Appeared in Vol. 4 No. 3

Donoso Cortes [1809-53] [see F&R IV, 1 ] was a Spanish Catholic counter-revolutionary thinker and actor in an age of materialism. Perhaps most closely akin in America to Orestes Brownson, Donoso was a fiery writer and speaker who blasted liberal half truths and helped develop a truly Catholic social theory. Below, Robert A. Herrera focuses on the Spaniard’s theory of dictatorship, which is inextricably linked to the social degeneration of our own times. According to Herrera, Dono so had much to say about preserving the remnants of culture against the day when a new order might be born from the chaos. Sometimes extreme, Donoso’s thought is always provocative a springboard for a searching reassessment of our most cherished ideals.

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