Monthly Archives: January 2018

Social Media

At last weekend’s Eighth Day Symposium in Wichita, Ken Myers‘ second plenary address was nominally about “Social Media and the Commodification of Friendship.” I find that at my fairly advanced age, and perhaps with a little tone-deafness to social cues, … Continue reading

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What would Amazon think? Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Gaying away the Pray, Religious freedom, The Ratchet

An injustice to people’s full humanity

More thoughts from the Eighth Day Symposium Friday and Saturday, and again from Ken Myers. Continue reading

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Squashing civil society & culture

Once again, I’m attending the Eighth Day Symposium, this year on the topic of “Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age.” One plenary speaker is Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio Journal. Today from him, one insight, starting with a greeting … Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, Culture, Jeremiad, Legalia, Political Matters, progressivism, Rights Talk, statism, subsidiarity | 2 Comments

Detour & Frolic

Oh, fer cryin’ out loud! Continue reading

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Real or Fake?

Which of the three following responses to Donald Trump paying a porn start to shut up about his adultery is fake news? If this behavior were occurring today, right now, as he is president of the United States, I can … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelicalism, Political Matters, Transvaluation of Values

Any stick will do …

A most strange complaint was channeled through NPR’s All Things Considered Monday. Although 90% of deportations under Donald Trump have been to Mexico, Guatamala, Honduras and El Salvador, some of the other 10% are up in arms: “It’s really indiscriminate. … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, irony, Journalism, Legalia, Thrown down gauntlet

Frank Meyer’s fusionism

I guess I really need to read Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed. I know the general thesis from a recent article he wrote and from reviews and comments of others, but now I’m noticing that much of what I read … Continue reading

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One year

On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Washington Post opinion page featured Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, half of a journalism power couple, announcing that, and why, she now supports him. That was interesting enough in its own right, but … Continue reading

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A day in the land of my sojourn

Again, I’ve lingered too long this morning over very good stuff found in my internet haunts. But I’ve withdrawn some things (see below) scheduled on Hootsuite for later release to Facebook and Twitter, because I’ve found something else that wraps … Continue reading

Posted in Jeremiad, liberalism, Naked Emperors, Paradox, Poetry, Sexualia, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values | 1 Comment