Friday, November 23, 2012

For Universal Children's Day

Chilling Mad World Rendition Loses One Child Singer Every 3 Seconds

Videos from a ResPublica UK Event

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Sympathy, Empathy, or...

CL and Laguna Beach Fogey at Dalrock:

@Laguna Beach Fogey

Reading the Manosphere (MOS) I am often reminded of something the late Southern Catholic writer Walker Percy once wrote (‘Love in the Ruins’):

“Why did God make women so beautiful and man with such a loving heart?”

Wow, that is a striking question. This goes back going on a year now when 7man wondered aloud to me if women have empathy, and the unfortunate conclusion we drew after letting the idea percolate for a while was that they generally don’t.

What appears to be empathy is possibly explained by ‘mirror neurons’, the purpose of which is to build social networks and such and also to respond to babies in a nurturing manner. I suppose that sounds rather cynical, but I think it is possible (probability is another matter at this stage in the degeneration of western civilisation) to build upon this and learn empathy, or learn to compensate for its lack, but it has to be somewhat telling that women complain of men’s lack of empathy. It seems like it’s just another mass projection on the part of women.

It seems to me that a man’s loving heart in leadership of a woman could teach her something, but this culture just won’t have it at this point. Women have been brainwashed into not trusting men, and men can’t act as leaders without being persecuted (and prosecuted). A gigantic shame on us and we’ll get what’s coming to us for being so obstinate.

Dr. Fleming on Thanksgiving

Missed this yesterday - I didn't know he had updated his Daily Mail blog.

Thanksgiving? Thank you, but no thank you

In earlier years, my reservations about Thanksgiving had largely to do with historical questions. Yankee Puritans were not the first to have a formal day of thanks. That honour, depending on one's point of view, goes either to the Virginians who held some sort of celebration in 1619, two years before the Yankee 'holiday', or to Coronado's Spaniards who in 1541 celebrated mass in Texas and feasted on buffalo meat.

There is more to this than historical quibbling. Yankee Puritans reinvented the American experience in the 19th century, leaving little room for Southerners or Catholics in their grimly nationalist conception. As a Catholic and part-Southerner, I am mildly offended by the dominance of the Unitarian, Leftist, anti-Catholic bias of the myths invented by the Harvard and Yale faculties and shoved down our little throats in school, when we were children. I wish Squanto had left the lunatics to starve.
Covered scandal in class a couple of weeks ago. I think we sometimes forget that Matthew 18:6-10 applies to parents as well. Some people just shouldn't be parents.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

O bone Jesu

Looper: Good Until the End

Some words about LooperThe ending doesn't seem to make sense, according to the scientific laws that the story makes up? It seems even less consistent even than Jim Caviezel's Frequency, which I enjoyed.

*spoiler warning*

“The Integration of Theory and Practice”

Begun on October 16.

“The Integration of Theory and Practice:” Eric Heubeck’s Proposal For Cultural Guerilla War against the Leftist Establishment

I was looking through Orthosphere, and this caught my attention. As the introduction explains, the author of the essay is "Eric Heubeck, a protégé of Paul Weyrich at the Free Congress Foundation." Is the essay reconcilable with a localist/right communitarian program? Certain much of that proposal is precisely that. But it's more. Alan Roebuck writes in his introduction to the essay:
What I find most appealing about Heubeck’s proposal is that it combines the two different strategies that traditionalist conservatives propose, but that are generally regarded as mutually exclusive: retreat, in order to develop a non-liberal counterculture, and attack, in an attempt to retake the nation.

Let's take a closer look at one section:
Support of an Elite More Valuable than Support of the Masses

We will initially operate according to the belief that it is more important to win over the elites (or create a new, better one) than to build up a mass movement. Furthermore, it is more important to have a few impassioned members than a large number of largely indifferent members. The amount of energy, élan, and self-assurance that we are able to inculcate in the leaders of our movement will ultimately determine its success or failure.

The new movement must be, in part, exclusive and elite. It must not be afraid to pass along a body of knowledge that is not readily accessible to and understandable by everyone. The strong appeal of a feeling of exclusivity and superiority will give our members a reason to endure the slings and arrows of popular disapproval.

The New Traditionalist movement will appeal to the masses, but not immediately. The ideas of the masses never come from the masses. To the extent that the masses are more conservative than the elites, this is primarily because the masses have a long collective memory, and they still value the beliefs articulated by a long-lost elite. The conservative instincts of the American people will continue to erode unless a new elite is formed to refresh that memory.

We must recognize that literature and philosophy do not appeal to the masses. This is why we must develop ways to spread our philosophy using non-rational means–especially the moving image.

Is he talking about the political, economic, intellectual, and social elites of this country? If the former, I don't think there is much of a shot at this happening, unless they already happen to be devout Christians. There may be a few, but how many of them are believers in "capitalism" or partisan Republicans? Certain priests who come into contact with the elites (like members of PSHC of Opus Dei) may evangelize and convert some, but how likely is this to happen? We do not seek to change just "private" morality, but healthy communities, and these need to have some measure of autarky, as well as be sustainable and resilient. It is more likely that a new "elite" will have to be created, but how?

A healthy and flourishing Christian community may be able to convert some of the wealthy, who can then act to preserve that community through their monetary support.

As it is unlikely that traditional conservatives could gain control of a national media outlet, what about employing alternate mass media sources (like the internet)? But is this not already being done now? What obvious results can we see from this?

Leaders for the group will be selected - but will there be a formal mechanism for this? Who gets to decide who gets to be a leader, unless they are already leaders? Or will leaders be recognized informally by the other members of the group, standing apart from the others because of their abilities, dedication, and the respect that they've gained? They may not have money but they make up for it in character and the commitment to a place. Do we Uhmericans have the sufficient humility that enables us to recognize that others are more qualified for leadership than we?

Traditional communities can foster a local identity (we recognize that there are valid differences between local cultures) while adhering to a common intellectual patrimony (or [Western] culture). Is that intellectual patrimony sufficient to define a group? No. There are also the [local] customs and mores.

As for the place of modern mass "art" in such an effort - they may be a necessary "cultural" reference points, but do movies and television suffice as stories and bearers of tradition? I am doubtful of their cultural value as a whole, other than providing images for the development of the moral imagination for beginners - scenes of heroism and virtue. The problem with the moving image is that one cannot replicate it through words, either spoken, through [lyric] poetry, or written, in books. To make use of the moving image one must have the means to display it, and  in a future without cheap electricity, one should not depend too much upon it for the transmission of culture to the next generation.

Referring to the classics may not be enough to recover the tradition, if people are ignorant of the classics, but substituting movies and television shows is inadequate because they are unable to provide a long-lasting foundation for the transmission of the tradition. The neo-traditionalist leadership may need to study the classics, philosophy, political science; what suffices for the "average" traditionalist conservative? The knowledge of their history, familiarity with the intellectual tradition, coupled with a sound moral formation?

What stories do we tell and what history do we remember? Is it possible to create a history wholly anew? No, because we are not generated spontaneously from nothing. The Christian community will have their saints, but it is proper that we remember those who may not have been as holy but nonetheless contributed to the well-being of those who came before us and of our communities. As for our experience in being part of a nation/empire - this is reality, not something we can ignore in our history-telling, as if we could just wish it away. But the degeneration of the federal union into empire can be a useful warning to future generations.

Fr. Folsom on Liturgical Gestures

What Do These Actions Mean, and Why Are They So Important?
Rev. Cassian Folsom, OSB

(via OSBNorcia)

He writes:
Note that Pope Innocent is describing what the custom was in the West. In the 13th century the East and the West still made the sign of the cross in the same way. The pope goes on to say: "Others, however, make the sign of the cross from the left to the right, because from misery (left) we must cross over to glory (right), just as Christ crossed over Paradise. [Some priests] do it this way so that they and the people will be signing themselves in the same way. You can easily verify this picture the priest facing the people for the blessing - when we make the sign of the cross over the people, it is from left to right..."

So the people, imitating the blessing of the priest, began to sign themselves from left to right. Be that as it may, centuries have gone by since then, and we in the West make the sign of the cross from left to right, with the palm open.

Here's an important liturgical principle: it is always difficult and often undesirable to jump back across the centuries to some ideal liturgical practice of the past. That's what Pius XII in Mediator Dei called "archeologism". You can't erase the intervening centuries. The principle rather is continuity with the tradition (mind you, I'm not saying a fossilized tradition, but a living tradition). So the Western way of making the sign of the cross is a valid development of the liturgical tradition.

Would it be a valid development to return to the older way of making the sign of the cross, even if it is abrupt? What about as a sign of unity with the East or with our past?

Forget the Remake

I won't waste money on it, and I have fond memories of the original, despite it being rather overwrought in parts. Critics found the movie too simplistic or gung-ho in its "patriotism." Perhaps all the more reason to appreciate the movie for what it is.

“I Would Have Done It About Mexico.” American Hero John Milius Denounces RED DAWN Remake

Apparently, D. Phillips liked the movie.

"Colonist" vs. "immigrant" - Thanksgiving Is An American Holiday—It Is Not Immigration Day!
Which countries are most resistant to immigration?
Daily Caller Reports on "ACHIEVE" Act—Senate Republican Alternative to Dream Act

Myron Magnet on the American Revolution

Myron Magnet, The Americanness of the American Revolution
Why the Founders succeeded

More of a liberal take than a republican one.

VDH Lists the Good Things about California

Victor Davis Hanson, California, Here We Stay

Given the results of the last election, I think he may be wrong in his assessment about state government and tax increases. (The state has already passed Brown's Proposition 30.)

Also from City Journal:
Michael Anton, Tom Wolfe’s California
In the Golden State, the great writer first chronicled the social changes that would transform America.

P. Blond on the NHS

Despite some initial enthusiasm for a BBC show that had ratings as high as Downton Abbey,
after scanning through an episode or two of Call the Midwife, but quickly lost interest because I thought it was just feel-good propaganda promoting the NHS. The last hurrah by a system that is bound for failure?

Big Society in a Big Country?

William Neil's Response to Wendell Berry's Jefferson Lecture

Part II: The Costs Of Creative Destruction: Wendell Berry Vs. Gene Sperling by William Neil

Glory to God for all things

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

St. Paisius Monastery

It is located in Arizona - how far is it from Phoenix? (There's also St. Anthony Monastery in Phoenix.) I'm making a note of the monastery since prayer ropes are made there.

Here's a video.

Dr. James Schlesinger, "The Peak Oil Debate is Over"

With America distracted by oil bubble, peak oil patiently waits
Peak, What Peak?

Biophysical Economics - Professor Charles A.S. Hall

Wendell Berry on The Diane Rehm Show

Wendell Berry: "A Place in Time: Twenty Stories Of The Port William Membership"

PrimalCon 2013

MDA: PrimalCon Lake Tahoe 2013 Registration Now Open!

Some good things happening in Austin:
November 30 - December 1: ASPO
March 28-30: Paleo f(x) (FB)
UT Energy Forum (UT Austin Energy Management and Innovation Center)

A Fly on the Wall in the Paleo f(x) Real World House - Paleo f(x) 2012

Léon Gromier on the Pre-Conciliar Liturgical Reforms

From Fr. C Smith: Léon Gromier: Liturgical Reform Between Rupture and Continuity

Michael Brendan Dougherty on the lack of a fitting English translation of Sacred Scripture: Why Can’t Catholics Speak English?

A Decline in Human Intelligence?

NPR: Are We Getting Dumber? Maybe, Scientist Says

Crabtree Laboratory

The Syncopaths at SF Contra

I did attend their concert at Don Quioxte last Sunday, but I wish I had been able to attend the contra dance on Saturday night as well.

San Francisco Contra Dance Series

Crock Pot Bone Broth

Grassfed Girl

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The Hobbesian State

The new centralized government is characterized as such by Mr. Peters.

The colonial republics referred to as the "thirteen colonies" were in fact, with great variation among them, already "republics," not ideally but certainly functionally, as they seceded from the authority of the British crown. Some of them were already territorially too big to be republics,for instance Virginia, that being one reason why Virginia ceded her "northwest territory" and later Kentucky as North Carolina ceded Tennessee. Jefferson even spoke of the necessity as population would grow of breaking the remaining rump of Virginia into semi-autonomous ward republics, not unlike Swiss cantons. He envisioned a replication of republics as Americans settled to the west, seeing these new republics joining up to five confederations on what is today the territory of the United States. Jefferson was not the only one who understood scale, demographic and territorial scale. Yet, the "Drang" to centralization, always present in the political realities of man but dangerously formalized by Hobbes in his Leviathan, would prevail. In 1865, the nascent Hobbesian state, paralleling its counterparts in Germany and Italy,had managed to destroy two unions of constitutionally federated republics: that of the remaining United States of America and that of the Confederate States of America. The last gasp of this republican spirit was under the administrations of Grover Cleveland, perhaps even there not being a "last gasp" but merely the gases of the bloated corpse making their final effusion. What classical nationalists like Pat Buchanan do not understand is that the national state which emerged in 1865 was merely the Hobbesian guise. It now no longer needs its nationalist guise, nor can it tolerate it; for it must expand into the global, flattening and subsuming all other jurisdictions and authorities, anti-subsidiarity and therein, ultimately, anti-Trinity and anti-Christ.

Still avoiding Leviathan.

Tim Ferris, The 4-Hour Chef

Tim Ferris and Amazon Try to Reinvent Publishing

I’m Tim Ferriss, and This Is How I Work

An interview with Tim Ferris after the jump

Peter Hitchens Recommends Argo, But Has a Complaint

Escaping from the Ayatollahs - a fine film, but is it true?

I enjoyed the movie; it was a bit of a trip back in time for me, though I did find it humorous that Affleck is playing a Hispanic.

David Holt and Doc Watson: Shady Grove


Life on the Rock - 2012-11-15 - Christine Westerlin - Focus' "SEEK 2013" conference

Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rationalizing Bad Behavior by Poor Women

The Postnuclear Family: Last Comes Marriage by Eve Tushnet

She reviews Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas’s 2005 sociological study Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.

1. The patterns of out-of-wedlock childbearing, and the beliefs and attitudes which support those patterns, are making their way up the class ladder. Middle-class women are increasingly putting motherhood before marriage, and marriage is retreating from middle-class lives.
2. Edin and Kefalas lived in the communities they studied—poor neighborhoods in Philadelphia—and let the women there speak for themselves. They noted when the women judged them and pointed out what was lacking in their own upper-class lifestyles; the women found it sad and almost incomprehensible that one of the researchers didn’t have children, for example.
3. The authors take love and morality seriously as motivations. The women they study have deep longings, loneliness, tenderness, and fairly stern moral beliefs, and while these elements of their lives may be shaped by material conditions, they also shape how the women respond to economic challenges.
4. The most striking thing about this book is the clarity with which it shows that women who have children out of wedlock are often trying very, very hard to follow the rules and norms of their own community. Again and again I hear people say that the breakdown of marriage in our country is caused by narcissism, individualism, or relativism. Those forces probably play a role in shaping our values. (For example, we are far too quick to identify personal happiness as an end in itself, a form of virtue rather than what we hope may be one fruit of practicing actual virtues.) But the women in Promises I Can Keep, as the title suggests, are not narcissists or individualists. They believe in family obligations and self-sacrifice for their children. They hold marriage in extremely high regard—even too high regard, viewing it as something you can only have once you have already achieved most of your other life goals, such as economic stability. They do not need to be convinced that marriage is good. They simply believe it is irresponsible to marry before you’re economically stable, and both irresponsible and tragic to wait too long to have children. The combination of these two beliefs plus their own precarious economic situations produces a community in which marriage is an endlessly receding horizon, always tantalizingly out of reach. And to return to our first point, the moral beliefs these low-income women hold about when to marry and how to get to the altar are shared by people up and down the income ladder. The main difference is that higher-income women are more willing to postpone childbearing.
What of the fact that it is irresponsible to have children before you're able to take care of them and financially support them, and to do so without a father for them? Is deliberately having children out of wedlock without a father to help consonant with the good of the children? Fathers for the children are of no importance, apparently. (Sound familiar?) The importance of being a mother trumps all other [moral] considerations. Their motivation may not be properly characterized as narcissistic but it is disordered self-love. Would we excuse male fornication because he seeks comfort with a woman, but is not ready for marriage? Why should we deprive him the benefit of female companionship when he recognizes that he is not ready for marriage yet, or thinks marriage 2.0 is unfair? What we see is an attempt to excuse bad behavior instead of holding women responsible. After all, teenage moms can make the same claims; it's nice and fun to be a mom and to have a cute baby, and it's the norm in the surrounding community.

The inclination to have sex or have children is natural, but it is not moral unless directed by right reason. When this inclination is actualized into an intention, the intention of a good does not justify immoral actions. Another example of the separation of the procreative from the unitive aspect of sex, according to Humanae Vitae.

The appeal to "community norms" strikes me as being an example of the "herd thinking" characterizing interfemale reasoning and socializing by various people in the androsphere. They are doing what is acceptable and trying to make it sound more noble than it really is.

NYT Magazine on Surviving a Disaster

How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia

On a related note: I think I've come across the term "prepper" online, but this weekend I heard someone actually say it for the first time. Someone mentioned the Survival Podcast to the reps for the California Pistol and Rifle Association.

Survivalism Lite
The Survivalist Blog
Doomsday Preppers
'Preppers' stockpile food, arms, tools to ensure survival at a doomsday's notice

Punch Brothers at CMT's Nashville Studio

Bluegrass Blog: CMT.

Robert George Remains a Believer

No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism | First Things

A response from Bruce Frohnen: A Marriage of Personal Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism

Doc Watson - I'll Fly Away

Joseph Pearce on EWTN Live

EWTN Live - 2012-11-14 - Joseph Pearce - The Hobbit

Monday, November 19, 2012


Steve Sailer: "Non-Tiger Mother Asian-Americans"

MB asked me when I last visited him whether there was a core Asian-American identity and culture. I didn't think there was one, since Confucianism no longer had a central role in (East) Asian culture. The label is  applied to various ethnic groups, who may be united by being in opposition to some other group or identity (or in competition for "race spoils"). Those who assimilate generally assimilate Yankee liberalism, with respect to belief and culture. I still use the label in so far as it remains useful in referring to how people self-identify.

There is a stereotype of East Asians as being hard-working and academically-oriented. "High achievers?" Their career and life trajectories may be marked by materialism and a desire for comfort for themselves and their children. They enter certain professions, less because those professions are considered noble, but rather  because they have status and pay. An accurate stereotype or generalization? I think it is.

One does see some influence of African-American pop culture upon the music in East Asia, especially in Korea; as far as I can tell, there is less of an influence on Vietnamese pop culture, though there is a Vietnamese version of the "thug life" - how much of that is influenced by depictions of thug life in popular culture I do not know. The commentors at isteve mention the import car scene and the car shows - plenty of SE Asians there, but you will see some East Asians there, along with Filipinos and Hispanics. There appears to be an embrace of ghetto fashion and mannerisms by participants in the import car scene. Do they eventually outgrow this, or do they dress and act like this at work?

*Stencilling and painting names of intended targets on some f-bombs.*

Probably won't use them, but the emotion is there.

Better to take control of one's life, avoid misandrist, womyn-dominated institutions; live life on one's own terms and with honor instead of being under the thumb of the system. Being a part of the system is emasculating. One has no control, and nothing positive is really being advanced. It is not psychologically healthy to feel trapped by circumstances and if one foresees this being "normal" for the rest of one's life. One need not "break bad" but one should try to break out.

Noteworthy to me only because of the refrain:


Cardinal Bertone: It's the cassock that makes the priest

Vatican Insider

A photo from the FSSP:

Bishop Bruskewitz Conveys Tonsure to 18 Seminarians

Edit. Article at Chiesa.

An Observation by a Choir Director

In the combox for The Jewish Precedent for Latin Chant by Jeffrey Tucker, C. Culbreath notes:

The "recovery" of Hebrew in Palestine (to become Israel) was a component in an extremely focused and deliberated "Petrie dish" that presumed a fairly coherent commonality, the cohort of being Jewish. To be sure, the diaspora over eras altered the ethnic and cultural DNA strands of being a Jew, but the contract, or more accurately "pact" between the state of Israel and a returning Jew was premised upon accepting and practicing those articulated pre-conditions, to culturally affirm and bolster Jewish identity.
Having just chanted (via the SEP and PBoPs) the All Souls' Mass at our public cemetery, I reflected on the positive affect of the chant among primarily an Anglo, Hispanic, Filipino congregation of about 200 souls. They seem not to have much problem, and in fact, did well enjoining the psalm, antiphons and ordinary (GreekEngLatin mix). But I also concluded that the disparity caused by a society that bends over backwards not to mandate the known lingua franca of the USA is a strong deterrent to even emboldened choir directors to force feed our beautiful mother tongue into the mouths, much less the minds, of a vastly divergent demography. You also have to account that even within ethnic groups, there are significant other sub groups based upon generations, class, assimilation, etc.

One might add that the American churches are not teaching that there is a duty for immigrants to learn English and assimilate the native culture.

Alasdair MacIntyre's Presentation at the 13th Annual Fall Conference of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture

Alasdair MacIntyre "Catholic Instead of What?" Response by Sean Kelsey

The Garbage Generation

A pdf of the book is available. Otherwise you can read it online here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Enthronement Liturgy of H.H. Pope Tawadros II

Video is 7 hours long!