Shadow of a Magnitude”

By Dan Leach Long before the first eyes ever saw me   Floating like a ghost upon the night, Long before human minds even feebly   Pierced beyond their dimly shrouded sight, I was there, though clothed in different raiment,   Blazing like your own, my brother sun, Over unimagined reaches distant,   When your…

H.G. Wells, Prometheus and the Battle for the Human Imagination

What did the great Playwright Aeschylus (author of Prometheus Bound) have within his heart which H.G. Wells 2500 years later completely lacked? Both writers identified the fundamental nature of humankind as a tool maker and fire bringer, but only one had access to the deeper fundamentally human principle which uniquely gives our species access to…

On H.G. Wells’ ‘The Shape of Things to Come’

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 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 92nd 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…

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

By Matthew Ehret 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…

The Coming Self-Destruction of Atonalism

By Felix Dupin Music is a language we hear and decipher unknowingly since the earliest period of youth. Although expressing both passion and creativity, music is also made of rules and whether studied intellectually or not, it is perfectly comprehensible to the untrained ear and evolved organically transmitting both creative energy and lawful harmonies, consonances,…

Dante’s Commedia, or How to Escape a Modern Inferno

By David Gosselin This is the accompanying article to a lecture given by the same author, as part of the RTF Lecture Series “The Renaissance Principle Across the Ages“. Many today would consider Dante Alighieri a “Dead White European Male” of dubious relevancy. However, Dante is in fact alive and well, as are so many…

Prometheus and America: The True Story of the American System by Anton Chaitkin

In this second presentation of the series “A Harmony of Interests: Inquiries into the True Nature of the American System“, sponsored by the Rising Tide Foundation, historian Anton Chaitkin (author of Treason in America [1984] and The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush [1991]) introduces his upcoming book and guides us through a powerful sweep of…

Colbert, Leibniz and Vattel: The Cameralist Roots of the American System

Everyone knows of the American Revolution and Declaration of 1776. Very few people know of the deeper historical currents and networks of republicans stretching across space and time that made this revolution happen and upon whose ideas, a system came into being which was named “The American System of Political Economy”. On Sunday July 12th,…

Why Canada Failed the ‘Ben Franklin Challenge’ in 1776

By Matthew Ehret July 1st is a strange day in Canada. From Pacific to the Atlantic coast, Canadians have made it an annual practice to paint maple leaves on their faces and party like there was no tomorrow. But what exactly does this day signify? It may be a bit of a bitter pill to swallow…

A Historical Overview of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

By Cynthia Chung On Dec. 17, 1906, Teddy Roosevelt promoted his Navy Secretary, Charles J. Bonaparte, to become Attorney General. Bonaparte lost no time and told Congress that the Department of Justice must be given “a force of permanent police… under its control.” On May 27, 1908, Congress reacted by prohibiting all Executive departments from…

The Enemy Within: A Story of the Purge of American Intelligence

By Cynthia Chung “Western Europe has only 20 to 30 more years of democracy left in it; after that it will slide, engineless and rudderless, under the surrounding sea of dictatorship, and whether the dictation comes from a politburo or a junta will not make that much difference.” – Willy Brandt (German Federal Chancellor, right…

A Hamiltonian Solution for Africa (RTF Lecture with Lawrence Freeman)

It has become far too common for westerners to look upon the plight of Africa as a “permanent state of underdevelopment, poverty and famine” from which no genuine solution may ever arise. Citizens of the west are told repeatedly that giving $1/day is the only way they may play some positive role in alleviating Africa’s…

The Power of Classical Culture in Shaping the Future

By Cynthia Chung Transcript of a lecture given by Cynthia Chung, co-founder of Rising Tide Foundation, on April 28, 2019 at a symposium held in Montreal Canada dealing with the unified growth of cultural optimism, beautiful art and real economic development as it is being manifested today with the New Silk Road in Asia, Africa…

The Discovery of the School of Athens Part 3: The Geometric Proof

By Gerald Therrien Refer here for Part 1 and Part 2 to this series.             Now, we must leave the second scene, and move towards the third and last scene in the painting, and look at those persons who are found in the right foreground, at the bottom of the stairs. But, we had seen,…

How to Save a Republic Part One: Hamilton’s Genius

By Matthew Ehret Today’s world calls out desperately for a systemic change. This means not only a change in thinking about diplomacy, the superiority of win-win cooperation over “might makes right”, but it also means a change in thinking about value itself. Everyone agrees that money is useful and few people would say that they…

How to Save a Republic Part Two: Lincoln and the Greenbacks

By Matthew Ehret In my last paper I introduced the figure of Alexander Hamilton (first Treasury Secretary and founder of the American System of political economy). I reviewed how America was saved from an early dismemberment in the early years of chaos after 1783’s Peace of Paris which finally ended the war with Britain but left…

How to Save a Republic Part Three: In Defense of Patriotism

By Matthew Ehret “Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend, will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof shuts out the sky.” – Marquis St. Evrémonde (from Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities) A major cultural fight has broken out in the USA…

The 1508 League of Cambrai and The BRI Today: How Not to Repeat History

By Matthew Ehret “The nature of the time, most serene prince, requires this, an observance of an old proverb, which enjoins kissing the hand we are unable to cut off” –Sebastien Guistinian, Venetian Ambassador to England’s Henry VIII The Russia-China alliance has become a powerhouse of visionary infrastructure projects across the Arctic, Eurasia, Africa and…

Schiller’s Ghost Seer, Intelligence Methods and a Global Citizenry

In this dynamic interview, New Lyre’s David Gosselin and Rising Tide Foundation President Cynthia Chung discuss the deeper implications of Friedrich Schiller’s strategic insight into shaping a culture of universal citizens capable of seeing through the lies and shadows of evil that have always pervaded human civilization. This exercise is done by exploring an important…

Teddy Roosevelt’s Last Mad Crusade (Martin Sieff RTF Lecture)

In this Rising Tide Foundation lecture, renowned journalist and historian Martin Sieff zeroes in on a pregnant moment in world history which saw the 1901 murder of a great president (William McKinley) and the rise of Teddy Roosevelt into high office. This was a moment of change that saw a young republic pulled in two…

History as a Battle for the Mind: Edgar Poe as a Cultural Warrior

In this New Lyre Podcast, David Gosselin (founder of the Chained Muse) and Matthew Ehret discuss the real story of Edgar Allan Poe as a cultural warrior who stood on the frontlines as defender of the greatest humanist traditions upon which the young republic’s survival was based during the tumultuous 1820s-1840s. While few people either…

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…

Augustine, the Nature of Infinity and Humanity’s Quest Into Space

By Bob Arnold The theologian and philosopher Saint Augustine (354-430 AD) was one of those rare historical personages who successfully grappled with the issues of the nature of infinity: the so-called ontological paradox. What has this to do with humanity’s current quest to colonize space? I hope to convince you that the life and writings…

Negative Capability: The Genius of Keats and Einstein

By David Gosselin “To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci In reply to the deeply held popular belief that madness and creativity share a special kinship, this author argues, “They do not,…

Cynthia Chung Interview on China Rising Radio: Her Research, Journalism and Insights

In this interview with China Rising Radio’s Jeff J. Brown, Rising Tide Foundation President Cynthia Chung addresses matters of history, geopolitics and current events with a look to the future. During this interview, Cynthia focuses on the often overlooked role of Anglo-American intelligence operations that have sabotaged potentials for peace, prosperity and cooperation for centuries….

Open System Pathways for a Multi-Polar Future

By Matthew Ehret During the course of President Putin’s June 24 opening speech during the Moscow Parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII, the following call to action was made: “We understand how important it is to strengthen friendship and trust between nations, and are open to dialogue and cooperation on the most pressing issues on the international…

Platforms for Cooperation: Arctic Development and Space Exploration

As the war for the new system continues and the question of the US republic’s strategic survival remains unanswered, it is important not to lose sight of the long game. Larger issues bearing upon the ongoing survival of the human species must still be held firmly in mind as shaping the context in which the…

The 15th Century Renaissance and the Space Program Today

by Cynthia Chung Today, a new system of alliances is emerging centered around China’s Belt and Road Initiative which has brought together over 125 nations into a new paradigm of cooperation and long term thinking unseen for many generations. With Italy’s recent joining in this new alliance, and the announcement of a Russia-China-European joint lunar…

Cultural Warfare and the American Revolution (Franklin, West and Morse Revisited)

In this lecture delivered as part of the Rising Tide Foundation series “Towards an Age of Creative Reason”, Matthew Ehret introduces the fight to establish a cultural revolution in the arts and sciences initiated by Benjamin Franklin, and a small international network of co-conspirators of the 18th century which was then understood to be the vital…

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…

Symposium: Rediscovering the Infinite Through Classical Art

The Rising Tide Foundation presents the Symposium: Rediscovering the Infinite Through Classical Art, which opened with a presentation by Cynthia Chung on Shakespeare and the use of tragedy in elevating an audience’s knowledge of human nature in order to break free from tragic dynamics within us. This was followed by a lecture delivered by Matthew…

Unifying Spirit between East and West: Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), Jesuit painter in the Forbidden City.

By Matthew Ehret “In pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative, we should ensure that when it comes to different civilizations, exchange will replace estrangement, mutual learning will replace clashes, and coexistence will replace a sense of superiority. This will boost mutual understanding, mutual respect and mutual trust among different countries” -Xi Jinping, Belt and Road…