Right Scholars, rejoice!: A new journal database

by rightscholarship

I recently came across a wonderful new open-access journal database that features archival material of great interest to Right Scholars. It’s located at www.unz.org and was created by Ron Unz. From what I can tell, it’s all hunky dory from a legal standpoint. Here are some of the standout periodicals in the archive:

Scrutiny

F.R. Leavis’s Scrutiny journal ran from 1932 to 1953 and revolutionized the study of English literature. Leavis sought to rescue the study of literature from book-club culture (which has seen a lamentable boom in popularity in our time) and raise it to the status of a serious discipline capable of both preserving and transforming shared cultural traditions and moral values. In this sense, Leavis was continuing the work of Matthew Arnold, defending high culture against the levelling logic of modernity. His once-ubiquitous name is rarely mentioned in the English classes of today. Essential reading for those studying English.

The American Review

Under the editorship of Seward Collins, The American Review ran from 1933 to 1937 and published a range of right-wing scholarship from such thinkers as Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Paul Elmer More, Allen Tate, Father D’Arcy, and Wyndham Lewis. Collins was openly sympathetic to fascism, but The American Review was not a fascist journal. Rather, it was an exciting forum for intelligent conservatism that existed for far too short a time. Essential reading.

Social Justice

Social Justice was an American periodical that ran from 1936 to 1942 and represented the National Union for Social Justice, an organization founded by the Canadian-born Father Charles Coughlin. Coughlin was the host of an extremely popular Catholic radio show (with a listenership estimated to be in the tens of millions) in which he railed against both international communism and international capitalism. His anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, however, marked him as a potential Nazi sympathizer, and he faced increasing government opposition as the US moved closer to war with Germany. Social Justice ceased publication after the US government forbid its publication through the mail service. While I do not necessarily endorse any of the ideas expounded in Social Justice, the periodical is recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand the anti-capitalist / anti-communist branch of American rightism or American manifestations of pre-World War II Catholic rightism.

Modern Age

Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind (1953), founded Modern Age in 1957. The journal is, along with The National Review, one of the most influential American conservative journals of the last half-century or so. There are enough great articles here to keep you reading for years!

I encourage you to explore in the Unz archive. Let me know in the comments section what you find!

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