Saturday, July 07, 2012

The English Concert at the Library of Congress, 2010

More From Peter Hitchens on Fiction Books

Along with some responses to comments on other posts, including ‘We Won the War … or Did We?’: A Summing Up. What is of interest to me:
On the Good Bad Books issue, I’m grateful for the response, and for the recommendations. Oddly enough, the educated middle class have for years been quite happy to own up to reading thrillers of a certain sort – le Carre, P.D.James’s detective stories, maybe Eric Ambler in the right company. And of course Sherlock Holmes. But not, I think, the sort of books I mentioned. By the way, I just don’t like Bernard Cornwell’s books. I may have been influenced by the fact that Sean Bean is the actor chosen to star in the TV version, and I just can’t enjoy his performances in anything. I also seem to recall feeling there was something anachronistic about the language and the minds of the characters, and anachronism is something which I cannot stand in historical fiction.

TEDxHarvardLaw - Stephan Guyenet - The American Diet

I had posted this video before, but it was removed from that YT account. Another copy is at YT though:

신세경 on Star Date

[Star Date] Listen to the sweet song by "Shin Se-gyeong" (신세경)

Friday, July 06, 2012

Prince William becomes Knight of the Thistle

"God will put the right one in my life when it's time."

It is said that this belief, however it is formulated, should be adopted by Christians fleeing the modern dating scene. It may seem to be a pious thought, but it is instead an example of Christianity-lite because it ignores human nature in favor of some idealized (or overly spiritualized) notion of romance and God's providence. As it has been a while since I browsed the contents at Boundless, I can't say with any certainty that this mindset is defended there. It has been criticized by Dalrock and others, who are probably correct to condemn this sort of passive attitude as being proper to a woman, Christian or otherwise. Indeed, Christian women probably take this belief as giving them permission or validating their desire to pursue their career and the life of a care-free single. Rather, in addition to preparing themselves to be good wives and mistresses of the house, women should make themselves available to be pursued by men, and do so in the appropriate places that will signal a proper intention. It is unlikely that a man will find many chaste, sensible women at a club or bar. Even if he can successfully game a woman there, he does not expect to find the right kind of girl.

While women should not hold on to this belief, might it be an appropriate one for men? If so, wouldn't it be another example of women improperly trying to be like men? This thought struck my mind when considering that a recovering beta must give up quioxtic fantasies and onenitis and be a master of his life, not be mastered by his emotions. That is the proper way to "man up." A recent comment at Dalrock's blog by deti lists some of Roissy's "commandments," including this:
Chapter III. You shall make your mission, not your woman, your priority Forget all those romantic cliches of the leading man proclaiming his undying love for the woman who completes him. Despite whatever protestations to the contrary, women do not want to be “The One” or the center of a man’s existence. They in fact want to subordinate themselves to a worthy man’s life purpose, to help him achieve that purpose with their feminine support, and to follow the path he lays out. You must respect a woman’s integrity and not lie to her that she is “your everything”. She is not your everything, and if she is, she will soon not be anymore.
Similar advice is implicitly given by Jack Donovan. Men should focus on making themselves better men, and not worry so much about finding a woman. In these sad times, they should probably be indifferent or even resigned to the possibility that they may not marry because there may be an insufficient number of good, godly, and submissive women out there. (This stoicism is not incompatible with a trust in God's providence, if one believes that God does not "micromanage" his creatures or coerce their wills.)

If they are blessed with good family, friend, and church networks, perhaps they will be able to meet a good women through these. Are there any examples of Christian men who met a woman at a bar and then led her to being a good, submissive Christian wife? I doubt it. I leave the workplace out of the list because its association with American sexual harassment laws is just too dangerous for betas, recovering or otherwise. If any Christian men who have taken the "red pill" have an alternate strategy of finding a good wife, let me know.

How Do I Know God's Will for a Marriage Partner?

Pat Buchanan, Hamiltonian Nationalist?

As the Pittsford Perennialist has linked to the post, I should add a few thoughts on the future American Conservative. It would not be entirely discordant with the man associated with the magazine, Pat Buchanan, to become more overtly Hamiltonian Nationalist. Thomas DiLorenzo writes that Mr. Buchanan told him, "Alexander Hamilton is my hero." Buchanan does lean more towards a Hamiltonian position with respect to trade and tariffs (in contrast to "Jeffersonian" Southrons like Dr. Wilson) and focusing on manufacturing (rather than having a more agrarian view). But does Buchanan believe that the Constitution provides for a strong, centralized national government? I do not think so.

Nevertheless, we have a piece like James Pinkerton's Why Do We Have USDA? (It was balanced by this piece on Joel Salatin, Cultivating Freedom, in which Salatin criticized the USDA.) Scott Galupo appears to embrace the overly positive judgments of John Robert's opinion.

But if there is someone who stands opposed to Buchanan and is opposed to Buchanan's understanding of conservatism it is probably still Ron Unz. You can find reservations expressed about Mr. Unz by other conservatives in these posts. Something more recent by Mr. Unz: Immigration, the Republicans, and the End of White America.

Buchanan is right that we should build up manufacturing; does he embrace the model of large-scale concentrations of manufacturing in certain cities (like Detroit) or regions, or is he more willing to embrace something more diffuse (and humane and sustainable), at the expense of American "wealth"? Not that the United States can be said to be "prosperous" now, like it was in the latter half of the 20th century. Should we be trying to regain that position of economic power? And if Jeffersonians are believers in free trade, what place does trade hold in their science of politics in relation to the community and the common good? Do they allow for limits to trade?

Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton? by Clyde N. Wilson
From 2007: It's Time To End Hamilton's Curse by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

A Plea for the Real Union | Clyde Wilson

From 2010: Daniel McCarthy on the Future of the American Conservative Magazine and Taking Back the Right
Interview: Daniel McCarthy on Neoconservatism
2011: Tory Anarchism in America: An Interview with Daniel McCarthy

Portrait of an Uhmerican Family

The other day I had a brief exchange on FB with a cousin regarding the SCOTUS ruling last week on the "individual mandate" and the Constitution. We disagreed on the nature of the Federal government as laid out by the Constitution, and how the document is to be interpreted. This lack of a common religion, understanding of history, culture, identity, and politics is probably representative of many Uhmerican families. Parents (in particular fathers) in the megapolis do not educate their children in religion and American republicanism. The lack of a common ethos (along with the emphasis on mobility) prevents families from strengthening themselves and becoming agents of  community building or reform. While blood is thicker than water and the members of my extended family would probably come to our aid if we needed it, disagreement in visions for communal life dilutes our political strength.

Republicanism must start with families and extended kin networks.

The Federal Income Tax

His supporters should know that Ron Paul advocates the elimination of the national income tax. There probably is over at Lew Rockwell's site a brief history of the passing of the 16th Amendment and what happened "behind the scenes," something to counter to the official history.

If an individual income tax is permissible at the national level, is it right that it generally places a greater burden on the citizenry than the state income tax? How much government does a true, limited federal government really need?

One might argue that we need a strong National Government to check the power of the corporations, given that corporate personhood is recognized in all the states, and corporations can be, in effect, superstate entitites. But what if the National Government is in alliance with the corporations and this alliance prevents reformers from attaining political office? What is to be done, then?

Supreme Errors by Peter Schiff
The Men Who Destroyed the Constitution by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Leisure, Philosophy, and Liberal Education in Josef Pieper’s Thought by Lee Trepanier

Josef Pieper is best known in this country for his work, Leisure as the Basis of Culture, and its companion essay, The Philosophical Act, published as one book in 1952. In this book, Pieper’s argument is seemingly straight-forward: culture depends upon leisure, and leisure in turn depends upon the cult of divine worship. For Pieper, the cult is the ritual of public sacrifice that acts as the primary source of our independence and freedom, while culture involves natural goods of the world that belong to us but are beyond our immediate needs and wants. Leisure, as the basis of culture, therefore is our fundamental relationship to reality as a type of “philosophical act” where we learn to see how certain aspects of reality demand a celebration of them in divine worship. For Pieper, the highest relationship we can have with reality is one that is free of practical considerations, a philosophical theoria, and that can only be preserved within the sphere of leisure. Although his argument appears to be only about leisure, Pieper is actually exploring the nature of philosophy, specifically Christian philosophy, and its role in the education of souls.


Verily Something Different by Andrew Haines
New women's magazine aims to encourage and uplift By Michelle Bauman
Fresh Conversations on What It Means To Be Real Women - Podcast, Part 1 and Part 2 (mp3)
Yay Verily! A Fresh Magazine with a Fresh Message

So where does Verily stand on issues other than alternative fashion? What is its attitude towards physical beauty, fitness, and health? The blog does not shed much light on what the contributors and editors think about feminism. The magazine is not "Catholic" though some of its editors are cradle(?) Catholics. Based on what I read in the Patheos article, so far it is an inadequate response to feminism. I'll have to listen to the podcasts.

I am reminded of LC/RC's Pure Fashion. (A post from 2009.) Then there is the use of mass media to "evangelize" the masses. Can contemporary mass marketing techniques be used to make virtue appealing to the "sisterhood"? How can the print magazine become financially viable without some sort of advertising? I cannot see how periodicals aiming for a large audience can accept advertising without compromising on their message and values. Would education by older women, coupled with good peer or social pressure in an existing community, be more effective? Some may end up rejecting traditional values, but they are free to go their own way. That would be better than staying and poisoning the minds and hearts of others.

Perhaps it is unavoidable that women will be concerned with their looks, since that is the means by which they are presentable to (and attract) men. But what of the competition for status among women, both with respect to appearance and the sort of man they can get? Is that such a laudable thing? An honest discussion of hypergamy?Will they advocate traditional roles needed for the rebuilding of family and community? A better word would be "feminine," if it is defined properly. What of an endorsement of slut-shaming in order to strike against female promiscuity? Or will the magazine be "nice" to keep customers?

Will women be encouraged to develop their own particular strengths, rather than competing with men and displacing them from the civic brotherhood? I continue to have doubts about the distinction between "private" and "public"; such a division may seem too "confining" to women. "Domestic" versus "communal" is much better, and women have their own part to play in the communal sphere, interacting with other families, but primarily with other women, children, and their elders. Men interact with other families as well, but primarily in their cooperation with other men in ordering the community and laboring for its perfection.

More Links:
FB for Verily
Dawn Eden on Christopher Closeup
Dance Immaculata
Glorify God

Deserving of a Link Here

The Ideal Economy of Wilhelm Roepke by Ralph E. Ancil
In the volumi­nous writings of Wilhelm Roep­ke, we find an effort to come to grips with this dilem­ma of unfreedom and to outline a way of getting what we want in a deeper and fuller sense. Rather than perpetuate the feeling of dependence and unfreedom by restricting choice to the usual alternatives in political economy (social­ism or liber­tari­anism), Roepke envi­sions a "Third Way" that would in a properly under­stood sense be truly "liberat­ing." It is not the Roepke as Austrian econo­mist that is here considered, or the Roepke as anti-communist, but rather the essential Roepke, Roepke as radical reform­er, as idealist.
Looking at Recoil, saw this ad for taken from one of Paul Howe's Panteao DVDs.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Peter Hitchens on Game of Thrones

Travelling in Time, plus Swords and Sorcery

[T]he most terrible monsters are human, because what Martin is very good at describing is the shocking ruthlessness of naked power politics, unrestrained by law or God. He draws his characters cunningly, tempting the reader to misjudge them and showing them a wholly different aspect as events unfold.

Some of my friends have read the books or are planning to; I'm not really in the mood to get some interest. Is it really that entertaining to read about a fantasy world dominated by power politics when the real world is dominated by power politics, and I'm just a peon? This is a political (dis-)order aggrandized by elites who only care about power and themselves.

I may, however, watch the TV adaptation as lazy entertainment.

The current Blu-Ray for the first season has been discontinued, though it is still being sold (for example, by Amazon). Why? Because a shot of GW Bush's decapitated head appeared in one of the episodes.

The TV Series:
Yahoo TV

The Author, George R. R. Martin:

MONSEÑOR: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero

First Run Features - DVD.
It is reviewed in the current issue of the Houston Catholic Worker.

Excerpt 2
Related: Monseñor Romero Documental Part1 2012 - S.A .:FDK:.

Another Good One by Jack Donovan

Tying Game, Sexual Liberation, Feminism, and the Crisis of Masculinity: Everyone a Harlot
In healthy patriarchies, men push themselves to earn the respect and admiration of other men. They work to prove their strength, courage and competence to each other. Men pride themselves on their reputation for mastery of their bodies, their actions, and their environment. They want to be known for what they can do, not just how well or who they can screw. And they sure as hell don't waste their time trying to figure out what they can do to bedazzle bimbos.

Joseph Pearce Moving to TMC

Insight Scoop: Joseph Pearce announces move to Thomas More College

TMC might be a better fit given the more "traditionalist" views of those who are in charge of Thomas More (with respect to culture and economics and politics); but does his move also signal something about Ave Maria University?

Srdja Trifkovic on Peter Sutherland

Whom some might call a "race traitor": Conspiracy Realism.

"Peter Sutherland embodies the Western elite class: he is deracinated, authoritarian, rich, arrogant, contemptuous of the common people, powerful and dangerous. In other words, a few details of the physique notwithstanding, he is Barack Obama’s older brother. It is therefore unsurprising that in his remarks to the House of Lords he praised the United States as the model of multicultural openness that Europe would be well advised to emulate."

Longmire, Episode 3

I've enjoyed the show so far, and it has been renewed for another season. Most of the time it seems sensible, but the ending of episode 3 was a bit mind boggling.

*spoiler warning*

Two more for the Fourth...

Russell Kirk's Unfounded America by Mark C. Henrie
There Is No American Creed by Kevin R. C. Gutzman

One more: When Americans Understood the Declaration of Independence by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The 2012 Napa Institute Conference

Insight Scoop has a description of this year's program.

Sean R. Busick and H. Lee Cheek Jr. on the Declaration of Independence

Guest column: Recovering the Declaration, and its meaning to our nation by Sean R. Busick and H. Lee Cheek Jr. (via Peter Haworth)
It is in the Declaration of Independence that we see best how the Founders envisioned state and federal authority uniting to form a national union.

Contrary to the now-popular view that regards the Declaration as Holy Writ, the Founders viewed the great document as illuminating and explaining the foundations of the American republic as resting upon a political compact. Such an agreement formed a republic in which there existed the same equality of rights among the states composing the union as existed among the citizens composing the states themselves.

The Declaration claimed legitimacy for a political compact that had developed with "time and experience" into a model of political and social stability. It preserved the center of authority within each individual state, and it allowed for secession when government "becomes destructive of these ends," for then "it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it."

While the Declaration appropriately described the status of "Free and Independent States" as essential to the republic, the document also confirmed the true story of the creation of the country: the states "ordained" or created the republic.

The Declaration introduced — or rather, officially recognized — the original design of the republic. The Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, incorporated this design into the fundamental law of the regime. For the Founders, the provisions and language of the Articles served as an authentic guide to the American Constitution.

The Constitution of 1787 cannot be understood without first understanding the defense of local authority contained in the Articles. Drafted in stages from 1776 to 1777, the Articles extended and revised the Declaration's defense of local and state authority, and the delineation of state autonomy, while establishing popular rule based upon the deliberative, decentralized, community-centered participation of the citizenry. As with the Declaration, the Articles recognized the original design for a union of liberty, a republic of independent and sovereign states.

Plus, from Dr. Fleming: My Sweet Old Etcetera.

How'd that happen!

Somewhere along the way I chipped one of my teeth. Bah. At least a traditional/paleo diet may be able to prevent tooth decay.

Wellness Mama
ph thread, another

Soon to be a thing of a past...

As soon as women are allowed to go to Ranger school and have more roles in special operations. (They're already part of civil affairs units.)

Messages like this from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) FB page:
"Being a man isn't anger, it's not yelling, it's not violence, it's not fighting, it's not impatience, it's not acting before thinking. Being a man is making right decisions, it's doing the right thing, it's treating people well despite how they treat you, it's fully assessing a situation, it's understanding through perception, it's remaining calm, and it's doing all these things in the face of adversity. I'm not perfect; I make mistakes. But I do my best to be a good man."

Treat me like a doormat? How to make a white knight who will die for this government. Not much explanation about what separates men from women - couldn't this also be said for women? (Unless one accepts that men might be better decision-makers than women and better thinking past their emotions!)

Someone like Jack Donovan should take this apart.

AmConMag veering towards Hamiltonian Nationalism?

I get that sort of feeling from recent posts responding to SCOTUS's ruling on the individual mandate.

Died on the 4th of July By STEPHEN B TIPPINS JR
Fisher Ames, Founding Father and arch-foe of democracy

The Dumbest Generation

Looking through the catalog for Eighth Day Books since they have a 15% off sale until tomorrow...

The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein

C-SPAN interview
another vid
Debate: The Millennials: The Dumbest Generation or the Next Great Generation?

Tom Piatak, Farewell to Mayberry

Yesterday brought the news of Andy Griffith's death at 86. Unfortunately, the type of television exemplified by The Andy Griffiith Show died long before its star did. Long gone are the days when the networks aired prime time series that parents could safely allow their children to watch, much less a prime time in which such shows actually dominated the competition. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a network even making a show like The Andy Griffith Show today. After all, The Andy Griffith Show was wholesome and innocent and completely devoid of vulgarity or sexual immorality or even any topical references to current events, much less propaganda for favored Hollywood causes. There hasn't been a show like that on prime time network television in many years. And those responsible for what prime time network television has become deserve much worse than a visit to Sheriff Andy Taylor's jail, better known to fans of the series as "The Rock."

Capilla del Sol: Music from the Missions of Latin America

Happy Independence Day

Something from John Randolph of Roanoke: That all Men are Born Free and Equal?

Americana Res Publica: No Revolution
by Bradley J. Birzer, TIC Co-editor

10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding | Bradley J. Birzer (via Insight Scoop)

The Ohio Republic: Why Are We Celebrating Independence Day?

Michael M. Jordan's profile of M.E. Bradford

Tim Stanley, To understand America, you have to leave the cities and feel the awesome emptiness of the landscape

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Pheromones? Or alpha charisma?

The Spearhead: Tingles in the Mist

Sexual attraction not wholly rational, though we may not understand all of the signalling that takes place at the animal level - chemical signalling plus certain sense impressions. What explains the appeal of the "big ape" to Julia Roberts? The brute physicality and alpha disinterest? Was there anything sexual in her interest, something more than mere fascination with an animal?

What explains the ape's attraction to Roberts? Some have said that she may have been giving off signals that she was fertile.

I am reminded of the realism of the Old Testament regarding women and their sexuality - Lot's daughters, for one, and the sin they attempted to commit with their father.

Gary Taubes on What Really Makes Us Fat


"A CALORIE is a calorie. This truism has been the foundation of nutritional wisdom and our beliefs about obesity since the 1960s." etc.

It's may seem like old hat for Mr. Taubes, but the message needs to be repeated.

Related: Low-carb diet burns the most calories, small study finds

Bipartisan Stupidity

Peak Blame by KMO (EB) (mp3)

"KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of back to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss why both the mainstream political left as well as the right in the United States cannot address the demands of Peak Oil in a realistic way. Republicans have rebuked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for attempting to ween the Navy off of fossil fuels because they see finding alternatives to petroleum as a Democratic partisan issue. Established environmental and social justice organizations are still holding onto unrealistic Green Technology and Green Capitalism paradigms and have yet to come to terms with the fact that the project of the 21st Century will be figuring out how to equitably distribute a shrinking pie. One thing unlikely to be in short supply as the realities of diminishing fossil fuel reserves make themselves unmistakable: blame. Mark hopes that we can achieve Peak Blame sooner rather than later and get on with the grown-up work of figuring out how best to deploy our remaining energy resources. Music by Mistle Thrush."

According to a reader of his blog, James Howard Kunstler's podcast is coming to an end. I have not heard this announcement on the podcast, but I'm behind. I have not seen him state this on his blog.

Two pertaining to the South

The Imaginative Conservative: A Specialist in the American South: Eugene Genovese
by Sean R. Busick
Rebellion: Catholicism Comes To Dixie

Andy Griffith passes

First notice by Rebellion this morning. Entertainment Weekly.

Requiescat in pace. *edit*


KTVU is still airing episodes of Friends. How much longer will it air in syndication? It was enough that one generation grew up with it as a formative influence. I missed most of it during its run. It's bad enough that I watched Cheers while growing up as an adolescent. The garbage on TV just gets worse, and most parents do not monitor what's on the television, so you can imagine how our children are turning out. At least when I was a child I had Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Hogan's Heroes, and reruns of '80s sitcoms like The Facts of Life and those sitcoms in syndication, like It's a Living, and later, The Cosby Show. Some of those sitcoms were more adult in nature, but there weren't as bad as what started being aired in the late '80s and the '90s.

500 years from now if someone is digging through what's left of our "civilization" will they have evidence of it fell? Would they have the means to access our electronic media?

After dinner last week with Pete Takeshi we took a walk through Santana Row and dropped by Best Buy. I discovered that Remington Steele is now available on DVD. I think it was rather cheap, $10.00 for a season? I don't think I was imagining that. Some of the seasons are still available on Hulu.

How would we survive without scientists and their important research... Infertility Has Higher Psychiatric Risk

I should change the label from science news to junk science.



Recorded Version

Some other versions by other musicians:
Greensleeves - Music Medieval (all Versions)
"Renaissance" style

Monday, July 02, 2012

My mom was very fortunate while in France. God bless her benefactors.

Next Experiment

Cutting out cheese. Maybe I'm not as tolerant of lactose as I thought. Or it's something else in the cheese that's bothering my stomach.

Celebrities as moral teachers

Thinking again of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the NC marriage question.

Why should they use their celebrity in such a manner; would I have a different opinion if it were Jim Caviezel raising awareness about some issue? Ii shouldn't. The
band takes it upon themselves to be moral teachers, when it is beyond their expertise. They may have knowledge about music, musical history, or the playing of an instrument, but morals is beyond their competence (unless they are also morally wise and virtuous people who know the science of ethics), and their opinion should not matter.

They may believe, like good liberals, that they are noted for their moral goodness and part of this requires advocacy on the part of some victim group suffering injustice. But do they act as citizens of a state, respecting the traditions and beliefs of other citizens? No, as liberals they claim to have reason on their side, and reason, naturally, proves that tradition is wrong.

They make their living off of fans, and it would be a stretch to say that they have some sort of civic friendship with their fans. If anything, it is more of a commercial friendship. Celebrities should not be surprised, then, if fans decide to withdraw financial support because the celebrities have unwisely chosen to become spokesmen for some cause and offended the fans by taking the wrong side. They do not go around from citizen to citizen, engaging in conversation with each as civic friends, but use the mass media to spread the message.

I am reminded also of beauty pageants, in which many of the contestants proclaim their support of same-sex marriage and homosexuality. At the minimum, they want to appear progressive, if they are not really so, cheerleading to display their moral goodness. They use the attention they get because of their beauty to be moral teachers as well. [Physical] Beauty (if it is naturally so) is thus used for ugly purposes, with contestants advocating radical changes in morality.

Given the rampant use of plastic surgery, the false attitude that the question portion of the competition is so important, and the fact that those who remain natural should not take credit and honor for what God has given to them, we should probably do away with beauty pageants - do they continue to serve the original purpose of advertising for the sponsors?

Too many Uhmerican celebrities and aspiring celebrities are status and attention whores, narcissists who pride themselves on the attention they receive from others. They seek to validate themselves even further by it by turning themselves into moral spokespeople, so that their claim to fame is strengthened, and they are not known for ostensibly "shallow" reasons. This applies even to those who supposedly have talent, like artists and musicians.

Might it be that one can use celebrity well or poorly, depending upon whether what one is advocating is right or wrong in itself? It may not be right that we are easily swayed into listening to someone we admire or like for reasons other than character, but is that the fault of the celebrity or our own? Would it be more palatable if they masked their advocacy as a suggestion to an equal, rather than assuming the position of a superior in morals? Still, while it is right to react against the compartmentalization of life, would it be better to maintain those boundaries until true communities are restored? "Let's keep our relationship commercial." Celebrities should realize the power that they have on those who have not tutored their passions and refrain from exercising an undue influence on them. And if they can't help it, then they should ensure that they are reinforcing correct morality as one who has received it, rather than rejecting it. They need a good dose of humility and the realization that one is accountable to God for all of their actions.

Primer on Lay Spirituality

While I was visiting Holy Cross Chapel and its bookstore, I did have some time to skim through Eric Sammons's book on "the practical Spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá." As I suspected, it did not go into questions of social justice (the rectitude of the political economy and various professions, especially within FIRE and the corporate world) or discuss the order of charity. One might argue that the order of charity is obvious, and so it doesn't need treatment in a beginner's book on spirituality. Is it so obvious to mobile American Catholics who move far away from their parents and family? The American Church needs to start talking about what our priorities as lay people should be and acknowledge the difficulties we have in living in accordance with the order of charity. Only then can we start looking for solutions (for the improvement of the local parish community and the civic "community" at large).

Most lay Catholics probably would not want to read a tome on moral theology that includes a treatment of the order of charity. I have not come across any popular books that deal with the order of charity and community properly, though Dorothy Day does talk about community. Dr. Fleming's book is more philosophical than theological; there are the essays of Wendell Berry. What other books might be helpful for lay Catholics?

Review of MoEL in Modern Age.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

I probably won't make it this year, as I should be in NYC that weekend - August 9 to 12 in Tres Pinos.

Richard Heinberg, Peak Denial


The Peak Oil debate is not a sporting event. What matters is not which side wins, but what reality awaits us. Will we see a continuing plateau in global crude oil production? How long will it last? How big a proportional contribution to total liquids production will we see from tar sands, shale, and other unconventionals? What will be the climate impact as the world’s petroleum supply is increasingly derived from lower-grade resources? And what will be the economic impact?

Michael Wood's Story of England

Also debuting this week on PBS. (TV schedule)


[Companion] Book Trailer - Penguin UK


Village life opens door to 'The Story of England'

BBC page
The Story of English
ep 1
In Search Of Myths and Heroes - King Arthur

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Latent Pedestalizing?

Edeavour was good. I wouldn't mind seeing more, though the purists might not like that idea, "Young Detective Morse." I have not seen all of the Inspector Morse episodes with John Thaw. He is a favorite of Fr. V. (I found out that four more episodes are in the works.)

*spoiler warning*

Items of Interest, 1 July 2012

PJB, Ranking the Presidents

Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

Extra Environmentalist #44: Evolving Innovation (high/low)

Peak Oil and Energy:
A new energy report from Harvard makes unsupportable assumptions (EB)
by Dave Summers ("Heading Out")

Some of the recent episodes haven't been that good, but in general the podcast is still worth a listen. (#40: Corporate Influence, which bashes Regan for bringing about neo-liberalism, probably rightly, but marks the decline of public education (due to the influence of corporations) with him. The guest is wrong on that point, if we accept John Taylor Gatto's history. #42: Green Illusions was ok in arguing against the adequacy of alternate energy sources for replacing fossil fuels, but he was still too optimistic, and leftist in his push for democracy and egalitarianism, though we do need a conversation about energy inequities.)

Traditional Conservatism:
Brendan on traditionalism - his comment at her blog has been reposted as an entry in its own right at Full of Grace, Seasoned with Salt.

He distinguishes between "procedural traditionalism" and "substantive traditionalism." Procedural traditionalism is more reflexible with respect to gender roles while substantive traditionalism sees those roles as fixed (taking the '50s American middle class as the ideal?). The work husband and wife do should be proportioned to their strengths and functions within the family, so while it may be economically necessary for a woman to work outside of the home while an unemployed husband stays at home (if she is even willing to put up with that for the long term), if they have young children they will be missing what the mother can provide that the father cannot. (If they are older, it is better for them to receive care from the father rather than the mother, if a choice must be made.) There is a place for prudence but prudence does not negate what is ideal or best, it adjusts according to circumstances.

The cause of the Pope people forget to remember (Pope John Paul I)

Russell D. Moore, Women, Stop Submitting to Men
Empathologicalism, who comments a lot over at Dalrock, has written a response.

Diet and Health:
Low-carb diet burns the most calories, small study finds (via WAPF FB)

Haley Strategic Partners Disruptive Industries AAR

Tonight on PBS, at 8 P.M.

Episode 1 of Queen and Country

Watch Queen and Country - Preview on PBS. See more from pbs.

Also on tonight: the Inspector Morse prequel on Masterpiece Theater .

Watch Endeavour Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Another Interview With Jordi Savall

And some music:

More on Raising Boys

With regards to moral imagination and the cultivation of virtue, I forgot to make one more point yesterday - the importance of the use of stories as a part of education. Stories provide boys with role models and lessons, shaping their moral imagination. We enjoy stories about male heroes since they inspire us to be heroic as well. No wonder many lose interest in school - none of the stories they read really appeal to them, in particular that multicultural, PC, feminist crap. For boys, being a hero and doing battle is the most obvious manifestation of the male principle of activity, coupled with the spiritedness that is proper to being a male.

For Christians, stories about the martyrs would probably be useful too, as they remind us that supernatural fortitude goes beyond the acquired virtue of courage, though both are necessary for the moral development of men. It is not too early to teach children that being a martyr requires grace; we cannot presume to die well and resolute in the Faith on our own power, unlike being courageous in battle.

Edit. Thanks to the SBG bulletin, I note that today is the feast of the twin martyrs Saints Cosmas and Damian for the Byzantine rite (9/27 on the Roman calendar). (If there are three pairs of saints with the same names, how do the Eastern Orthodox keep them apart in their icons? If I knew the answer to that question, I'd post a picture of one.)

No More Chili's in Cupertino

I don't know how long it has been closed, but they've finally removed the sign and other identifying marks of the local Chili's. I noticed this while I was driving today. For more than a year I had been wondering if it was still in business, since I saw very few cars in the parking lot at night. I used to go to the restaurant a lot with my family when I was in high school and afterwards. It was the successor to Denny's. (I remember one of the waiters there because he resembled Victor on The Young and the Restless, which was my mother's favorite soap at the time. He later went to a different restaurant, which opened down the street, in front of Longs/Lucky's. That restaurant didn't stay in business long - we went there once and the food wasn't as good as Denny's, which should say something. What happened to that waiter? That spot is now occupied by a Chipotle.) After not visiting Chili's for a long time (not since 2000 or 2001), I went back to this Chili's a couple of years ago for lunch with ah Fai. The food was definitely not as good as I remembered it, but maybe it never was. (Spicy chicken sandwich, anyone?)

Just a bit closer.

At the end of liturgy with SBG today, the pastor read a prayer intended to be part of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign, but it fits with the rite and was nothing like what I heard at Atonment. Was it composed by the Eparchy of Van Nuys, by someone with a better handle on Christian theology and spirituality (even though it was still rather nationalist in its understanding of the union)? It is better than the other prayer, which seemed to have been done by undiscerning Catholics who had been assimilated into the Yankee mindset. (Using the Pledge of Allegiance as inspiration of the prayer! Incroyable!)

During the liturgy I felt moved to change rites and to join the parish. But I still want to check out SE in SJ sometime. It's been so long since I've been at Holy Transfiguration in VA. If I were to talk about the liturgical experience itself, nothing compares to Holy Transfiguration and St. Michael's, and I'm not saying that because those were among my first experiences of the Byzantine rite. (I also visited a Ukrainian Catholic church in Scranton, St. Vladimir, but the congregation was made up mostly of elderly people and that did make a difference in the worship ethos.)

I was thinking about the liturgical calendar and the cult of saints within a rite. How much variation exists now between various Roman-rite regions with respect to the saints who are honored in the liturgical calendar? Is it possible for greater variation to develop so that the local Churches are more "nationalist"? Or, at the very least, to build up different "uses" of the Roman rite, each with better hieratic vernacular? After all the Western churches are moving away from uniformity to greater diversity with respect to liturgical language. Should everything else remain uniform?

This is not to say that those now presently in the Roman rite should not have some devotion to the same saints; just that some people may (rightly?) have more devotion to a lesser-known saint from their locale or patria than people from a different locale or patria. Honoring the saints of the early Church and the Church of the first millenium, as well as various Latins down the centuries is a part of my heritage. Could Byzantine-rite Catholics living in countries in which the Roman-rite majority dominates, and who have some Roman/Latin heritage, add Roman-rite saints to their calendar or cultus?

The Rite Switch: why Roman rite Catholics become Eastern rite by Regina Doman

Hate or anger?

Begun on June 9.

In a recent show (May 11) of the Paul Youngblood Show, the men of the Rockford Institute were discussing identity politics. At the end of the second hour, Aaron Wolf was describing the mission of the institute and of Chronicles Magazine as an antidote to identity politics, enabling people to learn about American culture and traditions and to recover an American identity that will unite them once more. Dr. Fleming added that this course of action would prevent people from falling into the white power fantasy or the men's rights fantasy. He included these with other [special interest] groups and movements, like that for blacks, Hispanics, and gays -- all of these movements are based on hate. Is his characterization of the motivation of the people in either group correct? Are they just "hate groups," as the SPLC and other liberals would have us believe? (Of course the SPLC would deny this of the other groups while maintaining that it is an accurate characterization of white nationalists and the MRM.) As the show ended at that point, he was not able to elaborate. I have not listened to any of the following episodes yet, so I do not know if he clarified his point. (Edit. I don't believe he has.)

We need to distinguish between the emotion of hate (and the associated emotion of anger) from the act of the will, which is evil in itself. MRAs (and perhaps WNs too) are reacting at injustices that have been done to them or to those they know. They are not seeking preferential treatment or favoritism, just justice. (I do acknowledge that the homosexual lobby does make the same claim.)

Can the MRM be characterized as emotion-driven? I think there is a keen sense that the [legal] system is unjust and misandric. Now, anger and the emotion of hate can lead to problems if they are not subordinated to reason or if one lacks love/charity. Some men associated with the MRM may be bitter towards women or even misogynistic in their words and such; that much is obvious if you look at some comments on androsphere blogs. Wouldn't it be better to just say that certain attitudes are not beneficial to themselves or others or to warn them against indulging in anger rather than seeking some positive outlet? I think Dr. Fleming is still too dismissive of the movement and its goals of correcting the legal system. The effort may be futile, but it is not opposed to the sort of localism that he favors. How do we take the state out of marriage and the like and return power to the churches? And if the church (i.e. ecclesial community) is thoroughly feminized can it be trusted to look out for the interests of the family and of men? If a couple takes a vow only in church while eschewing the civil license, can the man still be held responsible by  the state and its divorce laws if they do decide to separate? If so, then what would be the point?

Finally, is preference of one's own identity group always accompanied by hatred of people who fall outside the group? Does Dr. Fleming believe this or is he making an exaggeration in order to make a point? Men should be welcome those who want to join them, but trust has to be earned and newcomers have to prove themselves. If people wish to separate, let them go their way, but one should not exclude others simply because they are of a different race or ethnicity. They have to actually show that they do not want to be part of the community. (In which case they should be warned and then accorded a different social status?) The ethnonationalists would hold that ethnicity/race/skin color is a legitimate distinction in the order of charity. "It is natural to prefer one's own kind," they say. I would maintain that love of the community and its members (civic friendship) is paramount, and ethnic origin should not be a consideration if all members of the community are truly members. One may try to justify such a preference on the base of genealogy (and hence "family" ties via genetic proximity), but I think this is a rather weak reason. Forming new alliances through marriage in order to strengthen the family and the community is better than excluding new "blood." Affinity through blood should matter only when you are actually aware that such a kinship exists, not when it is based on a DNA test.

Then there is the claim that one "naturally" wants children "who look like me." Even if that is your desire, by what right can you prevent someone else from marrying someone of a different ethnicity? Are you really going to ostracize such a person, even if he's lived up to his duties to you and the community? Are you really going to accuse him of being immoral because he does not want to keep the race "pure"? Some even say that the differentiation into races is divinely-ordained, and that God does not want interracial marriage. (Did those who supported anti-miscegenation laws make the same sort of argument?)

No real investment in America?

Several weeks ago, a reader of VFR sent in a contribution on Indian immigrants: ARE INDIANS A MODEL MINORITY?

He writes:
Indians, like the Chinese, are not “model minorities,” as they do not and cannot identify with the US. This is land formed by the blood, sweat, toil and tears of the Western European man. They share nothing in common with them. Additionally, with leftism as our new religion, they are able to act out their frustrations and figuratively humiliate the historic majority—the people who created all they enjoy, and all they could never create—for the crime of letting them settle in their land and affording them the opportunity to amass fabulous wealth and enjoy a standard of living undreamed of in their native land.

When push comes to shove, these model minorities will jam-pack the airports gouging each others eyes out to get out here as the world comes crashing down. Such are the vibrant, diverse “citizens” of the Republic.

But I am not worried about them. They are the enemy in the sense that they are easily identifiable and will self deport when this house of cards comes crashing down. The real danger are white liberals. They can’t go anywhere and nobody wants them. Nor will any white man deport or exile his people which means we’re stuck with them.
(Someone may think that there is a little self-loathing going on here, but he subsequently responds to this charge. Besides, that he may not actually get along with Chinese wouldn't be unexpected. Others do not get along with Chinese as well, and Chinese people have their own chauvinism.)

There are plenty of Chinese and Indians living here in the San Francisco Bay Area. If things get tough in California (or in the United States as a whole), how many of them will leave? How many of their children will go with them? While those who are older, the immigrants or their parents and even maybe a few of the first generation natives, might be inclined to leave, I do not think those who have assimilated to some degree will wish to do so. Because of the strong ethnic ties of the Indian community (interracial marriage is still relatively rare among Indians?), I think Indians may be more likely to leave than ABCs. Most ABCs have adopted the Yankee liberal mindset -- some may preserve an awareness that they are different from their white counterparts. While the cultural differences may be slight, separation because of group or racial identity is no less real and sufficient to prevent real mixing of two peoples. If the children stay, the parents will probably stay as well, unless it is not evident by then that long distance separation may become rather permanent, in which case some may go back to their native countries with the foolish belief that they can continue flying back and forth on airplanes to visit their children.

"Liberal" Robert Lindsay has put up critiques of [Hindu] Indian culture which fault it for the continued misery and poverty of the lower classes. How different are the Indian Christians? I am reminded of AM and her two brothers; they returned to India with their mother while their father stayed here. Economic hardship? I didn't ask and she probably is too young to know. Her family attended St. Mary's Knanaya Mission in SJ, not the Syro-Malabar church in Milpitas.

The OP talks about the different groups collectively called "Indian." Is there more of a sense of a unified identity for immigrants who come to the United States? Who uses the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, for example? It is clear that there are differences between Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs because of their religion. Caste distinctions might be relevant for Hindus in the U.S., but I suspect that those who come here are mostly or all from the higher castes. Is the assimilation rate different between these different religious groups?

(See Lindsay's post on Italian dialects.)

I don't think I posted a link to this piece by Mark Mitchell, did I? The Unmaking and Making of Community

*Someone else writes, "The lack of dissent and the inability to handle dissent is a unique Indian problem (though it is even worse among the Chinese)." I have been wondering whether the concept of face and the practice of saving face (or taking care to save the face of others) arose as a means of mitigating social conflict or strife between kinship groups.

Delnora on WNRV Jamboree: Jolene

Her website.