Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dominique Venner

The Shock of History by Michael O'Meara
Venner’s Europe is not, of course, the Soviet/New Class-inspired EU, just as she is not the geographical entity labeled ‘Europe’. Rather than a market, a political/administrative structure, a geographic category—rather even than a race (though in a certain sense it is all about race in the end)—Europe for him is a multi-millennial community of closely-related national families made up of Germans, Celts, Slavs, and others, having the same ancient (Indo-European, Borean, Cro-Magnon) roots of blood and spirit: that is, having the same Thirty-thousand Years of European History and Identity.

This makes his Europe a community with a common civilizational heritage that stretches back to the depths of prehistoric time. Historically, the tradition and identity of this heritage has informed Europe’s representations and values in ways distinguishing/identifying her and her peoples from other civilizations and peoples.

Tradition, though, is not for Venner the metaphysical abstraction of the perennialists or the historical repository of the Burkeans: it is not something outside history nor is it something forged once and for all in the night of time.

Tradition for him is precisely that which does not pass. It is the perpetual spirit that makes Europeans who they are and lends meaning to their existence, as they change and grow yet remain always the same. It is the source thus of the ‘secret permanences’ upon which their history is worked out.

Tradition may originate in Prehistory, but Venner claims it is preeminently contemporary—just as every origin represents a novel outburst of being. It serves thus as a people’s inner compass. It directs them to what and whom they are. It renders what was formed and inspired in the past into a continually informed present. It is always new and youthful, something very much before rather than behind them. It embodies the longest memory, integral to their identity, and it anticipates a future true to its origin. Life lived in reference to tradition, Venner insists, is life lived in accordance with the ideal it embodies—the ideal of ‘who we are’.

In one sense, Venner’s Europe is the opposite of the America that has distorted Europe’s fate for the last half-century. But he is no knee-jerk anti-American (though the French, in my view, have good cause to be anti-US). He’s also written several books on the US War of Secession, in which much of America’s Cavalier heritage is admired. Knowing something of the opposed tendencies shaping American ‘national’ life, he’s well aware of the moral abyss separating, say, Jesse James from Jay Gould—and what makes one an exemplar of the European spirit and the other its opposite.

Modeled on the Old Testament, not the Old World, Venner claims America’s New World (both as a prolongation and rejection of Europe) was born of New England Calvinism and secularized in John O’Sullivan’s ‘Manifest Destiny’.

Emboldened by the vast, virgin land of their wilderness enterprise and the absence of traditional authority, America’s Seventeenth-century Anglo-Puritan settlers set out, in the spirit of their radical-democratic Low Church crusade, to disown the colony’s Anglo-European parents—which meant disowning the idea (old as Herodotus) that Europe is ‘the home of liberty and true government’.

Believing herself God’s favorite, this New Zion aspired—as a Promised Land of liberty, equality, fraternity—to jettison Europe’s aesthetic and aristocratic standards for the sake of its religiously-inspired materialism. Hence, the bustling, wealth-accumulating, tradition-opposing character of the American project, which offends every former conception of the Cosmos.

New England, to be sure, is not the whole of America, for the South, among another sections, has a quite different narrative, but it was the Yankee version of the ‘American epic’ that became dominant, and it is thus the Yankee version that everywhere wars on Americans of European descent.

A critique that may be acceptable to some of us, but does the French Ultra Right or the European New Right really have anything to offer to Christians? (Naturally, the attraction of Venner to alt righters and fringe/WN groups does make him suspect.)

Interview at The Occidental Quarterly
Under the Spell of European Mysticism
Secret Aristocracies
Toward a New Aristocracy
Another European Destiny

New Antaois Journal

Videos after the jump...

Unpleasant business

After attending the funeral for xiao Jimmy's mother, I don't think I could hack it in the funeral home or the cemetery business - some of the expressions may be sincere, but I don't think I'd handle playing the part well.

There is something about the experience of death; not the fear of it but the emotions it evokes...

Do morticians aim at making the body look more "life-like" or just decent flattery? I've been to a few viewings, and I haven't seen a body that resembled the living person. In each case I thought that the body looked fake or "unreal" - of course, something was very different or missing. What is the nature of the difference, though? Even materialists can admit that there is a significant change when someone dies, though they may not be able to explain it coherently.

Why is cremation more acceptable than simply chopping a body up into tiny pieces and scattering them? Are we comforted by the belief that the "carbonization" of a body does not leave any significant or recognizable remains? As far as I can tell, arguments for the prohibition against cremation have been aimed at the intention, either of the deceased (if he is being cremated in accordance with his wishes) or of the family. It may be permissible in areas where land is scarce. But is there something about cremation that intrinsically shows disrespect to the deceased or the body? Is cremation more like disposal than burial? Keeping the ashes in an urn in the family room seems very strange to me -- at least put the urn in a niche or bury it.

Items of Interest, 29 October 2011

Visited Sunset State Beach today - fun with the nieces and nephews. It's been so long since I was there... didn't have time to finish the citadel on the mountain (or Mordor)...

Neither Revolution Nor Reform: A New Strategy for the Left
By Gar Alperovitz

The economic crisis has also produced widespread interest in the Bank of North Dakota, a highly successful state-owned bank founded in 1919 when the state was governed by legislators belonging to the left-populist Nonpartisan League. Over the past fourteen years, the bank has returned $340 million in profits to the state and has broad support in the business community as well as among progressive activists. Legislative proposals to establish banks patterned in whole or in part on the North Dakota model have been put forward by activists and legislators in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, and Massachusetts. In Oregon, with strong support from a coalition of farmers, small-business owners, and community bankers, and backed by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a variation on the theme, “a virtual state bank” (that is, one that has no storefronts but channels state-backed capital to support other banks) is likely to be formed in the near future. How far the various strategies may develop is likely to depend on the intensity of future financial crises, the degree of social and economic pain and political anger in general, and the capacity of a new politics to focus citizen anger in support of major institutional reconstruction and democratization.

A first step towards restoring a local economy?

Lew Rockwell on OWS: The Evil 1% - critical of those who have concentrated political power but not of those who have concentrated economic power.

Pay at the top: to each according to results? to social contribution? ... or to systemic privilege? by Jeremy Fox (EB)

Re: corporations and personhood - Jefferson Was Right.

Paul Gottfried, Is Herman Cain “Black” Enough?

Fabius Maximus, Attritionist Letter #9: the hidden reason behind DoD’s organization (it makes sense once you understand)

Jimmy Moore, More ‘Safe Starches’ Stuff And Why I’ve Decided NOT To Test Them On Myself and 25-Year Old Documentary ‘The Sugar Trap’ Still Rings True Today
Paul Jaminet’s Response To The Critics Of His ‘Safe Starches’ Concept
Is There Any Such Thing As ‘Safe Starches’ On A Low-Carb Diet?

James G. Bruen, Jr. reviews G. J. Meyer's The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty.

Transatlantic Sessions - Series 5 - Episode 4

Changes to the rules of succession

Video: David Cameron: time to change rules of succession
David Cameron declares an end to 'outdated' laws on succession
Daily Mail

Thomas Fleming, The Continuing Tory Revolution
The Thinking Housewife
David Lindsay
A.P. Schrader, The Succession laws are discriminatory because they are supposed to be – Cameron should lay off

I post this tidbit because someone from Christendom approved of the change for daughters. What Catholic woman hasn't been contaminated to some extent by feminism? I'm not a supporter of hereditary monarchy, but I do not concede that this change was necessary for "fairness."

The Pittsford Perennialist has this post on Franz Bonaventura Adalbert Maria Herzog von Bayern: God Save the King!

A recent photo? Dr. John Cuddeback often wore a jacket similar to this one. I like the lack of jacket lapels.

Whatever you do for the least of these...

Barbara Ehrenreich, Homeless in America (CP, EB)

Do we allow the homeless and the poor to have access to productive property, including access to public land for growing food and such? The may no longer able to take care of themselves in that way, but how many of them would be willing to learn? And how many are unable because of mental illness or other issues? One could argue that food is no longer a common good because we do not live in a hunter-gatherer society and everyone must make a contribution, either by growing their own food or working so they can exchange for it, but is the notion of what is "common" really that clear-cut? Is it an injustice if one in unable to acquire the means (productive capital) to produce their own food because the majority of property is in the hands of the few? Is this really progress?

Some of the complaints against the "young people" of OWS by those not sympathetic to the movement may be understandable, but a lot of seems like resentment of wage slaves who don't realize how fortunate they are. One can criticize some in OWS for embracing the platform of the contemporary Democratic party, but they nonetheless have some legitimate gripes.

If there is insufficient land, then do we force some to move, while reconsidering what it is to be a citizen or a member of a community? Or do we just let things play themselves out, and let people move "voluntarily" when the times become more desperate, even though it may be too late?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Items of Interest, 28 October 2011

Rorate Caeli: Editorial note: Assisi Ignored

John C.Calhoun: Nullification, Secession, and the Constitution by Marco Bassani

Lee Trepanier, If Music Be Food For Citizenship
"One of purposes of education, perhaps its primary one, is the cultivation of intellectual and moral excellence of citizens who, in turn, will promote an improved political regime. In other words, the regime exists for the education of its citizens instead of education existing for the sake of the regime."

The regime is the ordering of the members of a community to the common good. So in that sense it is for the sake of those members, but the end of the regime should not be understood as the many private goods of the individuals.

Bay Area Equity & Resilience Convening Promo - November 11

Bay Localize

The Economics of Happiness Conference
Berkeley, California, March 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2012

Thomas Storck, Decentralism and Subsidiarity: Applications to Society and Culture

A new book: Local Dollars, Local Sense

Ten Ways to Turn From Consumer to Producer

Groundbreaking Opportunity: The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act

Quail Hollow Farm
Farm-to-Fork Dinner Fiasco By Laura Bledsoe
Southern Nevada Health Inspector Mary Oakes under orders from Supervisor Susan LeBay a pool inspector in 2005 visits Quail Hollow Farm on night of Farm To Fork Dinner October 21, 2011.

ARiver of Waste

Chip Ward, Occupy Earth

Are we reaching “Limits to Growth”? by Gail Tverberg (EB)

Amory Lovins On Creating A Prosperous Economy Without Oil, Coal, Or Nuclear by Ariel Schwartz

Ralph Nader, Quo Vaids, OWS?
Paul Craig Roberts, Living in a Delusional World
Linh Dinh, A Gathering of Tribes

WAPF: Experts to Challenge Dietary Myths about Fats, Salt, Plant-Based Diets
MDA: The Doctor Told Me He Could Not Believe It

TAD - Shag Master Hoodie
Gear Junkie: Softshell Jackets Buyers Guide 2011
Early This Morning in Colonial Williamsburg: Hats
Friday Video: Silent Screen Actresses Model Flapper Fashions, 1928

Peter Phillips - A new Josquin
Miranda Lambert: Breaking the Country Music Mold

Make No Mistake - The Institution is Against What You Believe.

That's the Union Army for you; it bends to the will of the regime and not to the states or the people, and it has no interest in upholding the traditional values of those who enter its ranks. The renewed push to get women into combat roles is just the latest step in the feminization of the military and the social engineering that has taken place in accordance with liberalism and radical egalitarianism. The [male] voices, military, ex-military, and non-military, protesting in the comboxes at FB and other websites seem to be in the minority. The women and the beta males are all strongly vocal in their support of expanding combat roles to women and giving them the "choice";  they can't help but try to shame those who disagree with them.

One of the photos posted at FB:

U.S. Army Sgt. Jennifer Peters, from the 186th Military Police Company, Iowa Army National Guard, provides security during military operations on urban terrain as part of mobilization training conducted by the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Dix, N.J., Jan. 10, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika) 

Good glamour shot, in the service of ideology. Another fearless female MP. As the feminists recognize, in Afghanistan and Iraq, not being in a combat arm does not mean that one is not in a combat zone, and may not have to respond to an aggressor - another woman providing security. (Another photo of the same woman.)

"Army Strong." Laughable.

MGTOW: If I were a young, traditional male considering joing the Union Army (or another service branch of the National Government's military), I should ask myself, "Why should I invest in the maintenance of such a sick society, one that does not appreciate males and their differences from females?" Let the dead bury the dead. I have better things to do with my life.

Many at a certain Catholic college were wary of inhabiting or creating an insular Christian ghetto, defending their aversion with the claim that Catholics are to evangelize the world. Are they following a misunderstanding of the lay vocation? How many of them would be willing to preach about patriarchy and criticize all of feminism to non-believers? "We should work on leading them to God first, before worrying about such details." But this isn't a minor issue when it comes to Christianity and moral theology, just as marriage and family life are not unimportant parts of the life of the lay person, and the health of society does depend on the state of the families which constitute it. A Christian family can witness to patriarchy in how it is ordered but how is it going to answer those who ask if such an organization is essential to Christianity? Will the husband and wife claim that it is just a lifestyle preference?

Christians do have duties and responsibilities to their own, and this includes maintaining a strong community with its own sense of identity and culture. Are some afraid of the ghetto because they are not ready to give up the world yet, with all of its allures, just as they are not ready to embrace a simpler life, giving up certain material goods, in the name of social justice or sustainability?

How long before special forces gets diluted because it is reshaped in accordance with PC values?

Commando monument near ground zero to be unveiled on Veterans Day. See the photos for SWCS, pages 2 and following. "Soldiers attending the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Mountaineering Program conduct Senior Course Level II training near Fort Carson, Colorado..."

Pat Buchanan on The World Over

The Conquest of the West
Aftershow with William Peter Blatty

The encroachments of Uhmerican culture

Even in Hong Kong one can find a Halloween display. You wouldn't be so surprised to here of it being celebrated in the UK (Inspector Lewis: "Falling Darkness"), but Hong Kong? On FB I saw a photo of a friend's child in a bee costume, next to a giant jack o'lantern display. It's probably at a shopping center, so it's primarily commercial in its observance. Not very much trick-or-treating taking in place in Hong Kong. Maybe Hong Kong youths will celebrate by dressing up in a costume before they go to a party or a bar or a club.

It's not cultural imperialism as far as I know, though I do not know if this was voluntarily adopted by local owners, or if Uhmerican corporations had a hand in the introduction of the holiday. Still, that some Hong Kong people are willing to observe the holiday by dressing up or having their children dress up shows how influential Uhmerican culture is (and how much traditional cultures have waned).

Not in the Earl of Oxford camp

Something from Insight Scoop related to the trailer I posted for Anonymous yesterday: Fr. Fessio and Joseph Pearce discuss who was really William Shakespeare.

Would I consider viewing the movie in the theaters? I'd have to watch the trailer again... I have to find those movie tickets. Fr. Z's thoughts on the movie and trailer.
Driving home on Stevens Creek today, I saw the location of the "new" BevMo store, which is near Valley Fair. I think it must have moved from the old location on Stevens Creek a while back; I don't think it is that new. But I don't drive around the South Bay that much.

Paul Gilding and Richard Heinberg to speak at the Commonwealth Club in SF

The Great Disruption - Monday, November 7 at 12:30 P.M. FB event I doubt I'll go. I don't check the Commonwealth Club calendar often enough -- it is a hassle to gt to SF, and I'm interested in only a few of the speakers.

Some upcoming events:
November 1: Adam Gopnik: The Table Comes First - Family, France and the Meaning of Food
January 9: Robert A. Scott: Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral
Amy Chua will be there on January 12.

Related: Paul Gilding

WSJ review of The Great Disruption

Anthony Bourdain at Google

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Army Ranger Dies on 14th Deployment - Fox News video.

Also killed was a woman who was a part of special operations as a member of a cultural support team.

Conference of American Armies kicks off in Peru

Items of Interest, 27 October 2011

Happy Birthday to the MD.

Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?
I had seen this news before, I think because of Rebellion, but I'm posting it now, prompted by Ohio Republic.

Redeeming America's Political Culture: The Kirkean Tradition in the Study of American Public Life by Bruce Frohnen

Are Executive Orders Constitutional?

A provocative piece for conservatives: Ron Paul, Constitutions, and (or vs.) Populism (via David Lindsay). It's a question asked by others, such as Jeff Culbreath -- how integral is the Constitution to the conservative platform? If the old constitutional order is gone, then how necessary is it to base one's program upon it?

Brett Stevens, Globalism loves diversity
Conspiracy theorists may readily believe that those who wish to maintain power will resort to the cultural destruction of their society as a means, so long as they are insulated from the consequences of their rule in their gated communities and such.

Ron Araujo, A Supranational Authority—a Catholic perspective

Stranded Resources (EB)

Automatic Earth: How I Prepared My Family for Peak Oil (Nicole Foss)

Richard Heinberg on Reaching The End of Growth (Podcast) (mp3)

Dmitry Orlov, Living on Stolen Time (EB)

Rod Dreher:
He writes on a PUA blogger: Telling the Ugly Truth about Modern Sex
The derivatives monster under the bed
How will the United States die?
Papal global government wish: ‘Impossible and dangerous’
Our hexayurt future
$6.6 billion in lost Iraq cash now accounted for, inspector says
My precious job, my precious self
We should want to have time for authentic leisure, family, friendship and so on -- but would those participating OWS be willing to have this, if they had to embrace a simpler lifestyle and voluntary poverty, so long as their basic needs were met?

VD on Marc Rubio: On the other hand, it didn't stop Obama

John Zmirak, So Many Gods, So Little Time

An article featuring Dr. Marshner: Moral theologian voices concern over CCHD grant process (his report)

Rorate Caeli: "The great Catholic horror story: the pseudo-historical deception of Communion in the hand"

Movies after the jump:

Thomas Storck, A Short Primer for Protestors

The Distributist Review

What is Distributism? Distributism is an economic system in which private property exists, yes, but private property at the service of people, of the common good, not of those able to amass the most wealth and power and exploit others. Distributism aims at well-distributed private property, small and local businesses, family farms, and cooperatives. Private property is a good thing if it serves the needs of people. If it is perverted into a method of domination by the rich, then it becomes an evil.

Citywatch: Occupy movement identifies food movement common inspiration and optionsby Wayne Roberts (EB)

Transition Towns and Common Security Clubs by Chuck Collins (EB)

Announcing a revolutionary leap forward in the Transition model… by Rob Hopkins (EB)

Pretend jobs by Gene Logsdon (EB)

The Reign of the One Percenters by Christopher Ketcham

The Era of Small and Many by Bill McKibben
Reversing the trend of generations

Elders a (Labor) Force for Social Change by Marc Freedman
Boomers discover ways to apply their skills and life experience to purposeful second careers.

Graduates Get a Crash Course in Sharing by Malcolm Harris
How new graduates are improvising when expected careers aren't panning out.

Webcast for Della Mae

Info from the FB event:
8pm Eastern Time

The ladies of Della Mae are back at Club Passim; this time for the Official Release concert of their recent studio recording entitled, "I Built This Heart". They will play the album in its entirety, several new renditions of old songs, and some brand new stuff! Be sure and catch this show, there won't be another one like it!

The show will be in the band's hometown of BOSTON, MA. Join us at 8pm Eastern Time on for a live webcast of the festivities.
No rebroadcast!

Della Mae (FB & MS)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Items of Interest, 26 October 2011

James Matthew Wilson, Catholic Teaching and Global Political Authority
Rod Dreher, The cafeteria is only closed for liberal Catholics (see the comment by Adam De Ville)
Sandro Magister, "Occupy Wall Street." The Vatican at the Barricades

Creating Rural Wealth

Harvey Ussery and Broody Hens

Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need

NPR: The Informal Economy Driving World Business

Kevin Carson, There is No Disinterested Authority and Battle for the Heart of the Occupy Movement

Peak Oil:
The peak oil crisis: the energy trap by Tom Whipple (EB)
Oil and the Economy by Chris Martenson
A recording from yesterday's conference call with Cris Martenson is now available.
Individual statements in support of ASPO-USA's letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu (EB)

A return to the age of sail? The first Transition podcast! A visit to the Tres Hombres, tasting a revolution in shipping

The Environment:
Polluted America: Amazingly colourful aerial pictures that highlight damage to Earth wrought by industry
Grist: Is the environmental crisis caused by 7 billion or the 1%

Thomas Fleming, The End of the American Empire and Fight Night in Vegas
Jack Hunter, I'm still holding out hope that conservatism will triumph
Daniel Larison, Paul Ryan and Social Mobility
More ignorant "We're #1!" rhetoric from a Republican.

JOHN LAFORGE, Radiation Reporting
GARETH PORTER AND SHAH NOORI, U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids

NPR: Reporting from the front lines of Mexico's drug war

TAC hiring online editor
I find myself tempted by this...

Solemn Dominican Rite, Blackfriars, Oxford
Fr Thomas Kocik's Talk at Thomas More College
Further from the Association of Latin Liturgy and the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Pulling an all-nighter: The example of St. Dominic

Chant - Amor et Passio: Interview mit David Ianni

Anthony Esolen at Christendom College: Author Anthony Esolen Exposes Society's Misunderstanding of Love - his lecture can be downloaded at iTunes.

Heinrich Isaac, the film (full version)

Maine Song and Story Map
Bluegrass Diva with Steve Martin, Ed Helms and Noam Pikelny
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will be at Villa Montalvo tomorrow.

Yo-Yo Ma on The Tonight Show

In the Footsteps of a Hero: The Joseph Brennan Story

Brittany Haas

Lauren Rioux and Brittany Haas play old-time tunes

Fiddling by the Blue Water - Fab Fiddle Workshop

Crooked Still (MS)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Items of Interest, 25 October 2011

John Médaille has a comment about the note on financial reform issued yesterday.
Local Economies of Care by Lewis McCrary
Rod Dreher, If not world government, then what?
Thomas Peters, Pope Benedict Calls For “Central World Bank” … Only He Didn’t. Here’s Why.

An interview with Richard Aleman (French)

Rod Dreher, No Chinese Good Samaritans
James Howard Kunstler offers a contrast between Europeans and Uhmericans: Jet-lagged and Ragged
Seeds of Freedom Trailer

Seeds of Freedom - Trailer from The ABN and The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo.

TEDxDirigo - Roger Doiron - A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

Kitchen Gardeners International

Where does permaculture now sit within Transition?

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s foreword to ‘The Transition Companion’ by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (EB)
the book

The Greenhorns

Happy Food Day

A Field Guide to Closing Your Bank Account
The United States’ 65-Year debt bubble by Gail Tverberg (EB)
A Conversation with Chris Martenson
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
(I don't know if a transcript will be posted.)

Heather Franzese - Changing How You Think About Clothes

Diet and Health:
Ask Mark Sisson! by Underground Wellness (mp3)

Listen to internet radio with Underground Wellness on Blog Talk Radio

The LLVLC Show (Episode 509): Vegan-Turned-Omnivore Heather Mamatey And ‘Make It Paleo’ Authors Bill Staley And Hayley Mason (mp3)

A 1-Day MovNat Workshop in Palo Alto


John Taylor Gatto, Speech to the Vermont Homeschooling Conference

Higher Education Bubble
From: The Best Colleges

Don’t EVEN Get Me Started, Mythical Bootstraps College Student

Steve Jobs:
A Computer Icon on Life, Death, and Apple
Steve, Myself, and I: The Big Story of a Little Prefix

Gregorian chanting reduces blood pressure, stress
NCRegister: Pornography Addiction Documented
Rhode Island: Concert: Great music in a sacred space

Coat Of Many Colors - Eva Cassidy

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paleo/Primal links

Jack Hunter is going to try the Primal Blueprint, through the influence of Tom Woods and Craig Holland Dixon

Robb Wolf interview @ #AHS11 by Tara Grant from Ancestry on Vimeo.

Omelettes: Standing Firmly Against Everything But the Kitchen Sink"


Items of Interest, 24 October 2011

Full Text: Note on financial reform from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Vatican Radio
Peter Daniel Haworth, Prudential Questions About the Vatican’s Call for New International Authority Over Financial Institutions and Policy
Fr. Z, The new “white paper” from the Pont. Council Justice and Peace. Fr. Z rants like loon.
Richard Spencer, The Vatican Calls for Global Usury
Marc DeGirolami
Rod Dreher

Distributist Review: Mondragon Revisited
Local residents galvanize around agricultural issue
By Matthew Renda
Kitchen Table Talks: A Food Activist’s Guide to Growing the Movement
Economic Solutions Worth Spreading
Slow Money: Sign the Principles


Rodale Institute: The Farming Systems Trial
Eric Herm:

The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement
Robbing Us Blind by David S. D'Amato
The Occupation Movement Reader by Brad Spangler

Peak Oil:
Commentary: Oil and the economy by Chris Martenson (EB)
Special call with Chris Martenson, Tues. 10/25
Richard Heinberg on "The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality (mp3)
A Peak Oil Primer AKA Why Daniel Yergin is a Dumbass Corporate Whore for Big Oil (EB)
Daniel Yergin massively reduced his energy estimates by Jeffrey J. Brown
The Olduvai Theory
Paul Ehrlich Global Collapse Warning

California: So cities can have water, farmers are paid if they don’t plant

PATRICK COCKBURN, Fury Mounts Among Greek People
MARSHALL AUERBACK, The Myth of Greek Profligacy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Totally Corrupt America
DEEPAK TRIPATHI, Killing Gaddafi
ANTHONY DIMAGGIO, What the Establishment Isn’t Telling You About Libya

NPR: Deadly Monopolies; Patenting the Human Body

The Gaddafi I Knew
Daniel Larison, Follies of Self-Determination

The Decline of American Intellectual Conservatism by Claes G. Ryn
Pat Buchanan, What is it We Wish to Conserve
Yet another “progressive” argument for an unlimited Commerce Power doesn’t add up

Rome Reports:

Zenit: Pope Explains Basis for Vatican Dialogue
ZENIT Leaders Look to Future
Q-and-A With Faces From Behind the Scenes
And Notes the Choices That Should Be Discouraged

Order of Malta: Grand Prior of England Installed

What is the Holy Rosary?

FBI Says Gangs Infiltrating the US Military
A post by John Robb.

US Army: Uniform Traditions

Gillian Welch on A Prairie Home Companion

Video and audio

She is also in the most recent episode of Austin City Limits.

Watch The Decemberists / Gillian Welch on PBS. See more from Austin City Limits.

(links via her website)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Reading blogs, continued...

Rod Dreher is still attracting the same crowd as before, mostly people who are not sympathetic to his traditionalism and beliefs about sexual morality. Some of them are regulars from his old blog and a few participate elsewhere at The American Conservative blogs. Again, I find it pointless to wade through the comments and to respond to those who are objecting to traditional morality. Most of them are not there to dialogue but to object. One particular commentator who also participates at FPR is annoying; it's like he is playing "bishop," pronouncing the truth that must be accepted, even though his actual brand of Orthodoxy is rather suspect. So I should return to the default: skimming the articles and avoiding the comments.

One should be on guard against the temptation to express an opinion about everything; I don't think we outgrow disliking the vocal know-it-all. These thoughts are not new, but I have not posted them before (I may have an unfinished post stating the same things). What of Mr. Dreher's crunchy conservatism? Is he making any "converts" among conservatives Republicans?  He may be able to maintain a dialogue on questions of economics with non-Republicans, but he does not seem to be making any headway with respect to other aspects of traditional morality. It is not apparent to me that many of his readers are really that interested in embracing a more "crunchy" lifestyle.

Are most online discussions/debates that welcome people of differing viewpoints useless? Various Christians, including the Pope, hope that the Holy Spirit can work through the Internet, but if people are just coming to Christian blogs looking for a fight then they have a moral obstacle to conversion. How many sincere seekers are there? How many are instead parasites enjoying the attention they get and being able to one-up (in their minds) the proprietor of the blog? It seems likely that those who visit the Catholic Answers Forums have a different intent than those visiting Mr. Dreher's blog. (I don't know what the policy of the CA Forums is regarding trolls.)

Dos dialogue have to take place within some form of community for it to be worthwhile? I am working on a post about this at the other blog. Can the early Church tell us anything about dialogue? Did the early Christians get involved with dialogue, as opposed to apologetics? I have the impression that they did not expect to persuade anyone to become Christian through arguments; rather, they answered various allegations against Christians or the Christian faith, for example that Christian dogma contradicts reason or is irreligious. Perhaps someone like Robert Louis Wilken could shed some light on this.

What of the harmony between faith and reason? Did the Church wait to cultivate reason after the "triumph of faith"? I think the harmony was already being observed and reason exercised within the early Christian communities through theology, but it was not a project directed ad extra ecclesiae, except in apologetics?

I haven't decided whether I'll adjust the links according to my current daily reading preferences -- that part of the blog does need some cleaning. Still contemplating redirecting my time and energy towards the writing project, and its reflections like this post that cause me to question whether I should continue writing original blog posts.

Related links:
Robert Wilken: Ordered from the beginning
Robert Louis Wilken, "Catholicism and Culture"
His review of Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity by Luke Timothy Johnson

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