Category Archives: Rights Talk

Present obsessions

Coronavirus seems to dominate the news and now is beginning to dominate our tribal animosities, but don’t forget Michael Flynn. 1 Some fascinating insights by one of Rod Dreher’s readers: [B]ecause conservatives aren’t interested in environmental policy, public health, etc., … Continue reading

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“L’état, c’est moi” does not translate well into English

This is basically an aggregation with little comment. From FiveThirtyEight.com, two very useful ‘splainers: Why Did The World Shut Down For COVID-19 But Not Ebola, SARS Or Swine Flu? | FiveThirtyEight A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of … Continue reading

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Illusions of clarity and autonomy

How to make the best of one likely bad situation. Continue reading

Posted in death, Health care, Legalia, Life political issues, lifeworks, Rights Talk

Trade-offs of pluralism

What’s a polity for? Continue reading

Posted in free speech, Intrigued, Legalia, lifeworks, Political Matters, progressivism, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Secularism | Tagged

Punching down

More than 20 states have incorporated sexual orientation into their anti-discrimination statutes. As Charlotte Allen documents in “Punching Down,” this has empowered well-educated and well-paid gays to punish less educated, less wealthy neighbors who dare to refuse to bake a … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Dignitary harm, grievance mongering, Legalia, Political Matters, Rights Talk, Sexualia

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

Posted in conservatism, Evangelicalism, free speech, liberalism, lifeworks, Pluralism, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Roman Catholicism

The GOP deathworks

What conservatives like [George] Will and I believe, and what we think Trump supporters either don’t understand or deny, is the destructive revolution in manners and mores that Donald Trump is ushering in, the enormous cultural and social blast radius … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, deathworks, Dignitary harm, grievance mongering, Political Matters, Rights Talk

Ephemera, 2/12/19

“Ephemera” seems apt since one snippet uses it and another snippet evokes it. Continue reading

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Guilty of being accused (and more)

Do read item 1 even if you have no time for the rest. Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), 9th Commandment Watch, alt-right, American Folk Religion, Anodynes & Nostrums, Bread & Circuses, Faith & Ideology, Foreign Affairs, History, immigration, Journalism, Justice, Legalia, Political Matters, Rights Talk, war | Tagged ,

Hauerwasian “modernity” today

“… no story except the story they choose when they have no story.” Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Gnosticism, Nominalism and Realism, Rights Talk, Sexualia, the worst are full of passionate intensity | Tagged , , | 2 Comments