My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist! – Baudelaire, 1864
The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact
OK, much as I hate the hate, some of these are clever. Best of the History League include Pavlov’s Dogs, The Tesla Lightening, Precambrian Eukaryotes and Survivors of the Cretaceous. My favorite Monsters of Grok: Tesla, Tycho, Perecles, Johannes Kepler, Einstein and Pascal.
Elizabeth Wurtzel explains why she hasn’t gotten married yet and why she is getting married now. It involved looking at herself honestly. I wonder if we could all benefit from a little honest self-examination.
There is real wisdom in here somewhere.
Tracinski describes opposition to free markets since Adam Smith in 1776 in three phases:
- Central Planning – wherein the chief, if not sole, duty of man is to deliver material prosperity to the masses
- Anti-materialism- wherein the desire for material comfort and security is a soul-hollowing, environment-ravaging pathology
- Planetary destruction- wherein existing behavior will destroy earth’s ability to support humans, possibly all life.
He ties the whole thing to environmentalism in terms of both politics and spirit. The whole thing is worth a read. I object to Tracinski’s analysis in one point. He misunderstands the relationship between the free market and greed. Continue reading
1. Women work 2/3 of hours and receive 10% of income, 1% of property.
2. Between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are pressed into sexual slavery each year in the United States
3. In the United States, 22%–35% of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so because of domestic violence.
4. One in five in college women will be sexually assaulted.
5. Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns—for doing the same work.
All false. Most not even excusable
In Coming Apart, Charles Murray says that America is becoming two increasingly separate cultures. The upper culture, the elites, talk about the social revolution, individuality and non-judgementalism celebrated in the Forrest Gump movies of the 60’s but they live a healthy two-parent, highly motivated neo-puritanical lifestyle. It works out OK for them because their example overwhelms their ideals.
The lower classes, which increasingly include the middle, see the preaching and lack the example. They lack the philosophy 101 moral calculus, strong extended family networks and fatherly advice and protection.
But it is still the case that when we legalized abortion and instituted unilateral divorce, we helped usher in a sexual-marital-parental culture that seems to work roughly as well for people with lots of social capital as it did sixty years ago, while working pretty badly for the poor and lower middle class. It is still a reality of contemporary life that when anyone can get a divorce for any reason, the lower classes seem to get far more of the divorces, and that when anyone can get an abortion for any reason, the poor end up having more abortions and more children out of wedlock both. And it is still a fact that if you tallied up winners and losers from the sexual revolution, the obvious winners would tend to cluster at one end of 1975’s income distribution, the obvious losers at the other.
Takeaway aphorism: “preach what you practice!” Continue reading
Ross Douthat links a key failing of society (all societies, everywhere) to Rotherham.
Why would there be corruption in the medieval Roman Catholic church? …because that was the greatest and most prestigious institution. Why does a society need a constitution? …because the ideology that poses the biggest danger to that society is the one that everyone likes these days.
C.S. Lewis said it best in the Screwtape Letters (ch. 25).
The use of Fashions in thought is to distract the attention of men from their real dangers. We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is in the least danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.