Wednesday, May 20, 2009

From Rod Dreher
  • Why environmentalism doesn’t catch on. Because it’s a project through which the liberal élite expresses its cultural and existential anxieties, the font of therapeutic lifestyle gestures and and inspiration for cultural politics among a relatively narrow slice of the electorate. Greens often talk about how climate change’s negative effects will fall disproportionately on the world’s poor, which may be true, but the greens never seem to worry about how grinding poverty itself makes the lot of the world’s poor miserable — and how economic development is the best chance to lift them out of their slough of misery.
  • Why people buy Dan Brown’s stupid books. The Graham Greene of the Moralistic Therapeutic Deists? That means the ‘spiritual not religious’, or God as the big smiley balloon in the sky as my father confessor has said. It’s all about self-esteem and validation whereas in religion (as AA and the Hebrew National hot-dog ads say) you have to answer to a higher power and it’s not in the mirror. Comes in both ‘conservative’ prosperity-gospel and liberal mainline versions, or never mind how many times you’ve been married. Dreher has a judgemental streak but he’s often right.
  • The ‘change’ so many voted for. The new administration has copied most of the Bush program, has expanded some of it, and has narrowed only a bit.
  • ‘Catholic’ vs Catholic or not worth a Notre Damn. Did I mention Obama’s a ghoul? The man even tried to stop a law protecting the lives of babies “accidentally” born during abortion. This is what one of America’s leading ‘Catholic’ (as in sport and green beer) institutions went out of its way to honour and ‘enthusiastically welcomed’. Why. You can even read theology there and become a non-Anglo mainline Protestant. But hey, if Jesus isn’t God and didn’t found a church you might as well stay in the fold for the sport and green beer as leave. Of course the ‘pretty significant culture shift’ was 40 years ago. Paul VI shot himself in the foot.

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