Saturday, August 04, 2012

Thomas Naylor Reviews Too Much Magic

And he is rather disappointed. I received my copy this week; Kunstler may not be saying anything new, but it may be a good stylistic example? (If you ignore the profanity which may be in the text.)

Oakland

On Wednesday I dropped by downtown Oakland before going to the concert over at the Freight (Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux) as I wanted to check the BART lost and found. My keys were not there, but it had already been several months since I lost them. Unclaimed keys are turned over to a locksmith to melt down for new keys, and whatever else that can't be recycled is discarded. Ah well... It probably is cheaper to just make new keys than to take the BART or drive up to the lost and found office, so it didn't bother me so much that I was unable to retrieve my keys.

I took the opportunity to visit True Burger and the cathedral. Neither of the co-owners was present at the restaurant, but I had an early dinner - around 4. Maybe they are there in the morning doing prep. (The kitchen was staffed mostly by Hispanics, as you might expect from the restaurant industry.) I got a double - the patties were cooked medium. There was some seasoning, but the raw taste of the meat wasn't that appealing for some reason. I think there was a slight sour taste to it. Maybe the patties would have tasted better if they had been cooked longer. I also had a vanilla shake, which was decent. The fries were cooked well, but they are rather pricey ($2.50), in comparison with In n Out. The patties are bigger than those of In n Out, but I can't say that they taste better. Now that I've been there, I can try the next burger place...

After dinner I walked across the street to Christ the Light Cathedral. Much of the sacred art (the stations of the cross, the crucifix, and a sculpture of the Mother of God) in the cathedral seemed to be inspired by African sources. (I've forgotten which culture in particular; it is unlikely that the style is representative of all African sculpture art.) How much do black Catholics in Oakland identify with African culture? (What percentage of Oakland Catholics are African-American?) I can now say that I've visited the cathedral. Is it getting enough donations to keep itself open? The cathedral does have some security guards patrolling the building and the grounds - seems typical for cathedrals in big cities these days.

Walking through that part of downtown Oakland, I found the appearance bleak. There are some residential buildings that are probably intended to attract affluent (white) people; are they trying to spark some sort of gentrification of the area? It doesn't seem to be working. Are other neighborhoods surrounding Lake Merritt better? It's actually the first time I've visited that part, as far as I can remember. I've seen the part north of Chinatown and the Oakland Museum. It's been some time since I've been to Oakland Chinatown. I probably wouldn't want to live in Oakland.

The concert, of course, was very good. Rushad Eggleston was a guest performer and his cello-playing was very entertaining. Molly Tuttle was also there as a guest performer. When will the Tuttles be performing around here again?

Ian McKellan Interview

The Hobbit: Ian McKellen Interview - Comic-Con 2012

Darol Anger and The Furies

Freight and Salvage, August 17.

At Don Quioxte's on Aug. 19 (7 P.M.).
Darol Anger & The Furies
Featuring
Rushad Eggleston, Maeve and Sharon Gilchrist,
Nic Gareiss and Emy Phelps





Darol Anger

Related:
Darol Anger's Republic of Strings

One of the Magnificent Seven Speaks Out

Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceanu on the Cost of Elite Training

Viola Da Gamba Society

NPR: Gathering Of The Viols: The 50th Annual Viola Da Gamba Conclave

The society's website.
City Journal Podcast:

City Journal's Ben Boychuk talks to National Review roving correspondent Kevin Williamson about San Bernardino's bankruptcy and the coming fiscal reckoning between California's cities and the state. - mp3

Friday, August 03, 2012

Amanda Shaw in San Jose Next Weekend

For the San Jose Jazz Festival. Her website is gone. I wish I could be there, but I should be in NYC at that time.



More recent:




Misc: Anthony Bourdain's Favorite Fries

Items of Interest, 3 August 2012

Peter Hitchens, Two Valuable Voices Lost in One Week

On Gore Vidal:
But the thing for which I think he will remembered is ‘Lincoln’, a historical novel of charm and power, which is also thrilling and moving. Many of my conservative American friends loathe Abraham Lincoln, and I can see why. But I can’t share their view. There is something about this wry, sad, gaunt, shrewd man that is terribly likeable (my view of him is influenced by the hilarious portrayal in George Macdonald Fraser’s Flashman novel set in pre-Civil War America’ Flash for Freedom’.

Justin Raimondo: Gore Vidal, The Last Jeffersonian (Patriotic Gore)
Gore Vidal, RIP
Bill Kauffman, The Populist Patriotism of Gore Vidal (and The Last Republican)

States’ Rights and Divided Sovereignty by Daniel McCarthy

In Aeternum: The England that Never Changes by Joseph Pearce

Whose Country Is it, Anyway? by Gavin McInnes

Paul Craig Roberts, War Criminals in Our Midst

Pat Buchanan, Chick-Fil-A and the Culture War

The Joy of National Default by Dmitry Orlov

Urban Farms or Myths? by Devon G. Pena

The Key to the Bastille: Learning from the Past with Benedict XVI by Christopher Blum


HJW interview

[Star Date] Summer interview with Actress "Ha Ji-won" (하지원)

The Grascals with Vince Gill - Sad Wind Sighs

No Longer the Golden State

A comment at Vox Day (Aztlan rising II):
I work for a big tech company that most of you would recognize. It is mostly owned by an even bigger tech company that is based in California that you would all recognize. In the world of engineers I know, no engineers outside of California want to be transferred into the state. I spoke with a few engineers that worked for Broadcom and they refused positions in CA, they would rather be laid off then go live in Silicon Valley. In a similar manner, I spoke with engineers that lived in Atlanta that would refuse a lateral transfer to CA. Lastly folks in my company will not accept transfers to the San Diego division of my company (based in PA); they would rather be laid off. I know some high-energy physics chaps (my brother) and his compatriots all been fleeing CA to work on the east/mid-west, this trend seems to have existed for about 7 years.

In the case of the Broadcom folks, an interesting thing happened. It started with a downsizing of the facility and then they closed it. The first set of engineers offered positions refused them, so they went to engineers who had already been laid off and offered them the position in CA. They too refused after going out to CA. The folks told they would be laid off if the refused to transfer were eventually allowed to work from home when they closed the local Broadcom facility. In essence, they could not get the talent to go to CA, so they allowed the folks to continue where they were.

Now when I poll folks on why this is the case, it seems to come down to 4 factors:

1) The pay differential does not make up for the much higher costs in living in CA; you will take a considerable hit in your standard of living. The high cost of housing and individual taxes seem to be the major issue.
2) Engineers are not stupid and mostly white males, they can see that long term if they move to CA they will end up being a hated minority and a target for confiscatory taxes once the state goes Hispanic.
3) Related to that the Gun laws of CA make it a place where the more liberty minded hardware engineers simply do not want to live in a state hostile to them, the gun laws of CA are worse then those of NJ and NY, if one can believe it. In the case of GA, PA, DE and NH the laws are much worse.
4) The lifestyle is not one that they think in conducive to a good family life (between the possibility of their family being in the victim class in a 10 years when their children are on the wrong side of identity politics, the high taxes, the long commutes from where you can afford to live, the police state, etc). This seems to b related to their wives as well; one fellow mentioned his wife thought a much lower paying job that kept them out of CA was a better path for the family and the kids.

This is a remarkable development. When I first became an engineer in the late 1980s California was the golden land, it was the dream of a lot of tech folks to work for a start up or tech giant out there. It was the model of high tech. Even if folks did not want to live in CA long term, it was seen as a path to success, I lived in CA from 1994 to 1995. I would not choose to go back again by the way.

There's some limited discussion in the thread about the Church and the role of the bishops with repsect to the immigration/assimilation problem.

An Interview with Patrick S.J. Carmack about Angelicum Academy

The Liberal Arts Go Online
August 02, 2012
The Angelicum Academy brings the study of the Great Books into the 21st century.

(via Insight Scoop)

Its website - its Great Books program.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Items of Interest, 2 August 2012

In JMG's latest, The Degeneration of Politics, he writes the following:

Now in fact history does have quite a bit to say about the matter. When the United States won its independence from Britain, the constitution that was signed in Philadelphia in 1787 established a form of government that was not, and did not pretend to be, democratic. It was an aristocratic republic, of a type familiar in European political history: the government was elected by ballot, but the right to vote was restricted to those white male citizens who owned a significant amount of property—the amount varied from state to state, like almost everything else in the constitution, but it was high enough that only 10-15% of the population had the right to participate in elections.


What broke the grip of the old colonial aristocracy on the American political system, and launched the nation on a trajectory toward universal adult suffrage, was the emergence of the modern political party. In America, at least—the same process took place in Britain and several other countries around the same time—the major figure in that emergence was Andrew Jackson, who seized control of one large fragment of the disintegrating Democratic-Republican party in 1828, transformed it into the first successful political mass movement in American history, and rode it into the White House. Central to Jackson’s strategy was support for state legislation extending the right to vote to all white male citizens; in order to make that support effective, the newly minted Democratic Party had to organize right down to the neighborhood level; in order to make the neighborhood organizations attract potential members, the party had to give them an active role in choosing candidates and policies.


That was the origin of the caucus system, the basic building block of American political parties from then on. Jackson’s rivals quickly embraced the same system, and one rival force—the Anti-Masonic Party, which was a major force in national politics in the 1820s and 1830s—built on the Jacksonian template by inventing state and national conventions, which everyone else quickly copied. By the 1840s, the American political party had established itself as an essential part of the way Americans chose their candidates and made their laws.

The Myth of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by Robert F. Turner
The sexual relationship lives on in books and film, despite a lack of verifiable evidence.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight Against An Epidemic of Dependency

In yourself right now is the only place you’ve got

Joel Salatin: We Are the Solution, as Well as the Problem by Chris Martenson (EB)

Karen De Coster, Anarcho-Farmers

Catholic:
New volume of "Jesus of Nazareth" and possible encyclical
ON PRAYER ACCORDING TO ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI
Old Roman Recreation of Salve Regina
Jesus Calls, Matthew Responds

Misc:
INTERVIEW: TOTAL RECALL STAR BRYAN CRANSTON (OH, HE ALSO STARS IN THIS TV SHOW CALLED 'BREAKING BAD')

The New Old Europe

Going co-ed is apparently a rather recent development for European scouting organizations. How can such a change not be motivated by the desire to obliterate sex differences?
Steve Sailer: "Women's" Gymnastics: The World's Best Pixie Contest - there's a link in the combox to this Sports Sunday: Body dimorphism in gymnastics.

The more a woman resembles a man in her physique, the less attractive she is to the normal man? Does human dimorphism reveal the complementarity of male and female in the "marital embrace"?

Square Dancing

NYT: Rediscovering a Town’s Roots, Feet First

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I like the use of blue and gray.

The Distributist Review has once again updated its look. Some of the new articles:

The Power of the Nine, by Nicholas Hosford

The Common Good, by David Cooney

"In other words, the common good only consists of immaterial things like peace, freedom, justice, and security. History clearly shows us that these things can be implemented in a way that does not benefit all members of a society, such as when freedom is not granted to all of the people, but freedom can be granted to more people without taking any away from those who already have it."

These may be necessary conditions (or simply aspects or manifestations) for the common good but I wouldn't identify them with the common good, which is just the good life of the community, living well together. Is it immaterial? It is rooted in friendship or love or charity, but it is manifested in our actions towards one another.

Quebe Sisters Band, "Walking the Floor Over You"



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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another Skirmish in the Culture War?

Mike Huckabee has called for a buycott of Chick-Fil-A tomorrow. If there were any stores around here, would I go? I've been to one in Phoenix, and I wasn't impressed, despite supporters claiming that it was "healthier" than other fast food options.

It is almost as if Christians have to participate on 8.1.12 in order to show the opposition that their threats of boycotting Chick-Fil-A will not harm the business. Have we been reduced to showing supporting corporations in order to make a statement about what believe or where we stand on certain issues, to posturing through token actions?

It may be a corporation that is run by a "true-believing" Christian but it is a corporation and chain nonetheless, with its own interest. Does it rely on local suppliers or corporate supply chains for its chickens? It is said that it donates some of its profits back to the communities in which stores are located. How much? And for what causes or groups?

So what if they lose business? It's not as if they hire only Christians to work at their stores. One could argue that we should at least patronize businesses started and run by Christians or help them out when others threaten to put them out of a job. But a corporation?

Should Christians be working for alternate economic structures? What was the economy that made the growth of the early Church possible, despite occasional persecution? Did the early Christians possess sufficient economic freedom? (How about the ownership of homes in the early Roman Empire?) Do our property laws and the burden of usury limit us in our goals of building a community of authentic witness to the Gospel?

Should we be thinking about unified action on a nation-wide level in this manner? And what about the oppositional mindset? Are we headed towards a flashpoint for greater conflict, maybe even violence? Mark Mitchell's essay, Culture War No More is apropros. Is Mr. Mitchell correct about the use of war as a metaphor to describe the conflict in beliefs? It goes beyond mere intellectual opposition. While "anticulture" may be a clever rhetoric, it won't be accepted to those who believe that they are working in favor of "love" and "community."

Are we who uphold traditional morality right to feel besieged? And if that is the case, should our response be that of a "siege mentality," withstanding and buffering the attacks of our opponents and planning some sort of counter-attack? Many envision the culture war as being a struggle to impose their values on the other, who are wrong. But this is not about "winning" or showing who is right through coercion and the power of the state. The young believe they are right in their understanding of love and equality. This is a struggle for hearts and minds, but if we cannot persuade people, should make a statement about morality through the power of the national government? Would it not be better to let them go their own way, if possible? But the problem is that those who hold power would never allow this sort of tolerance through separation to occur. The so-called Democratic Party is drafting a pro-SSM plank for their platform. What can we do but struggle to resist this at all levels? At the same time, we should recognize that the outcome may turn out to be in their favor. Many in the urban areas are already convinced of the novel definition of marriage, and the great social reset may not happen until after the rejection of traditional mores has become a legislated fact. The mass media is against traditional morality, and do what they can to replace it through propaganda.

Even if something like the Exodus movement seems too extreme an option, why shouldn't Christians consider living with other like-minded folk? There may be the option of strengthening communal witness where one lives presently, but that requires even greater heroism and may come to naught with respect to success as the world understands it. But until the Church gets serious about revitalizing parish life and finding ways to counter the economic pressures associated with wage slavery, Christian communities will remain in danger of fading away.


Building a Culture of Religious Freedom by Charles J. Chaput

Related:
James Antle, Bullying Chick-fil-A
Chicken Gate – An Exercise in Media Induced Hysteria and Fascism…
Paul Gottfried, Chick-fil-A Eats Crow
Tim Stanley, Chick-fil-A vs gay marriage: how a chicken restaurant became a culture war battleground
Eat more hyperbole…on Chick-fil-a
Rod Dreher, Bonfire of the Chick-fil-A and Christians, These Cities Don’t Want You

Paul Craig Roberts on Economics

Escape from Economics

There are many such examples where economics no longer speaks to the real world.

Two other examples will suffice:

Most intelligent people are aware that natural resources are finite, including the environment’s ability to absorb the wastes or pollution from productive activities (see for example, Jared Diamond, Collapse, 2005). But few economists are aware, because economists assume that man-made capital is a perfect substitute for nature’s capital. This assumption implies that there are no finite environmental limits to infinite economic growth. Lost in such a make-believe world, economists neglect the full cost of production and cannot tell if the value of the increases in GDP are greater or less than the full cost of producing it.

Economists have almost universally confused jobs offshoring with free trade. Economists have even managed to produce “studies” purporting to show that a domestic economy is benefitted by being turned into the GDP of some other country. Economists have managed to make this statement even while its absurdity is obvious to what remains of the US manufacturing, industrial, and professional skilled (software engineers, for example) workforce and to the cities and states whose tax bases have been devastated by the movement offshore of US jobs.

The few economists who have the intelligence to recognize that jobs offshoring is the antithesis of free trade are dismissed as “protectionists.” Economists are so dogmatic about free trade that they have even constructed a folk myth that the rise of the US economy was based on free trade. As Michael Hudson, an economist able to think outside the box has proven, there is not a scrap of evidence in behalf of this folk myth (see America’s Protectionist Takeoff 1815-1914).

Items of Interest, 31 July 2012

Begun on July 16.

Culture’s Dead, We’ve Betrayed It—Can We Save It? by Andrew Haines
While a wholesale, artificial approach won’t get us to this spot, there are nevertheless things we can do to help this culture along. Foremost among them is to foster real community—meetings of people in the flesh. These should center not simply around discussing ideals, nor the totally banal; they should incorporate objective human goods like food and music, and they should draw from the cultural tradition whence notions of “aesthetic” and “goodness” arose. They should be pockets of humanism, but with a new and very self-aware intentionality.
 

I had a brief exchange with a Blackfriar about evangelization after I claimed that the "old ways were best, too bad they're not being used now." What old ways?  "A strong local Christian community with one-on-one outreach - the "early Church" model, with an emphasis on the word community since the word doesn't really apply to most parishes. I don't see the ideal being obsered in the big metropolitan areas in the U.S., at least. Granted, there are many obstacles to that ideal being realized, but it would be good for theses to be recognized and addressed, so that people are no longer comfortable with the status quo." He had initially posted the above Apple video as a possible model for new evangelization efforts. wage slavery makes great demands of our time and two income - less resources, etc.
Part of the problem with parishes as community is that we have much more mobility so that people don't just socialize within their villages or local communities as we once did. It is still evident and very important in more agrarian societies, but not in the urbanised modern world. As such, we have to use new ways to build community, to give a sense of belonging. The Apple video above shows that a community can be formed out of a desire for excellence. In a Christian context, this would mean a love of virtue, and indeed, a love of God who is the Most Excellent. Evangelization, then, would mean letting that excellence be shared and seen and enjoyed by others – acts of charity and of preaching.
Fellowship was to be sought in the pursuit of excellence - what Apple promotes in its company ethos should be adopted by Christians, who would form associations not on the basis of local proximity, but on a common task or work. I responded:
Mobility (and mass urbanization) is possible only because of cheap energy. I would prefer the Church be ahead of the curve than behind it when it comes to adjusting to the coming loss of cheap energy, but it may not happen. Community/communion/friendship should be based on excellence but it also requires that one live with the other --"quality time" doesn't make up for lack of time, just as in parenting. 
 He ended with the implicit claim that this was not being realistic: " So, are we going to preach to the world that exists, or do we need to create that ideal world before we preach? I go for the former..."

Catholic ecclesial movements of the 20th century seem to be a response vocational model - ecclesial movements I have mentioned before that Fr. Louis Bouyer asks this question in his The Church of God, and I think his answer, that the local geographic parish maintains its importance in the life of the Church despite changing times, is right. Those who have an apostolate to preach or teach or administer the sacraments may have to meet the people where they are; but what of the laity? What are they supposed to do? The thing is that in our false meritocracy, very few people stay loyal to the company. There is a lot of changing of jobs, and very few stable friendships that survive the transition to a new workplace. (Especially if one moves to a new city or state!) More often than not, the people at work keep you company while at work or lunch, but you see very little of them when you are off work. You may get to be close with some, but if you change companies, they will probably drop out of your life, sooner or later. The human heart seeks stability and permanence, but we ignore this because we have to provide for ourselves or our families, or we have to follow career opportunities.

The recent NYT article, Friends of a Certain Age, casts light on the predicament of many young adults.

The Evolution of English
Robert Nisbet, Conservatives and Libertarians, Uneasy Cousins
Returning to the Path of Wisdom: Plato, Tolkien, and Technê by Jerry Salyer
Kevin Carson, The Phony “War on Cops” and the Real War on Us 
Can Organic Farming Feed the World? 
Resilience through simplification: revisiting Tainter's theory of collapse (part 1) by Samuel Alexander - complete 
Resilience through simplification: revisiting Tainter's theory of collapse (part 2)
More from the Simplicity Institute 

Korean Consumerism:  Photos Highlight Korea’s Plastic Surgery Obsession

Music: Froberger Suites And Toccatas By WENDY GILLESPIE

Catholic: Community and Christian Life by Br. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P.
Eastern Christian "Introduction to the Liturgy" (Part 2)
Gift and Greed: Why Benedict Is Right and Mandeville Was Wrong by John C. Médaille

Misc: Triple Aught Design shop visit :: San Francisco, CA 

Charles Eisenstein on Gift Economies

Charles Eisenstein: 'In a gift economy the more you give, the richer you are' - video









Daniel Carwile, "Sally Goodin"





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Crooked Still, "Orphan Girl"

The Staying Power of Bond in Mass Culture?



So the theatrical trailer for Skyfall has been released now, a few days after the Olympics TV spot started airing.

The character of James Bond, played by Daniel Character, was featured in the opening ceremony this past weekend.

When Ian Fleming wrote the first novel, the sunset had already begun to set on the British Empire, though Great Britain remained our ally during the Cold War, and the movies somewhat reflected this. The movies were fantastical in their depiction of "spycraft"; were they an exaggeration of British power and importance as well? The franchise's fans were willing to indulge in that illusion, as Bond epitomized a certain kind of cool, the remorseless killer and ladies' man. The franchise seems to have been reinvigorated by Daniel Craig and the directors who have taken over and injected a more contemporary sensibility regarding action. Are the movies any more silly now for their lack of realism than when Sean Connery was playing Bond? Isn't it just entertainment?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Excommunicate her, already.

Catholic business owners win temporary halt to Obama birth control mandate
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressed disappointment with the decision in a statement.

"This lawsuit was not brought by a religious organization. Rather, it was brought by a for-profit commercial enterprise whose purpose is to sell HVAC equipment," she said, adding that healthcare decisions should be between women and their doctors, not their employers.

"Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith," Matthew Bowman, a lawyer for Hercules with the Alliance Defense Fund, said in a statement.

From May: Why Kathleen Sebelius Needs to Speak at Georgetown

Dr. MacArthur Retires from Teaching

A Message to the Alumni from Dr. McArthur

Svein Sellanraa on a Different Alt Right

The Rise Of The Orthos
I think the founding idea of the orthosphere can be fairly oversimplified into this sentence: “The problem with the modern world is modernity itself”. For the orthos, the philosophical core of modernity is the rejection of the Aristotelian-Catholic idea that there are objective essences and purposes in the world. Many of the orthos trace this idea back to the nominalism of late-Medieval scholastics like William of Ockham, although they would also argue that it did not culminate until the 18th century and the Enlightenment. In philosophy, this modern nominalism gave rise to the idea that the world consists of nothing but meaningless, purposeless matter, and thence to modern atheism, materialism, relativism, and finally the complete nihilism which today is increasingly engulfing America and Europe. In ethics and politics, it produced a worship of autonomy – the idea that every individual can and should define its own purpose and destiny, unfettered by tradition, authority, or higher truth – which became the founding idea of every modern political ideology, from the classical liberalism of Locke to the redistributive leftism of the modern state.
Does the orthosphere start from a wrong premise, namely that there is such a thing as "modernity"? And that "modernity" is caused by the acceptance of nominalism? (Or voluntarism?) We can accept that liberalism is erroneous, but is it historically the problem that they think it is?
This is a radical idea, and it entails a radical conservatism. The orthos reject the Enlightenment project entirely, and espouse many ideas that are unfashionable even on the Right, including theocracy, censorship, and absolute monarchy. Their ideology centers around the defense of particular loyalties and moral communities, of traditional authority, traditional morality, the monarchy, the patriarchal family, the ethnos, and the Church. Many of them draw inspiration from the throne-and-altar conservatism of counterrevolutionaries like Joseph de Maistre, Louis de Bonald, and Juan Donoso Cortés, and seek to rescue the Middle Ages from the historical scrapheap. Needless to say, orthodox Christianity is central to the their thinking (hence the name) – in fact, I have yet to come across an ortho who is not a traditionalist Catholic or a conservative Protestant.

How much does this sort of traditionalism draws inspiration from throne and altar Europe? A limited version of monarchy is acceptable, like that of the middle ages, but not one based on royal absolutism.  (Absolute monarchy.) Setting aside the question on whether there are limits on the authority of the ruler, how can one separate the rise of the absolute monarch from nationalism and political centralization, both of which contributed to the fragmentation and ultimately, the destruction of Christendom? Then there is also state-church relations of that time, which was arguably detrimental to the freedom of the Church.

Once power has been consolidated, can it ever be given up?

It may be right to respond against the errors of the Enlightenment and liberalism, but one cannot take the arguments of traditionalists like de Bonald and others as the final say; one must return to Catholic political theology (not necessarily the same as Catholic Social Teaching).

How much of Bellarmine's development of Catholic political theology is good? (e.g. the origin of political authority) How different is English republicanism (whether in its original form or as it developed in the 17th century) from "classical" republicanism? (Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory Under the English Republic [Hardcover] by Paul A. Rahe)

The common good must be a limit on all forms of human authority (not just monarchy), and tied to the common good are the limits to the size of a community. The question of whether there is a limit to authority (Is the ruler was answerable to anyone else? Is he above all human law?) was a crucial question during the history of Christendom.These traditionalists seem to prefer one answer, but I question whether it is the right one.

The group blog, The Orthosphere.

Related:
Something at Counter-Currents on de Bonald.

Dr. Fleming's Latest Piece in Chronicles

Escapist Fantasies
A really happy man in the Aristotelian sense would probably not need to travel very much except to see old friends. It would be enough to lead a useful life in company with family and friends within a community worth defending and even worth dying for. A little travel in one’s youth is often instructive, and, if a reader takes delight in the novels of Anthony Trollope or the poetry of Dante, an occasional excursion to Hampshire or Tuscany is a source of pleasure. But why would a perfectly contented man in his 60’s be willing to endure all the discomforts of travel just to drag himself from one vacation spot to another?


The only obvious answer is that far from being happy or contented, he is profoundly dissatisfied with the life he has created for himself. Rather than spend time with his children and grandchildren, he prefers to risk melanoma, lying out in the sun in some seniors’ paradise; instead of assuming the role of the cracker-barrel philosopher in his hometown, he rushes off to Disney World or Vegas—the two destinations one can always reach by direct flights from Rockford. Instead of finding beauty and meaning in the hills of Arkansas or the plains of Iowa, he takes a cruise around the world without ever leaving Arkansas or Iowa behind. Caelum non animum mutant, indeed.

Some talk about women and their vacations in exotic locales, attributing to them the motive of finding a casual lover. I suspect that so many young women enjoy "travel" and going on vacations because they lack a proper identity as a woman and are seeking to fill an existential vacuum. (Just as they like to get cute pets instead of having children.) Others no doubt enjoy the novelty and the "relaxation" (i.e. laziness and consumerism) of vacations, being free of what little responsibility they have. Just one more luxury of the entitled Uhmerican princess made possible through cheap energy.

Unmasking Feminism on women having cats.

Taken 2 Trailer

Daniel Larison Moving to Texas

Dallas, specifically... I assume it is for the sake of work.

Last Present MV



Still one of my favorite movies...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

"Divide and Conquer"

Does this characterize the strategy used against the Church in the United States. It does seem to apply to what is described by E. Michael Jones in The Slaughter of Cities.


(multiple parts)

This is linked to white flight, which he also discusses.

But in pursuing a comfortable middle-class life (one dependent upon the abundance of cheap energy), Catholics have contributed to their own political impotence?

E. Michael Jones is currently writing about capitalism:

Dr. Wilson Introduces Forgotten Conservatives in American History

Conservatism Without Alexander, Abraham, and Irving by Clyde Wilson

A video with Mr. McClanahan:


Brion McClanahan's website.
Pelican Publishing Company
FB

Jason Isaacs Interview

The Empire Podcast #21 Is Here!
Jason Isaacs & Peeder Jigson!

(longer interview)

Interview with GirlWritesWhat

The Men's Movement and the Continued Search for Equality -- An Interview with GirlWritesWhat


The androsphere is divided on the question of patriarchy - some just want "equality" (in conjunction with the acceptance of looser sexual mores) while others are advocating the restoration of patriarchy.

Related:
What Men Know that Women Dont - Full show of The World of Woman

Another Version of MGTOW

Captain Capitalism: The "Minimalism" Threat
If it were up to men, consumption spending would tank. We wouldn't be wasting our precious time (in the form of money) on doilies or Beanie Babies or "nice, matching furniture" or general crap that isn't needed. There would be an entertainment system, some dishes, some used furniture and that's about it. But don't think it would stop there. Our Spartan spending habits would have ramifications WELL beyond that of trinkets and doilies in the house. Notably, the house itself.
Control the money instead of letting the woman have control over it to fuel her consumerism, and if she balks, leave her.

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Men will have to organize on an informal basis, as official institutions (including the Church) fail to support them. Feminism is endorsed by the state and other holders of power, displacing men in favor of women, so men will have to avoid those institutions and do what they can on their own. Men's study groups? This morning I was thinking of the Christian base communities associated with liberation theology - just a Christianized version of the Marxist cell? But what was that but a perversion of the small communities of the early Church? If the Church will not support men, then will they have to turn to Marxists or anarchists for inspiration? I hope not.
And finally the cumulative effect of this veritable war waged on men - it's toll on our loyalty. I'm not talking loyalty to an employer. I'm talking loyalty to the country. I used to want to join the military and even to this day kick it around. But then I ask "who would I be protecting?" You see, all of the above really grinds mens' gears. We don't take kindly to being accused of automatic sexism, we don't like being enslaved to a government that does nothing more than take our money to bribe parasites into voting for more government, we don't like paying the taxes so you can play "pre-school teacher" and claim your 9 months a year job makes you an "independent adult," we don't take kindly to divorce (even though most of us haven't been), we don't take kindly to you ruining the industries we are predominantly employed in, we don't take kindly to the childish mind-games girls played on us during our teens and twenties, we don't take kindly to watching naive, spoiled, brats destroy the world's formerly greatest country and thusly steal our birthright and we get down right pissed when you start complaining that we're not "manning up" and choose to "sit on our asses all day playing X Box." Because when it comes to us men "investing" in this country be it buying property, starting a business, marrying, starting a family, whatever...


why should we?

See also the Hawaiian Libertarian's Tearing Up the Grass.

More Silliness from NBC

They've been showing the promo during the Olympic Games - Stars Earn Stripes. Apparently Mr. Sarah Palin is on the show.





More propaganda to be used to support opening special operations and combat slots for women. Real danger? If there is no true threat of death, with enemy combatants shooting live ammo at you, how can there be real danger? Just the illusion of such, especially with the fake smoke explosions. No explosives, no shrapnel. Easy to play soldier under such conditions - no real courage is required.

Mark Burnett may think he is just creating entertainment and giving people what they want to see, but he is nonetheless pushing an agenda in order to profit from it. (He also produced Combat Missions which aired back in 2002. How much has changed since then!)

NBC's blockbuster 'Stars Earn Stripes' poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Talon Smith has a YT channel. He's on the show, but was a Navy corpsman? That piece of work Wesley Clark is also on the show.

Add Another to the "Why Bother?" Category

Rod Dreher, Douthat Says ‘Cut The Crap’

No compromise is possible because of opposing first principles. So why bother to turn Douthat's column into a discussion? Those who support SSM, etc., will not budge on what they think is a fundamental question of "equality." It's a waste of The American Conservative's web "space" and does little to advance a positive program for renewal.

"A live and let live" policy does not seem to be tenable, though it is questionable that those proponents of SSM would be willing to back up their "enlightened" morality themselves, instead relying upon the power of the state. That's where we are.

Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux Coming to Town This Week!

Don Quioxte's on Tuesday, Freight and Salvage on Wednesday.

The Great Grimpen Mire/C Tune


AAM, JS Bach Sinfonia to Cantata No.42

Vangelis Interview

Vangelis Talks Chariots of Fire Opening Scene


From earlier this year: