Tag: Liberalism

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The talk about radical chic got me thinking about Radical chic. Let’s talk about a bit about this perpetual & restless desire for power after power that ceaseth only in death. Mr. Wolfe is famously the last American novelist. This is because he brings the revelation of status seeking; that’s an ugly phrase, but that’s what you […]

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Like all of you, I ask myself betimes, what would I do if I were Mr. Trump, that is, the next president of your United States! I know some of you would go see a priest; I suspect some of you would go see Vegas. & at least one member would invest heavily in bringing […]

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Dear Academy Awards – It’s become clear that burdens of acting and filmmaking have an inordinate impact on minorities and women. Given your unique position in Hollywood, I call on you to institute neither quotas nor set-asides but simply this: when it’s close, the Oscar should go to the minority. In the case of two minorities […]

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When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us & delivered us bound to our foe & the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.” That’s […]

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So I turned to the members feed of Ricochet to feast my eyes. Yesterday was a good day for comedy, so why not push my luck? I see an article that starts with a startling claim. Progressivism is nailed to the cross of wealth inequality. This is the problem with Progressives! They don’t get that […]

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This is the first of two essays of which I mean to deliver myself, concerning American Christians at war. I’m enough of a movie critic to raise an eyebrow when people start saying Christian things in stories. It’s pretty rare; it occurs usually in period pieces. I’ve a few things to say about this that you […]

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Someone should let Mr. Mark Steyn know about this. It’s 53 years now since Linus Pauling–super-scientist extraordinaire–sued National Review for defamation. This was not the first nor the last of the intended victims of his sense of justice, but the one that put an end to its litigious manifestation. 50 years ago, the lawsuit more or less […]

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In September 1843, Dickens started writing this little book, which seems to be our only modern Christmas myth. He was done in early December &, after deciding to pay for publication himself, he failed to make anything like the profit he expected. But the book has never been out of print & to it we […]

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I will end my attempt to correct an annoying new mistake concerning thinking about decent politics & terror. I have argued that this is inadequate theoretically & a liberal prejudice practically. Finally, I have some remarks on how Americans can understand what’s at stake & how the non-American additions to American government in the age […]

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Mr. LaRoche has recently publicized the suggestion that men do not prize intelligence in women, which is a way of saying, men do not like to be second-guessed. (He’s got this really good joke that cuts to the essence: I’m not a dog, I don’t need to be fixed.–They really are different in Texas…) Having […]

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Did anyone every tell you about who knows what classic that’s supposed to be all that & a bag of chips but they can give you no sense as to why? At least when Mr. Clinton gives you Leaves of grass you know exactly what he’s smoking & where the fire is… But these other people […]

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I ask you, fellow Ricochetti, is The Federalist a den of philistines or only a hotel of philistines? How silly can conservatives get about vulgarity? Here’s the shot–get your own chaser. Mr. Jeselnik is not known to you decent, not to say lucky folks. He is known to me by his work. He pretends that his […]

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Kim Davis, the Pope, and NPR

 

Kim-Davis-mugshotAn email from a friend:

“A holiday, like Liberalism, only means the liberty of man. A miracle only means the liberty of God. You may conscientiously deny either of them, but you cannot call your denial a triumph of the liberal idea. The Catholic Church believed that man and God both had a sort of spiritual freedom. Calvinism took away the freedom from man, but left it to God. Scientific materialism binds the Creator Himself; it chains up God as the Apocalypse chained the devil. It leaves nothing free in the universe. And those who assist this process are called the ‘liberal theologians.'” — G. K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy

If like me you listened to NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, you’d know that the entire first ten minutes of the broadcast was a survey of news that the Pope had summoned and met with Kim Davis. The lede of the piece? Its entire conceit? That the Pope had probably made a mistake; that an aide had entrepreneurially set up the meeting; that just a day before Pope Francis was heard to have said something which could be construed as suggesting that he didn’t even know who Davis was, so he probably — certainly! definitely! — did not request the meeting with Davis; it must have been a mistake.

The Problem In The Pronouns

 

self-absorption-and-bipolar-disorder-300x199As a theologically liberal clergy person, I receive a lot of drivel masked as thoughtful, contemporary writing addressing the most urgent issue of our day: How can we make life better for nice, middle-class white people? These things come with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, and are often written by black people, but they are really about white folk (and people “passing for white,” which I think includes people like Condi and Ben?)

Two big clues to who these missives are for, and what they’re really about: Pronouns. Also: verbs.

As a representative example, I offer the following, penned by Amira Sakallah and presented courtesy of the Theology of Ferguson project. “Ferguson,” you will recall, is the small city in Missouri where an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white police officer. This is important, because a) Michael Brown is dead; and b) it sparked huge demonstrations and riots that went on all year, and resulted in massive property damage and further loss of life. So: serious business! Something for the clerical-collar-clad social warrior to really sink her straight, white teeth into! The essay is called Being a Do-Gooder, Becoming a Freedom Fighter: BlackLivesMatter:

Gregor Samsa, if You Only Knew!

 

Kitab_al-Bulhan_--_devilHow does a man feel about his wife making a life out of promiscuity? Well, this one is writing in New York Magazine, so he does not call it adultery: He says he’s a feminist.

That’s right folks, this guy is here to tell you, you men ain’t feminists until you approve of being traduced. If your wife isn’t climbing into bed with you to tell you about whomever she’s been busy with making the beast with two backs — you ain’t feminist, not really!

This is everything that gets conservatives to pull out all the stops and just scream about the coming polygamy and the madness of the lotophagi. Of course, this is not the first guy to take to the bottle after his wife betrays him. He has more reason, being that she’s so blatant about it all. But I bet when he says “oceans of red wine,” he means a bit of red wine. He does not strike me as a manly drinker — or a man, for that matter.

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Here’s the second essay by Mr. Mansfield on the American parties–this time it’s the GOP. You have below my notes–everything italicized is a quote, but the structure I just improvised. I think Mr. Mansfield has a good grasp of American politics, but of course you’ll decide for yourself. So far as I understand the essay–he […]

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‘Comply’ is the New ‘Coexist’

 

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Several days have passed since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, but the kulturkampf marches on. Nearly every media outlet unveiled rainbow flag versions of their logos, rainbow-filtered avatars filled social media, and the President lit up the White House itself in the colors of the pride banner.

Since then, news outlets have published calls to abolish the tax exemption for churches, legalize polygamy, and shame those too slow in celebrating the new order. In The Atlantic, Matt Schiavenza complained that sports teams aren’t bowing to the new idol fast enough:

The Happy Anachronism

 

Vintage Pocketwatch

It is idle to talk about preventing the wreck of Western civilization. It is already a wreck from within. That is why we can hope to do little more than snatch a fingernail of a saint from the rack or a handful of ashes from the faggots, and bury them secretly in a flowerpot against the day, ages hence, when a few men again dare to believe that there was once something else, that something else is thinkable, and need some evidence of what it was, and the fortifying knowledge that there were those who, at the great nightfall, took loving thought to preserve the tokens of hope and truth. — Whittaker Chambers

I don’t recall the exact age when my paternal grandfather stopped caring what the rest of the world thought of him, but I do remember the ebullient freedom with which he would announce whatever happened to be on his mind at any given moment, often to hilarious effect. I once brought a young lady over to meet him and at the conclusion of our visit, as we were leaving, he took her by the hand, smiled warmly and said, “You sure do talk a lot.” As with many things, his observation was absolutely spot-on, though it would have been nearly suicidal for me to agree with him at that particular moment. He winked, I winked, and she kept on talking.