About god-terms

From First Thoughts

The depressing budget brinksmanship of recent weeks is another reminder of the inherent disorder of American political terminology. Those of a Tea Party persuasion - protective of Medicare, generally sympathetic to classical liberalism, capable of uniting with the populist left to critique the . . . . Continue Reading »

Horror: The Revolt of Conscience

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Tonight, the second season of American Horror Story begins. I thought last season was an excellent, though perhaps unintended , cultural acknowledgement that along with sexual “liberation” come unintended consequences – particularly regret of voluntary sterility. The realities . . . . Continue Reading »

Horror: An Expression of Revolt

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The end of Halloween and the genuinely frightening FX show American Horror Story - in which a family heavily interacts with ghosts spanning the generations, where horror began with an abortionist doing his own Frankenstein-type experiments - has provoked the following somewhat disparate thoughts . . . . . Continue Reading »

Tonsor on Conservatism

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Stephen Tonsor of the University of Michigan history department is not often mentioned among the intellectual heavyweights of American conservatism. But reading his work gives one the impression he should be better known. For the Postmodern Conservative, skeptical of standards for socio-political . . . . Continue Reading »

The Quest for Community

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I recommend the recent reissue of Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community, which includes an excellent introduction by Ross Douthat. The book is a critique of both leftism and the right-liberalism (more “freedom,” less “equality”), so prevalent in today’s conservative . . . . Continue Reading »

Hitler defines socialism

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In the past few years, Glenn Beck and Jonah Goldberg have led the charge to popularize the notion that the governing totalitarianisms of fascism – centralizing, modernist, nationalistic, and willing to cooperate with the radical, internationalist Left, most notoriously in August 1939 – . . . . Continue Reading »