Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Christmas Song; Mark O'Connor, Jane Monheit

Felix Dies Nativitatis Domini Nostri Iesu Christi!

Driving down to SLO for a family dinner at the MD's house.

Angels We Have Heard On High







Something different: Sixpence None The Richer - Angels We Have Heard On High



An oldie from Dr. William Tighe: CALCULATING CHRISTMAS
William J. Tighe on the Story Behind December 25

Monday, December 24, 2012

O Holy Night

Kings College, Cambridge


Jackie Evancho:

Benedict XVI's Christmas Eve Homily

Zenit

Rome Reports:




Moffat Promotes the Anti-Culture Like Russell T. Davies



Beyond overt lesbianism - inter-species romantic love (which no doubt involves sexual relations). And you thought Captain Jack was just an anomaly.

This is supposed to be a short prequel episode to this year's "Christmas" special.

Related:
Tom Piatak, The War on Christmas
Obama's War On Christmas, Media Matters' War On Truth, And Emerging Gay Christophobia
WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS 2012: The Eight Stages Of Christophobia
Merry Christmas From VDARE.com!
Cultural Amnesia and the Separation of Church and State
Can You See the Baby?

You're Just Compensating for a Small...

Alt-right: Gun Control as Castration by Michael Enoch Comments

The author is using "castration" figuratively. Gun owning men are generally psychologically healthy; they are not making up for a sexual inadequacy, as women and sheep in general like to claim; rather they are following the masculine impulse to defend themselves and their families and their own. Men who perceive that they are called to be warriors will of course seek adequate means to enable them to be such. The author of this piece as well is not subscribing to the view that a gun is a surrogate for sexual potency. Can we say that instead the imagery is a projection by those who oppose gun ownership? Misandrists, especially, like to belittle men by attributing a small size to their penises and so on. Those who vehemently fear the power of men cannot but reduce masculinity to the male sexual organ .

Bah, Humbug!

There's no such thing as energy independence in our globalized, fossil-fueled world
by Kurt Cobb (Resilience)

Related:
“THE STATE EXISTS TO PRESERVE THE ECONOMIC INSTITUTION AT ALL COSTS”: ZEITGEIST DIRECTOR PETER JOSEPH

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas in San Francisco



I've heard this version on the radio (KOIT), but also an updated version as well, in which some of the lyrics are updated ("Jazz in the Fillmore"). As soon as I heard it for the first time (which was this month), I was annoyed. My reaction hasn't really mellowed since then. It's a sappy 'holiday' song trading on nostalgia, and sounds exactly like cheap lounge music - a Christmas song, like many others, which is focused on us and glorifying our mundane experiences, instead of Christ. Some may think of it is a "golden oldie," but it's another isntance of our cultural and civilization decline.


Brainwash

From Steve Sailer: Norwegian human sciences documentary "Brainwashed" now with English subtitles.

Also, Obama's eulogy for Obama at Sen. Inouye's funeral - our narcissist-in-chief.

Wiki entry for Hjernevask.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Veni, veni Emmanuel

The King's Singers


Something unexpected:

Contrappasso Magazine: Elmore Leonard Week

Elmore on the birth of Raylan Givens

Some videos:

Battle of the Black Sea

From the FB page for Panteao:
On October 3, 1993 a group of US Rangers and Special Operations soldiers set out on a mission into the heart of the Bakara market in Mogadishu. What started as a mission that should have lasted 30 minutes turned into a battle for their lives. Known by these men as the Battle of the Black Sea and later portrayed in the motion picture Black Hawk Down, here is the untold story of that battle. Coming soon in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and streaming from the Panteao website.
Featuring Paul Howe. Pic of the box cover here.

Related:
Stance and Grip with Paul Howe

Jessica Chastain Interviews





The movie will not be in general release until January 11, 2013.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Another Pointless Attempt at Dialogue

Women Leading Congregations, Part II

What sort of resolution does Rod Dreher expect from discussions such as these? Those who think that Judaism or Christianity would be watered-down if teachings about patriarchy were eliminated will not convince those who believe in egalitarianism and the sort of abstract universalism that results from that.

Tallis Scholars on Harmonia Early Music

Tallis Scholars Sing Mouton By WENDY GILLESPIE (mp3)

Some Pieces on Economics and Growth

James Tuttle, A Crisis of Political Economy

Nate Hagens, The End of Growth


Against growth: A conversation with economist Joshua Farley

His reader on Ecological Economics (pdf).

The city of Edmonton features him in a series of videos, talking about Ecological Economy: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5





A hermit from Korea talks about life and death

Richard Heinberg, Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline: Part 4 - Post-carbon governance
Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline: Part 5 - A theory of change for a century of crisis
(I don't think I posted links for parts 2 and 3.)

Related:


Don't fall for the shale boom hype - Chris Martenson Interview by James Stafford (EB) - Part 2

What Sort of Armed Citizenry

Mark Mitchell complains: NRA Proposes More Policemen: "In short, we need a police state to protect our right to own all the guns we want? "

Paleolibertarians have their own complaints about increasing the size of the police (and by extension, the government), instead of allowing citizens and institutions to protect themselves.


(alt)

Text of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s Speech

This is also the solution put forth by Paul Howe. Meanwhile, there are those like Dave Grossman who advocate teachers and administrators being trained to defend themselves and their students and carrying concealed on campus. Some even offer this sort of training for free. One example had his comments posted over at Free the Animal. Other local gun owner associations and tactical instructors offer this service, either at reduced rates or for free as well.

Many will protest having armed teachers at the school - the only "sensible" thing to prevent school massacres is stricter gun control. So what can the NRA say, other than having someone else to defend schools? The NRA, if it is to be faithful to its mission and its understanding of the Second Amendment, will not acquiesce to the demands of those who fear guns or suffer from the "logical fallacy of misleading vividness."

My preferred solution would be to rid ourselves of public mass education. Deprive those with mental issues of a target. But how many would accept that?

Those Catholics (former Democrats?), CST advocates, dwelling at various websites and online discussion groups push for stricter gun control laws. Some are ignorant of our current legislation; others don't see the need for citizens to own semi-automatic rifles or magazines with a capacity higher than 3, 5, or 10. Many, like certain traditionalist Catholics, either dismiss the Constitution or think the Second Amendment is no longer relevant. It is laughable then when they claim we live in a republican system of some sort, when they are ignorant of what makes a republican system possible in the first place - an armed citizenry.


Related:
The Secret History of Guns
(The article of course claims that the text of the Second Amendment is "ambiguous" - failing to take into account the proper interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The author probably wouldn't bother to read Stephen Halbrook.)

The Unorganized Militia: 10 USC § 311 - Militia: composition and classes


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Archbishop Chaput on St. Thomas More

A Man for This Season, and All Seasons

Of course, he is appropriating the example of St. Thomas More in relation to the HHS mandate.

Interview with Chrissy Crowley

Celtic Life International

A new CD is in the works! Her website.

Neutered Christianity

Rod Dreher, Why Don’t Men Come To Church?

Dreher cites Podles, who writes:

"In reading about war, I realized that here was something that men took with deadly (both literally and metaphorically) earnestness. War, and the vicarious experience of war in literature and reenactments, as well as the analogues and substitutes for war in dangerous sports and avocations, provide the real center of the emotional, and I would even say the spiritual, life of most men in the modern world. The ideology of masculinity has replaced Christianity as the true religion of men. We live in a society with a female religion and a male religion: Christianity, of various sorts, for women and non-masculine men; and masculinity, especially in the forms of competition and violence that culminate in war, for men."

So would traditional Ignatian spirituality, for example, be more appealing to men? It invites the Christian to think himself of as a knight choosing between two standards, one standard being that of Christ, the other being...

However, I do not think that what is missing from contemporary Christianity is the lack of thumos -- the emasculation of men goes much deeper than that, to the point that infused fortitude is required at an almost heroic level for the average layman. Or perhaps, it is not the remedy that the frustrated male who feels powerless to live his life as he thinks is appropriate. If we think that men are either on the path of creating or destroying (a simplistic dichotomy, to be sure), it is not enough to tell men that they should abandon themselves to God. Only a few may be given the heavy cross of having no outlet in this world for their energies. Rather, they need to find ways to be men however they can.

More on Robert Bork

Scott Richert
Kevin Gutzman

Lynette Hull, Re-creation of the Icon


(via Byzantine, Texas)

Art of Manliness on Honor

I had not been keeping up with the series - Manly Honor VI: The Decline of Traditional Honor in the West in the 20th Century (via Tea at Trianon, which also links to this 2007 interview with Dr. Anthony Esolen).

The previous installments:
Manly Honor: Part I — What Is Honor?
Manly Honor: Part II — The Decline of Traditonal Honor in the West, Ancient Greece to the Romantic Period
Manly Honor: Part III — The Victorian Era and the Development of the Stoic-Christian Code of Honor
Manly Honor Part IV — The Gentlemen and the Roughs: The Collision of Two Honor Codes in the American North
Manly Honor Part V: Honor in the American South

He's Our Curmudgeon

Dr. Fleming, Christmas: Some Caveats
And, to be perfectly frank, I could never stand to watch Charlie Brown's Christmas and I do not like Vince Guaraldi's music. Two thousand years of art, literature, and music, and people are still watching Peanuts? Schulz is often praised for the Christian themes in his comics, but he was an ex-Christian and a self-described secular humanist. In my view, he was a board member of that sinister Northeastern syndicate.

I hate all Christmas specials, especially the Grinch who did not so much steal as profane Christmas with Seussian inanity. I did get a bang out of the Andy Williams specials for which he hired actors to play his family, while his wife was doing life for murdering her faithless lover the Croat-American skier Spider Sabich. "Ain't that America?"

I am also sick to death of the anti-Christian Charles Dickens' rewrite of Christ's Nativity as a a softcore Marxist parable without Christ or angels but with a new pantheon of bogus deities--the deeply offensive Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. How dare such a man pen such a line as "God bless us, everyone." The nasty hypocrite should have been on his knees praying to escape the fires of Hell.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I purchased some of the St. Louis ribs that were seasoned in-house from Costco. I can't say much about the quality of the meat, but the ribs were probably over-seasoned. The taste reminded me of some of my early efforts at seasoning. I was too lazy to make the glaze (or to braise the ribs properly, but the ribs came out moist regardless). I do prefer a bbq sauce, or something something with sugar rather than too much spices, even though the sugar wouldn't be so good for me. But 80/20, right?

Saint Pasius Monastery

I don't think I'll be able to visit the bookstore during this coming trip to Arizona. Check out the photos of the interior of the catholicon. There are some other photo galleries as well.

At least there is the online gift shop I can use.

Robert Bork Passes

Tom Piatak, Robert Bork, RIP
Insight Scoop
Rod Dreher, How We Got Borking
Robert Bork and the End of Democracy
The Significance of the Bork Battle
Robert Bork: from Atheism to Christian Faith

A collection of his writings: A Time to Speak

Kyrie eleison.



Interview with Professor Kjell Aleklett

The great energy journey by Jan Fröman (EB; Peak Oil)

I thought I had mentioned his book, Peeking at Peak Oil, in a post, but I can't find it in the search.



ASPO profile
Aleklett's Energy Mix

Kjell Aleklett and Charles Hall: Peak Oil Postponed?


Related:
What Everybody Ought to Know about Energy (EB)
Richard Heinberg, Conflict and Change in the Era of Economic Decline: Part 4 - Post-carbon governance

2 CD Set of the Concert of Byzantine Music by the Choir of St. Romanos the Melodist

The bookstore for St. Nicholas Cathedral has the CD.

With the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP of North America and His Eminence, Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut, and thorught the generosity of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch (the charitable arm of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), 12 members of the St. Romanos the Melodist Choir of the Archdiocese of Beirut, Lebanon toured the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in mid-September, 2012. Under the direction of their leader, Father Romanos Joubran, Dean of St. George Orhtodox Cathedral of Beirut, Lebanon and instructor of Byzantine Music, the choir spent two weeks performing concerts and singing at liturgical services from the Midwest to the East Coast. The tour culminated on Sunday, September 22, 2012 in an historic concert attended by more than 450 people at the Mother Cathedral of the Archdiocese, St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY. With the additional blessings of His Eminence, Archbishop DEMETRIOS of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the GOA, under the direction of Dr. Demetrios Kehagias, made a special guest appearance and added to the beauty of the evening. This 2-CD digitally mastered set of hymns in Arabic and Greek consistst of th esets performed by the Beirut Choir and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Choir as well as the combined set where they performed together. In addition, there are two tracks from the Divine Liturgy that the Beirut choir chanted the following day in the Cathedral and a few bonus selections from their concert in Boston, MA that were not include in the Brooklyn concert due to time constraints. We hope you enjoy the beauty of this ancient and sacred music.

Each 2-CD set is $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping for each of the first two CD's and $2.00 for each CD after that. Quantity discounts of 10 or more are available.

More information on the CD.

An article about the tour of the St. Romanos the Melodist Choir.

(More from Robert Sweiss)





Beautiful temples.

The Nexus of Emotion and Reason

Zippy, at Dalrock, on female attraction. Attraction (and by extension, hypergamy) is not just an animal instinct but is under the influence of reason - making a judgment about the fitness or suitability of potential mates.

An update on one Christian's attempt to educate other men about being manly.


Connections

Alt Right on the BBC
Archeofuturism from the 1970s

Colin Liddell links to an episode of the documentary series by James Burke which examines our dependence upon technology (and cheap energy) - I find it curious that he would say that such programs have an "Alt-Rightish feel to them" when there have been plenty on the left who have been skeptical about contemporary technology and claims of progress since the 1960s and 70s, if not earlier.

Ryan Grant Reviews Liberty: The God That Failed

Part 1

Someone really should write a critique of the book from a paleo or tradcon perspective. Certainly someone more qualified than I should do so, though I may write something once I have read the book.

Related:
Patrick Brennan wrote the Foreward to the book.
One of the instructional aides re-introduced herself to me today; apparently she remembered me for a good reason, but I couldn't remember who she was, even though I had seen her a couple of times today, once in the morning and once at lunch. Those encounters didn't jog my memory. She is probably correct that we had met before...

A Different Take on Zero Dark Thirty

And its stance on torture: The Kidd Vs. ZERO DARK THIRTY. Diverging opinions. I'll have to watch the movie and see for myself.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

C.C. Pecknold on "Catholic instead of what?"

Thinking Well About Things (Other Than Politics) (I posted the video of Dr. MacIntyre's address here.)

Catholics affirm that the state has the authority, within limits, to recognize marriage and to protect people who enter into it; to recognize the sanctity of life, and to do no harm to it; to recognize the dignity of the human person, and therefore ensure an economy in which every person can flourish according to their capacities without being debilitated by poverty. Yet currently, the Catholic is being asked to divide her affirmations and denials more or less equally between political parties that may or may not finally represent these concerns at all. It is like asking King Solomon, or a mother, to tear a child in half.

That means that we are beyond the Churchillian “least bad” problem in choosing between parties. The political culture we inhabit has exceeded that problem. Ours is not only a polarized politics, it is also an excessive politics. It dominates every aspect of life. Political campaigns have learned to carefully cultivate every existing identity for itself, and only for itself. It has come to take over every aspect of life so there is no place where presidential politics is absent. I think this excessiveness is an enduring aspect of every politics that detaches itself from natural limits, that consistently refuses to allow space to that which is not politics, that refuses to admit that there is anything prior to politics, that habitually ignores anything which supersedes politics, and which denies anything which is not reducible to politics.

All of this makes my post-election reflections sound like a plea for resistance to political instrumentalism. It is that, but it is also simply a plea for contemplation on those things which are not political, but are nevertheless important to political community. The popular motto of the Catholic resistance movement during WWII, “France be careful not to lose your soul” is worth recalling to this end. A generation earlier, Charles Péguy, the atheist socialist convert to Catholicism, sought to remind France to attend those things which were preludes to politics: metaphysics, narratives, language, family, friendship and contemplation upon the causes, effects, and ends of our most cherished commitments – our loves and our liberties (to recall St. Augustine). In our post-election reflections, Christians should be the ones asking the really substantial questions, not the ones asked at our very insubstantial presidential debates – but the questions we would want our children to ask: questions about existence, such as why there is something rather than nothing; about justice, and to whom it is owed; about truth, and making ourselves truthful; about the nature of goodness and how we can be formed in accordance with it. Questions like these are pre-political, but they matter for politics too. If these sorts of question whither, we will get the politics we deserve. Amongst ourselves as well as with others, we must be asking what it means to be a Christian in our excessive, polarized, political order.

At its best, true Christianity has always resisted being instrumentalized by politics – it has always affirmed the legitimate authority of the state, but it has also helped the state to flourish precisely by pointing out its limits, and its disorder. Sometimes it has done so with martyrs, but usually with a different kind of Christian witness — one which entails discursive reasoning as well as contemplation and prayer, marked by both seriousness and joyfulness about things other than politics but which nevertheless matter for the political health of the places that God has entrusted to us.

Another Catholic intellectual trying to span the divide but going beyond it, but I don't think he goes far enough. The problem is not with "politics" per se, but with the scale of the "National Unity." Scale is one of those limits which few American Catholics recognize, probably because they have become habituated to living in this mess and thinking that it is normal.

I've been wondering if the lack of real conversion is due to a failure of witness, not only through words but in how we live. (As in that saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.") And not because we fail to live as Catholic individuals, but because we have failed to live as Catholics in community.

Items of Interest, 18 December 2012

Newtown Tragedy Exposes our Deep Societal Flaws Again by Chris Schumerth

Debt-Free Permaculture Farming with Joel Salatin


Announcing 2013 BALLE Local Economy Fellows

More on the Issues Raises by Zero Dark Thirty:
An All-American Nightmare by Peter Van Buren
Rendition, Zero Dark Thirty and the brutal reality of Britain's secret services
Kathryn Bigelow's film about the killing of Osama bin Laden does not touch the reality of what occurred in the 'war on terror'

Diet and Health:
Why Stretching is Bad For You
Latest in Paleo: Perfect Health Diet Q&A with Paul Jaminet (follow-up to episode 64 - mp3)
High-Fat, Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet For Cancer Featured On The 700 Club

Feminism:
RONDA ROUSEY MEETS LIZ CARMOUCHE IN FIRST UFC WOMEN'S TITLE FIGHT AT UFC 157
Dana White on why Ronda Rousey will headline UFC 157: 'She's the champ'

Entertainment:
CS Video Interview: Jack Reacher Director Christopher McQuarrie

Discovery Series American Guns Cancelled
NBC Sports Network Cancels "Gun Programming" - 3-Gun Nation

An Orthodox on the Growth of Christianity in China

ARCHIMANDRTIE TIKHON (SHEVKUNOV): “SEEING YOUNG CHINESE CHRISTIAN SEEKERS IS THE MOST ASTOUNDING EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD IN A LONG TIME.”

Also:
Bishop Chen Shizhong, of Yibin, is dead. He rebuilt the Church of Sichuan
Cardinal Zen denounces Beijing's dismissal of Shanghai's courageous bishop

Available This Week on BBC Radio

The Early Music Show: Cristobal de Morales (expires in 4 days)

BBC Radio 3 - Radio 3 Live in Concert, The English Concert - Corelli, Bach
The English Concert plays music by Corelli and Bach at Christ Church Spitalfields
(expires in 6 days)

This Thursday: Stile Antico
"An exciting couple of days in prospect with performances at Foyles and the Wigmore Hall! Both events are now sold out, but you can hear our Wigmore concert, a glorious Byrd/Tallis programme, live on BBC Radio 3 at 1930 GMT on 20th December. We hope you enjoy it!"

Foodopoly


website

The author, Wenonah Hauter, will be appearing at Book Passage at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on January 22, 2013 at 6 P.M.



Related:
Food and Water Watch

More Videos:

Jessica Chastain on Charlie Rose

Here.

Zero Dark Thirty episode

Monday, December 17, 2012

Terry Eagleton in conversation with Roger Scruton


(via First Thoughts)

'Pride of Place': Gregorian Chant



(via Chant Cafe)

Dr. Fleming on Protectionism

Though he does not explicitly endorse it in this piece: Back to the Stone Age II G: A Trip to Alsatia.

Misc.
David Duley and Robb Wolf discuss the Abbeville Institute video on the size of the United States: (mp3)

Raimondo and Larison are Fighting … Again
Speaking of Intra-paleo Feuds

Episode 2 of the MovNat Podcast

with guest Robb Wolf - mp3.

Another on Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

New Yorker

Related:
The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - Nine Pound Hammer Jam



Their website.

Interview with Rosamund Pike for Jack Reacher





The movie's premiere has been delayed because of the school massacre in Connecticut.

Possible Matriarchy for South Korea?

FT: Park says S Korea needs ‘motherly’ leader

I don't care if she's Catholic; with that kind of campaigning and sloganeering, her party deserves to lose. That sort of conception of statesmanship is patronizing and emasculating. What an embarrassment to South Korea.

* East Asians Confucian bureaucrats/magistrates thought of themselves as father/mother officials, duty-bound to look after the people as if they were their children. At this point I will only say that I disagree with this analogy as well. I'd also disagree with the claim that if Adam had not fallen, men would be governed according to an eternal patriarchy with him as a head (Filmer?). But rule by a male who is claiming to be a "father" is less offensive and problematic than rule by a female posing as mother. Men are at least inclined to submit to the authority of a man they recognize as being superior.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk today - first time I've actually been there. Don't think I missed anything while growing up, though the commercials I saw on channel 2 did make it appealing to a child. (Advertising.) While the kids went on the Thomas the Tank Engine ride, I started walking around the beach and headed towards the municipal wharf. I didn't make it halfway on the wharf when the train returned.

Afterwards, I went over to Betty's Burgers to try it. The fries there are somewhat like those of The Counter, iirc, except with maybe more batter. The strawberry shake was good and thick. As for the burger, I ordered a Double Dutch - the patties are supposed to be "all natural"; visually the texture of the patties reminded me of Bob's Giant Burgers in Fremont - not sure if what I saw was gristle or something else. The patties were well-done, maybe overcooked, though not dry. But there was a strong charred taste to the surface of the patties. Maybe one of the single-patty burgers would have tasted better.

For Gaudete Sunday

Rejoice Jerusalem by Fr. Rutler



Another:

Crisis Magazine Now Has Articles by Dr. Fleming

For Liberals, Religious Freedom Means Freedom from Religion

More collaboration...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Chinese Nationalism

The Acceptable Enemy by James Lawrence
A Chinese perspective on the problem of White pride

I suspect most, if not all, of what he says about Chinese nationalism is true.

Responding to Madison

Thomas Storck, Government, Society, and the Human Good
Patrick Deneen, Beyond Wishful Thinking: A Response to Schlueter

Both contrast James Madison's theory of government with an Aristotelian-Thomistic one. But can Madison be used to represent the Anglo-American political tradition in its entirety (and thus "prove" that the tradition or the American founding was liberal in its "essence")?

If Madison's theory of government is applicable at all "levels" (most importantly, to the sovereign states), then it should rightly be criticized. But to link Madison to those who presently oppose the Federal government from expanding its reach beyond the Constitution? Not all Constitutionalists are principled libertarians.

Another "Conservative" Feminist

Conservatives, Women, and Votes by Ashley McGuire

"Conservatives need to expand their favor with women voters by investing in female candidates and spokespeople, and by reframing their social policies in pro-woman and pro-family terms."

No thanks. How's this instead? To be pro-patriarchy is pro-family.

From the Editors at Ethika Politika

Is Chivalry the Natural Choice? Or Something Else?

They give some suggestions as to what needs to be clarified based on Smith's article in The Atlantic.

A critique written within the androsphere would be more illuminating.

How much money was wasted on creating that crap.

SFGate: UC suspends use of logo - distracting

In other news...

Seven Days: R.I.P. Thomas Naylor, Founder of Vermont Secessionist Group, 1936-2012

Kyrie eleison.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Some More Critical Reflections on Zero Dark Thirty

Fabius Maximus: Bin Laden won, with our assistance. Our applause shows the scale of his victory.
Save The Cat, Kill The Prisoners by Noah Millman
Zero Conscience in Zero Dark Thirty

Related:
Report finds harsh CIA interrogations ineffective

The third trailer for the movie:


Empire
JoBlo
HuffPo

Another Interview with Fr. Gabriel

Pravmir: One Cannot Be Anything More Than a Christian: A Conversation with Fr. Gabriel (Bunge)

Pontifical High Mass at the 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference

Excerpts: Pontifical High Mass according to the book of divine Worship
Pontifical High Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship in the Parish Church of St. Gertrud Celebrant: Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinarius of the Ordinariats Our Lady of Walsingham, London Music: Capella Aquensis, Aachen, Director: Thomas Beaujean; - Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Missa "O quam gloriosum" - Julius van Nuffel (1885-1953): Ave Maria - Hermann Schroeder (1904-1984): Siehe, die Jungfrau wird empfangen 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference

Distributism, Quasi-Marxist?

Dr. Fleming's comment in the latest entry in his paleocon series: "On the other hand, their own distributist/Third Way arguments are far closer to Marxism than to the Gospels or to Leo XIII."

I think he would agree that the right to property is not absolute and that there should be a wide distribution of property in order to safeguard economic and political liberty in a republic? So with what part of distributism would he disagree? The proposition that the government can foster the redistribution of resources (such as land), indirectly or indierctly? Or the proposition that the government can redistribute wealth in general? I wonder what the arguments of the two gentlemen were.

Related:
Which Capitalism? A Brief Defense of the Supporters of the Free Economy by Dylan Pahman

KBS Star Date with the Cast of Iris 2



The main characters from the first series are not back. My interest in the second goes only as far as Kang Jiyoung is in it. The drama will be like the first, with the soap opera overwhelming the action (which as generally choreographed poorly, by contemporary American standards).


"Iris 2" is on a different scale

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christian Masculinity

Actually, one Christian man's understanding of interacting with women (but also with others), and the consequences of his success in teaching other males how to be men: A reader teaches some aspects of “game” to men in his church and now faces possible expulsion. Please pray for him.

Kyrie eleison.

Language Creation in Tolkien's Mythmaking

Medievalists.net: Language and Legend in the Fantasy Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Vox links to an article by a sci-fi author and both note that Tolkien's success as a fantasy author is due to his knowledge of history (and languages).





Related:
Is there hope for Latin? Latinitatis Corpus, Reginaldo Procuratore We need more Latin teachers who are as zealous as Fr. Reginald.

Obama is a Believer in the Proposition Nation

No surprise, right?

Steve Sailer: Proposition Nation v. Preposition Nation

Msgr. Ma Daqin, Bishop of Shanghai, Under Arrest

Rome Reports: Vatican concerned over Shanghai auxiliary bishop dispute


Under arrest, Mgr Ma Daqin is stripped of his title as Shanghai bishop
Fr Lombardi: Ma Daqin case shows how serious the Church's situation is in China
Abp. Savio Hon: dismissal of Shanghai bishop an "abuse”. Churches of the world pray for him

Zenit: Vatican Official Denounces Decision by So-Called Episcopal Conference of China
Expresses Support and Admiration for Persecuted Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai

Related:
Five years on, the Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics still relevant
China's green tea tainted by pesticides
Cardinal Scola: Ensuring religious freedom for social peace by Card. Angelo Scola

Ravi Shankar

NPR: Remembering Ravi Shankar





His website.

Some videos:

Judge Napolitano: How Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Destroyed Constitutional Freedom



Book trailer:


Google Books
Lew Rockwell Interview - Part 2 (podcast)
Article at Lew Rockwell


Related:
Reflections on the Loss of Liberty
What Ever Happened to the Constitution?

Byzantine Catholics in Italy

NLM: Byzantine Christians in Italy: From the Archives of the Instituto Luce

Self-Government

Some thoughts from Mr. Peters in response to the Abbeville Institute video on the size of the United States. It does repeat points that he's made before at FPR and on other websites.

To be a republic in the classical Aristotelian one has to have self-government in what ever form that may be; the rule of law and a demographic and territorial scale in which common traditions, customs and habits can determine the common good as far as culture or social order is concerned.

Self-government does not mean even representative government in the sense that representatives are elected by any popular means and certainly not democracy. It means that the polity expresses the traditions, customs and habits lived out by real people in a real place, whatever the mechanism of that expression. To govern against the lived out customs and habits in a real place is to be a tyrant, whether one is a dictator or a democratic majority.

The rule of law does not mean a strict adherence to some “due process” and the statutory laws from which it springs; it rather means that statutory law, however, it is made is in harmony with the prevailing traditions, customs and habits of the social order. Thus, Creon is a tyrant when he refuses to allow Antigone the tradition duty of burying, in her case, Polynices. Anglo-Saxon jury nullification is predicated on an awareness of traditions, customs and habits, embedded and lived out in the people, with which even the king’s law can be nullified.

There is little chance of there being commonly held traditions, customs and habits which define the common good, the expectations of polity and the rule of law if a given territory is too large or if the population is too large.

Now, one can can an aardvark an ant; or one can call an abstract corporation with a monopoly on coercion, with the ability to define the limits of its own power and with the impetus of a power will, be that one of a dictator or a democratic majority, ruling a massive territory with millions of people a republic; however, but an ant “ain’t” an aardvark; and a Hobbesian state “ain’t” a republic. At least the old Soviet Union was less disingenuous than Mao’s China. The Soviets at least made a pretense in that they named their Hobbesian state the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics whereas Mao’ named his The People Republic of China.

We were once, before Lincoln and the Republicans “these United States,” a union of constitutionally federated republics. Today, we are a Hobbesian state, consolidated and centralized. Our President, in a post-election speech spoke of “this colony,” in the singular, gaining its independence from Great Britain. Once there were thirteen colonies and King George, in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, named each of them. He did not make peace with the American people in the aggregate, with the Continental Congress, with the so-called “Founding Fathers” or with some overarching government. He made peace with thirteen unique and sovereign republics.

The New UC Logo

The Thinking Housewife: The Meaningless University

It looks outdated, like something from the 70s or the 80s. I think it unwittingly represents the further commodification of higher education (with the need for costly "marketing") and a turning away from older notions of the university. The UC Brand? How stupid. But it is inevitable when a university education is marketed to the masses? No awareness of the higher education bubble.

The UC logo: It's all about the branding
New UC Logo—Keep It or Dump It?


Vimeo

Visual Identity
University of California Graphic Identity Guide and Resources
UC Berkeley Identity

Michel-René Landry: Clear creek monastery

(via Chant Cafe)

Interview with Peter Hitchens in the Warwick Boar

Here (link via his blog).
But clearly something has changed. Hitchens is hardly practising class war these days, and the Mail has never exactly been hospitable to the practitioners of revolution. He explains: “During my life, the establishment that I imagined I was fighting in the late 1960s and early 1970s was already dying - in fact it was really already a living corpse.”

For Hitchens, the 20th century has been the story of the death of the old British establishment - indeed, of Britain itself - and its replacement by a new, more liberal elite. His writing is shot through with the theme of moral decline. His new book, though it concerns mostly drugs, includes a chapter sternly entitled ‘The Demoralisation of Britain’ and from the earliest pages he thunders that the worship of a new hedonistic creed, the lamentable trilogy of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, is responsible for many contemporary social ills.

“What all this is really about is the collapse of Protestant Christianity as the dominant system of thought and belief in modern England over the course of a century”, he elaborates, dating the start of the rot at the beginning of the First World War. “In many cases people have found the constraints and what they would call the repressions of Protestant Christianity irksome, and taken the opportunity to throw them off in many parts of life.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Anthony Gregory on "Liberty"

(via C4SS)

Elias Crim Reviews Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

by Fr. Robert Sirico - Are You Better Off Now?

Dr. Fleming on Property

Back to the Stone Age II F 2

I shall be content to use it, here, in a basic etymological sense as that which belongs to us (proprius is a Latin adjective meaning one's own), but not (even though a case could be made for such usage) including our physical or mental attributes.

Property, as Aristotle observed, is natural because it is essential to human functioning and thriving. We have to eat and shield ourselves from the elements, hunt animals with weapons and grow food with implements. I am going to postpone an extended discussion of property until later because I do not wish to lose the thread of this albeit simple argument.

Property is universal in human societies and claims to the otherwise, put forward by Marxist and feminist anthropologists, can only hold up if we insist that property be defined in Anglo-American terms. It is true that in a tropical climate a hunter-gatherer people needs little property: privileged access to watering holes, spears to hunt with, perhaps baskets to store the nuts and berries our women gather, but anything a man makes or improves or finds can be (though it is not always) property, even if he is expected to share its use with his relatives.

Left Libertarianism is Still of the "Left"

Recommended by C4SS FB: “Libertarianism, Feminism, and Nonviolent Action: A Synthesis” by Grant Babcock

Arguably libertarianism of any form is...

A Motet for Our Lady of Guadalupe


"You are my Mother", a motet for Our Lady of Guadalupe composed by James MacMillan CBE as a gift to Fr Lawrence Lew OP on the occasion of his ordination to the sacred priesthood on 17


Related:
Portrait of the artist: James MacMillan, composer
Composition Today interview
His blog.

The Lone Ranger Trailer #2

This movie should not be labelled a "Western" - it doesn't deserve it. The new John Reid seems like a bumbling idiot (even if one wants to rationalize this as being the confusion of a man who has survived an ambush). He's not as bad as Seth Rogan's Britt Reid, and the beginning this trailer is better than the first, which revealed too much of Gore Verbinski's handiwork - big special effects and heavy use of cgi. (Unfortunately we get plenty of that mind-numbing garbage in the second half of the trailer.) But, if they had decided to do a movie proper for adults (and there are still some in the United States today), instead of dumbing it down and following the trend of bashing members of a certain "privileged" group (i.e. white heterosexual males), it would have been much better. The second trailer only reinforces my impression that the opportunity to improve upon the 1981 movie has been squandered.

"All right. Let's do this."

What product of the American education system wrote this line?

Despite Johnny Depp's supposed Native American background, I tend to agree with his critics. His acting (especially his Uhmerican expressions) plus his manner of speaking seems more of a caricature rather than an accurate representation.

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The Pope Tweets

Rome Reports:


English translation of the Italian: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”

Is there a way to write a monumental first message without making it sound like one is being too "nice" (or craving attention)? Will he continue to use Twitter a year from now? (Or will he have someone else do it for him?)

Bishops, refocus on the personal and forget electronic gadgets. Be a good example to the laity of how one should cultivate friendships through real, personal interaction. While one cannot reduce grace to nature, one should note that many successful groups have used this strategy to convert and make new members, and continue to do so.

Alan Jacobs on the Convergence of the Radical Left and Traditionalist Conservatism

A Radical Defense of Home Economics
Traditionalists and radicals alike have deep reservations about the bureaucratization, rationalization, and consumerism of American life, and lament the damage such forces are doing to local communities and to families. But while these groups formulate very similar critiques of the current order, they arrive at those crituques by very different intellectual paths. I wonder if that will always prevent them from making common cause with one another

The Feminization of Speech

Upward Intonation and, Like, Gender

This is one of the characteristics of contemporary uhmerican femininity? Any tie to a certain psychological state or character trait? Probably not, just another example of socialization/following the herd, although there is the chicken-and-egg question, who initiated this way of talking? A girl, or a woman who never outgrew being a girl?

The costs of ceding certain spheres to the control of women....

Srdja Trifkovic on Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Arrogant Posturing

Haven't we done enough damage through unqualified incompetent women holding office?

And something from Chuck on a piece at the Good Man Project, which is more evidence that despite its name, the women is mostly no friend of men.

Donald Livingston, Is America Too Big?

The video also features Kirkpatrick Sale.



(via CHT)

It's an excellent introduction - there are three more parts to the series. I wish they would consider making a longer video aimed for a mass audience who cannot read Aristotle, Sale, or Livingston.

Cue Schadenfreude

Women over 40 “Shocked” by Fertility Problems

A comment:
It is AMAZING how women in some dirt-poor village in Mexico or Honduras, or some poor town in Eastern Europe, are acutely aware of the fact that their fertility and their ability to attract interest from quality men will decline quickly after a certain age, yet women in the USA are “shocked.” The word “amazing” is overused, but in this case it’s accurate: this state of affairs would be enough to amaze a rational, neutral observer. Women whose families have spent hundred of thousands of dollars to educate them at the best schools, women who have been raised so carefully and with such constant attention, are more ignorant about basic biological facts concerning the human body THAN WOMEN WHO ARE RAISED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY OR RUNNING WATER.

Their plight won't elicit any sympathy from me.

Dr. Wilson at the 2009 Georgia LS Summer Institute

State Rights: Legal, Moral, Economic, and Practical Considerations Regarding Independence, Secession

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thaddeus Kozinski on Saving Modernity

A new Christendom: Can Christianity breathe life into modernity?

"The transition from enlightenment, secular foundationalism to post-enlightenment, secular traditionalism can best be understood by considering the transition from the early-medieval synthesis of faith and reason to its divorce in late-medieval nominalism and voluntarism. Such a consideration can also help us to predict and depict more accurately what the next transition might look like."

I won't say this genealogy has "long been discredited" by intellectual historians; indeed it remains popular among Catholics. Who is able to write a scholarly historically accurate refutation of the thesis?

The Enlightenment was a tool for those pursuing the "will to power" - some may have been sincere believers in liberalism, but was it true of all who sought to increase their own power? I do think that it remains useful to look at various historical trends as a rejection of various forms of authority and tradition, but I would not tie every individual rejection with the concomitant adoption of Enlightenment ideology.

"In the words of Maritain, there has been a certain maturation of the political order, and it does look like the Gospel seed has come to a greater fruition in certain temporal areas - though there is room for much more growth, and there have been many misshapen and misbegotten stalks, as well as abortive fruits. One simply cannot discount or reject the modernity-friendly Gaudium et Spes in this regard. This maturation, and the real responsibility that it demands, which is the aspect of modernity gravely lacking today, is the true message of Gaudium et Spes when interpreted correctly according to the hermeneutic of continuity - that is, not as a replacement of the Syllabus of Errors of Pius IX, but as its complement. After Vatican II, no Catholic can interpret the prior Leonine social teaching and theology as simply a rejection of modernity, but neither can he reject or dismiss the prior teaching as outdated or simply mistaken."

How many of the advances in "science" and technology were possible because of the excess wealth first made possible through empire, supplemented later by cheap energy? As for the supposed maturation of the political order - I deny such a thing has happened. To take one aspect, we have drifted away any authentic form of republican government. Is it not the case that those who have maintained the consolidation of political and economic power during the early stages of nationalism have done so while proclaiming themselves to be fervent believers in "democracy" and "freedom"? The current political [dis-]order cannot be "Christianized" because it itself is opposed to right reason. Evangelization can only prepare people for death or possibly for a new, more localist order arising from the old.

Perhaps there are no "convincing and satisfying answers" because there are no easy answers that enable the current system to be perpetuated. Any real movement towards republicanism cannot but be a subversion of the system.


Hanneke Cassel



Her website.

Misc.

Norah Jones, "Say Goodbye"

Pat Buchanan's Advice to the Republican Party

The Conservative Crisis
The GOP's only hope is to offer a real alternative after the inevitable overreach of liberal government.

"Conservatives need to rediscover what they wish to conserve and how, in a climate every bit as hostile as 1964–then await the moment when the country turns again to an alternative."

Related:
Bruce Frohnen continues to outline his program of action: A Traditional Conservative Program of Action: Perspective.

From last week: Charlie Brown Conservatives by John Willson

Thanks to the Federal Government...

Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban (includes video)

Stephen Halbrook, Illinois Supreme Court Argument - Wilson v. Cook Co. AW Ban
Moore v. Madigan, key points
The Seventh Circuit Keeps “Bear” in 2nd Amendment

So, will this give support to those opposing the California ban on open carry?

D.C.: More Legal Guns, Far Fewer Murders, Despite Post-Heller Fearmongering

Related:
Swiss Guns
Stephen Halbrook, The Swiss Confederation in the Eyes of America's Founders

A SoCon Defends Chivalry

Let's Give Chivalry Another Chance by Emily Esfahani Smith

Ah, but what definition of chivalry?

There is nothing novel to her argument.

The author leads with the sinking of the Titanic, contrasting the behavior of the passengers on that ship with what happened during the more recent sinking of the Italian ocean liner. I had intended to write something on this question, and the question of men's duties or obligations to women they did not know. I may still finish that piece, but for now I will write that the order of charity cannot be reduced to some Romantic notion of men dying for strangers simply because they are women.

At the time, Hanna Rosin noted that what these men did was "deeper" than chivalry. It was heroic. I agree. But heroism and chivalry share a basic feature in common—the recognition, a transcendent one, that there is something greater than the self worth protecting, and that there is something greater than the self worth sacrificing your own needs, desires, and even life for. If we can all agree that the kind of culture we should aspire to live in is one in which men and women protect and honor each other in the ways that they can—and not one in which men are pushing past women and children to save their own lives—then that is progress that women everywhere should support.
Writers in the androsphere will talk about the breaking of the "social contract" between men and women, and protest that men should not be held to older standards of behavior when women are not held to that same set of standards. I think that is a useful analytic tool in talking about expectations men and women have for one another, and the laws and customs that they advocate and follow. Nowhere in this article does the author repudiate feminism (in whatever form). She does think that men and women should be civil and respectful towards one another.
Chivalry is about respect. It is about not harming or hurting others, especially those who are more vulnerable than you. It is about putting other people first and serving others often in a heroic or courageous manner. It is about being polite and courteous. In other words, chivalry in the age of post-feminism is another name we give to civility. When we give up on civility, understood in this way, we can never have relationships that are as meaningful as they could be.

If women today—feminists and non-feminists alike—encouraged both men and women to adopt the principles of civil and chivalrous conduct, then the standards of behavior for the two sexes would be the same, fostering the equality that feminists desire. Moreover, the relations between the sexes would be once again based on mutual respect, as the traditionalists want. Men and women may end up being civil and well-mannered in different ways, but at least they would be civil and well-mannered, an improvement on the current situation.

But what about their duties within marriage and society at large? "Civility" is not enough, when we are talking about laws that treat men unfairly/unjustly.

Edit. The author is supposedly a liberal Muslim feminist, but she is associated with the Hoover Institute, The New Criterion, The American Spectator, and Ricochet, which are all "conservative" in some fashion.

Advocacy of Torture?

I will probably watch the movie, though I am wary of it being a tool for cheering the National Government's GWOT and all that it entails. I have read that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have depicted torture as a matter of fact, without passing judgment, showing that it was necessary to get the information that lead to the discovery of Osama Bin Laden. But in doing so, does the movie justify the use of torture, by claiming that in this instance it was effective in attaining its purpose?

Will the New Osama bin Laden Film "Zero Dark Thirty" Rehabilitate Torture? by Adam Serwer

Gary Taubes Lecture at AHS12

The video has been made available for viewing.

Gary Taubes, M.S. - Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing up the Confusion over Competing Obesity Paradigms

Gary Taubes, M.S. - Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing up the Confusion over Competing Obesity Paradigms from Ancestral Health Society on Vimeo.

More on the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Mission in China

Pravmir: Second Day of Hong Kong Celebration of 300 Years of Russian Mission in China

See this previous post.
Deo Gratias! A package I had sent to a foreign country (via USPS International Priority) finally arrived at the destination, 5 weeks later. Supposedly the postal service in that country is slow. Thanks are due also to St. Gabriel?

Nassim Taleb Videos





From 2009:

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - An Alt Right Movie?

A follow-up to my review of The Dark Knight Rises - an explanation of the movie from an alt right/WN perspective: The Dark Right Rises: Christopher Nolan as Fascist Filmmaker? by Gregory Hood and Luke Gordon. What is a better term than "traditionalism" which the alt right uses to name their belief system? Where I part with the authors is how we assess the League of Shadows. While they seem to sympathize with the group, calling it a "Traditionalist Order," I think they are perverted by their excessive desire for justice, and ascribe to their behavior the sin of pride. Do they see themselves as taking the place of God in bringing about justice? It is hard to answer that question since God is not a part of the story.

Who's Fussing About Psy?

The PSY scandal: singing about killing people v. constantly doing it
Americans would benefit from less outrage at anti-US sentiment and more energy toward understanding why it's so widespread

I have not read any complaints about Psy's supposed anti-American lyrics on Facebook. Who has been critical? People in mass media? He's performed on Sabado Gigante and is scheduled to sing for President Obama.

Do non-Koreans have any greater respect for Korean culture after embracing "Gangnam Style"? It seems like appreciation of the song will be a passing fad. Anyway, I think that those who enjoy the song probably do not care; it's not as if they originally started listening to the song because they thought he was 100% pro-America. Are some protesting his being invited to sing for Obama? If we had an anti-imperialism president who would apologize for past American policies, maybe things would be balanced out. But Obama can't make such an apology since he is still promoting the American Empire.

Ethnic Churches

Ancient Faith Radio: Ethnocentrism in the Orthodox Church
Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos, Ancient Faith Radio podcaster and the parish priest of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada, and Matthew Namee, a Founding Director of The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas, speak about this vexing and all-too-pervasive reality—and obstacle to evangelism—in the Orthodox Church.

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(via Byzantine, TX)

I haven't listened to the episode yet, but I suspect that if the parish were "American" and ethnocentric in that way, this ethnocentricism would not be a problem. Rather it is the question of how people who are not of the same ethnicity, nor share the same language, are to be welcomed in a parish that is of a particular ethnic background. Do the Orthodox need to develop an Anglo-American rite? And what tradition of sacred music or chant should be preferred? Would it be possible to create one based on some Western tradition? And isn't this problem related to there being multiple Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, rather than a single one, as each of those jurisdictions has a particular ethnic identity?

Or is this just a problem centered on language - the use of a language other than English? I think even the Antiochian Orthodox Church, which has attracted a lot of converts, retains some of its liturgical heritage, but because of the number of converts, the liturgies are generally in English?

Downloading the podcast now...

Dr. Fleming on Social Sciences

Back to the Stone Age II E: Beyond the Market


From Mark T. Mitchell: The Founders on Taxation, Redistribution, and Property
Richard Aleman, Plutonomy

Kathy Kallick Band - Time, Time, Time

Matt Bondurant Interviews

Author of the novel upon which the movie Lawless was based.







For the movie:

(more from this interviewer at TomHardysPinky)

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The "Feminization" of Discourse

Steve Sailer, Two modes of intellectual discourse: Taking everything personally v. debate as sport

As I've mentioned before, the superiority of debate in the British House of Commons to what we're used to in American politics can be startling to an American observer. This is a social construct of the highest order. The British have crafted a society over many hundreds of years that emphasizes sport as a nonlethal, even potentially friendly form of male combat, and parliamentary debate as the highest form of sport.

Similar attitudes were reflected in the written spheres. A century ago, G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw, say, could go at it hammer and tongs like the intellectual sportsmen they were.

It's not surprising that Americans have never quite attained this level of intellectual sportsmanship. Nor is it surprising that the British masculine model is fading, both here and in Britain.

Edit.
Some Vox commentary: Embrace the cruelty and Intellectual Game

An Example of Orthodox Inculturation

Second day Hong Kong celebration of 300 years of Russian Mission in China (via Byzantine, TX)

Only the screen design and the signs/scrolls can be said to be Chinese - the icons and everything else are not. The altar cross appears to be 20th ce Russian? Here is a photo of the altar. The icons do have Chinese writing on them, though.

An interview with Arnaud Delrieux of Génération Identitaire

Not non-Christian (i.e. neo-pagan) white nationalism (like so-called "Third Way" or "New Right" movements) - does that make it less problematic?

Alt Right: Europa Nostra! by Dimitrios Papageorgiou

From the interview:
The 20th century was the century of ideologies – Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Nationalism, all of which failed. The 21st century is the century of identities. Indeed it is the very substance of the European people that is threatened by the steamroller of globalization, invasion-migration and multiculturalism. Sovereignists have missed the boat by a longshot: it’s no longer the power or sovereignty of nation-states that’s in jeopardy; it’s the very identity of our friends, our families and our kinfolk. On the ethnic scale, because of the effects of migrant submersion on demographics, and on the cultural scale, because of the uniformization of different ways of life. In addition to this, European nation-states, prime inheritors of the Jacobinist ideas of the French Revolution, were the first agents in the destruction of popular traditions, deep rooted cultures and spiritual mass movements which fortified and irrigated European societies. No ideological recipe forcibly applied by these nearly extinct fossils can protect us anymore. The people have to take their fate into their own hands: time to wake up!

If there is a possibility that the same strategy is being pursued by Western leftists to undermine tradition, should Catholics not be careful in adopting a "pro-immigration" stance in the name of "charity," a word they use to clothe themselves in righteousness?

I don't expect it to get the official support of the Church in France - and it may be too "republican" and "localist" for French traditionalists. But it would be a strategic error for the Church to oppose such movements as such (rather than possible errors, like racism or racial hatred).

I'm not sure if the original video is still available at YouTube, but you can find a copy here.

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