Monthly Archives: December 2017

Gun Control

I began this blog many weeks ago, forgot it, but now finish in pared-down form. I wonder to what extent the visceral anger at “thoughts and prayers” is a way of expressing fear and anger at our inability to control … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Anodynes & Nostrums, grievance mongering, Legalia, populism, progressivism, solidarity, statism, terrorism

Not without friction

This afternoon, Migranyan was lecturing on Putin’s speech at the 2007 Munich Conference on Security Policy, a speech that seems to be Russia’s sole post-Soviet ideological document—and key to understanding how the relationship between Russia and the U.S. reached today’s … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Affairs, Russia, war, Zombie Reaganism

280 x 2 > enough

Sometimes, Twitter’s 280 characters is a wonderfully capacious: President Obama didn’t only threaten but immediately pulled funding from African countries that passed laws to define marriage as between one man and one woman. His administration punished us for not kneeling … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Affairs, Political correctness, Political Matters, Sexualia

Flash! Tax cuts are popular

Wednesday afternoon, seated in a carwash waiting room, I watched Republicans abasing themselves right there on network television in a scene best summed up as Fifty Shades of Orange. They were faking the 2017 version of Rush Limbaugh’s evocative “Gorbasm,” … Continue reading

Posted in Political Matters | Tagged ,


                                                    But to behave like a cogwheel When one knows one is no such thing, Merely to add to a crowd with one’s passionate body Is not a virtue. (First Shepherd, The Vision of the Shepherds, part of the “Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany

Revival isn’t inevitable

It brought to mind a conversation I had last night, out with friends. We were talking about the degeneration of stable ideas of family, sex, and gender. One of my friends, a lawyer, cited Stein’s Law: “Whatever can’t go on, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Family, Marriage (real), Poverty, Sexualia, The best lack all conviction, Thrown down gauntlet, Transvaluation of Values

Our inhumane space fixation

This obsession with space is ridiculously adolescent. It is also vicious and inhumane, and founded upon a universally shared misapprehension. Which is that there aren’t already aliens everywhere. We have all had close encounters of the first and second kinds … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany, Scientism, Sundry flakes

We have always been at war with Eastasia

I have alluded from time to time to America’s unclean hands in tensions with Russia and/or Vladimir Putin, and specifically to our expansion of NATO right up to Russian borders. Wednesday, I learned that it’s worse than that. We weren’t … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Affairs, Russia, Zombie Reaganism | Tagged ,

Why we prize freedom of conscience

Luther was famously intransigent at the 1521 Diet of Worms. Legend has him saying, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.” What he actually said was this: “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I … Continue reading

Posted in Paradox, Protestantism | Tagged ,

How to get what you want

[I]n a world of fluid, flexible rules, the people who get what they want are the ones who possess the aptitude and education that allow them to manipulate concepts and talk in nuanced ways. [Karl] Barth bullied his wife and … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Faith & Ideology, Protestantism, Rhetorical fallacies, Sexualia