Monthly Archives: July 2019

“Now what?” How about National Conservatism?

This morning, I sincerely suggested that there’s no sense in my (or anyone’s) mere rehearsing and re-rehearsing the core evils regularly reflected in our President’s rhetoric, even on the pretext of a new Presidential utterance confirming that he does, indeed, … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Damn rackets, Duly noted_stay tuned, Economia, lifeworks, progressivism, realignment

Now what?

I’m struck by the kinship of David Brooks and Damon Linker in their most recent columns. Both diagnose what’s wrong with Trump but struggle with what to do about it. Linker admits he’s speechless, which (he says) is why we … Continue reading

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

Sometimes, serendipity!

I blogged just yesterday, on the occasion of his death, about the odd metanarratives of “religion” Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gratuitously spun in some of his religion clause opinions. I acknowledged (boasted?) that nobody else had noticed the … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), American Folk Religion, Christianity generally, lifeworks, Nominalism and Realism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism

Permanent exile

When I first predicted that 2016 was the overture to a big partisan realignment, I had in mind things like Ronald Reagan Democrats becoming naturalized citizens of the GOP and giving up permanently on the Democrats, moderate-to-liberal suburban Republicans doing … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Political Matters

John Paul Stevens

I seem to be the only person to have noticed something odd about Justice Stevens’ religion opinions. Continue reading

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Scapegoating

Some people continue to wonder why I won’t announce my probable 2020 vote for our Very Stable Genius (VSG), so terrible is the Democrat field. I had a Facebook Messenger argument with one of them — an academic who was … Continue reading

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Taking the bait

Some people are taking Farhad Manjoo’s slow-day op-ed exscrecence more seriously than I did. Sometimes a piece of writing so perfectly distills a cultural moment and mood that it deserves to be given outsized attention. That’s very much the case … Continue reading

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Life goes on — and maybe gets better

I have been enjoying Jake Meador and the other young folks who write for Mere Orthodoxy for several years now, as it accelerates its publishing pace and the breadth of its author pool. I can’t say for sure I’ve encountered … Continue reading

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Does “Constantinius” rhyme with “Obama”?

Caveat: I’m not sure this is even half-baked yet. Rod Dreher invoked in a Polish context and I’m extending to our American context a possibly instructive historic type, involving the epochal replacement of one dominant religion by another: Constantine died … Continue reading

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Wonder

Wonder, in fact, was accepted so instinctively as essential to a human life that in the quarrels and discussions that centered on Christological doctrine there was an argument in favor of the full humanity of Christ which might be called … Continue reading

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