Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sins of the fathers

How came it to pass that we have zillions and zillions of guns protected by the Second Amendment? Continue reading

Posted in Anodynes & Nostrums, History, Journalism, Justice, myth, Nominalism and Realism, Rights Talk | Tagged

Unmercenary Conservatism

“Wealth beyond the dreams of avarice” (Samuel Johnson’s phrase) was neither possessed nor coveted by literary folk like Miss O’Connor and Dr. Kirk. We were conservative enough, Flannery at her farm near Milledgeville and I at my decayed ancestral house … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism

We knew full well he was a snake

I suggested soon after the 2016 elections that something big was happening, though I’d barely began to understand it. It feels timely to take another look now. Trump has co-opted “movement conservatism” almost completely. Former “never Trump” conservatives in many … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Identitarianism, Naked Emperors, Poetry, Political Matters, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

An Antidote to 45

There are times when I genuinely wonder whether I can hold up psychologically in our current politics and culture. My shrink tells me I am far from alone in this, and that everyone she listens to is consumed with a … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Christianity generally, Poetry, Political Matters, populism | Tagged

On the other hand …

Two critiques of Billy Graham to complement yesteray’s eulogy. Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Ecclesiology, Evangelicalism, Nominalism and Realism, Parachurch, Religiopreneurs, Roman Catholicism, Salvation

Rhetorical Alchemy #Fail

With astounding cynicism, Democrats rushed to capitalize on dead teens, while ineffectually dragging out the same fatigued arguments they’ve been making since the Clinton era. (Kimberly Strassel, The GOP’s Gun Temptation, Wall Street Journal) Braun’s ad was a shock to … Continue reading

Posted in grievance mongering, Rhetorical fallacies, the worst are full of passionate intensity

When I was 21, it was a very good year*

The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider … Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option

Would Billy Graham be disgusted by evangelicals today?

The Washington Post, which features religion coverage well above average, asks as some length “Would Billy Graham be disgusted by evangelicals today?” My short and immediate answer was “If he was, we’d never know it.” I stand by that after … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelicalism, Parachurch, Sundry flakes

Personal cybersecurity

You report on digital privacy, health and education technology. What are your most important tools for doing your job? We’re living in a surveillance economy where sites and apps can track and categorize our every online move. In that ecosystem, … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Journalism, Technology


Michael Brendan Dougherty suggests a parallel between fake news and the fake sex of porn: In one domain of human life, the political, we’re expected to be entirely sober, civic, and lacking in prejudice. We’re supposed to avoid what is … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Sexualia | 1 Comment