Monthly Archives: March 2018

The worst Lent

Michael Brendan Dougherty gives it to us straight. Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Roman Catholicism | Tagged ,

3 things, 12 rules, 1 prayer

[P]rophets are neither new nor controversial. To a first approximation, they only ever say three things: First, good and evil are definitely real. You know they’re real. You can talk in philosophy class about how subtle and complicated they are, … Continue reading

Posted in Declinism, Ecclesiology, Liturgy, Prayer, Pre-American Christianity | Tagged , , ,

Adult literature

One good and lasting thing came of that year. Continue reading

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Folks, this ain’t normal

With apologies to Joel Salatin for my title, I sample Michael Gerson’s powerful response to the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Henry Olsen, who proposes “fusion” between conservatism and Trumpism: Is this a normal political moment? If Trump were merely … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, conservatism, Political Matters

Pet Peeve Venting

The NCAA Men’s tournament, which I’m still watching despite Purdue’s loss to Texas Tech, has been flooded with offensive, aggressive ads. Forget the dueling ads for Johnson County Sheriff. And forget the loud ads for Samsung’s newest phone. They’re dumb, … Continue reading

Posted in Consumerism, Sport

Kirk the Prophet

The central thesis of Kirk’s philosophy was that “the conservative abhors all forms of ideology“ and subscribes to principles “arrived at by convention and compromise” instead of “fanatic ideological dogmata.“ Six decades of Republican overreach and corrosive causes have instead … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Faith & Ideology

Fear of the unknown

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to talk about such things, would we? Continue reading

Posted in Education, Miscellany, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity

World Poetry Day

Rod Dreher has asked readers to submit favorite poems in honor of World Poetry Day. No poem has revolutionized my life, but I enjoy poetry more and more as I grow older. Like most art forms, it seems to do … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry


I have issue with Facebook. Doesn’t everybody? One of those issues is not that Facebook allowed political campaigns to harvest data to sell us to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. They sell us to all manner of commercial ventures; why … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Political Matters

Living by lies

Could it be that the foremost obligation of all sane people today is to resist all lies, loudly and unabashedly? Continue reading

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, Gaying away the Pray, Jeremiad, Political Matters, solidarity, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity