Category Archives: subsidiarity

Not identical to “conservatism” especially in the debased modern sense of “conservative.”

Blue-Collar Lifeworks

Keep Craft Alive SkillsUSA H/T Kevin D. Williamson (possible paywall). See also Matthew Crawford, Shop Class as Soulcraft. That is all. * * * * * You can read most of my more impromptu stuff at here. It should work … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Built Environment and Infrastructure, Distributism, Education, Globalization, lifeworks, populism, Small is Beautiful, subsidiarity, Thrown down gauntlet | Leave a comment

Enduring legacy

I am among those who appreciate Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, his defense of religious liberty (at least for compliant Christians; Muslims’ and Unitarian Universalists’ mileage may vary) and increasingly his immigration policy at its highest level of generality — especially … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, immigration, Mediating structures, Political Matters, populism, progressivism, Religious freedom, solidarity, subsidiarity

What’s not to like?

What’s not to like? Federalism vindicated and subsidiarity as national policy. Pretty soon, we might have a full-blown modus vivendi. (Moi, hier) The morning wasn’t over before I was thinking about what’s not to like: corporate power possibly becoming even … Continue reading

Posted in Corporatism, subsidiarity

The most radical guy in the race

I’m going to take the liberty (you can’t stop me) of pulling some quotes from David Brooks but re-arranging them. Only 18 percent of Americans say the federal government does the right thing most or nearly all of the time. … Continue reading

Posted in federalism, Political Matters, solidarity, subsidiarity

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

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

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

Sunday 12/4/16

C.S. Lewis on the Tao; What the alt-right really means; The Chuck-It Bucket; Today’s Federalism Problem and a Bonus Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Economia, Faith & Ideology, History, Political Matters, Science, State capitalism, subsidiarity, Thrown down gauntlet, war

Sunday 11/27/16

Divine ascent; Appalachian Trump Voters; Better than Federalism; Self-Identified Christians Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Asceticism, chicken hawks, Christianity generally, Economia, Evangelicalism, Fasting, Foreign Affairs, Globalization, Health care, Health Care, Holy Tradition, Plutocracy, Political Matters, populism, subsidiarity | Tagged

Friday Evening 11/4/16

Dwelling in a material world; 3 Churches per day for 28 years; Conservatives on “why” they’re so voting; Forfeiting prolife credibility; The new media landscape; Conservatives for Bernie; Hacksaw Ridge and HHS Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, conservatism, Damn rackets, Empire, Evangelicalism, Foreign Affairs, Life political issues, Pinch of Incense, Political Matters, Religious freedom, Russia, subsidiarity