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.

When the Ideologues Come for The Kids

Andrew Sullivan hits all the major points, I think, especially on the gender ideologues. Continue reading

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Cokie Roberts

The death of Cokie Roberts, and a remark she once made, prompt a hypothesis. Continue reading

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Unqualified, irresistible punditry

Is this an insight, or does everyone already know it? Continue reading

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Meritocracy & Sanity

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life …” Deuteronomy 30:19 Continue reading

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Taking the easy way out

Sohrab Ahmari is an impetuous young man, new to his Christian faith, and ready to take the easy and sub-Christian route while pretending to be tough-minded and über-Christian. Continue reading

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Banana Republicans

Our Narcissist In Chief has reduced us to the status of Banana Republic. Continue reading

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Trade-offs of pluralism

Sohrab Ahmari and David French finally faced off live at Catholic University of America Thursday evening, moderated by Ross Douthat. In debating terms, it was no contest: French cleaned up. In fairness to Ahmari, his wife had a child on … Continue reading

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Genocidal White Nationalist Democrats of the 80’s

We’re hearing more and more that abortion is necessary to keep blacks, immigrants, etc. from outnumbering or overrunning us. Some like abortionist Edward Allred put it crudely, offering to set up an abortuary in Mexico for free if he could. … Continue reading

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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

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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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