Penance as Social Technology

In December, we were treated to the annual spectacle of the “War on Christmas.”  In contrast, the “War on Advent” was lost long ago.  In traditional Catholicism, Advent – the “Little Lent” – is a penitential season preparing the faithful for Christmas.  Today, Advent in America is graced by little that reflects its penitential character. …

The Future is in the East: Empire’s Next Threats

When Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011 many Americans must have assumed the War on Terror was over. The American public had endured an embarrassing, drawn out occupation of both Iraq and Afghanistan and the continual humiliation that the world’s most powerful nation couldn’t find and fix a rich Saudi. Now he…

The Smirk Seen Around the World, Part 2: Identity, Faciality and Mass Political Neurosis.

In the first installment of this mini-series of articles, we explored the various issues surrounding the Covington confrontation, and the manufactured cathedral-media outrage behind it. This article will attempt to bring more of a philosophically abstract analysis to the incident, epically the near gut-level and instantaneous reaction from the woke urbanite blue-tick crowd towards these…

Five Friday Reads – 2/22/19

“It has a partisan bias and ends up revealing more than what the writer intended,” and “Donald Glover won a Grammy for his mumbling rap song” were random statements from two different friends but connected. The book was Glass House about a small town in Ohio going through decline. Donald Glover’s Grammy was for a…

Subsumed into the Zeitgeist Part One: Carmen

Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals in the story. Carmen was a Spanish girl from a family of considerable import – most Sevillanos would probably recognize her father’s name. I could argue that her asymmetrical nose was characteristic of her Spanish heritage, but her only hallmark Spanish feature was beady…

BAP, Classical Man, and the Christian Bugman

There is a great anecdote about Karl Marx, relayed to us by Engels, which claims that upon hearing of the abuses to which his work had been employed by his followers, the Old Master responded, “je ne suis pas Marxiste.” Looking about the Catholic world today, I wonder sometimes if St. Thomas of Aquino wouldn’t…

Primary Loyalties and their importance

A primary loyalty is a connection to a non-state group that is greater than loyalty to a state. These loyalties include those to clan, religion, tribe, neighborhood gang, etc. Look to globalization to accelerate/catalyze this race to the bottom. Primary loyalties as defined by John Robb. A real world example we might look at is…

The Defamation of James D. Watson

“If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.” —Epictetus ♦ In mid-January, 2019, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) formally severed all ties with ex-Chancellor Emeritus, James Dewey Watson. Mr. Watson is a American, Nobel-prize winning scientist, best known as the co-discoverer of the…

Five Friday Reads – 2/15/19

If you want to engage in the daily political game and have some fun like meme wars of old, make a fake Democrat socialist account or just environmental democrat and start being pro-Tulsi Gabbard. She will likely not make it to January, but in the meantime she can be a vessel for interesting conversations. Like…

The Sin of Pure Religiosity

“There are millions of quotes about realpolitik, how a lie told often enough becomes the truth, how force determines the conditions of life, but all boil down to the same thing: If you are losing, it is because you are not strong enough, and complaining is not going to help fix that.” – Anonymous Despite…