First Links — 10.15.13

Breakfast with Lucian Cressida Connolly, Spectator Columbus and the Pizza Theory Robert Royal, Catholic Thing Confucianism and Democracy Joel Fetzer & Anthony Gill, Research on Religion Mobility Is No Answer to Dispersion Steve Randy Waldman, Interfluidity The Common Doctor for Common People . . . . Continue Reading »

Which One’s Goliath?

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath , received some attention from David Mills on this blog last week. At the same time, it was also the subject of two articles in The Spectator , both of which highlighted the troubling matter of ambiguity in application of the biblical story. In . . . . Continue Reading »

American Liberty #6: 1989 Was a While Ago

The 20th century is over. Marxism remains contemptible, anachronistic, and hasn’t a prayer of real comeback. To the extent that full-blooded socialism is returning to compete with liberal democracy for the allegiance of modern persons, it does so in populist garb—and in the future, its . . . . Continue Reading »

Blog Roundup: Happy Monday

Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend (if you have one). I’ve been spending my own long weekend on very important business, such as catching up on The Good Wife , so I hope that everybody else has been spending their time equally well. And here’s some Monday reading for you. At . . . . Continue Reading »

This Life and the “Afterlife”

There’s a very fundamental controversy lurking in the Machiavellian thread below that I want to highlight: Escoffier: The dichotomy may be false to a believer, but Nick is quite the opposite of a believer. There is natural death and that is it, lights out, worm food. The entire supernatural . . . . Continue Reading »

The Challenge Of A Culturally Hostile Media

One of the really irritating narratives to come out of the shutdown/debt ceiling debate is the idea that the shutdown drowned out coverage of the incompetence of the Obamacare exchanges. Funny, but the excellent Fox News program Special Report with Bret Baier managed to cover both stories. The . . . . Continue Reading »