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The Wisdom Of Ibn Zafar al-Siqilli And Abu Bakr al-Khowarizmi
Article originated hereThe writer and scholar Ibn Zafar al-Siqilli lived from 1104 to about 1170.  The cognomen al-Siqilli (“the Sicilian”) was given to him because he was born on the island of Sicily.  There are a number of important works credited to his name, the most famous of which is a book of ethical and…

How Benito Mussolini Took Power
Article originated hereOriginally posted on Quintus Curtius: Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin spends several pages of his book discussing the lessons to be learned from Mussolini’s seizure of power in Italy in the early 1920s.  It was something that happened gradually, in stages, when institutions that should have been able to bring him to heel did…

Why We Should Not Rely On First Impressions
Article originated hereIt is often said that a man should rely on is first impressions of things when trying to form a final judgment.  There is some merit to instinct; but it seems to me that reasoned deliberation will always provide more accurate results than the shifting sands of sense-perception.  We cannot know all things,…

Michael Crichton Sobre As Virtudes Masculinas De Sean Connery
Article originated here[The article I published yesterday on Sean Connery was translated into Portuguese by Mr. Daniel Castro]. Tradução por Daniel Castro. Em suas memórias de 1988 Travels, o autor Michael Crichton lembra-se da época que ele passou com o ator Sean Connery durante as filmagens de The Great Train Robbery na Irlanda em 1978. Crichton, o…
The Guardian Spirit And The Idea Of “Genii”
Article originated hereMost of us are familiar with the idea of the “patron saint” in Christianity.  The doctrine is even found in some branches of Islam.  It is a  comforting thing to believe that there is someone out there watching over us, and protecting us in an hour of need.  I never used to give…
On Meetings And Separations: The Wisdom Of Two Scholars Of Al-Andalus
Article originated hereWe have paid a price for the media age.  Yes, it is true that we have access to huge volumes of information (or mindless trash, depending on your perspective); but the average person is now deluged with vast amounts of inanity that it is now a full-time responsibility to sift out what is…
The “Voyager” Program: Mankind’s Most Distant And Awesome Explorations
Article originated hereWe have in these pages chronicled the feats of great explores of previous eras.  Yet our own era has witnessed what is perhaps the greatest, most awe-inspiring feat of exploration in the history of the man on earth:  the Voyager program that explored the outer solar system.  This was to be an exploration…

Of Islands and Archipelagos
Article originated hereOn a recent podcast I did with Rollo Tomassi and Rian Stone, hosted by Anthony Johnson from the 21 Convention, I found myself annoyed at having my perspective called out as being one of nihilism. As I reflected on why this was, I found myself returning to the definition of nihilism, which is…
The Top 10 Articles At Fortress Of The Mind For 2017
Article originated hereBelow is a list of the top 10 viewed articles at Fortress of the Mind for the year 2017.  Now might be a good time to re-read the essays from last year that spoke to you: Edgar Allan Poe’s Sinister Inspiration For “The Cask Of Amontillado” Machiavelli’s Three Key Concepts Dirk Benedict’s “Lost…

Dark Triad Archetypes: The Jester
Article originated here “The court jester had the right to say the most outrageous things to the king. Everything was permitted during carnival, even the songs that the Roman legionnaires would sing, calling Julius Caesar ‘queen,’ alluding, in a very transparent way, to his real, or presumed, homosexual escapades.” – Umberto Eco Contents:1.) Introduction 2.) Leadership…

A Man’s Guide To Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Article originated here Contents:1.) Introduction 2.) Why Do More & More Men Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy? 3.) What Are The Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy? 4.) Your Questions on TRT Answered 5.) In Closing / Relevant Reading 1.) Introduction I have tried to make this guide as comprehensive as possible. I am not above updating it and…

Machiavellian Maxims (Part 4)
Article originated here“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.” – Niccolo Machiavelli Contents: 1.) Introduction 2.) The Maxims 3.) Relevant Reading / In Closing 1.) Introduction: Welcome to part 4 in my series of Machiavellian maxims, as with the previous articles, contained within is a…