Saturday, September 24, 2011

Going to a wedding in Sunol this afternoon...


How much agreement is there between the contributors to C4SS's "Market Anarchism", which includes Kevin Carson?

From the FAQ:
How does market anarchism interact with feminist theory?
How will we get to a stateless society?
What’s with the socially conservative strain of anarcho-capitalism coming out of the Mises Institute and Hans-Hermann Hoppe?

They have valuable insights into how government contributes to the dimunition of economic freedom, but they are wrong about the nature of government, political society, and man.

Mark Anthony Signorelli on poetry

Poetry and the Common Language

If there is one principle which is nearly axiomatic among our contemporaries who regard themselves as poets and critics of poetry, it is that poetry should be written in the language of the everyday. This opinion can be traced back to Wordsworth’s famous assertion that poetry ought to be composed in “the real language of nature” or “the real language of men”—further evidence that we have not yet left behind the Romantic era and its presuppositions. Yet even among the New Critics, who were in general so suspicious of the Romantic project, this standard of sound poetic practice is affirmed; so we find F. R. Leavis praising Eliot’s verse because “its staple idiom and movement derive immediately from modern speech.” Our contemporaries, especially among those referred to as the New Formalists, echo this belief; thus Dana Gioia tells us that he strives to keep his language “contemporary,” and critic Robert McPhillips notes that New Formalism is marked by its “colloquial diction.”

Friday, September 23, 2011

Richard Heinberg Speaking Engagements

I couldn't make it to his talk last weekend at the New School. Nothing else in California this month or next. He will be at the Land Institute's Prairie Festival this weekend.

In his discussion on Coast to Coast AM, he talks about the new reality initiative of the Community Action Partnership: “Facing the New Reality: Preparing Poor America for Harder Times Ahead.”

Items of Interest, 23 September 2011 Rob Hopkins: Making The Red Pill Taste Good (mp3)

Peak Moment Conversations 202: Collapse of the Titans (EB)

Learn from the Soviets — personal relationships are the best currency, says Russian-born Dmitry Orlov, the author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. The American empire is following the USSR into collapse, he asserts, with financial collapse happening first, followed by commercial and then political collapse. Dmitry, an America resident for several decades, suggests lowering our needs and expectations and replacing money transactions with barter and exchanges.

Richard Heinberg: The “Abiotic Oil” Controversy (from 2004)
Coast To Coast AM - 21.9.2011 - 1/4 - Peak Oil / Saudi Arabia & 9/11 (dl)
Part 2.

Dangerously Addictive: Why We Are Biologically Ill-Suited to the Riches of Modern America by Peter Whybrow

While it probably attempts a psychological explanation that is too materialistic, the author affirms that there are natural limits to resource and resource use. This is one basis for arguing that there is a mean to consumption. (Another basis would be the limits to what we need to consume in order to satisfy our needs, not our wants.)

Is America Becoming Spiritually Poor? By Michael Meade (CB)

Raw Food SOS: “Forks Over Knives”: Is the Science Legit? (A Review and Critique)

Augsburg College: Paideia Group

More on the current and upcoming changes to FB

Yahoo Technology Blog; another entry.

New Series: The Layover with Anthony Bourdain - Premieres 11/21 on Travel Channel

More info.

Conservative Catholics and the Proposition Nation

Jim Kalb objects to Robert George's characterization of American identity: Propositioning the nation (via Jerry Salyer)

Quebe Sisters Band coming to California...

Monterey, December 2-4 for the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival


Thursday, September 22, 2011

From Humanitas

Marshall vs. Jefferson Then and Now: How the Intellectual and Political Struggle
Over the Constitution Resonates Today
by Phillip G. Henderson

The Protestant Roots of American Civil Religion by Glenn A. Moots

Complete contents of the most recent issue available online.

Two articles in Asia Times on military drones

The age of the Reaper
For the MQ-9 Reaper drone that struts its stuff equipped with Hellfire missiles and rains death from above, the sky, literally, is the limit. It's expanding its footprint from AfPak to the whole of East Africa up to the Gulf of Aden. The Reaper, though, can also wear a business suit and incorporate the persona of the president of the United States. - Pepe Escobar (Sep 22, '11)

New bases extend US's drone war
The United States is expanding its network of bases to carry out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia. The "constellation" will include a secret new Central Intelligence Agency facility that the US announced this year would be situated somewhere on the Arabian Peninsula - most likely in Saudi Arabia. - Jim Lobe (Sep 22, '11)

Elizabeth Warren on Debt Crisis, Fair Taxation

Rod Dreher and John Médaille are enthused about her candidacy.

Salvatore Licitra

Begun on September 6 at 8:48 P.M.
I just got around to finishing this post...

Obituary in the Telegraph

Cal Performances and opera fans noted his passing on Facebook.

More videos after the jump.

A fitting captain for a sinking ship?

Exclusive: Whitman Expected to Get CEO Nod After Markets Close (and Not for the Interim Either)

With such an undistinguished career (to put it mildly), who else could a struggling CA tech company deserve? I don't know whom we deserve more as governor, Whitman or Brown.

The tech companies (with the aid of government) have contributed to the destruction of community in California, and I have no sympathy for them.

LA Times

Imitatio Christi?

Joe Carter, Jesus is Not a Cagefighter

Should men look for an exemplar of masculinity in Jesus Christ? If so, upon whose portrait of Christ should we rely? Contrasting images are conjured up by those who believe sola scriptura, as evidenced by the essay and the comments box. It also underscores the difference between an overemphasis on the imitatio Christi as opposed to participatio Christi.

Are there situations when Christian men should be courageous and take up the defense of themselves and others? Indubitably. One may question the use of MMA as a form of spirituality in itself, but learning and practicing self-defense is a licit moral activity that can be done out of charity.

Leon Podles leaves this comment:
The wimpy Jesus has a history in the Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart. Jesus was seen as a gentle, non-threatening, understanding man, everything that ordinary men were not. The Jesuits were the main propagators of the devotion to the Sacred Heart, but they were not happy with its effeminate overtones. Franz Hattler. S. J. in 1894 described the image of Jesus in the Sacred Heart cult as “a matchmaker” with a “flirtatiously bowed head, longing eyes, a mouth puckered with kisses,’ and “foppishly crimped hair.” Otto Pfülf, S. J. found the devotion “too sweet,” “like a pious fantasy,” that was “more suitable for the souls of women.” Richard Burton describes the nineteenth-century French Christ as “curiously androgynous, with his wispy beard, does-like eyes, and delicate, soft-limbed body.” In 1899 in the United States an historian described the image of the Sacred Heart as “a young man in flowing gowns, with soft face, large eyes, small delicate out, slightly parted lips, small thin nose, downy beard, long curly hair parted in the middle and falling gracefully to the shoulders, slender hands,” or, as another critic called the image, “a pink painted Valentine.”

The feminine softness and sympathetic gaze of Jesus established a bond between them and those who sought his aid, that is, “ primarily women and children.”

This was a major change, as David Morgan points out from the original image of the Sacred Heart; it substitutes “closeness and delicacy of feeling for the older passion, devoted personal relationship for penitential anguish.”

Can we distinguish between the devotion and its artistic representation?

Tom Whipple's Summary of the Bundeswehr's Report on Peak Oil

Fall Church News-Press (EB)

For the link to the complete English translation of the report, go here.

The Decemberists feat. Gillian Welch - Down By The Water (Live on Conan)

Someone uploaded this to YT.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alone and Invisible No More
How Grassroots Community Action and 21st Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthier, Happier Lives
by Allan Teel, M.D.

Americans need to become reacquainted with living in extended families, with the burden of caring for elders being primarily upon their children. Only when family is unable to perform those duties should alternative arrangements be found within the local community.

Transition Voice review

The review criticizes the solution offered in the book for being too dependent upon cheap energy, but recommends it for re-focusing on the community.
The Daily Mail: In Downton Abbey, male servants are taunted with feathers by women for not going to war. So what's the truth about such cowards and their tormentors, the Feather Girls?
(via The Spearhead)

Plus, First Wave Antifeminism: E. Belfort Bax


Yahoo! Movies
Youtube channel

Before I saw the trailer, I was already associating it with Kirk Cameron's Fireproof. It appears my guess was correct.

A message defending fatherhood to a multicultural audience, but will it uphold patriarchy and criticize feminism? How do these husbands view their wives? It does offer a good portrayal of male friendship and local community, but the proper relationship between husbands and wives still needs to be addressed by Christians.

I don't know if The Way would be any better as an inspirational Christian movie that should be taken seriously by believers. And it stars Martin Sheen, which is usually indicator that the movie will not be representative of orthodoxy or authentic Catholic spirituality.

As I've said many times, Christians may be limited in their options, but these movies do not go far enough in being countercultural and forcing us to re-evaluate our assumptions about the Uhmerican way of life.

Dalrock: Nothing is more subversive than the truth

How times have changed in New York City! Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple in all its glory

Not enough to make me think well of NYC, but the photos do capture what the United States used to be like.

Items of Interest, 21 September 2011

Kevin Carson, Bad Consciousness or Bad Structure

GARETH PORTER, U.S. Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians
VIJAY PRASHAD, The Costs of the Great War on Terror

Immigration, the Republicans, and the End of White America by Ron Unz
What is Ron Unz's agenda?

Peter Hitchens, Boston Lincolngrad: The troubling transformation of a sleepy English town after mass immigration from Eastern Europe

Grist: Did Walmart buy urban agriculture group’s silence? and The Small Town Energy Revolution

The Localizer Blog: A Look at the Other Side

Female Farmers: The New Food Industry Frontier

Clasical Bloggers
Lost Tools of Writing

The words of the father

Black Belt Mag: Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: What Kind of Book Is It? Three Contributors to the Expanded Edition Sound Off!

Health and Diet:
Will Misguided Saturated Fat Beliefs Cause Weight Gain in School Children?

MDA: How to Deal With Common Primal Stumbling Blocks

NPR: Roger Ebert

Nippon Cinema: Trailer for eatrip

SWCS Factor - September edition

"I Do"

Peter Hitchens pans the new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Travesty

Dr. Fleming now blogging for The Daily Mail

He announces it here. His first post, in which he gives mild praise to Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood and the Paper Tiger.

Two and a Half Men scored its highest ratings, but will it be able to keep them? I saw the episode and was repulsed by the "humor" of the funeral for Charlie Sheen's character. Ashton Kutcher's character doesn't seem alpha, and yet he manages to bed two women in the first episode. (Without revealing the fact that he's a billionaire?) What, exactly, is supposed to be the dynamic between his character and John Cryer's?

Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Donald Livingston

"The collection is an outgrowth of the Abbeville Conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2010 and features arguments by Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo, Yuri Maltsev, Donald W. Livingston, Kent Masterson Brown, Marshall DeRosa, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Rob Williams."

New American: Book Review: Rethinking the American Union for the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Items of Interest, 20 September 2011

Andrew Kern, The Place of Logic and the Place of Philosophy

Holy Resurrection Monastery: Latest on the Movie

NPR: In The Obama White House, A Crisis Of 'Confidence'

Community Policing, Afghan-Style by by Kelley B. Vlahos

A documentary in the works: Farmlandia

Thoughts on a Sustainable Human Ecosystem

Slow is the New Black: Why Slow Money is the Next Best Thing IMHO

Karen De Coster reviews Paleo Comfort Food

The two strongest competitors on the most recent episode of Hell's Kitchen made it to the finals. Good!

Chant Cafe: ATHLETA PATRIAE A Tribute to Professor László Dobszay (1935-2011)
Handel and Hayden Society adds four years contract with Harry Christophers
Music for Henry V the House of Lancaster
Alamire: Sample John Taverner: Imperatrix inferni

The Quebe Sisters Band in the UK

The Quebe Sisters Band in the UK from Kelsey Fox on Vimeo.

official site

Dr. Fleming provides some needed correction to NPR

Dr. Fleming, An Open Letter to National Public Radio

The program that needed correction: "The Swerve": The Ideas that Rooted the Renaissance

Are the people at NPR qualified to judge the writings of a "scholar"? Or must they rely upon his credentials instead? The mass media should get out of the business of popularizing "ideas" instead, but would the members of the mass media have the humility to do so?


Music video by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile performing The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Attaboy In-Studio Performance. (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

Looking for meaning in a post-Christian civilization

To avoid despair, one embraces a view in which the Universe is divinized? The quest for vision by Timothy Scott Bennett (EB)

Seeking one's place in Creation, beyond ourselves but not quite yet transcendent -- the post-Christian man may become dissatisfied with himself or with the human race as the ultimate source of meaning. The author mentions the "gods" but does he really believe in their existence? Or is it just a rhetorical device?

Br. Philip Neri Reese, O.P., Truth and the Wonder Trap

Monday, September 19, 2011

Laurie Lewis on America's Back 40

Listen to the show here. Her website. October 18 is the official release date for her new CD. She will have a release party/performance at Freight and Salvage on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Something from the Bluegrass Blog on her cd.

Gillian Welch at the Fillmore, October 2

News. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. She'll also be at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 1. (Time and stage to be announced.)

Her tour page.

White Rabbit


Can Neo-Scholastics Transform Economy?
A Rediscovery of the Human Element on the Horizon
By Father John Flynn, LC

I don't know if John D. Mueller calls himself a Neo-Scholastic, or if that is a label given to him by the author of this piece.

New school

After his survey of the development of economic theory, Mueller affirmed that we will soon witness the emergence of a new school of economic thought, which he termed new natural law or neo-Scholastic economists.

This will happen, he said, because current economic ideas do not fully account for the empirical facts of human economic behavior. The most important contribution of this new school will be to devise a modernized version of the Scholastic theory of final distribution. This will incorporate descriptions of personal gifts, and crimes, and distributive justice in the family, business, charitable foundations and government.

According to Mueller the fundamental conceptual problem behind existing economic theory is that it cannot explain love and how this affects utility. By contrast the new approach will be premised on the idea that all human action is motivated by love.

Mueller demonstrated the nature of love and how it impacts by quoting from G. K. Chesterton, who said: "A man is fortunate in marrying the woman he loves, but he is even more fortunate in loving the woman he marries." Only human persons, Mueller commented, can love in both of these ways at the same time.

It is not egoism or altruism that explains our actions, Mueller affirmed. With love there is both love of self and along with it love for other persons. The love for another person is the source of the value of any goods used by any person.

In our choices we select the person or persons who will be the purpose of our actions. All economic action therefore involves a gift either to oneself or to some other person. This means that in economic theory, love is not an emotion nor a pure weighing of utility, but rather a weighing of persons. So what we allocate to another person is better understood as a gift rather than an exchange.

This new approach also has implications for how we understand crime, Mueller added. According to current economic theory there is the assumption that everyone has the same basic preferences but some people commit crimes because the perceived utility of the reward for crime outweighs the losses if they are caught.

Although this does have weight, Mueller argued that this does not explain why the vast majority of people, even in poor environments, do not commit crimes. The neo-Scholastic position is that crime is essentially not a weighing of utilities, but of persons.

So, if love means distributing some good to another person and selfishness means distributing all of one's goods to oneself, a crime consists in depriving some person of a good and giving that person a negative significance in the distribution of goods.


Economic theory of households and business will also have to be re-written in the light of this new approach, Mueller continued. The prevailing approach is to consider that a household exists as a means to provide for a division of labor. Two adults marry so that each can increase their utility, understood as pleasure or satisfaction.

By contrast the neo-Scholastic assumption is that the main economic purpose of a household is the procreation, education and maintenance of human beings. This means a household is built around the union between a man and a woman.

Neo-Classical economics fails to explain why so many people marry because it is mistaken to assume that everyone's preferences are either the same or purely selfish, Mueller observed. The neo-Scholastic view is more satisfactory as it considers that marriage is better considered in terms of a series of mutual gifts rather than exchanges.

This is apparent when events affect the married persons unequally, for example, an accident or illness that involves only one of the couple. If the union were based solely on utility it would not survive such events.

A new look is also needed for political economy, Mueller added. Current theory in welfare economics views politicians as governing society much in the same way a parent presides over a household.

A serious problem with this approach is that it provides no set of principles for deciding questions about income distribution. In effect what happens is that everything is reduced to a battle of raw political power between the political groupings that stand to gain or lose from policy decisions.

How much of "economics" as a science should be descriptive? I think it should be primarily normative, with any "description" limited to observations about human goods.

Items of Interest, 19 September 2011

Dr. Fleming: Getting Real Again

Rush is right about the basic point though, and this is a subject I have been meditating on for years. Justice demands that the guilty, not the innocent pay, and the guilty parties to the national debt are the congressmen and officials of both parties who took bribes and pandered to the lobbyists and ward heelers. When elected legislators and bureaucrats go into debt, it is their fault as much as it is the fault of the board of directors and managers of a business. Let the responsible parties be held accountable. If every member of Congress and White House flunkey who got us into this mess were held responsible, we’d have about 500 people to pay back the trillions of debt they–not we–owe.

Thoughts on the British Riots by Mark A. Signorelli ·
He may be blaming Uhmerican culture too much for the riots. Burgundian Costume: Being a study of women’s formal dress of Northern Europe, especially Burgundy and Flanders, in the later half of the 15th century
Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) and Her Music Drama Ordo virtutum: A critical review of the scholarship and some new suggestions

NLM: Fr. Guy Nicholls on Chant and Mass Propers

Gun seller who helped ATF had doubts about the sting

San Francisco CSA Roundup

Jimmy Moore: The LLVLC Show (Episode 499): Jamie Scott Pushing Paleo In New Zealand, Green Deane Is A Modern-Day Low-Carb Forager (mp3)
Chris Masterjohn: An addendum to How to Do a Proper Self-Experiment, and Why Your "N" Doesn't Technically Equal "1"

Barefoot Running and Minimalist Footware:
The Natural Foot: Loosing Faith in Instincts, Movement and Intuitive Sensation - C&NN Connect
Hiking the Smoky Mountains in Toe Shoes
From 2008: That rather famous piece, "You Walk Wrong."

NYT: Wilma Lee Cooper Grand Ole Opry Singer Dies at 90
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper

Rebel Records

Two from NPR on Breaking Bad

'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan On Meth And Morals
Aaron Paul: 'Breaking Bad' Dealer Isn't Dead ... Yet

A lot of women are fans of Dexter; some have attributed this to an attraction to bad or dangerous men. I think I might be more interested in watching Breaking Bad, which seems to be more serious than Weeds (which seems like a drama for women with some drugs thrown in). A mild high school chemistry teacher who decides to go down a path to darkness but not entirely for evil ends...

A reminder from the Tenth Amendment Center

The Police are Under No Legal Obligation to Protect You

JoBlo: Netflix no longer in the DVD-by-mail business?

Because Americans must continue to be entertained.

Message from the co-founder and CEO.

I think he needs to read up on energy/sustainability issues. Too much money being wasted on the frivolous. Even if we were aware of the upcoming energy shortage, how many of us would continue living it up, especially as consumers?

Qwikster From Netflix: The Worst Product Launch Since New Coke? [OPINION]

The University Bookman Symposium: Conservatism and Empire

The University Bookman (via Daniel McCarthy):
  1. And the Tragedy Continues by Bruce P. Frohnen 
  2. How the GOP swallowed the Conservative Movement by Paul Gottfried  
  3. Empire and the Crisis of American Conservatism by James Kalb  
  4. Metternich vs. McEmpire by Daniel McCarthy

Responses to Daniel Yergin about peak oil

Daniel Yergin's letter to the peak oil community, and a rebuttal
Daniel Yergin and Jeffrey J. Brown, Wall Street Journal and Energy Bulletin

Yergin is half-right about oil, but other half is what matters by Jan Lars Mueller (EB)

EB roundup

James Howard Kunstler also makes mention of Yergin's piece today.

Got storage? How hard can it be? by Tom Murphy (EB)
The Bearable Weight of Not-Being by Tad Patzek
David S. D'Amato: Fire the Wall St. Plutocracy
Herman Daly, "We Need A Crisis, And A Change of Values"

Sustainable shrinkage: envisioning a smaller, stronger economy by Ernest Callenbach

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Items of Interest, 18 September 2011

Shaping a new world order by Andrew J. Bacevich

Gelded Men and Insane Socialist Women by Takuan Seiyo
(One should definitely read Never Trust Anyone Who Hasn’t Been Punched in the Face by Scott Locklin as well.)
How much conflict, that is actual fighting or exertion of physical strength against an opponent, is necessary to develop a healthy and virtuous masculinity? Military service should be a necessary preparation for the full exercise of citizenship.
Men who have fought know how difficult it is to stand against the crowd and that civilization is fragile and important. A man who has experienced violence knows that, at its core, civilization is an agreement between men to behave well. That agreement can be broken at any moment; it’s part of manhood to be ready when it is. Men who have been in fights know about something that is rarely spoken of without snickering these days: honor. Men who have been in fights know that, on some level, words are just words: At some point, words must be backed up by deeds.
Sex differences and the division of roles, anyone?

Something on Fr. Reginald Foster: If they'd write in decent Latin, things would be different!

Chris Masterjohn recommends this:
Publish-or-perish: Peer review and the corruption of science

Gary Taubes: Catching up on lost time – the Ancestral Health Symposium, food reward, palatability, insulin signaling and carbohydrates, kettles, pots and other odds and ends (with some philosophy of science as a special added attraction). Part I.

Hyperlipid: Should we abandon the carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity?

Kurt Harris: Archevore Diet Revised

His interview with Robb Wolf: The Paleo Solution, Episode 97 (mp3)

Practical Paleolithic: Carb Fueling vs. Fat Fueling on Paleo…

Jared Taylor explains his white nationalism

White Identity: What it is and Why it is Necessary

(And Jared Taylor Interviewed by White Voice - mp3.)

Interview with Jordi Savall, UNESCO Artist for Peace

UN CAVALIER DI SPAGNA - Anónimo (¿Fra Pietro da Hostia?)

The consequences of anarcho-tyranny

Sept 2009: 'No excuses': Home Secretary attacks police and council over failures that led to deaths of tormented mother and daughter
Jan 2010: Fiona Pilkington tragedy: coroner attacks failings of ‘indifferent’ council
May 2011: Fiona Pilkington case: police face misconduct proceedings

Peter Hitchens comments: Read the awful story of Fiona... THEN accuse me of ‘moral panic’

He also mentions I Don't Know How She Does It:
The blitzkrieg against full-time mothers continues. Now we have a greatly hyped film, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, of the greatly hyped book I Don’t Know How She Does It, about some businesswoman or other who holds down an office job and has children, and they miraculously don’t starve or freeze to death or burn the house down in her absence.

I think we are supposed to admire this. But actually we do know how she does it. She hires a foreign nanny (or if enormously rich, a British one).

Politicians whose wives go out to work do this, too, but media organisations, likewise crammed with wage-slave mothers, never refer to the presence of an expensive servant. All that is supposed to have gone out with Downton Abbey. The wives involved are written about as if they do it all themselves.

No doubt this is all very well for the super-rich. Many children of such households develop enviably close relationships with the nanny, whom they see far more than their actual parent.

High-flying office work is fun, and it pays enough for tolerable childcare. But for hundreds of thousands driven to boring work to pay the bills, the work is not fun and the childcare, in crammed day-orphanages, is inadequate and sad.

I don’t know why we put up with it. Why is it still considered shaming and bad for a woman to bring up her own children?

Sarah Jessica Parker just isn't attractive. Uhmerican women are supposed to be envious?

Hardware Wars