Monday, February 25, 2008

The war between nostalgia and utopia
“The only people who would object to escapism would be jailors.” I don’t think that Tolkien was referring solely to totalitarians whom he despised, such as the Communists or the Nazis. Deeply influenced by the likes of Chesterton and Belloc, raised (as a fatherless boy) by a priest who’d studied under Cardinal Newman... a veteran of the Somme who’d seen all his closest friends butchered by machine guns or gas... Tolkien was concerned as well with the soul-deadening qualities of “moderate” world views such as Fabian socialism and Manchester liberalism.

[His literary] roots lay deep in the often fragmentary pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature which predate the Norman conquest, but Tolkien’s themes were of enormous contemporary significance: the sanctity of the local, the hatefulness of tyrants, the intimate connection between personal honor and the preservation of liberty.
The face of ‘pro-choice’ politics
In elections nowadays abortion drops out as a deciding issue but John Zmirak at Taki sees the other side in all its ugliness
As Joe Sobran once wisely reflected: To one kind of man, a pregnant woman is a broken toy, and the abortionist the toymaker who fixes her up again.
Pig heaven marketed as empowerment. Screwtape could have come up with it.
Given ... the average contraceptive failure rate of 10%, it doesn’t take a math whiz to calculate that Bill [Clinton] has probably been responsible for at least one “exercise of a woman’s constitutionally protected right of privacy.”

So here’s the question I’d like to propose, for the next intrepid journalist who gets the chance to interview a “pro-choice” male politician:

“Governor/Senator/Congressman, if I might: For how many abortions have you personally been responsible?”

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