Seattle Councilmember Says She Can’t Figure Out Why ‘Looting Bothers People’ When People Are ‘Dying Every Day’ https://t.co/nUMssDzJOq— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 2, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Monday, June 01, 2020
This is a violation of state and tribal rights. 😠— Food & Water Watch (@foodandwater) June 1, 2020
The Trump administration’s proposed rule would limit states’ power to stop polluters from building pipelines, coal terminals and other dirty energy infrastructure. https://t.co/RKiXQSPiAa
I do think the states need to stand up for their people in that regard, even if they are part of the political problem.
That extinction-level event for liberal democracy I have been banging on about? It's here. No reason; all feeling. No discourse; just violence. No polity; just raging tribes. And a president who is all in on civil conflict. An abyss.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) June 2, 2020
Liberal democracy, just like civic nationalism, was always a sham foistered on the "public" by the elites.
Tucker Carlson's Best & Most Important Monologue Ever Calling Out Republican Leaders For Dithering As Our Cities Burn— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 2, 2020
"Someone in America needed to tell the truth to the country. Instead, all of our so-called 'Conservative' leaders joined the Left's chorus." pic.twitter.com/GKZ18ephqJ
A new examination of the global Coalition Wars flies in the face of the academy's current ahistorical orthodoxies.
"In top schools these fields are barely taught and openly derided by 'scholars' more inclined to study the people who scrubbed foreign ministers’ toilets than they are to study foreign ministers." https://t.co/GlHpRC4Esi— The American Conservative (@amconmag) June 1, 2020
OUP: The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History by Alexander Mikaberidze
It's hard to view the US at this point as anything other than a cautionary tale
This essay is a look straight into the abyss of rapid American decline.— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) June 1, 2020
Read it. It’s realistic and true.
But if you’re a conservative or a nationalist you need to ask whether this collapse of American strength is now inevitable.
If it’s not—what are you going to do about it? https://t.co/jUNIsX84qC
Second essay about "America" being a failed state I've looked at in the last 30 days. Budding intellectuals need to get out of their heads more. The author himself recognizes that it is not dogmatic "liberals" who are responsible, but the oligarchs.
And Hazony probably has reasons to blame "liberalism" or "liberals" rather than the oligarchs.
1. Form continent-spanning empire of over 300 million— Adrian Vermeule (@Vermeullarmine) June 1, 2020
2. Add systems of racial policing and economic inequality
3. Eliminate or privatize all substantive common public beliefs and traditions
4. Encourage individualism
5. Be very puzzled when civil conflict erupts
Maybe this professor can show evidence that he lives up to the ideals of co-existence with which he is determined to browbeat others.
Just as the passing of the cohort of Boomer bishops in the Latin churches doesn't mean that liberalism will just disappear from the Latin churches, so the indoctrination of liberalism, in the name of equality and civil rights, and so on, has been successful with the following generations.
#BREAKING NEWS: Twenty-year-old Brian Bartels just turned himself in to police. He was wanted for inciting violence during Saturday's protest and allegedly busting out the windows of a Pittsburgh police car against the wishes of peaceful protesters. https://t.co/XtLIIdrwVn pic.twitter.com/M3SY6T1bdu— KDKA (@KDKA) June 1, 2020
A new edition with a new foreword... Socons don't realize that they've lost this battle of the culture war?
whatever your politics,— curtmills (@CurtMills) June 1, 2020
it’s always worth considering Chris Hedges who has written powerfully and persuasivley on why non-violence is the only effective mechanism of protest, of actually changing things for the better https://t.co/l3BBfTkJeB
I finally realized why the George Floyd murder was so much more upsetting to me than other recorded killings. It reminded me of being heartlessly abused by racists as a child while others watched and did nothing.@AmSolidarity @BrianCarrollASP— Amar Patel (@CarrollVPOTUS) June 1, 2020
2/ On how conflict is necessary for a healthy democracy and essential to political life—and essential for driving progress pic.twitter.com/UvAHF2Alvj— Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) June 1, 2020
A chart detailing “Covert White Supremacy” - tweeted on Friday by an office of the Archdiocese of Chicago - does not reflect Catholic values and has been deleted, the archdiocese says. https://t.co/Wg8tSHSW8U— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) June 1, 2020
How exhilarating! PLA revealed a new video of the Chinese #1st domestically built #aircraft carrier Shandong training on the sea as J-15 fighter jets taking off the carrier smoothly. pic.twitter.com/t7eJ9AXEMU— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) May 28, 2020
This clip is from Bishop McElroy’s 2020 Pentecost Mass of All Cultures. For a minute it looked like a woman was going to offer the Mass! What is going on here? @Johnthemadmonk https://t.co/x2V4GRA3CV pic.twitter.com/VQSNaw1oNn— V.B. (@vb2616) June 1, 2020
Differences among different kinds of conservatism: Douthat argues that a decadent society is mainly stagnant; I contend that decadence is decay. For Douthat, the solution is innovation; whereas I argue that conservatives should forestall decay, and hence are wary of “progress.” https://t.co/kuOdX5ZcZx— Patrick Deneen (@PatrickDeneen) June 1, 2020
Join us for a conversation with Amy-Jill Levine on the Jewishness of the New Testament!— Minding Scripture Podcast (@MindingScript) June 1, 2020
How can a deepened knowledge of Judaism nourish the theological imagination of Christians? What does it mean for Jews to study the New Testament?
LISTEN HERE: https://t.co/odCONKcf6D pic.twitter.com/Iw5rQKpIqH
"America has failed that expectation over and over, even to this very day. But this is the national promise and possibility against which it must be corrected and toward which it must always strive.— Plough Publishing (@PloughBooks) June 1, 2020
“What the world expects from America is that she keep alive, in human history, a fraternal recognition of the dignity of man,” Maritain said. https://t.co/CUDTFxIFoH— Plough Publishing (@PloughBooks) June 1, 2020
As Anabaptists, shouldn't they know better? Or are they Anabaptist SJWs?
A good time to be reminded that every state preventing communities from deciding whether to keep their Confederate monuments is controlled by Republicans. The Republican Party turned their backs on the legacy of Lincoln a long time ago. #CivilWarMemory https://t.co/qAPbaUmwFl— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) June 1, 2020
Why is this piece under our @NewUrbs project? Because investing yourself in a place and putting down roots gives you de-escalatory power in neighborhood conflicts. The more transient people are, the more likely they will outsource this work to cops. https://t.co/HvHRQPIxy5— The American Conservative (@amconmag) June 1, 2020
"Far from ushering in a more secure world, declining energy prices will create a more dangerous globe through declining state revenues, lower social subsidies, and leaders seeking to distract their own impoverished citizenries." NEW: https://t.co/EkgtwHiYiA— The American Conservative (@amconmag) June 1, 2020
"Love doesn’t see color, hate does. Hatred has no heart, love does."— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) June 1, 2020
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney responds to the carnage engulfing America. His words have never been more needed. https://t.co/p6ZDShowda
Asked if the United States was considering the possibility to "welcome Hong Kong people to come here and bring their entrepreneurial creativity", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was looking at ithttps://t.co/pIpLRpgjkz— RTHK English News (@rthk_enews) June 1, 2020
A video of the celebrants of a mass in Co Armagh performing an Irish dance has gone viral. Like churches across Ireland, St Peter's in Lurgan has been streaming masses online. Last Saturday, those tuning in got quite a surprise. | Read more: https://t.co/pBgjAU7GVQ pic.twitter.com/W1c5pT9zhW— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 26, 2020
A video of the celebrants of a mass in Co Armagh performing an Irish dance has gone viral. Like churches across Ireland, St Peter's in Lurgan has been streaming masses online. Last Saturday, those tuning in got quite a surprise. | Read more: https://t.co/pBgjAU7GVQ pic.twitter.com/W1c5pT9zhW— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 26, 2020
Hundreds of #looters ransacked major shopping malls in Bellevue, including our fancy #BellevueSquare. Bellevue Police Chief #SteveMylett kneels down like a bitch, instead of standing tall like a man for LAW-AND-ORDER. #riots #GeorgeFloydhttps://t.co/8kYMpJARZM— ILANA Mercer (@IlanaMercer) June 1, 2020
WATCH: Police officers across the country kneel and march in solidarity with protesters. pic.twitter.com/QnuWcH6fPL— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 1, 2020
.@ArchbishopGomez, #USCCB president, has issued a statement on #GeorgeFloyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days: https://t.co/IKaTe0nDQ2. pic.twitter.com/hLJ2eyZNLb— U.S. Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) May 31, 2020
I just published I study human movement as it relates to violence, fear, and aggression — I have done this for… https://t.co/jMvHNgLZ9k— tonyblauer (@tonyblauer) May 31, 2020
Imagine my surprise when Ruben Dua founder of Dubb asked me to be on his podcast but not to talk about the SPEAR SYSTEM, but to talk about Bruce Lee! Actually I was more honored and flattered...Bruce Lee had a huge impact on me. Thank you Ruben! 🙏🙏 https://t.co/2j8IG0r7dt— tonyblauer (@tonyblauer) May 29, 2020
Podcast: How to Run a Business Like Bruce Lee with Tony Blauer
Sunday, May 31, 2020
No patriotic American should brandish or proudly celebrate the iconography of a rebellion that resulted in tremendous devastation, the loss of more than 620,000 American lives, and the continued subjugation of Black America. pic.twitter.com/wc0VxVOrxA— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 1, 2020
The Lincoln Project
Incredibly powerful image in Des Moines tonight as law enforcement takes a knee with peaceful protesters downtown. pic.twitter.com/GmG5nRsseJ— Amber Alexander (@AmberAwx) June 1, 2020
Is "federalism" a sufficient excuse? The governors themselves can mobilize the state/national guard in an emergency. Is Trump just revealing the incompetence of the (D) governors and mayors?
There is the claim that he can do something under the Insurrection Act. Is it true that Ivanka and Jared are asking him to hold back in order to protect his chances of re-election?
For those who don't know.— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 1, 2020
Jared and Ivaka's PR agent is Ms. Haberman. They leak to her for puffy pieces and also so she won't report too negatively on them.
So yes this is truthful reporting.
By "advisers," she means Jared and Ivanka.
Listening sessions! https://t.co/7oey99g14k
Some are not suited for the burden of leadership.
Norway's PM admits she panicked and closed all schools and nurseries 'out of fear' on day country recorded first Covid death https://t.co/h3RI1T0faC— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 1, 2020
Gain expert clarity on the most heated debates in conservatism today.— Intercollegiate Studies Institute (@ISI) May 31, 2020
Is conservatism a living tradition? Or is it a "dead consensus"? @ToryAnarchist, editor of @ModAgeJournal, will help you navigate this question.
Spots are limited, grab yours now!https://t.co/AuB4htzBKi
They made it. After launching from @NASAKennedy on the @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft yesterday, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have officially joined the @Space_Station crew today at 1:02pm ET — making history in the process. pic.twitter.com/A7oExw0SlD— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
In this @dubbapp podcast, Ed Monaghan, a professor at #UCLA and a longtime follower of Bruce Lee’s philosophies and teachings, spoke about topics like how to feeling great and confident while remaining humble, why constant improvement was a key to Bruce Lee’s legend and more. pic.twitter.com/9xfqKc4xXX— Dubb (@dubbapp) May 21, 2020
Jim West discusses his rough upbringing as a kid in Richmond, VA before joining Special Forces and getting into martial arts. We also talk about concepts he has refined like "fight confusion" and "initial timing speed."https://t.co/wKRHJXZkb6— Jack Murphy (@JackMurphyRGR) May 31, 2020
Amazing scene unfolding in Flint, Twp, Michigan. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson has joined protesters in a peaceful march. Read More: https://t.co/4ioyUnymNv @MichStatePolice @GovWhitmer pic.twitter.com/nMCVuXQ0TZ— Mid-Michigan NOW (@midmichigannow) May 31, 2020
Genesee County Sheriff (Flint, Michigan) Chris Swanson put down his helmet and baton and asked protesters how he could help.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) May 31, 2020
The protesters chanted "walk with us" so the Sheriff joined — and walked alongside the protesters in solidarity.
How you did in this pandemic, as a country, a village, a business, a group, or an individual, whether emotionally, economically, or morally, is an indication of how robust you are and how fit you will be for the next decades.— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) May 31, 2020
Find your tribe.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Still, many "respectable" Latins have the Yankee activist mindset that characterized the Civil Rights Movement and also of SJWs, though SJWs have taken that mindset further in seeking not only "justice" or "equality" but greater sanctions against those who disagree.
Perhaps these Latins are just naive pawns who do not understand that they are providing excuses for the state to have greater power to eradicate wrong-think and freedom, even if that freedom is exercised in a way with which these moralists disapprove. Don't be a dupe for mass politics or mass movements, even if they claim to be promoting principles with which you agree, whether it be "equality," or "the common good." First determine whether you actually embody these principles in your own lives and in your relations with others, and if you don't, figure out whether you are a hypocrite or whether you have a good reason for not doing so.
Is this just the beginning of more orchestrated violence for the summer? I don't know, but statements such as the USCCB's will not do anything to fix the problem, not when many of the bishops perhaps caved too quickly to the civil authorities in closing their churches. Without liturgical services and the meeting of their community, what sort of basic witness can they provide to their non-Catholic neighbors as an "institution"? How many of these peacemakers would be willing to go out to take a stand against antifa and the destruction of property?
Any attempt to forge a politics of the common good, it should go without saying, must be explicitly, publicly, uncompromisingly anti-racist.— Brandon McGinley (@brandonmcg) May 29, 2020
CWR/CNA: ‘Racism is not a thing of the past’ – US bishops respond to George Floyd killing
Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the #USCCB have issued a statement in the wake of the death of #GeorgeFloyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the U.S.: https://t.co/BBfi5YPuS2. pic.twitter.com/KbsIiijmrY— U.S. Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) May 29, 2020
Here's the press statement: Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
“The Pope made it palpably clear that he is a friend of the Negro people, and asked me to tell the American Negroes that he is committed to the cause of civil rights in the United States.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after meeting Pope St. Paul VI, whose feast we celebrate today pic.twitter.com/a0WSTKuJDz— Quang D. Tran, S.J. (@LeMeTellUSumtin) May 29, 2020
Fellow white people, just because you don’t understand or haven’t seen it or experienced it personally, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. After 2016, everyone raced to read “Hillbilly Elegy” to understand disgruntled white people who voted for Trump. Are you doing the same now?— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) May 31, 2020
The United States of America can do extraordinary things even in challenging times. Our best days are ahead of us.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 31, 2020
Thank you to the @NASA and @SpaceX family for providing our country with this extraordinary moment of hope. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/ek0hS6C0x5
Lot of SJW considerations driving how this is being presented, so I am surprised that the two astronauts are older white men.
Crew Dragon has separated from Falcon 9’s second stage and is on its way to the International Space Station with @Astro_Behnken and @AstroDoug! Autonomous docking at the @Space_Station will occur at ~10:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow, May 31 pic.twitter.com/bSZ6yZP2bD— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
Welcome aboard the @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft!— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
In this video from space, @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug reveal the name of their capsule: Endeavour. Take a look inside as the crew continues their journey to the @Space_Station: https://t.co/K9S5mejONx pic.twitter.com/mvH8UhE5FW
Watch a SpaceX rocket blow up during abort test
In light of reports that outside groups, including white nationalists, may be manipulating the Floyd protests towards their own ends, please read this piece by me and former CIA officers @alexzfinley and @john_sipher, where we described this unfolding https://t.co/yPTqdJSrB0— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) May 30, 2020
Dear Citizens of Shreveport,— PrettyIndian✨ (@_tayyybeautiful) May 29, 2020
I took an oath to protect y’all and uphold the constitution no matter what it may cost. I will do that I give you my word. I know you hate me and my profession ￼with a passion. That’s ok. I love you more#Ofc.Whaley✨ pic.twitter.com/tnJEeM1Kqg
What happens to a large nation with no centralized identity or national belief system that has lost all trust in institutions?— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 30, 2020
Tonight ain't shit.
Beirut style life is what to expect in coming decade.
If you were trying to incubate a real "far right," a label hilariously applied to me, a lifelong civil libertarian critical of government abuses... tonight was it.— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 30, 2020
What did you do when all the ranges were closed? We got really good at throwing axes.— Smith & Wesson Inc. (@Smith_WessonInc) May 29, 2020
Learn more about these awesome STAINLESS STEEL throwing axes here: https://t.co/3CoCTzVFtA#SmithandWesson #AXES #AX #knives pic.twitter.com/A30on8BCGg
Throwing knives too...
Friday, May 29, 2020
"From 1970 to 1975, now meeting at each other’s homes instead of the church, the women nominated candidates for local and state elections to run single-issue pro-life campaigns." They were Democrats. https://t.co/vEu4umcJBc— The American Conservative (@amconmag) May 30, 2020
"@DouglasKMurray's lament for Europe is a testament to the power of the word to capture life. Finishing the book for a second time, it begged the question of whether there is a way back. I wonder if this is possible." - @intothefuture45 https://t.co/9zZUuai5CS— Russell Kirk Center (@KirkCenter) May 29, 2020
The Atlantic: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul by Matt Stoller
In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system.
How did we get to the point where the Democrats are the party of the anti-white working class?— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) May 29, 2020
Did it happen by accident?
Hell no, it's all by design.
The tainted origins of modern policing are as a tool of social control. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.— Verso Books (@VersoBooks) May 29, 2020
Download a free ebook of The End of Policing by @avitalehttps://t.co/TWttOeFSpI pic.twitter.com/4YUf9iZfQs
This is something real and genuine and something that the British can be rightly proud off. ‘UK widens visa rights offer to almost 3m Hong Kong residents.’ Our government has acted bravely and honourably https://t.co/sx14d56VCr— Phillip Blond (@Phillip_Blond) May 29, 2020
Hong Kong raised informally at UN meeting https://t.co/AKK4JJ5SIl— Benedict Rogers 羅傑斯 (@benedictrogers) May 29, 2020
Just ordered Stefan Aarnio's *Hard Times Create Strong Men.* A friend says "He believes things are going to get MUCH worse for men in the next 2 decades. Yet only when things get really bad do men rise to the occasion and learn to reclaim their strength." https://t.co/y2JTmgD7x0— Janice Fiamengo (@JaniceFiamengo) May 29, 2020
Real Estate coach, now men's coach -- two hustles, not just one...
And he was a speaker for the nu21c:
Is his book worth reading? I'll check out the videos at least, since they're free.
Here we see the typical mistake, puzzling but typical, of assuming that the question is whether to create the machinery. The machinery already exists; the only question is who will control it and for what ends. https://t.co/OEfAurRqZ6 https://t.co/zoKuhacK6M— Adrian Vermeule (@Vermeullarmine) May 29, 2020
.@jeffsessions on fire: "Family, traditions, culture, those kinds of things have got to be defended. And this ideological view that we’re not a nation, we’re an idea, somehow our constitution is supposed to apply worldwide, is ridiculous." Whole episode: https://t.co/QRc4PKrvdY pic.twitter.com/ZGAJiQhr93— The American Conservative (@amconmag) May 29, 2020
AmConMag: Right Now Interview: Jeff Sessions on Trump, Tuberville, and Free Trade ‘Religion’ by Arthur Bloom
Today in History: The Sword of Islam Conquers Ancient Christian Capital - Raymond Ibrahim https://t.co/iGNNG1RekI— Raymond Ibrahim (@RaymondIbrahim5) May 29, 2020
But Franks are gonna be Franks and promote their fiction...
I know this doesn’t seem terribly relevant to current events, but with the recent anniversary of the fall of Constantinople I just want to clarify that the last Roman Emperor was not Constantine XI. It was Francis II.— Rafael de Arízaga (@RafaeldeArizaga) May 29, 2020
Knowing when the Roman Empire fell may be important.
This one was better:
As the great Spanish political theorist, Dalmacio Negro, writes, the true theory of government is always a theory of oligarchy. Find them, identify and rank their internal squabbles, and you have your constitution.— Rafael de Arízaga (@RafaeldeArizaga) May 29, 2020
Mass population centers lead to their own downfall, and SJWs just accelerate this. Don't count on others to rescue you from the mess that you mishandled.
City Council makes 'alien' illegal, replaces with 'noncitizen' https://t.co/VtaFvJ2hOu Shouldn't that be "undocumented", not "illegal"?— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) May 29, 2020
In @scalaorg's Love of Learning, we explore the importance of liberal arts education for learning & learning well.@margaritamooney asks, "Can Liberal Arts Education Survive Burnout Culture?" @ @PepperdineSPP, a great school under @Pete4CA's leadership.https://t.co/P9NoYVMsVP— Scala Foundation (@scalaorg) May 29, 2020
Marriage reduces the odds that a household will go through costly family transitions, encourages greater support from family networks, and builds habits of financial prudence. https://t.co/SQZ65DpzXi @WilcoxNMP #FamilyInTheTimeOfCoronavirus— Inst. Family Studies (@FamStudies) May 29, 2020
If we want to be serious about scaling back the degree to which police interactions with the public can lead to violent escalations, we must first scale back the number of offenses that can lead to serious fines and imprisonment. | @ryanmcmakenhttps://t.co/ZGPoqeRgmP— Mises Institute (@mises) May 29, 2020
The solution is to permit the rise of organic communities which will police themselves through a common culture, standards of behavior, and virtues. That won't solve the crime problem, but it will allow communities to separate themselves from the mess that the state has created.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Today I proclaimed #MenstrualHygieneDay in the @CityofToronto in an effort to help break the silence around menstruation. Proud to support @ThePeriodPurse and their continued work to end the stigma surrounding periods. #MHDay2020 pic.twitter.com/Ae9HsTNuTS— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 28, 2020
Breaking: 4 out of 5 who ran on a liberal-leaning ticket has won the election of the Law Society Council - the governing body of Hong Kong solicitors - no. 4, 6, 8 & 9. The incumbent Law Soc president had voiced support for the pro-establishment ticket. pic.twitter.com/TaVcFaCRdv— Kris Cheng (@krislc) May 28, 2020
HK twitter@abcnews podcast #TheSignal is recording a follow up to its #HongKongProtests coverage.— 🏴dispossessed, taken host 🏴 (@iamsuchatwit) May 29, 2020
They are looking to interview #HongKongers, esp women, who are active in the movement. Anonymity & privacy will be respected.
RT to spread the message TY
“The USCCB wants people to recognize this is serious and you can lose your soul over it. And none of us want to go to Hell, so let’s start thinking about how we can combat racism.”- @gloria_purvis on @USCCB statement against #racism.— MNCatholicConference (@MNCatholicConf) May 28, 2020
Take a listen ⬇ https://t.co/qvMymRB8hG
Civic nationalism is a fantasy and a tool for oppression. Just because Uncle Sam's jackboot is on both of our necks doesn't mean I have anything else in common with you...
What’s more, I would say that on the rare occasion when the public meaning diverges from the legal meaning, the public meaning probably ought to prevail. Consider the following example. In 1840, Congress debated whether its power to make uniform bankruptcy laws included the power to provide for debtor relief. The problem was that in England, bankruptcy and insolvency were legal terms of art—and the former referred only to the body of law existing for the protection of creditors, the latter to the body of law existing for the relief of debtors. The U.S. Constitution, of course, confers power on Congress only over bankruptcy and not insolvency. Thus Senators John C. Calhoun of South Carolina and Richard Henry Bayard of Delaware argued that federal lawmakers did not have the power to enact debtor relief because the sense of the term “bankruptcy” was to be taken from its legal history.
Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts disagreed. The ordinary public understanding is what counts. The term in question is, said Webster, to be taken in its “common and popular sense—in that sense in which the people may be supposed to have understood it when they ratified the Constitution.” Congress agreed and enacted the insolvency provisions. Although the statute was soon repealed, when Congress subsequently enacted bankruptcy laws, its power over insolvency was never again questioned.
Webster’s point makes intuitive sense, and is in line with what several Framers thought when it came to interpreting the Constitution. As James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson: “The legitimate meaning of the [Constitution] must be derived from the text itself,” and external evidence “must be not in the opinions or intentions of the Body which planned and proposed the Constitution, but in the sense attached to it by the people in their respective State Conventions where it received all the authority which it possesses.”
Wurman is just advancing a POV that has been held by other "scholars" of the Constitution: Webster over Calhoun. But was Webster a better "originalist"?
To be fair: was the division between the legal meaning and public meaning of bankruptcy already evident during the drafting of the Constitution? We're not talking about what was understood in 1840, we're talking about what was understood in 1787 to 1790. What historical or linguistic evidence did Webster have to make that claim?
AmConMag: The Mystical Steve Bannon by Rod Dreher
Benjamin R. Teitelbaum: War For Eternity: Inside Bannon’s Far-Right Circle of Global Power Brokers
Nobody can say Steve Bannon is boring. https://t.co/8AXnp0VveS— The American Conservative (@amconmag) May 28, 2020
The Mystical Steve Bannon - https://t.co/64M3eqS8QD— john milbank (@johnmilbank3) May 28, 2020
RD: In the Traditionalist framework, at least as interpreted by Bannon and Olavo, virtue resides in the ordinary people, those shut out from elite circles and institutions. They are supposed to be the repository of true spiritual values. How realistic is this, though, even in Traditionalist terms? In the US, the working class is less religiously observant than the middle class. I understand the trad-populist criticism of the spiritual corruption of the elites, and share a lot of it, but I can’t see solid ground for this valorization of the People. It sounds to me more like an ideological abstraction, the way the Bolsheviks instrumentalized the “Masses,” and the Nazis used “das Volk.”
BT: Yes, in those latter cases you see either a descriptive or a prescriptive vision for treating one part of a population as definitive of the whole. These populations have typically been abstractions and imaginations—the accusation against romantic nationalists, to say nothing of the Nazis, was that they had invented the integral “folk” of the countryside that populated their stories and paintings and songs, just as Marxists had marched off to find a proletariat when such a neatly defined population seldom existed. Most original Traditionalists saw instead the priestly elite as being the “culture makers” of society, the ones who ought shape the masses according to their own ideals.
In Bannon’s and Olavo’s upended version we see something that looks more like standard romantic nationalism à la Herder, where a sector of society deemed most insulated from the corruption of modernity (often rural, less formal education, stationary) was viewed as a vessel for timeless values and identity. And the question to those romantics would be the same to Bannon, and it’s the question you pose: on what grounds do you speak of those people as a whole, and how are you sure they possess the qualities you think they do?
Does Bannon know more about red America than Teitelbaum?
RD: I happened to be reading your book at the same time as Modris Eksteins’ 1986 history of modernism, Rites of Spring. Eksteins says that just prior to World War I, Germany thought of itself as the champion of true spiritual values, and Britain (as well as France) as exponents of a civilization that placed primacy on money-making and materialism. We know too what the Nazis did with the same general concept. There really are solid historical grounds to worry about a recrudescence. That said, the critique Team Bannon makes of the emptiness of commercial society, and modernity’s capacity to dissolve national and cultural particularity, is both solid and appealing. Can you imagine a way in which political actors could advance the best part of Traditionalism — defending local and national cultures from absorption into the globalist mass — without succumbing to the wicked parts?
BT: Here you are asking me to speak for myself rather than for the people I studied, but I’ll try to work with the question: I think people stand the best chance of deriving something good from Traditionalism when they treat it, not as a guide for action, but instead as a narrative to inspire new analyses of society, which thereafter might function as a basis for action.
In particular I wonder whether there isn’t a place for pondering a chain of correspondences the school proposes, namely, that the most meaningful commonality held by the modern political left and right is their peculiar focus on economics; that the relative disinterest in immaterial aspects of social life might be at the root of our tacit aversion to allowing people and communities to be meaningfully different from one another; that the insistence on building community based on visions of a shared future rather than a shared past—which has so many obvious virtues and which is a near necessity in countries like the United States—underestimates the importance that narratives of a common history play in forging social solidarity.
I think the “wickedness” of Traditionalism comes, not only from the content of the hierarchies it sometimes proposes (race, gender, etc.), and not only from the way it could encourage us to ignore or relish contemporary hardship, but also because of what it doesn’t say—the fact that its grand narrative of human history and the battle of good and bad leaves so much unspecified. Those empty spaces can and have been filled with demagoguery. One way to avoid this is to not subscribe to Traditionalism as religion, of course, but to allow its occasional, qualified insights to live in a wider complex of values and agendas—including those it maligns.
"Liberalism is a big tent that can tolerate many different views, so long as they don't step over the lines the state makes at our behest."
Why does Teitelbaum have the need to portray himself as a defender of liberalism?
RD: I’ve been corresponding with a national journalist who is trying to understand why some American conservatives (like me) are drawn to Hungary’s Viktor Orban. This journalist is a liberal, and can only see Orban as a villain. I’ve tried to explain that people like me certainly don’t endorse everything Orban does, but we see in him a figure of resistance to George Soros and what Soros stands for. That is, Soros is the epitome of a wealthy, influential globalist who believes localist and nationalist institutions and narratives are problems to be solved. I wouldn’t expect a Western liberal to support a politician like Orban, but tell me, why is it so difficult for Western liberals to grasp that politicians like Orban appeal to deep longings in people — for, as you put it, “community, diversity, [and] sovereignty,” that cannot be reduced to “racism”?"Creating opposition is bad! Unity!" We can also throw in, "Identity politics for me, but not for thee!" Who is dividing the world in "all-or-nothing" terms? This is not about "definitions," this is about group identities. Teitelbaum is merely posing as a defender of liberal rationalism, while he distorts those whom he claims to be portraying "honestly" as a "researcher."
BT: I think it is common to fear complex portrayals of people who threaten you, and the liberal left is certainly afraid of Orban (as am I to an extent, I must admit): his transformation of election processes, his treatment of the media, and his self-proclaimed opposition to liberal democracy, etc. I’m not telling you or your readers anything new in noting how that last piece in particular—Orban’s opposition to liberal democracy—is disqualifying to many Western commentators.
But the added feature here is that he personifies a cause that can appear ascendant in global politics. That prompts some commentators to move from mere criticism to war, and thereby to the realm of us-versus-them thinking, of black and white, of telling people that they are either part of the solution or part of the problem. Muddy those waters with talk of qualifications, contingencies, and parallel interpretations, and—the reasoning seems to go—you can as well be an apologist for the enemy. And when confronted with an unexpected or strange account of someone like Orban—one, say, framing him as a right-wing force for localism and community rather than libertarian individualism—and you’d be lucky to be called “politically incoherent” as Thomas Chatterton Williams recently put it. More likely the instinct will be to accuse you of fashioning a façade to obscure what, allegedly, matters most.
Part of me gets this as a political strategy. I understand theoretically why someone would say that the political stakes are so high these days that a line-in-the-sand tactic might be needed to mobilize. What I want at a minimum, however, is for people to be honest with themselves if they choose this path. I want them to recognize that dividing the world in all-or-nothing terms, adopting and strenuously maintaining uniform definitions of each other and cultivating fear and contempt for inconsistency and the unorthodox constitutes self-imposed ignorance; a subordination of inquiry and knowledge for the sake of political expediency.
One can see why liberalism and civic nationalism are platforms for non-natives to rally behind to weaken and subvert the majority.
Teitelbaum is a half-Pharisee who is interested in "far right" and "ethnonationalist" movements? Such fringe movements are psychological maladies to be diagnosed?
Check out this review of his Lions of the North: Sounds of the New Nordic Radical Nationalism by Cathrine Thorleifsson