Sunday was busier and more tiring than usual, but the real reason I don’t have much blog today is that I’m still chewing on one of Saturday’s blogs and related articles I’ve collected over the past decade-plus. This can stand for what I’m mulling over as time allows:
A healthy society … stands on three sturdy legs: a free economy; liberal, democratic political institutions; and a Judeo-Christian moral ecology that prizes human dignity and encourages self-discipline, social trust, and individual initiative.
This analysis is elegant. It influenced John Paul II’s important statement of Catholic social doctrine, Centesimus Annus (1991), and played an important role in the outlook of First Things. We sought to keep the three legs in balance, which meant defending economic freedom and democratic institutions, while at the same time insisting on the importance of religious and moral substance in the public square. But we overestimated the stability of the three-legged system. We could not see how much it depended upon a historical moment that is now passing away.
(Emphasis added) Can anyone deny the signs that we’re at an historic turning point, with an old order passing away? Even if you think we’ll weather it, you surely admit the weather looks stormy. Instead of an entitled technocrat in the White House, we’ve got a croupier and wrestling impresario who successfully roused rabble that were overdue for rousing.
Blogging about current events is unpalatable while this is so much on my mind.
Some of those articles I’ve collected (a list that’s under-inclusive, because I’ve just begun trying to inventory loose threads):
- A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching
- The Civic Project of American Christianity
- The End Of Liberal Democracy?
- Gods and Profits
- What’s Wrong with Capitalism?
I’ll be back if I ever again feel like I have something worth saying or even aggregating.
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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)
There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)