Saturday, April 28, 2012

E. Europe or Japan?

Had lunch with KK and her family along with my mom this morning over at the local BJ's.

At the table next to ours was a Japanese couple with a baby. The wife was rather thin; the baby was a typical Asian baby, plump, maybe 6 months old? She wasn't the most beautiful Japanese woman, but she she had the kind of face to which I am normally attracted. Nice eyes and Japanese nose; I doubt she had any work done on her face. (But what would I know about that?)
Her husband had the typical Japanese hipster look (complete with the hat), fuzz passing for a beard and moustache. Figures. I think the average Japanese woman acts more "feminine" (even if in an exaggerated or annoying manner) than the average Korean woman. (In that claim I am ignoring the teenagers of both countries.) Either would be preferable to the typical HKer or Mainlander.

Welmer reports on E. Europe: A Different World, People of Europe and Curvy Women in Perspective

Model Minority, American, or...

HBO "East of Main Street: Small Talk" Trailer


Trailer for the first series:

Vimeo

Friday, April 27, 2012

Items of Interest, 27 April 2012

Patrick Buchanan on Uncommon Knowledge


National Review TV: The U.S. & the World with Patrick J. Buchanan: Chapter 5 of 5 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4)

Jordan Bloom, Paul Ryan, Thomas Reese and Anti-Subsidiarity

Paul Gottfried, Human Rights, the Useless Fiction

Rod Dreher, How Boomers Ruined Education

Only One Way to End the Indecencies of War

How Highbrows Killed Culture

Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote
Cybersecurity Bill CISPA Broadened Then Passed Through House

As California Collapses, Obama Follows Its Lead

Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: A Response

The Game of Drones

Recognizing Heroes by RALPH NADER

Joel Salatin:
Video of him at Tara Firma Farms



Slideshow: Feeding the Future

Economics:
Economics Can't Explain Everything
Love and money; Why Chrisitianity is incompatible with capitalism

Relocalization:
Fence Post Economics
Festival of Transition
The Hidden Power of Co-Ops (EB)

Sustainability:
Debunking the Myth that Only Industrial Agriculture Can Feed the World

Energy:
DAVE LINDORFF, Relax, It’s Just a Run-of-the-Mill Nuke Spill
Private Empire, Steve Coll's Book on Exxon-Mobil
(The Dark Side)
Can Renewable Energy Sustain Consumer Societies
Breaking Point: The End Of The Cheap Energy Economy

VIDEO: CROSSOVER WITH RICHARD HEINBERG: END OF CHEAP ENERGY ERA


Is the Chinese government already planning for a postcarbon future? Many, including Chris Martenson, seem to think that it is ahead of the US in this respect, even if its transition could be better.

Catholic:
A Perfectly Imperfect Vocation Story: Sr. Juliana Schmitt, O.Cist. (’86)
Guillaume de Machaut’s “Messe de Nostre Dame” in the context of fourteenth-century polyphonic music for the Mass Ordinary

Education:
Thomas Storck, Think Different: A New Model for University Administration

Diet and Health:
How Vegetable Oils Replaced Animal Fats in the American Diet
ERWAN LE CORRE: THE 10 MOVNAT PRINCIPLES
Latest in Paleo 56: Who You Gonna Trust? (mp3)
LCC (Episode 47): Dr. Joe Leonardi And Tara Grant Dig Into The Disconnect Between Medical Care And Chronic Disease (mp3)

Islam:
Islam's Origins: Where Mystery Meets History

Music:
I Shall Be Released - Up On Cripple Creek (tribute to Levon Helm)


Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

Allegri: Motets, Miserere, Missa In lectulo meo & Missa Christus resurgens
Choir of Kings College London, David Trendell

Bourne Vivaldi (Bourne Soundtrack/Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto) - ThePianoGuys

The Zombie Apocalypse Test

Take you zombie apocalypse or some other scenario where TSHTF and you have to struggle to survive. Extreme circumstances. What men have your back and whose back would you cover? Upon how many other men can you rely? With whom you can band? In a recent interview (I think this one) Jack Donovan alludes to the popularity of "disaster porn" - movies about cataclysmic destruction or disasters, and posits that one reason why people watch them is that they fantasize about being able to make life-or-death decisions when it counts. So we can ask ourselves a related question (as many do, tongue-in-cheek, on Facebook): whom do we want to be with us when the zombie apocalypse arrives? Who's got your back? I think if those of us living in the suburbs or the urban parts of megacities were honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that there wouldn't be many.

What Star Wars fanatic wouldn't want this on his desk at work?

Grand Moff Tarkin and I-TO Interrogator Droid
Alterego Comics
It is featured in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine. Toys for Uhmerican men... Japanese otaku have their model figurines as well.

Tonight I saw the Dr. Pepper Avengers commercial, with the 4 men representing 4 archetypes (leader, warrior, genius, and... strongman?) Yes, the commercial is noteworthy for its positive depiction of men. The video is also available at The Real Stan Lee.

Related:
Dr Pepper Unveils Limited-Edition “Marvel’s the Avengers” Cans, Online Game and New Commercial
TAC-TV Episode 4 Preview - MOH Warfighter

Icon painting class at Thomas More College

Or, icon writing for those who prefer that word.

NLM: Learn to Paint Icons in the Western Tradition at Thomas More College this Summer

Aidan Hart's book is rather expensive, but I'd still like to get a copy. Alas, I don't think I could become an iconographer.

Adam De Ville: Aidan Hart on Iconography (an interview with Aidan Hart)

A prediction

Most of the comments left here will be by those protesting the action of the CDF, Catholic dissenters or non-Catholic (even non-Christian) liberals: Rod Dreher, Radical Nun Pity Party.

The group's official website.

From last week: LCWR 'stunned' by Vatican crackdown

Mayumi Kojima

小嶋真由美, 初恋 (はつこい






Nintendo


More:

真夜中のパーティー


真夏の海


Not exactly pop... more like jazz...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Libertarians clueless about energy

Acton Lecture Series: Andrew Morriss on ‘The False Promise of Green Energy’

In his Cato book, Morriss and co-authors warn that “the concrete results of following [green energy] policies will be a decline in living standards around the globe, including for the world’s poorest; changes in lifestyle that Americans do not want; and a weakening of the technological progress that market forces have delivered, preventing us from finding real solutions to the real problems we face.” Many of those lifestyle changes will come from suddenly spending far more on energy than we’d like. Green technologies mean diverting production from cheap sources, such as coal and oil, to more expensive, highly subsidized ones, like wind and solar. These price spikes won’t be limited to our electricity bills either, the authors argue. “Anything that increases the price of energy will also increase the price of goods that use energy indirectly.”

In God's Hands?

In the latest episodes of the Kunstlercast, James Howard Kunstler repeats his judgment that Arizona (along with S. California) has no future, and that it isn't a good idea to move there. I was thinking about this while looking through some materials for Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, which is located just north of Phoenix. (The nuns have a blog.)

Their homepage features a photo of the altar:


The monastery chapel was built rather quickly once sufficient funds were raised? Some photos of the exterior of the chapel and the grounds here. A visit by Fr. Anselm in 2011. And here is a video of the chapel dedication in 2011:


Easter 2012.

As you can see, the chapel is neo-Gothic in style, like the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Alabama. It's ok, but not my favorite. I hope neo-Gothic doesn't become the standard for the Anglican Ordinariate parishes, unless the rood screen is also brought back.

Now there are monasteries located in the desert, like St. Catherine's in Egypt. Where does St. Catherine's get its food? Do the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration use air conditioning in the Summer? How much electricity does the monastery consume? What about the water needs of the monastery? Would they be able to secure enough food if gas prices get too high, if industrial agriculture in Arizona is not sustainable? If not, then can Divine Providence do anything to maintain the monastery into the future, if it is not sustainable? If it is not naturally sustainable, then it seems a miracle or two might be needed.

Nonetheless, it'd be nice to take one of our uncles there in the near future.

Their FB page.

Hollywood: China, the Push-over

*spoiler warning: this post is about the latest episode of Person of Interest*

Items of Interest, 26 April 2012

The Revolutionary Conservatism of Jefferson's Small Republics by Arthur J. Versluis

John Michael Greer, Seascape With Methane Plumes

CISPA is the New SOPA
Jordan Bloom, The Cyber-Narc Bill

Peter Hitchens, The Over-Rating of Oscar Wilde

Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

The False Idol Of American Democracyby Michael Hill (via Rebellion)

KunstlerCast #203: Live Audience Podcast – Part 2 (mp3)
JHK & Duncan at Union College Humanities Seminar

A good Republican - Kristi Noem, My Voice: Focus on real issues, not sideshows

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Soldier by Steve Sailer (on Tiger Woods)

Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, A Full Spectrum Confrontation World?
Tomgram: Nick Turse, Memory Failure at the Pentagon
Tomgram: Lewis Lapham, Machine-Made News

Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme

How Intellectual Property Destroyed Men's Shaving

via some Left Conservatives:


Economics:
Redefining wealth by Craig K. Comstock
To young people, justice is a key ingredient in good food by Yoni Landau (EB)

Relocalization:
Sustainable Local Economies - Nick Osborne Transition Network Speaker at 7GGC

Occupy the Farm, A Model of Resistance

Gene Logsdon, It Pays to Stay Home (EB)

Hiding Behind the Screen

Permaculture:
raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation
Hegelkultur
Why Permaculture Design Inspires Me

Catholic:
Kathleen Blum, A Tuscan Childhood
The legacy of the 13th Apostle: origins of the East Christian conceptions of church and state relation
What is “Lectio Divina” and will it help my prayer life? – A Guide to Lectio Divina
Cats, Compliments, and Whit Stillman
8 Reasons Catholics Are the Worst Protestors
Who cares about protesting? Catholics have been neutered as an effective political force, whether they have been complicit or not in this process. (E. Michael Jones talks about the destruction of Catholic neighborhoods in the major cities.)

A liberal Protestant who doesn't understand Church authority (or Christianity, for that matter) - Having the Sisters' Back

CWR: The Church and the Sisters: What Is Really Happening?

Catholic Because I’m a Sinner by Jack Mulder

Teaching Virtue for the New Evangelization


Education:
The Real Business of Liberal Learning

Diet and Health:
Memorandum by Richard Horton (PI 108)
THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND MEDICAL JOURNALS
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science



Saturated Fat is Good for You - by Uffe Ravnskov MD - Part 1 of 3 By Uffe Ravnskov MD

MDA: 2 More Common Nutrient Deficiencies
Why Fast? Part Seven – Q&A
Dear Mark: Risk of Gout?

Alas, Tom Murphy buys into the China Study propaganda: Flex-Fuel Humans (EB)

Marriage:
How young should a woman marry? (Part 1)
A Conversation with John Witte about the Evolution of Marriage Law in the West (mp3)

History:
The Methods of Medieval Translators: A Comparison of the Latin Text of Virgil’s Aeneid with its Old French Adaptations


Music:
The Punch Brothers

The complete program.



Larry Vickers:

Melody Walker

She performed at the Freight and Salvage last night (and a couple of months ago she was a guest performer at a house concert featuring Nora Jane Struthers). I didn't go last night, but I hope to catch her next event at the Freight.

official (MS, FB)





Theology and the Good Society

Big Ideas

with: Phillip Blond, Founding director of the ResPublica thinktank
John Milbank, Professor of Politics, Religion and Ethics at the University of Nottingham
Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Kent

mp3
I was asked to post the following:
Lack of Sanitation

Composting toilets are not feasible in densely populated areas? It might be "easier" to find a solution for sanitation needs than to persuade people to leave those areas, but in actuality the restoration of the nutrient cycle should be a priority. Urban depopulation might be encouraged through the promotion of agrarianism and localism. Is Bill Gates interested in those goals?

Bill Gates to Reinvent Toilet
Why Bill Gates Wants to Reinvent the Toilet

The latest: Good news for Volvic and Evian: Bill Gates funds new machine that filters your toilet waste back into 'drinkable' water
Dawn.com

Will drinking that reclaimed water really be appealing to the majority of people? Dune stillsuits.

As for the graphics -- it doesn't really give information about participating in the contest; it seems rather to just be a means of advertising an online education resource.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Joel Salatin on the Lew Rockwell Show

Ep. 272 The Food Police State (mp3)

Dr. Fleming on the Limits of the State

First:
Here is why I do not think Natural Law requires a state to protect the unborn. By the laws of nature, parents have a primary interest and duty to produce and rear their offspring. In a state of nature, without insanity or extreme threats, that is what primitive humans do, that is what the anthropoid apes do, that is what mammals do. A woman's obligation to bear her child transcends the state's authority, thus if a state declared that she was not permitted to bear a defective child who would be a burden on the taxpayers, a moral mother would be duty-bound to disobey.


The great sin in abortion is not that a post or pre-christian state permits such an abomination but that a mother kills the being she is most obliged to love and protect. In transferring, even in our thoughts, that responsibility to government, we are not only missing the larger moral issue, but we are heading in the direction of the unbalanced christian women, mostly Catholics, who want to adopt embryos and bear them.


By the way, I don't think under the Natural Law that a political authority is bound to protect born children who are the family's and not the government's responsibility. Obviously a decent commonwealth, pagan or Christian, will be concerned but it is not a good idea to transfer, in principle, such responsibility to the rulers of this world. The Roman patria potestas conferred a life-long responsibility on a father to determine questions of life and death for children of any age who were in his manus or potestas. This is a very complicated issue and the cases in which a father exercised such a right with impunity so very few that it indicates the strength of family attachments may be stronger where the state has only a small role than when it assumes full responsibility.

Then in response to a follow-up:

The question was originally posed in terms of Natural Law. Obviously, under different human circumstances, different approaches will be more or less useful. What works in the world of Beowulf will not necessarily do in the world of Booth Tarkington--though the world of Beowulf is becoming every day more relevant.
I'd give up the word state, with all its historical and ideological baggage. Was the Athenian polis a state? I don't think so, at least not in the sense that the UK or the USA today are states. This is much too big an issue for this column, but in general a state implies a permanent administrative system. It is not that a political community has no interest in protecting children, only that its laws and actions must not be undertaken--as they are today--in a way that destroys the very natural institution responsible for children.


I'll give two civilized examples of how it has worked in the past. In Athens, a murderer had to be prosecuted by the citizen-victim's kinfolks, while the city supplied a court. At Rome, when people were found to have violated a law prohibiting bacchanalian ceremonies, the guilty parties were turned over to their families for execution. There is probably an infinite number of possible arrangements that do not put politicians in charge of family relations.

Published today: Arizonans Never Never Never Shall Be Slaves

While opponents of state legislation on immigration are forever repeating the dogma that only the Federal government has jurisdiction in matters of civil status and immigration, this is nowhere stated in the US Constitution. In fact, from the beginning some states had their own laws on immigration. Jefferson and his allies wanted to protect their French friends from the Federalist administration of John Adams. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions drafted by Jefferson and Madison were acts nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts.


Those were radical measures that are still disputed today, but many states did pass their own citizenship, immigration, and naturalization laws. Here in Illinois, Joseph Smith and his brother were arrested for treason against the state, when the Mormons of Nauvoo refused to allow writs to be served in their community. And after WW I, during the anti-Red hysteria that gripped the country, the state prosecuted Swedish labor leaders in Rockford under a recently passed treason statute. On the frontier, in some communities, non-citizens were allowed to vote in local elections, on the grounds that they paid taxes and had a stake in the community. Until
It is hard for foreigners--and most Americans today--to understand, but in a truly federal system states and local communities enjoy rights and exercise authorities that are undreamed of in more centralized states. If there really was an "American way," federalism was it. Note the past tense.


With the growing centralization of political power, the Federal Government has inevitably become the locus for authority immigration law, and its enforcement, and neither Governor Brewer nor the Arizona legislators wish to reverse this trend. Nonetheless, the fact that the national government is supreme in these matters is not treated, in parallel cases, as a nullification of the states' right to enforce parallel legislation on drugs, alcohol, firearms, and assassination.
The issue before the Court is not really one of jurisdiction but of the rights of the American citizens in the states to decide who will be their neighbors and fellow-citizens. For the American left, all distinctions are invidious, whether they are based on race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or civil status.


Readers of Roman history known the story of the gradual extension of the franchise that culminated in Caracalla's decision to grant citizenship to the free population of the Empire. In its early phases, this was an enlightened policy that made loyal citizens out of conquered nations, but by Caracalla's time, it was a hollow gesture whose most serious effect was to subject more people to taxation. As time went on, the citizenship of which St. Paul was so proud, became meaningless. It was replaced by distinctions of wealth and status. A mere citizen in Diocletian's day could be tortured like a slave.
The comparison of the American and Roman empires in decline is a platitude, but this parallel is suggestive. Both began as highly decentralized federal systems that permitted local jurisdictions--the Roman municipia, the American states--to manage local affairs. They ended up as top-heavy monarchies where only the privileged few--Roman bureaucrats and American rich people and privileged minorities enjoy anything like the status of citizens.

The Triumph of Liberalism?

Why the Right Can’t Win the Gay Marriage Fight By Daniel McCarthy
Social conservatives lose to liberal modernity

"That people in this group are not negligible in numbers—amounting to perhaps 5 percent of the general population—has also been a slowly dawning realization."

Upcoming Evie Ladin appearances

Her website. (MS)






Stairwell Sisters (FB) at Cafe Du Nord this Friday, along with Arann Harris and the Farm Band (MS/FB) and The Barbary Ghosts(FB event)

CD Release Square Dance! in Oakland, CA on May 18.
CD release show at the Freight and Salvage on May 19.
Workshop at the Freight and Salvage on May 20.


Also at the Freight: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (FB) - May 12


I thought it was odd that there wasn't an In and Out near 85 in S. San Jose, but it turns out that there is one, and it's been there for a while (at least 4 years). I hadn't bothered to look it up on the internet until now, relying instead on my memories of driving through the area on the freeway. Now I know where to go for a late-night meal if I am in South San Jose. I was thinking of going to the one near the airport today after work, but instead I settled for the snacks offered in the staff lounge.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Items of Interest, 24 April 2012

What Must Leaders Know to Wield the “Five Swords of Imagination”? by Barbara J. Elliott

Ron Paul attacks CISPA in urgent call to oppose 'Big Brother' bill

New Law Makes Protesting Near the President Illegal; Judge Napolitano Calls It an ‘Assault on Free Speech’

FBI: Hundres of Thousands May Lose Internet in July

Libertarianism, Conservatism, and Egalitarianism by Carson Holloway


Hawaiian Libertarian: This is Your Brain, This is Your Brain on Porn

Obama on soldiers who posed with Afghan corpses: ‘Reprehensible’ conduct merits probe

Are we really more civilized than that? Or have we thrown our soldiers into an insane situation?

Damien Perrotin, Party Politics (EB)

Wendell Berry, American Hero by Mark Bittman
Wendell Berry in D.C. in Two Venues - Wendell Berry at National Cathedral

Economics:
The Exodus of American Manufacturing
Money and wealth: How to heal the disconnect by David Boyle (EB)


Farming:
WATCH: Joel Salatin on Building Resilience into Agriculture
The Value of Our Produce

Peak Oil and Energy:
A Snarky Guide to Peak Oil
Deepwater what?

Catholic:
The First Mass of a Young Ordinariate Priest: Fr. James Bradley
Pope: Women Have Key Role in Building Up Church in America
The statement is a little too facile and brief? Unless "Catholic feminism" has prevailed and dominates the thinking of Uhmerican Catholics on the roles of women.

Feminism:
"Marriage is For Losers"
But how many marriage counselors and therapists are biased towards women? What about respect for the man as a man and his authority as husband and father?
Anna Quindlen Over 50 and Having Plenty of Cake
Jack Donovan, Men in Uncomfortable Shoes

Diet and Health:
MovNat Will Change You: Commentary by Instructor Kellen Milad
Mark Sisson in South Africa
Let's Put an End to Dietary Tribalism

Movies:
Trailer - My S.O. Has Depression (Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite)


Music:
Steep Canyon Rangers:


Instrument Interview #3: Carolina Chocolate Drops


Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas - Samba - Week 6

More blustering?

From yesterday: N. Korean army vows to turn Seoul to ashes

Who knows anything about the stability of the N. Korean regime and its control over the military?

Tiger Dad?

Rod Dreher: Baseball + Dad Hating Himself

Or just an parent with exaggerated expectations for his children (or his son, in particular)? Parents shouldn't place the target too low for their children, but they should also be aware of their children's limitations and realize that children are a work in progress, and that they develop at different rates. 4 year olds competing in soccer? I do think that is a bit too much. They're barely used to their own bodies.

CBC Music: 10 Question Challenge for Madison Violet

10 Question Challenge: Madison Violet Coming Full Circle

'Come As You Are' by Madison Violet

Archived video of Wendell Berry's Jefferson Lecture Now Available

Here, in case you couldn't watch it live-streamed last night. I'd embed the video if I could. The text of the lecture.

Wendell Berry, Modern Agrarian

Monday, April 23, 2012

Items of Interest, 23 April 2012

Peter Hitchens, Stephen Fry - A Stupid Person's idea of What an Intelligent Person is Like

Why I’m Returning my New iPad and Why You Should Too”

PJB, Something Rotten in the State

Rod Dreher, What's the Matter With California

Oz Conservative: Is It Really Just a Case of Being You?

Daniel larison, Subsidiarity, Paul Ryan and the Bishops

Rick Garnett, Thoughts on the Court, Arizona's immigration law, and consistency

The Unprecedented, Extraordinary, Anti-democratic, Activist Power of Judicial Review by Michael Stokes Paulsen

Tenther Radio episode 43 (mp3)
Michael Boldin and Jason Rink are joined by Rob Natelson for a special lesson on writ of habeas corpus.

Sex Mania in the Land . . . by Clark Stooksbury

Kevin Carson, The Normalization of Dystopia

Derren Brown - Subliminal Advertising

Economics:
ROB URIE, Why Paul Krugman is Full of Shit

Extraenvironmentalist Ep. 39: Debunking Economics - with Steve Keen (low/high)

Feminism:
Hypergamy in China.
Deti on women with too much sexual experience.

Catholic:
via Chant Cafe:


Etsuro Sotoo, sculptor from 'La Sagrada Familia': If you want to understand science and art, you have to start off with religion


History:
Alfred the Great: a diagnosis
Women and Marriage in Medieval Society
Oda: An Extraordinary Example of a Medieval Woman’s Religious Authority and Economic Power


Music:
Earl Scruggs: An End And A Beginning (Or, What Does a Banjo Player Have in Common with Homer and Sir Isaac Newton?) By Ira Gitlin



The Bachands:

Count me among the skeptics now?

Sandro Magister, South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

I have read about the numbers of converts to the Church in Korea before, but how many of them preserve their faith? Even if the Church is in somewhat good shape at the moment, what impact is it having on surrounding society? Is it sufficiently counter-cultural? How long before it is overwhelmed by consumerism and feminism? ("Classical" liberalism may have less of an impact on Korean society than feminism, though the latter is rooted in the former.)

Related:
Hye Jin, fled famine, filled by Christ
Handbook for the Catholic environmentalist by Joseph Yun Li-sun

The sound of inhumanity...

How background music and privately listening to music while in public serves to alienate from others... Brian Kaller, Noise

And from the NYT: Flight from Conversation

St. George's Day

St. George

Cry God For Harry England and St George


Kenneth Branagh:


The depressing rise of English nationalism makes me miss good old-fashioned British patriotism by Ed West


REVIEW: A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz
Penguin
Amazon

The 50th Psalm as chanted at the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Byzantine Chant)

2012 Jefferson Lecture with Wendell Berry

Info. - Watch online here. Starts in 2 minutes.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Politics of Care?

Women Creating Caring Communities in Detroit by Olga Bonfiglio (EB)

Care as a virtue, or complex of virtues, cannot replace politics and justice, even if the love of common good requires care. The roles of men are complementary but different.

Such women may declaim the absence of care or compassion among those holding power, but the problem is not that men are in charge but that the size of the community is too big to be governed well. Instead of building up their traditional roles within the community, these women seek to take over the positions held by men. Politics is reduced to a power struggle and competition between interest groups. [This sort of] Community activism is more like a political action group or a political movement, rather than a true social network between women living together in the same place. No doubt they look for financing from the state as well as other sources; hence state recognition and financing instead of being an independent, organic association that is subordinate to the community as a whole. Moreoever, building up families, immediate associations, and community institutions can only be partially accomplished if men are excluded or not recognized as being valuable. Care/compassion is pitted against rules and justice, but without a conception of the human good and justice, care becomes mere sentiment that smothers others. Matriarchy is not better than patriarchy.

Feminists and other advocates of a care ethics or care politics presuppose that the new ethics that they are trying to develop is better than classical or Christian ethics, ignorant that while it may be somewhat suited to the nature of women, it is incomplete and cannot replace traditional ethics/politics. Only traditional ethics and politics addresses masculinity and intermale cooperation at all levels. They can pretend to be independent women who do not need a man but they are deceiving only themselves.

Related:
www.iep.utm.edu/care-eth
plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-ethics

The Ethics of Care by Virginia Held

Please Pray for the Women that Fall for a Man Like Me

More Items of Interest, 22 April 2012

As If Nothing Matters by James Howard Kunstler

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Reflections on "Small Wars" and Military Waste; Four Reasons.
The Joint Strike Fighter's Terrible Propaganda Videos

PJB, As France Goes, So Goes Europe?

Abbeville Institute’s July 2012 Summer School: “The Greatness of Southern Literature.”

Counterpunch:
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, In Camus’ Image
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Unplugging Americans From The Matrix
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY, Hardware Over People at the Pentagon (Again)
STEVE FRASER and JOSHUA B. FREEMAN, The Prison Labor Complex
CONN HALLINAN, The Afghan Train Wreck

KENT PATERSON, Fear, Loathing and Electoral Politics in Mexico

Tom Murphy, Easing Off the Gas
'Food Forward' PBS Series Debuts With 'Urban Agriculture Across America' Episode


Early Childhood Reeducation Camps

Feminism and the Breakdown of the Family:
Hawaiian Libertarian, Here Come Bastards
Dalrock, Slut!

Items of Interest, 22 April 2012

Thomas Fleming, The Rationality of Anders Breivik

Fabius Maximus: Rome speaks to us. Their example can inspire us to avoid their fate.

New Book: Forgotten Conservatives in American History by Winston Elliott III (the new book is by Brion McClanahan and Clyde N. Wilson)

Edmund Burke and Natural Rights

Sound the Alarm to the People: James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the Principles of 1798

Paul Gottfried, Throwing People Under the Bus to Stop a Runaway Vehicle

Justin Raimondo, Problems of Empire and Race and Empire

US Pushing Libya Model for Upcoming Syria War

Ron Unz, China's Rise, America's Fall

Let's be clear - the ruling intellectual elite are psychotic, not ignorant
Hawaiian Libertarian, Escape the Zoo

How democracy devolves into tyranny by John Milbank

Andrew Haines, Cohabitating is Bad
Cohabitation and Happily Ever After: A Response to Meg Jay

Obama's Birth Certificate a Forgery?
Obama Officially Ineligible
Tom O'Halloran
Daily Paul

Economics and Sustainability:
Life Without Usury
Let's Build a Future Without Cars
Health Care: An Anarchist Approach
Permaculture Magazine #72
John Medaille, Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money
Recovered Economic History: “Everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious”
By Yasha Levine

Dan Barber: foie gras parable: TED TALKS: documentary,lecture,talk


Catholic:
Music for Private Devotion, Not Liturgy
What's Wrong With NFP
Thomas More: True Enlargement of Mind
Rasing the Bar: Christianity and Liberal Arts in the University by Randall B. Smith

Orthodox:
Greek Orthodox Church Collapsing Due to on Impoverished Government

Feminism:
Young Women Are More Career-Driven Than Men Now - James Poulos asks why.
Eliminate Feminism Forever

The Battle Against Nature’s Sexism by Mary Rose Somarriba

Thomas Hibbs reviews Damsels in Distress.

Diet and Health:
Karen De Coster, Searching for the Perfect Human Diet
8 Natural Cold Remedies to Improve Immunity
Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 13): ‘Low-Carbing Women & Weight Lifting’ | Dr. Cassandra Forsythe (mp3)
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Coconut Oil Reverses Dementia in 100 Year-Old Woman

Music:
Fiddler Mark O'Connor is changing how people play the instrument
Striggio Mass In 40 Parts by Wendy Gillespie (mp3)

Breaking: U.S. Army places order for 24,000 M4 carbines with Remington

New Prometheus Viral Video Arrives
First Look At Anthony Hopkins' Hitchcock
For Sacha Gervasi's latest

Looking for Mr. Big

Why women lose the dating game The author lumps the androsphere with the PUA/Game blogs, but at least she does give men a chance to give their side of things.