Friday, November 11, 2016

Would he ever consider doing such things without photographers and publicity?

No, these are deliberate teaching moments, showing that the pope takes a maximalist conception of "universal teacher" seriously, and is willing to use the mass media for this end, enhancing the papal personality cult in the process.



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Priests who were laicized...
CWR: Get married and be submissive? One woman’s recipe for marital happiness by Sean Salai, S.J.

Italian journalist Costanza Miriano has written a book, now available in English, about the struggles and joys of modern married life, and why complementarity between spouses is much bigger than who does the housework.

Does God Hear the Prayers of Those Who Are Stubbornly Unwilling to Learn?

The USCCB:

PRAYER AFTER AN ELECTION
God of all nations,

Father of the human family,

we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise

and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy

in these United States of America.

We ask for your protection and guidance

for all who devote themselves to the common good,

working for justice and peace at home and around the world.We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,

those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,

those in the military and law enforcement.

Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,

with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice

in the years ahead for all people,

and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.

Amen.

A temporary stay of execution but it is time to prepare.

Collapse will happen; if Trump is sworn in January then it will be the case that collapse will not be hastened by a Hilary Clinton presidency.

Are we witnessing the rise of Anglo-Celtic-European-American ethno-nationalism? Or merely just the rejection of politics as usual? How many are reacting against an overt anti-white bias in the media and the Democratic party?

The Alt Right is not moving for just a return to what the national identity was before leftists began exploiting identity politics among blacks and other ethnic minority groups, as that national identity seemed to have been focused on some version of civic nationalism or the proposition nation and is dead. Rather, a true ethnic identity based on ethnicity (or race) and Western culture (of which Christianity is an important part). This is what Vox Day calls the Alt West part of the Alt Right but I think he is correct in thinking that it will become the dominant part of the Alt Right. The Alt White part, in so far as it is focused purely on race and may even reject Christianity, will not gain in influence.

Rod Dreher may not like identity politics, but is he like delusional whites (and East Asians) who think that virtue signalling in real life and on mass media is proof that they are members of an actual people, or that they will be recognized AS A "righteous white (or Asian) person" by NAMs?

A people has a shared identity and culture and recognized mutuality, with ties of intermarriage. (What a political organization adds is a constitution (not necessarily a written one, but a constitution in the Aristotelian sense) -- and the resulting organization need not be some version of a legitimate Aristotelian polity, as the priorities may be focused on a certain group rather than the organization as a whole -- e.g. the clan.)

Liberal atoms who shriek the same ideology or SJW concerns to others do not make a people.

Will there be just one white American people or many? Perhaps there will be at least two, if white Southrons can hold on to a distinct heritage and culture. It is not clear that the paleo project of preserving an American heritage and culture going back to the colonies will be successful everywhere.

Can't stand the papal instagram account

Posting this for the photo of the tomb of St. Peter.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Of What Importance the Secretary of State?

Clueless

A naive understanding of the American elections.

More Progress on the Dome of St. Nicholas National Shrine

A nice prayer in the box...

The Holy Archangel Michael

Christ the Savior Orthodox School

Reactions from the Chronicles Masthead Editors

to the election of DJT

Modernizing Too Fast

East Asian democracy is a joke -- the adoption of "democracy" by those countries seeking to modernize, when those peoples had not previous experience or education in democracy reveals what a stupid idea it was.

Hong Kong seems to have too many naive idealists who don't understand politics as the art of the possible but would rather make a name taking some stand unlikely to garner support internationally or have any sort of real consequence for protecting Hong Kong's unique freedoms. They may think they are ready to be suppressed and suffer the consequences from the Mainland, but why are they so willing to cause difficulty to their fellow Hong Kong people? Outright defiance is not possible, and they do not have the means to make Hong Kong independent, so why this sort of stupid talk?

A couple of months ago John Derbyshire asked why Chinese people seemed incapable of democracy, despite being "well-educated." Book smarts is not the same as political smarts, or the political virtues. Chinese people have no real tradition of republicanism -- Aristotle's observations of those to the east who live under empire and not suited for any other life is applicable not only to the Persians. Chinese people have lived thousands of years under despotism, soft or hard, and the character-shaping culture has been created accordingly.

Some Chinese may like their heroic bloodshed novels or movies, idealizing brotherhood with those who are not family members, but in a mass culture with no opportunity for alternative communities, institutions to develop, and where loyalty is directed primarily to the clan and others are recognized mostly through commercial ties and nothing more, they simply have no real practice with republicanism.

(It is intriguing to compare the development of the clan-focus in Scotland with that of China, as the causes are very different?)

Despite the movies, how many people really romanticize of the triads or conflate it with the jianghu of wuxia novels? While triads may have some rituals to bind their members to one another, in the end, they are criminal organizations that seek to make a living at the expense of society. What real loyalty do the heads of these gangs have to their members? How many would be willing to sacrifice their brothers to save their own skin?

Even in small local villages, how much equality is there between families? In the past there were leading families who benefited from having an education and passing the imperial tests. How much of this was really changed by the Communists?

Democracy then turns out to be nothing more than the manipulation of the masses by the few -- oligarchy under the guise of democracy.

K-Prop

They mean well, and probably Koreans are more homogeneous than many other peoples, but is a single state necessary for them?

The Next Big International K-Drama Hit?

Why Do You Hate White People?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Nailbiter

Hopefully there will be confirmation of good news in the morning.

Solidarity

Tilting at windmills? Cal Catholic Daily has an article on the American Solidarity Party.

First Things: The Politics of Solidarity

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Group: Christian Democracy USA

Mere Orthodoxy article
Aleteia


A Different Conservatism
The American Solidarity Party makes the case for community and subsidiarity.
By Malloy Owen •

"The Solidarists also diverge sharply from Trump on a number of his signature issues. One is immigration: the ASP platform calls unabashedly for amnesty, takes a jab at border walls, and implies that global inequality makes immigration “a necessity” for many workers."

What is the party's stance on feminism? Is American Solidarity Party a true Christian Democrat Party? Or churchian Democrat Party? It seems to be trying to replace the Democratic party but I don't think it will go anywhere because it does not acknowledge the concerns that what's left of white America has with its culture, identity, and nation.

Solidarity Hall promotes a similar "third option" and seems to involve more Catholics.

Who else will stand for economic liberty? Or distributism or some other economic "third way"? People associated with Solidarity Hall seem to be communitarians who value the common good and solidarity, but without any knowledge of how communities come into being, and often without any concern for proper scale. Solidarity is mentioned as a principle of Roman Catholic Social Teaching and is not really distinct from legal justice or political friendship, but seems to be an amalgam of the two. But these Christian "solidarists" like to moralize on certain issues (immigration, social justice) and are probably leftists in that respect. They assume that community exists but they do not understand that it doesn't, nor do they understand how it originates. For this reason they will continue to be ignored while ethnonationalism continues to rise.

Related:
America Magazine on Solidarity Hall
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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Not His Place to Say

Or to specify what conditions or requirements...

Jacobin Yankees by Clyde Wilson

Abbeville Institute
Thought the Saker's latest was a bit surprising -- he talks about the conflict between Christians and Jews: The Ancient Spiritual Roots of Russophobia. Sadly, his view on the relationship between Western and Eastern churches is a skewed Russocentric one.

Mel Gibson on Colbert

Randall Wallace on The World Over in January 2016



full episode

An Institutional Church Overstepping Its Bounds



If it weren't for the development of the Western patriarchate and the corresponding notion of Christendom, would we have this sort of widespread erroneous application of the Gospel now within the patriarchate of Rome?