Monday, April 28, 2008

Today in LRC
  • Actually forming soldiers’ consciences or just propping up the war state, left or right? Fr Emmanuel McCarthy goes too far (like our holy mother the church I’m not a pacifist) but has a point. How long would a chaplain who questioned the ‘Kill the sand ni**ers!’ indoctrination of basic training last? Or ‘the Nuremberg defence: works for us not for you’. Your thoughts, Fr Mark?
  • Cult books.
    Ayn Rand, giving libertarianism a bad name to this day (rebuttal): Loved by the kind of person who tells you selfishness is an evolutionary advantage, before stealing your house/lover/job.

    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: A beautifully phrased exercise in pointing out the obvious but Sixties hippy kids loved it.

    Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: If he’d done Greek at school and knew what αρετη meant, we could have been spared most of the 1970s.
  • Don’t blame capitalism for the food shortage from Joshua Snyder. The root of this crisis lies in the fact that grains are being used not to feed people, but to feed cattle and cars. And, not surprisingly, both ideas came from the State and have been financed with State funds, confiscated, it goes without saying, from the citizenry.

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