Category Archives: statism

A sixth anniversary

If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. — Barack Obama, Roanoke, Va, July 13, 2012 … To say that all individuals are embedded in and the product of society is banal. Obama … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, liberalism, Political Matters, progressivism, statism

Why I’m not calling for Revolution

I cannot forgive or forget Trump’s praise for the most hideously totalitarian regime on the planet, for a bloodthirsty scion who conducts regular public hangings, keeps his subjects in a state of mind-control, holds hundreds of thousands in concentration camps, … Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option, History, Jeremiad, Mediating structures, Naked Emperors, Religious freedom, Speech & Press, statism, stay tuned, subsidiarity, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

Don’t worry: There’s still a northern border

Trinity Western University holds traditional Christian teachings on marriage. Guess what happened when it wanted to open a law school. Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, grievance mongering, Political correctness, progressivism, Religious freedom, statism

We’re not asking for much

[Masterpiece Cakeshop] did not decide the question about religious freedom and the rights of sexual minorities. However, one key element of the decision drew my attention. The court recognized how anti-Christian bias on the part of the Colorado Civil Rights … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Gaying away the Pray, progressivism, Religious freedom, Speech & Press, statism | 1 Comment

Squashing civil society & culture

Once again, I’m attending the Eighth Day Symposium, this year on the topic of “Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age.” One plenary speaker is Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio Journal. Today from him, one insight, starting with a greeting … Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, Culture, Jeremiad, Legalia, Political Matters, progressivism, Rights Talk, statism, subsidiarity | 2 Comments

Gun Control

I began this blog many weeks ago, forgot it, but now finish in pared-down form. I wonder to what extent the visceral anger at “thoughts and prayers” is a way of expressing fear and anger at our inability to control … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Anodynes & Nostrums, grievance mongering, Legalia, populism, progressivism, solidarity, statism, terrorism

Friday, 12/8/17

Where nothing’s in common Changing the Context Why we’re not solving Weinsteinism “Ladies and Gentlemen …” A masterpiece on Masterpiece Motivated reasoning makes people stupid Unprecedented

Posted in Dignitary harm, Naked Public Square, Pinch of Incense, Political correctness, Religious freedom, Russia, Sexualia, Speech & Press, statism, terrorism, Virtue signaling | Tagged , ,

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

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, Capitalism, Civil Religion, conservatism, Gaying away the Pray, Health Care, Marriage (real), Naked Emperors, Pinch of Incense, Political Matters, progressivism, Religious freedom, Speech & Press, statism, Sundry flakes, The best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values

France & America

  France and America are countries linked at birth and have always seen in each other funhouse-mirror visions of the other, and they have used the other to try to understand themselves. Writers such as Alexis de Tocqueville in the … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity generally, Demographics, Economia, Education, Faith & Ideology, Family, Roman Catholicism, Secularism, statism | 2 Comments

Mind-benders

There’s plenty of mindless stuff on the web, to be sure, but drop your line in some holes and you’re likely to get a catch you can barely reel in. I got two of those, Wednesday, one geopolitical, one economic, … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Damn rackets, Distributism, solidarity, statism, subsidiarity