Category: Government vs. God

Democracy Without Reservations

The other day, I had a written exchange with a Korean student about the problems of modern education, and specifically the narrow agenda-driven nature of modern teaching content and methods. Along the way, as one example of the problem, my student noted the gulf between political theory as presented at school and the lessons in political philosophy that she and I had discussed...

Vaccination and Coercion, Fear and Freedom

A young woman I have known for many years, who has been my student and my teaching assistant, and with whom I have engaged in many lively discussions about philosophy, the Bible, and global politics, has reached a sudden impasse in her life plans and her career path — an impasse defined by vaccine mandates. We live in the era of mass intimidation...

Fear and the Lepers

Jesus walked among the lepers and touched them. Today, by contrast, we are urged to treat the quite healthy but merely “unvaccinated” as worse than lepers — as social outcasts to whom we shall not even grant the small dignity of delivering them baskets of food. And not only must we not touch our unclean ones, but we are not to speak of...

Power Struggle

A terrible electrical storm passed directly over my neighborhood last night. The lightning was continuous and relentless, thunder claps following immediately upon each flash indicating the nearness of the storm’s center, and a driving rain providing a percussive undertone to the ongoing assault from above. The storm moved relatively slowly, bringing roughly forty-five minutes of full intensity before the audible distance between flashes...

Notes On The Tribunal: Cancel Culture

Anything you have ever done or said, in any context, is grounds for moral condemnation today, if that word or action is deemed inconsistent in any possible way with current progressive attitudes. And the condemnation is absolute, disqualifying you from employment, public service, public discussion — in effect from anything that the Tribunal or its millions of ideological allies (or self-protective cowards) wish...

Papal Health Care

Pope Francis had surgery for diverticulitis on July 4th. From this experience, the 84-year-old Marxist who pretends to be a Catholic — Catholicism is doctrinally committed to the destruction of Marxism — claims that he was reminded of the necessity of “universal and free” health care. Earth to pontifical jackass: The only universal and free healthcare possible for humans is the kind provided...

Irreconcilable Differences, Part Two

     “Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly once a month. We flood the whole system with adrenin. It’s the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences.”     “But I like the inconveniences.”     “We don’t,” said the Controller. “We prefer to do things comfortably.”     “But I...

Religion Causes War, Part One

One of the most wearisome bromides of our dogmatic scientific atheists is the claim that religious belief — which they conveniently weave together with the question of the existence of God — causes wars and oppression. This is used as a rhetorical argument to undercut belief in a divine being, on the grounds that the extremes of religious enthusiasm cause men to fight...

Selective Moralism

I see that America’s Catholic bishops, comprising one of the Church’s weirder bodies of representatives, have suddenly decided that it might be time to consider the possibility of maybe holding a meeting to discuss the suggestion that President Joe Biden, a Catholic who has spent much of his very prominent public life as a practical advocate, supporter, and legislative facilitator of abortion, should...

Easter Musings: What We Have Learned

The man whose life is celebrated on Easter weekend died at age thirty-three, having been earnestly engaged in the full blossom of his life’s mission for just a few short years. He died condemned as a criminal, and at the time was mocked and ridiculed, or simply ignored, by most of his fellow men. So much for the ultimate significance of empires and...