Monthly Archives: August 2019

Search-and-question mode

God does not always have us in a search-and-question mode. Rather, He gives us times, sometimes long periods of settled contentment right where we are. From my late twenties I confess to have been settled and content in Reformed Calvinism … Continue reading

Posted in lifeworks, Orthodoxy

Mission Creeps

I got a thickish mailing today from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The envelope trumpeted that “You won’t believe what younger Americans think about socialism.” To my surprise and delight, the return envelope was postage prepaid. I just live … Continue reading

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Advantage Becket

Hair’s the thing. When Cesar Gonzales was an infant, he was seriously ill—so ill that his parents made a religious promise to God that, if their son recovered, they would keep a strand of hair on his head uncut as … Continue reading

Posted in Legalia, lifeworks, Religious freedom | Tagged ,

Irenic Politics

Jonathan Haidt has said that conservatives generally understand liberals better than liberals understand conservatives. I now offer a corollary that Trump supporters understand Never Trump Conservatives no better than liberals do. Exhibit A is the premise of a column by … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, liberalism, lifeworks, Political Matters, progressivism, realignment

Weaponizing History

AOC, argumenta ad Hitlerum, and betting the farm on provocativeness. Continue reading

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My preferential option

There was a time in my childhood when I just assumed that there was a nameless “they” who somehow would “not let you print” dirty words. I don’t recall what words I thought were dirty enough to fall under the … Continue reading

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The virtue least able to stand alone

Children reveal our instinct for fairness, the root concept in the virtue of justice. Of course, as every parent knows, that instinct is often distorted, with the desire for fairness being expressed only as “fairness for me.” Justice is a … Continue reading

Posted in Asceticism, conservatism, Fasting, Holy Tradition, Justice, lifeworks | Tagged , ,

Smashing the Overton Window

I had a dream. Sohrab Amari and Caitlin Johnstone were stripped down to skimpy little outfits and they were fighting like hell to shift the Overton Window, she left, he right. Finally, exhausted, they collapsed against the wall and it … Continue reading

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Joe Biden’s well-nigh perfect pitch

I just discovered for the first time that this WordPress design theme doesn’t embed videos. I learned it because I tried to embed one of the best political speeches I’ve heard in a very, very long time — captured by … Continue reading

Posted in lifeworks, Political Matters

A common baseline of facts and information?

I’ve been a fan of Matthew Crawford since he wrote Shop Class as Soulcraft. His second book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction, was solid, too. Now he has published a terrific … Continue reading

Posted in liberalism, lifeworks, Political Matters, populism, progressivism