Monday, July 26, 2010

From Stephen Hand
  • ...democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms — elections, Supreme Courts and all the rest — will remain. The underlying substance will be a kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast — but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit. From Brave New World Revisited.
  • Video: The intégriste Catholic right doesn’t like us. Francoism and Ave Maria, Fla. (the church as Stepford with Tom Monaghan as caudillo?) are orthodox as am I but I’d rather not live there. (Also, when these people — distributists for example — make decent products for the masses at low prices, maybe I’ll listen to their objections to capitalism.) Better schismatic Slavs in steel country (as Ferrara would say), Arturo’s and Samer’s people and Italians’ love/hate relationship with the church (I’m not saying any of these are necessarily right), with a few unpretentious holy people in the mix. Real pre-conciliar life, more or less, not a cult.

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