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.

Norms

The main difference between Trump and his predecessors is that the professional class / deep state / neoliberal order / whatever-you-want-to-call-it is fluent in a language that imposes a kind of regulative fiction on that chaos. Their fluency gives them … Continue reading

Posted in Political Matters, Rhetorical fallacies, Transvaluation of Values | Leave a comment

Anecdotes and trends

One man in my parish is very frugal and doesn’t even own a car. He usually gets a ride to our rural church from someone else in the parish. But a few weeks ago, he had to hire a Lyft, … Continue reading

Posted in Islam, lifeworks, Orthodoxy, Orthopathos, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism

Hold them in tension

Today’s reading brought a revelation I’d been resisting. Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Journalism, Political Matters

Tragedy and Triumph

Beto O’Rourke says, in the special Thursday Democrat Pander-O-Thon for LGBT votes, that churches, colleges and charities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage. 2009: How is my gay marriage going to hurt you? We just want … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity generally, deathworks, Gaying away the Pray, Liberal Groin Pieties, Marriage (civil), Nominalism and Realism, Political Matters, progressivism, Sacramental Tapestry, Sexualia, Transvaluation of Values

Reaping what we’ve sown

We quake at the possibility that the conditions we have sown in other places might come home to us through migration. Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Christianity generally, deathworks, Globalization, immigration, Poverty

But what about Fox?

Can Trump hold the Senate hostage through fear of his Twitter account alone? Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, lifeworks, Political Matters, realignment, Senate | Tagged

Single standards

Should any creative professionals be compelled to create? Continue reading

Posted in antipluralism, Arts and Music, deathworks, Dignitary harm, Discrimination, grievance mongering, Legalia, Marriage (civil), Natural Law, Political Matters, progressivism

Masterful Resonance

A decision out of a Grand Rapids federal court bodes the imminent era of anti-religious dog-whistles. Continue reading

Posted in Declinism, Discrimination, Gaying away the Pray, Legalia, lifeworks, Pluralism, Political Matters, progressivism, Religious freedom, Sexualia, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

When the Ideologues Come for The Kids

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

Posted in deathworks, Education, Gaying away the Pray, Jeremiad, progressivism, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity

Cokie Roberts

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

Posted in deathworks, Journalism, Uncategorized | Tagged