Tag: Materialism

Jack brings his National Review colleague Cameron Hilditch back to the show and attempts to force him to take a side on the plausibility of recent UFO revelations. The two then ponder the theological implications of possible extraterrestrial life, and wonder whether one should baptize an extraterrestrial.

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David Brooks on culture and economics. Brooks completely ignores how integral coercion is to the Democratic platform. What Brooks calls materialism (redistribution) is a major component, but it is the open coercion that is more likely to bother people. Materialism involves coercion (taxation is theft), but forcing schools to allow men into women’s bathrooms and […]

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The Apocalypse.  The word is so evocative, even exciting, with just the right amount of menace.  The word apocalypse first meant to reveal or uncover.  Hence the Christian Bible ends in Revelations.  I always thought how strange it was, a word meaning to “reveal” becomes a word associated with mass destruction and the end of […]

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In these latter days, I ask myself on occasion what is the last religion of mankind. We live in a world, increasingly, when, as the philosopher says, one can do whatever one wants in the bed–except smoke. I mean, tobacco. Who is the prophet & what is the prophecy? This is not easy to answer, because […]

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Shaun’s Musings: Becoming a Minimalist

 

130327_CBOX_MinimalistCraze.jpg.CROP.article568-largeMy parents were middle class and they worked hard all their lives. They were graced with my presence in their mid-to-late 40s. Before this they had been minimalists, working two jobs and, instead of taking vacations or buying new cars, focused on paying the mortgages on their rental properties. By the late 1970s, when I appeared on the world’s stage, they owed nothing and were continually investing in the stock market.

The allure of stuff, the collective term for things that we buy which we really could live without, has taken hold of our generation and our culture. Shortly after my father died, but before I got married, I began to remodel the house a little, installing a small room in which I could play guitar unmolested. The room started as a small idea, but as I went to yard sales, flea markets, and Guitar Center, I amassed more musical instruments (some broken) than I could possibly have room for.

Over the past few weeks, several free Kindle books have found their way into my hands on minimalism. Minimalism is often considered to be one of those extreme left-wing modes of thought, on par with tree-hugging and Occupy Wall Street. But when one considers prior generations and how they were able to get by with very little and, even after retirement, often don’t feel the need to display their wealth.

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An earlier essay on metaphysics seems to have generated as much confusion as clarity. Here’s a point-by-point summary of the earlier post along with a bit more background information the lack of which may have made things less clear the last time around. 1. Materialism is a thesis in the area of philosophy called “metaphysics,” the study of reality and […]

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So I was bored, and thought I would try to figure out how many tags are in use at Ricochet, because sleep is for the weak. Tag Posts with that tag Obama 155 Barack Obama 110 Economics 107 Foreign Policy 101 ISIS 84 Culture 80 Russia 77 Israel 77 Poetry 74 Obamacare 73 2016 Presidential […]

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