In no other system of government might a libertarian so enjoy the satisfaction of his principles, as in that of a sagacious king.
The more laws and restrictions there are,
The poorer people become.
The sharper men’s weapons,
the more trouble in the land.
The more ingenious and clever people are,
The more strange things happen.
The more rules and regulations,
The more thieves and robbers.
Therefore the sage says:
I take no action and people are reformed.
I enjoy peace and people become honest.
I do nothing and people become rich.
I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life.
- Tao Te Ching 57
The stripline is a technique from fishing that has been adapted to sales – making it doubly appropriate for evangelists.
Anyone who has for very long been a conservative – let alone a reactionary – will find himself from time to time buffeted about by some acquaintance who is in the grip of a physiological syndrome endemic among liberals:
Rebellion → dysfunction → weakness → fear → anger → hate → dysfunction …
As it happens, my family and I have over the last few days been weathering a barrage of slings and arrows hurled by a few outraged liberals, on account of our extremely mild but public utterances of ritually impure ruminations on the latest waves of innovation in public policy. It’s painful, and above all tiresome. But one grows accustomed to it, over time. Until the Great Awakening, there will be no alternative.
Our readers (Oberon and Samson) have begun to wonder whether I am moving from my native and beloved Anglican Church to that of Rome. I am.
From The New York Post:
Colorado has launched a new ad campaign that attempts to entice young women to sign up for the new national health-care program with the promise of free contraceptives and carefree sex.
In one of the print ads, a flirty young woman holding a package of birth-control pills and leaning against a young man says: “OMG, he’s hot! Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control.”
She continues her steamy monologue: “My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him between the covers.”
“I got insurance. Now you can too,” she says. “Thanks ObamaCare!”
The ad, which is dripping with lusty sexuality, dubs the young couple “Susie and Nate … Hot to Trot.”
To be on the safe side, there’s an added warning: “The pill doesn’t protect you from STDs; condoms and common sense do that.”
The ad is part of the “thanks obamacare!” campaign targeting young Coloradans — and underscores how the law’s backers will say just about anything to lure young people to sign up for the new mandatory health coverage, an outcome that is critical to ObamaCare working as planned.
The leftist often says that we who disapprove of contraception are free to choose not to avail ourselves of it. True enough; the problem is that we aren’t free to choose not to live in a society that’s been vulgarized by it.
[Be sure to read the update at the bottom of the post.]
Bruce Charlton has a post in which he decries inter-denominational Christian conflict. It seems to this author that the key quotes are these:
There is a gross unrealism in the way such matters are discussed – the theological and doctrinal and other faults of other Christians are a topic of endless fascination, it seems, as if it is a realistic hope that suddenly everybody in Christendom will agree on the one proper way of doing things!
Since we are stuck with multiple denominations, Mere Christianity is the only hope; in the sense that different kinds of real serious Christians must recognize that there are many other types of real serious Christians – and this is not going to go away – so the only questions is whether we will respect each other, try to appreciate each other, and work together; or not.
While acknowledging that Dr. Charlton has a point, I want to speak up for the other side. Too much ecumenism is demoralizing, and it weakens a people. Publicly disagreeing with, even sometimes attacking, those seen as wrong is absolutely necessary for us to keep up our spirits, for a man must believe that he is in the right if he is to have the spirit to protect himself and his people. Continue reading
I have a new piece up at Crisis Magazine about the futility of generic conservatism and the need for Christendom as a goal, and one at Catholic World Report that says that Christendom is always with us, since there is always some scheme of connections, loyalties, and authorities that is in fact authoritative.
And so, probably, do you. I learned this from Rebecca Searles of the Huffington Post, who recently claimed that you are entitled to call yourself a feminist if and only if your answer to the question, “Do you believe men and women should have equal rights and opportunities?” is “Yes.” Furthermore, says Ms. Searles, if you answer “No,” “you probably suck as a person.” Continue reading
On a friend’s recommendation, I rented Warm Bodies this weekend, expecting nothing more than a little mindless entertainment to provide an occasional distraction from homework. What I got, instead, was a break from the usual genre exercise with a symbolic structure that’s almost too overtly Christian to be unintentional. (Spoilers below the break).
Given its urban American and Jewish heritage, one would not expect broadway musicals to show much sympathy for traditional communities. But because this art form is generally popular and apolitical, some truth can often sneak in. Consider two deservedly famous musicals, The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. Both present more-or-less traditional communities: a small town in Iowa and a Jewish village in the Russian Empire, both around the turn of the twentieth century. Interestingly, both are sometimes accused of presenting these communities in an idealized, nostalgic way.