China’s Electricity Superhighway Inspires a Classical Musical Awakening in Brazil

By Matthew Ehret As China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues to lift millions out of poverty through long term investments into energy, water, transportation, education and science projects, a too often overlooked and yet incredibly important effect has been the explosion of cultural optimism and beautiful artistic expression found among the youth touched by the…

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 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…

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

As part of the RTF Lecture Series “The Renaissance Principle Across the Ages“, Matthew Ehret discusses the Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Confucian Alliance of Khazaria. 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…

La Convivencia: A Time of Muslim, Christian, Jewish Coexistence

By Fred Haight This video on my visit to the southern part of Spain, known as Andalusia, is about 7 years old. I went there, because I was fascinated by the idea that Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in the area peacefully, and, that under Muslim rule, Andalusia was way ahead of anywhere else…

Classical Culture Finds its Defenders in the USA and China

By Matthew Ehret In the post WWII years two cultural revolutions swept both Asian and western civilisations appearing on the surface to have distinct characteristics, yet each resulting in profound moral cultural decay. In America and Europe, the rise of modernism in painting, music, philosophy and architecture were imposed upon academia and the arts which…