Sunday, November 23, 2008

Popping in for Tea at Trianon
  • History lesson from The New Yorker. What the US’s founding fathers had in mind: The United States was founded as an experiment in eighteenth-century republicanism, in which it was understood that only men with property would vote, and publicly, since they were the only people who could be trusted to vote with the commonweal, and not private gain, in mind.
  • One world religion... or else. Two global initiatives to keep an eye on. In raw form, like Sun Myung Moon declaring himself king of the universe, nobody takes this (so earnestly PC it’s like a caricature) seriously so these things don’t get voted in, but stealthily they’ve become mainstreamish, the anti-faith of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.
  • The new barbarians. Alas, the Brave New World comes in with the fog on little cat feet. Harvesting living people’s organs. Once you devalue life in the name of ‘choice’ you can’t stop.
  • Remembering Queen Mary I. It’s worth remembering as one prays for the repose of the soul of this maligned queen that England was dragged into Protestantism by literal force, really after 1559 when her half-sister took over (and of course Elizabeth’s side wrote the history — the people who now have gay weddings and want to sue ‘backward’ congregations that are opposed out of existence), and William Tighe told me in some parishes remnants of Catholicism remained into the 1580s. Requiescat in pace.
  • Stalin: lest we forget. The older Russians I know who lived under him haven’t. There is so much that has been forgotten.
  • Trianon’s LRC pick: the venerable Eric Margolis demolishes the Churchill myth.
  • How to give and take criticism like a man.

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