Paul J. Cella III

Paul J. Cella III lives in Atlanta. He runs the website Cella’s Review.

The Right Variety


It is by now almost a truism to say that a society’s celebration of diversity appears to be inversely related to its actual respect for it. America under the tyranny of political correctness has become a place of deadening uniformity, coerced at times, but more often than not chosen individually under the pressure of convention. […]

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The Last Sunrise


Five hundred and fifty-four years ago on this day the Roman Empire was at last extinguished. By then the Empire was, of course, Greek not Roman; Christian not pagan; and no longer strong but pitifully weak. Dispossessed of all its Anatolian and Asian province, and most of its European, all that remained was the great […]

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The Science of Idiocy


Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas, by Daniel J. Flynn (Crown Forum, 304 pages, $25.95). ATLANTA — John Adams once caustically described ideology as “the science of idiocy.” Dan Flynn has given us a kind of diagnostic manual by case study of this strange science. While there have been others […]

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Locke Box


In these last several years of serious reading of political philosophy (I, regrettably, did not read it seriously in college, though, according to the transcripts, I did read it) I have conceived of far more questions than answers, more problems than solutions, more drops-of-the-jaw than satisfied nods; and the most at once astonishing and exhilarating […]

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Shut Up, They Explained


An interesting and horrifying thing happened this Wednesday. The United States Supreme Court modified key portions of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and few citizens took notice. Admittedly, those portions include such minor and ambiguous clauses as “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” and “Congress shall make no law abridging […]

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Democracy’s ‘Friendly Critics’


GEORGIA — Some of democracy’s “friendly critics” — as the title of the conference dubbed them — gathered last month at Berry College in Rome, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. The topic was timely: lately, few words have been nearer to the lips of politicians and public figures, protesters and pundits, than “democracy.” And […]

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