Category Archives: The best lack all conviction

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

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A soft answer?

We’ve reached a juncture where, I think, most people (even in my part of “flyover land”) know and have friendly relations with gays and lesbians who are remarkably normal. Involved in music and arts, I certainly do, and it has … Continue reading

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No peace I find

1 [O]ur brains did not evolve to understand the world but to survive it. Reality is software that doesn’t run well on our mental hardware, unless the display resolution is minimized. We therefore seek out stories, not because they are … Continue reading

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Vignette

[H]uman freedom, properly understood, tries to resist the forces of utility that devalue human beings. [Patrick] Deneen said he lead at Notre Dame a class on the idea of utopia, from ancient days until now. At the end, he polled … Continue reading

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Fear of the unknown

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to talk about such things, would we? Continue reading

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Living by lies

Could it be that the foremost obligation of all sane people today is to resist all lies, loudly and unabashedly? Continue reading

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Revival isn’t inevitable

It brought to mind a conversation I had last night, out with friends. We were talking about the degeneration of stable ideas of family, sex, and gender. One of my friends, a lawyer, cited Stein’s Law: “Whatever can’t go on, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Family, Marriage (real), Poverty, Sexualia, The best lack all conviction, Thrown down gauntlet, Transvaluation of Values

Thursday, 10/26/17

In which I twice quote Michael Brendan Dougherty Tweets and also lament the downward trajectory of religious freedom. In this blog are many categories. Continue reading

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Interesting times

My Comey impressions Who’s obsessed? Crap and crap detector, neighbors at WaPo Harvard can’t live up to its puffery The enduring greatness of Twitter

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, Discrimination, Education, Journalism, Political Matters, Rights Talk, Sexualia, Speech & Press, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

Getting in our faces

Lives of consumption and spectacle; Word of the day: temporizing: Bring back this bumper sticker! Getting in our faces

Posted in Benedict Option, Civil Religion, Consumerism, Corporatism, Gaying away the Pray, Political correctness, Political Matters, progressivism, Sexualia, Sport, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity