Category Archives: Consumerism

Accumulated clippings, 2/3/19

1 Must every London gentrified street have a Starbucks, a Pret A Manger, a Caffè Nero, a Costa Coffee, a Wagamama, an Itsu, a Tesco Express, an Eat, a Hotel Chocolat, a Foxtons and a Boots? Is that all that’s … Continue reading

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Potpourri 2, 8/22/18

We live in interesting times and some tendinitis in my ankle leaves me with extra time to think and write about it. Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Consumerism, Economia, History, Marriage (real), Roman Catholicism

Thoroughly modern misogyny and plutocracy

Have you heard about the “Flipping Out” lawsuit? Ross Douthat sticks his neck out so I don’t have to. (I’m sure that’s what he had in mind.) The “Flipping Out” lawsuit, sad and sordid, falls 31 years after a far … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Consumerism, Jeremiad, Plutocracy, Thrown down gauntlet, Transvaluation of Values

Jesus, loser

I think Christian Smith pretty well described Moralistic Therapeutic Deism when he coined the term, but Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon’s definition is now my favorite: The function of Church in society is to keep spiritually healthy and morally upright those … Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Asceticism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Damn rackets, Jeremiad, Orthodoxy, Religiopreneurs

Pet Peeve Venting

The NCAA Men’s tournament, which I’m still watching despite Purdue’s loss to Texas Tech, has been flooded with offensive, aggressive ads. Forget the dueling ads for Johnson County Sheriff. And forget the loud ads for Samsung’s newest phone. They’re dumb, … Continue reading

Posted in Consumerism, Sport

Imposter Syndrome

A gem of an essay at Aeon: ‘Impostor syndrome’ describes a problem I don’t especially wish to solve. Its remedy is to recognise that one does in fact belong. Yet I can’t convince myself I want to fully belong – … Continue reading

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Social Media

At last weekend’s Eighth Day Symposium in Wichita, Ken Myers‘ second plenary address was nominally about “Social Media and the Commodification of Friendship.” I find that at my fairly advanced age, and perhaps with a little tone-deafness to social cues, … Continue reading

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Signs of the times

James Howard Kunstler probably coined the term “techno-narcissism.” He definitely uses it more than anyone I know. A related term is “techno-triumphalism.” I believe he uses that, too. He definitely does not think that technology is immanentizing the eschaton. He … Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, Consumerism, Damn rackets, Miscellany, Naked Emperors, Sundry flakes, Technology

Abuses of power

Rod Dreher revisits for the third time the Edgardo Montara case from the 19th-centry papal state that included Bologna, Italy. He quotes a Patheos column by Eve Tushnet, which quote includes this: I am not sure I’ve seen any discussions … Continue reading

Posted in Consumerism, Culture, Discrimination, Education, Gaying away the Pray, Marriage (real), progressivism, Religious freedom, Secularism, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Thrown down gauntlet, transgenderism

Tuesday Supplement, 12/5/17

Metanarratives Sen. Grinch, R, Iowa The right to be wrong Spats and Top Hat Looking for freedom outside the box Moore’s liberal enablers Photios Markopulos, Mayan Orphan

Posted in Calvinism, Consumerism, Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Globalization, Internet, Life political issues, Orthodoxy, Plutocracy, Political Matters, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Speech & Press