Tag: Apocalypse

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Vermeule’s Gleeful Illiberal Legalism

 

Few have been brave enough to flesh out what the Ahmarist, or “anti-Frenchist,” vision of the common good should be. Some have said articulating specifics is beside the point, that Ahmarists’ refreshing achievement is unapologetically asserting a common good exists, even if they decline to say what, exactly, it is. And then, there are guys like Adrian Vermeule, writing in The Atlantic, brave enough, at least, to flesh out a vision of sorts. Vermeule calls it “common-good constitutionalism”, which he describes as “an illiberal legalism that is not ‘conservative’ at all, insofar as standard conservatism is content to play defensively within the procedural rules of the liberal order.” When Vermeule writes,

[U]nlike legal liberalism, common-good constitutionalism does not suffer from a horror of political domination and hierarchy, because it sees that law is parental, [emphasis added] a wise teacher and an inculcator of good habits. Just authority in rulers can be exercised for the good of subjects, if necessary even against the subjects’ own perceptions of what is best for them—perceptions that may change over time anyway, as the law teaches, habituates, and re-forms them. Subjects will come to thank the ruler whose legal strictures, possibly experienced at first as coercive, encourage subjects to form more authentic desires…

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Soundtrack of the Apocalypse

 

I’ve been trying to think what the best soundtrack is for the quarantine. Ohio Governor Dewine has locked down a large part of the state already, and last night I had Life During Wartime, by The Talking Heads, running through my, erm… head. But other tracks seem apropos. Amish Paradise, for instance:

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A beautiful imagining of the Kingdom of Zeal (The original was 16-bit graphics) Let us turn the clock back a few decades. A much younger OmegaPaladin turns on his Super Nintendo with the cartridge labeled Chrono Trigger inserted, to immerse himself in a story of heroic deeds across time. After a challenging boss battle, he […]

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It’s the DIY “How to Survive The Coming Tax-Cut Apocalypse” edition of the podcast, with special guests Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren. This is Armageddon, folks!

Media liberals have discovered that while they were whining, Donald Trump was winning

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We’re now in day 3 of the special session of the Illinois General Assembly, called by the Governor to make it look like we’re doing something about getting a budget. The first 2 days have been, well, less than productive. Today’s Chicago Tribune editorial sums it up pretty well: “Day Two of the Illinois General […]

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We are truly in the End Times. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. Read More View Post

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Well, folks, its been a slice but I must be off. Its going to be a busy October with What Is Up With The Apocalypse so while I’d love to join you on following The Errors of Russia as they roll across the planet I just don’t think I will be able to find the time. […]

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Feel free to give it up in the comment boxes: So where did Trump’s gains come from? All over the place. On the graphs below, Trump’s is the largest, hugest, classiest, most luxurious dot. He picked up 15 points with people earning under $50,000 a year, 12 points with men, 13 points with evangelicals. No […]

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Funny how a couple of SCOTUS rulings makes the absurd seem suddenly sublime. Pay close attention. The message didn’t change; the world did. Read More View Post

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Patrick Archbold asks the last one standing to clean the fork and turn out the lights: If you haven’t accepted that truth yet, perhaps the decision on gay marriage will clue you in. When they invent a constitutional right to gay marriage, your first amendment rights for the free exercise of religion and speech, will […]

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dino_and_earthHuman beings find other human beings really depressing. Even when we are quite fond of the ones in our vicinity, we frequently despair of humanity as a whole. If you don’t believe me, go to church.

I drive around my state a lot, and one of my little enjoyments is to note the sentiments on church marquees. My favorite recent example is this one, from the Reformed Church of Something-or-Other:

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Its not often that I can score a hat trick on a Monday, but sometimes life just frowns on you the right way. Dallas Area Catholic blog comments on a Federalist article by Michael Hanby called What To Do When You’re On The Wrong Side of Religion and in the course of his review of Hanby’s […]

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