Category: Ideas and Reflections

Why Freedom Just Doesn’t Work Anymore

A limited republic is, in practice, partly a matter of constitutional restrictions on government power; but it is at least as much a state of the national mind. Does a people, en masse and in each private adult soul, feel independent, self-reliant, and competent to manage and govern itself without the positive guidance and protective regulation of its coercive betters? If not, then...

Moonset

If sunset is a perennial symbol of glorious endings and the gaining of understanding, then what does that make moonset, sunset’s widely overlooked and uncelebrated mirror image? A symbol of new beginnings and their inherent innocence? But sunrise, nature’s other glory-stealer, is the obvious bringer of new beginnings. Or perhaps, as befits the moon — the secondary, feminine, modest, passive, reflective light —...

The Individual

Most political calamities in this era of the Politics of Calamity, if one were to analyze them down to their barest elements, would prove to revolve around the problem of the lost individual. This is not surprising, since both of the defining currents of modern politics, totalitarian progressivism and strongman populism, are perspectives which systematically reject the individual soul — its natural needs...

Palate Cleanser

For a few days, most of my posts here in Limbo have been focused on current American politics, which essentially means death, chaos, and immorality, all imbued with a kind of bitter wistfulness.  It is therefore time to get back to more substantial fare, which is to say to questions on which rational analysis is not ultimately useless and futile. As it happens,...

The Significance of Suffering

Recently, a bright-eyed, enthusiastic Korean student asked me for winter reading recommendations. To choose appropriately, I engaged her in two hours’ general conversation aimed at gaining a better understanding of her character. At one point, I asked her the half-whimsical question, “If you were on a plane that was about to crash, whom would you want sitting next to you?” Her eyes widened...

It’s January 2nd: So what?

Living on the other side of the globe from most of my readers, and therefore between nine and seventeen hours ahead of many of you reading these words, I typically have the peculiar advantage of experiencing “tomorrow” before you. Thus, I can reassure you now, at 9am on January 2nd, 2019, that the world feels no different today than it did on New...

Free Souls for Slavish Days

Two thousand eighteen, upon any honest reflection, must be judged to have been a year of robust and energetic activity for the forces of tyranny, inhumanity, and vulgarism. In other words, it was yet another year — and perhaps more than just “another year” — of predictable failure for freedom, character, and taste. In short, the body is winning, the soul losing; earth...

Christmas Turkey; The Teacher

Merry Christmas to Everyone Here in Limbo! It’s my honor and pleasure to have you here in my home away from home — which is to say my home in a world that no longer has a place for the likes of me. Two items for this Christmas, one new and typically dreadful, one very old and eternally joyful. The contrast will, I...

In the Bleak Midwinter — A Full Moon!

Martina Navratilova is being vilified on Twitter, and, like most others, cowering before the intimidation of the lynch mob, after committing the progressive sin of questioning the rationality of allowing biological men to compete in sports against women merely because they “identify” as women. Rachel McKinnon, a male professor who believes he is a woman and recently won an international women’s cycling championship...

Weekend Reflections: Lies, Alcohol, More Lies

This weekend’s triptych of themes: why progressives lie; the secret of Trump’s success; why the left needs racism. Elizabeth Warren, giving a commencement address at Morgan State University, a primarily black college, told the graduating class that she has never experienced the racial bias that black people suffer — for which she has zero evidence, of course — because, she shockingly revealed, she...