Anyone who believes that advertisers control consumers need only be told a few names: Tucker, Henry J., Ford, Edsel, Mercury Park Lane, Studebaker, Wagonaire, Lincoln Blackwood, AMC Marlin, Buick Reatta, and Eagle Premier. These were among many automobiles that were marketed strenuously by their manufacturers but quickly discontinued due to weak sales.
Speaking of Russell, he launched a podcast earlier this year. I’d recommend it, but it’s often filthy . . . real filthy, both its jokes and its subject matter. The man’s thinking attracts me so I keep trying the podcast and find about half of them enjoyable, but the other half, I need to turn off well before the end. The podcast is called “Unregistered.”
Alfred Kinsey was a moral revolutionary in scientist’s clothing. The science was bad, even bogus; the man himself may now be forgotten; but the revolution came to stay, with a vengeance. Kinsey’s message—fornicate early, fornicate often, fornicate in every possible way—became the mantra of a sex-ridden age, our age, now desperate for a reformation of its own.
When Trevor-Roper attacked R. H. Tawney’s theory of the progressive bourgeois giving rise to the Puritan revolution in England, one of the editors of the journal to which he sent his attack wrote to his coeditor: “I find it difficult to decide whether T-R is a fundamentally nice person in the grip of a prose style in which it is impossible to be polite or a fundamentally unpleasant person . . . using rudeness as a disguise for nastiness.”
But might it be allowed that one can write or say anti-Semitic things without being an anti-Semite? Eliot is guilty of the former, but does not, I think, stand guilty of the latter. There is no record of anything on his part resembling anti-Semitic actions. He had good friends who were Jews. Not that this excuses him, but everything anti-Semitic he wrote was composed before the Holocaust. He obviously wasn’t Jew-crazy, like his difficult friend Ezra Pound, who could blame the Jews for bad weather. Eliot made a wretched mistake in the references to Jews in his poetry, and one would like to think that, as a devout Christian, it added to the burden of his guilt.
“[A]s the wise have always known, a “dead” language breathes life into a timeless liturgy. It is indeed part of the same permanent paradox that real life is to be found in death. In the “dead” Latin is to be found the unchanging death and resurrection of the Mass, a heaven-haven immune from the drifting definitions of living languages.” Joseph Pearce.
Perhaps one of the best opening passages to an article in 2017:
In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is consistent with liberal Protestantism’s age-old calling, that of baptizing the moral norms du jour of the respectable chattering classes, presumably in hopes of enhancing the appeal of religion to its cultured despisers.
“Almost the entire developed world is mired in deathbed demography from which no functioning society has ever recovered. Meanwhile, there is a demographic tsunami underway from the non-functioning parts of the world, manifest in the ceaseless flotilla of boats crossing the Mediterranean every single day (and nothing to do with civil war in Syria).” Mark Steyn
Congratulations, Federer. First man to win Wimbledon eight times. And this is also pretty cool: “Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the Wimbledon title without dropping a set.” Link.
He’s apparently Catholic: “Federer is a devout Roman Catholic, and is one of the few of that faith who has personally met the pope. Obviously it was a huge honor for the tennis champ to shake hands with the holiest of men. Reflecting only hours later, Federer said, ‘This was just the perfect day.'” Link.
I’m just now hearing about “seasteading” for the first time. They’re going to be private nations on the ocean. Neat-sounding stuff. One outfit actually has a memorandum of understanding signed with French Polynesia. Tom Woods covers the topic in this podcast.
The Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica published an essay attacking conservative Catholics in the United States of embracing fundamentalism from evangelical Protestants. The essay says that American conservative Catholics have come to see their country as righteous, and other peoples as enemies to be exploited. The screed was co-written by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro — considered by Vatican insiders to be “the mouthpiece of Pope Francis.” And yet, Phil Lawler noted the irony: “Nowhere in the essay does one find a suggestion of the attitude, made popular by Pope Francis, that the Church should ‘accompany’ sinners. No; the sins of American conservatism are unforgivable.”
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