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The Banality of Evil

From the November 2018 Print Edition

“Evil is ‘thought-defying,’ because thought tries to reach some depth, to go to the roots, and the moment it concerns itself with evil, it is frustrated because there is nothing. That is its ‘banality.’”—Hannah Arendt “That corpse you planted last year in your . . . . Continue Reading »

In Secular Saeculorum

From the January 2018 Print Edition

If all the oughts and nots given by GodAre excommunicated from debate,Except in terms of conscience which she lauds,I’d like to blame our Holy Mother State. I’d blame this Novus ordo secularOn savants who with smiling faces say:“Neanderthals!” or “to the sepulcher!”They satirize or . . . . Continue Reading »

Sanguine

From the June/July 2017 Print Edition

Requiescat in pace, Father Jacques HamelMartyred at the church of St. Étienne,Named for the first martyr.  Before Pure Will he bows so reverently,His captive mind conformed to prison sheikh Electric monitor around his wristCan’t leash the lust of teenage liberté. Straps faux explosives, . . . . Continue Reading »