Author Archives: readerjohn

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.

Miscellany

Surveillance capitalism creeps me out. I don’t control my lights, door locks, or anything else by speaking commands to my 1st-generation Amazon Echo. Indeed, I shut the microphone off about a year ago and I only use it like a … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Capitalism, Consumerism, Damn rackets, deathworks, Fasting, Food, Playful, progressivism, Small is Beautiful, Sport, Technology | Leave a comment

Shame on Mike Braun

There’s little I despise more than the powerful attacking free speech by impugning others’ loyalty. Continue reading

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A real deal Christian on the left

Would that all become Orthodox Christians, but better by far to follow the Shane Claiborne path than to leave all semblance of Christianity. Continue reading

Posted in Evangelicalism, Free-range Christians, Intrigued, lifeworks, Political Matters, Religiopreneurs | Leave a comment

Lament

If I produced proof that Donald Trump was The Antichrist, many would reply “But Gorsuch! But Kavanaugh!” Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Political Matters, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Thrown down gauntlet | Leave a comment

The Ghost and his Lizard

This is Trump’s ultimate victory. Every argument on every topic is now all about him. Hating Trump together has become the ultimate bonding …. (David Brooks, Trump Has Made Us All Stupid) * * * I saw coming towards us … Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, democracy, lifeworks, Political Matters, Thrown down gauntlet | Leave a comment

This (sigh!) is as good as it gets

The conservative’s side of the United Methodist schism agreement is, alas, as good as it gets. Continue reading

Posted in Christendom, Christianity generally, Evangelicalism, Faith & Ideology, Gnosticism, Liberal Groin Pieties, Marriage (real), Orthodoxy, Pretexting, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Sexualia, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values | Leave a comment

Alternative Media

If you’ve come to distrust mainstream news as much as I have, some advice: There are many things going on in the world the truth about which you’ll never know for certain. My two favorite alternate media have become the … Continue reading

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Book Report 2019

My best reads this year, with excerpts from the last. Continue reading

Posted in Built Environment and Infrastructure, lifeworks, Miscellany, Small is Beautiful, Transvaluation of Values | Leave a comment

When politics becomes a religion

Religionized politics bodes to kill us. And it’s substantially based on a lie. Continue reading

Posted in antipluralism, deathworks, Declinism, grievance mongering, Patriotic Correctness, Political correctness, Political Matters, Pretexting | Leave a comment

Same God?

Hang on here. I purposefully meander a bit today, which is a fitting way of sharing a little epiphany I had while reading un-Christmassy stuff (Thomas S. Kuhn and Ian Hacking, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition) on … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Faith & Ideology, Heretics, liberalism, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Nominalism and Realism, Paradox, progressivism, Science, Virtue signaling | Tagged | Leave a comment