From Upward Mobility to Upward Nobility

Rod quotes David Rieff, who writes in personally, and reflects: consumerism is Promethean knowledge and [ . . . ] the only alternative to it is economic catastrophe —- something only the most convinced of misanthropes could possibly welcome. Is he correct? Is the only alternative to being . . . . Continue Reading »

The Modern Center

Over at The American Scene, Alan Jacobs does the public service of reminding us that those medieval Christians didn’t put Earth at the center of the universe because they were arrogant: The center of the medieval cosmos is not the most important place, but the stillest and deadest place, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Eros lo Volt-watch

Apparently there being soul in cyberspace means that there’s adultery and divorce in cyberspace as well: "I went mad — I was so hurt. I just couldn’t believe what he’d done," Taylor told the Western Morning News. "It may have started online, but it existed . . . . Continue Reading »

Scenes from an ISI Conference, part 2

Part 2 of a two-part series . ACT III: ROSS: . . . and with that, I guess I yield the floor. DARA ( whispered ): You can always tell a former debater. HELEN ( whispered ): Did Ross do debate at Harvard? DARA ( whispered ): I don’t know. ROSS: So, questions? Yeah, there. HELEN: You said that . . . . Continue Reading »

Newt: Prying open Locke’s Lockbox?

Freddie : I gotta tell you, I’m such a fan of sweeping ideas and idiosyncratic solutions to social problems that I’m naturally kind of attracted to Newt Gingrich’s new grand scheme , even if it is from one of the more odious people in American politics. Certainly, I think . . . . Continue Reading »

Scenes from an ISI Conference, part 1

Tristyn has scooped me a little, but, for those of you who don’t read the Yale Free Press blog, I’ll first say "Why?" and then remind you that everybody who’s anybody spent this past Saturday in Gun Wavin’ New Haven asking ISI’s illustrious representatives . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Public Theology Thickets

In trundling along on my path toward understanding how theological, cultural, social, and political conservatism are interrelated yet distinct things, I revisited a fine Heritage lecture by one James Ceaser called "Creed Versus Culture." There is no way to do justice to the whole lecture . . . . Continue Reading »