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    When does a quantitative change in politics become a qualitative one?  Many, including Karl Marx, have puzzled over this question without providing a fully satisfactory response. At long last an answer now appears to be at our disposal. Blago, Bernie, and Barack, each in his . . . . Continue Reading »

‘Round the Site

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Wendy’s life borders on chaos. What could make her life easier? A team of experts in colorful blouses with good hair, of course — according to Real Simple magazine’s new reality TV show. By Laura Vanderkam . An American town is living in a past that isn’t even real . The . . . . Continue Reading »

‘Round the Site

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Justin Hart’s daughter goes to her first Mormon Saturday Night Dance . Both father and daughter leave with a smile on their faces. The coke-fueled nights of Hollywood were his normative experience; the mundane conventions of suburban Cleveland feel exotic to him. Joe Eszterhas, however, is . . . . Continue Reading »

Mind, Brain, Rock ‘n’ Roll

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 One of the basic distinctions in contemporary thought about thinking is between brain and mind. "Brain" means the organic machine inside our skulls. "Mind" is more elusive: it can refer to anything from the generic subject of any possible judgement to the syndrome of . . . . Continue Reading »

Man, Order, and History

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Over at the First Principles website Saginaw Valley State University professor Lee Trepanier has a thoughtful essay ( Voegelin and Christianity ) explicating Voegelin’s now famous revision of his project, specifically his rejection, introduced in Order and History: Vol. IV , of the . . . . Continue Reading »

‘Round the Site

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Nicola Karras’ argument for conservatism leaves traditional partisan rhetoric in the dust: "The more we depend on government, the less connection we have with one another." Her graceful essay is not to be missed. Ladyblog’s Manblogger: Your broken moral compass that always . . . . Continue Reading »

Christianity: Passe, Again?

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Jeffrey Kripal is the latest professor of religious studies to come out, in good modern style, writing off Christianity (and presumably Judaism) as a pooped-out and poopy old farce for stunted schmucks who worship, in Aldous Huxley’s (Joycean, not Blakean) phrase, "Old Noboddady." . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodernism and the Great Books

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Our own Peter Lawler is the James Brown of the blogosphere, the hardest working man in the business. Over at the the Encyclopedia Britannica blog , he argues that a "postmodernism, rightly understood" is essentially a realism that counters our modern tendency towards . . . . Continue Reading »