Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Praise Mises, HBD and sports, Pvt. Glen or Glenda, an old charismatic rah-rah comes clean about the church, and Bob Wallace

  • Steve Sailer at Takimag: white men can’t reach. Genetics and sports.
  • The HuffPo has an article praising Mises?!
  • The non-news about Bradley Manning. Where’d he get this idea, reruns of ‘M*A*S*H’? My line remains: exposing government malfeasance is heroic but part of that heroism is taking the consequence of disobeying orders. Even if he goes to Army prison pretending he’s a cocker spaniel.
  • Good point that came up at Sailer’s: if men pretending to be women can use the law to demand to be taken seriously for that, why can’t blacks similarly just pretend to be white, or, in the era of affirmative action, vice versa, or I Bill Gates’s son and heir?
  • Ralph Martin admits the institutional American church is in ‘a catastrophic collapse’. An ’80s charismatic, fellow conservative Catholics but low-church and trads’ enemies then. Great. The truth at last. Now just admit the council’s a flop and shelve it. Happy feast of St Augustine: take up and read, our hearts are restless until they rest in God, etc.
  • Modestinus on Joseph Bottum. He thinks Catholic libertarians are part of the problem but point taken: Since I am not a neo-Catholic, I don't see any reason to treat the Bottum issue with any more attention than I pay to feminist nuns. Neo-Catholicism is the modern-day perpetuation of the heresy of Americanism. Never forget that, folks.
  • A local story about some Orthodox: the miracle of the icons. John Boyden writes: On Sunday, St Mary Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church had a four-alarm fire. 120 firefighters showed up to battle the blaze. Though they started inside the church, flames were too intense so they had to move outside. The Channel 6 site has video of the building burning. Here's an article with pictures if the video doesn't work. You wouldn't think there would be much left after a fire that large and with fire hoses pouring water on it for hours. They weren't expecting much when they got in on Monday, but this is what they found. Though the roof had collapsed over the sanctuary the icons which were painted on wood were preserved. There doesn't even appear to be any smoke damage. Even the firefighters said they hadn't seen anything like it before. I like the idea of icons as halfway between art and a sacramental presence, even though it’s recent (from Leonid Ouspensky). St Mary’s is obviously a secondhand Gothic Protestant building. Ukrainian Orthodoxy in America is, as far as I know, largely a 1930s schism from the Greek Catholics that’s now under the Greek Orthodox in Constantinople. Most of the few churchgoers in the Ukraine are either Russian Orthodox or belong to a nationalist schism nothing to do with the Ukrainian Orthodox here; only the far west is Greek Catholic. I remember the U.S. Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s late Archbishop Vsevolod of Chicago, a born Orthodox from Poland and the nicest, most pro-Catholic Orthodox I’ve met.
  • From Bob Wallace:
    • What might have been. Imagine how it would be if we had no Federal Reserve Bank destroying the value of the dollar through inflation. Imagine no national debt. Imagine the Fed not buying up the debt – “monetizing the debt.” The dollar would still be worth a dollar, not a penny when compared to 100 years ago. I have estimated the average salary now would be $70,000 a year, but Tyler Cowan, an economist at George Mason University, estimates it would be over $90,000 a year. The Romans were clearly on the verge of the Industrial Revolution, and the Greeks before them had shown some signs. Both the Greeks and the Romans collapsed, courtesy of their respective States. All empires collapse, just as the United States, an empire, is going to collapse. If the Greeks had succeeded, we’d be 2000 years ahead of where we are now. It wouldn’t be 2011; it’d be 4011. And the USSR won the war. I’ve read estimates that perhaps up to 200 million people were killed in the 20th Century, in State-created wars. (Contrary to the mythology, the Communists were ten times as bad as the Nazis. The Communists and the West won, so, as always, the winners write the history.
    • Without men there is no civilization. I met Camille Paglia: she’s fun. More.
    • The real alpha is the most evolved version of you. I don't use the word "Alpha" as a serious concept. It's a dumb word as used in the Manosphere and most of those who use it don't even know what it means. It comes from the study of canines and it means one thing, and one thing only: parent wolves. If you transfer it to humans, what you get is a patriarch. Interesting, and an example of the value of reading both sides: he’s a conservative anti-feminist but he doesn’t like Roissy. More here and here. Glad I can read both. Guess Sunshine Mary’s conservative Protestantism is somewhere in the middle. A few observations. Roissy would agree with me that he’s writing a field manual, not a religion (flexibility, a.k.a. social skills, is a key of game), describing conditions as they are, not as conservative Christians would like them to be. I see what he sees, in the field (on the job, etc.), just about every day. He also agrees what’s good for pickup artists short-term is bad for society. As the Anti-Gnostic says, beneath the bluster, profoundly conservative. Indeed, patriarchal. Better natural patriarchy than the feminists’ statism, as Bob agrees. Roissy doesn’t hate betas: he notes that in a healthy, patriarchal society, such as the old America, such were better off, more likely to be married and fathers. The best of self-help: Roissy tells frustrated men they can improve, which is true.
    • Tyranny is the deviant form of kingship (one ruler), and oligarchy is the deviant form of aristocracy (few rulers).
    • We have inherited the greatest economic machine in the history of the world, and we have wrecked it. How? Through democracy, which creates conditions in which people can vote themselves other people's money. Which works just fine until the money runs out.
    • What caused the American Revolution: Contrary to the common belief, the Boston Tea Party was not about tax hikes. It was about tax cuts – for the East India Company (they even got a tax rebate of millions of pounds from the King) so that this world-wide corporation could drive out of business its tiny American competitors. The East India Company was at that time the largest and most powerful transnational corporation in the world.
  • Dennis Farina epilogue. The quintessential Chicagoan (he and other TV cop Dennis Franz have that famous accent), he had a Catholic funeral in his home town, to which many police went. He was a real cop, on duty during the ’68 riot (a marker for when American society started to go to hell). The governor declared July 29 Dennis Farina Day. RIP, Mike Torello.


  1. Insofar as today we commemorate St. Augustine, it might be good to remember his own take on the state of the Church in the Golden Age of the Fathers, and his expectations for the Church until such time as the net is drawn to shore:

    In hoc ergo saeculo maligno, in his diebus malis, ubi per humilitatem praesentem futuram comparat ecclesia celsitudinem et timorum stimulis, dolorum tormentis, laborum molestiis, temptationum periculis eruditur, sola spe gaudens, quando sanum gaudet, multi reprobi miscentur bonis et utrique tamquam in sagenam euangelicam colliguntur et in hoc mundo tamquam in mari utrique inclusi retibus indiscrete natant, donec perueniatur ad litus, ubi mali segregentur a bonis et in bonis tamquam in templo suo sit Deus omnia in omnibus.

    The City of God, Book XVIII, sec. 49

    1. In this wicked world, in these evil days, when the Church measures her future loftiness by her present humility, and is exercised by goading fears, tormenting sorrows, disquieting labors, and dangerous temptations, when she soberly rejoices, rejoicing only in hope, there are many reprobate mingled with the good, and both are gathered together by the gospel as in a drag net; and in this world, as in a sea, both swim enclosed without distinction in the net, until it is brought ashore, when the wicked must be separated from the good, that in the good, as in His temple, God may be all in all. (Source.)

      Of course I get it. I like to say the church is a big tent, not the perfectionistic cult that liberals and non-Catholics claim we believe we are. But the American church has been in freefall since the Sixties. In that short time, from then to now, we've gone from Fulton Sheen, from national acceptance and respect hard won from a suspicious Protestant host country, to national joke a fraction of its former size. Pointing out that of course there was sin, including among churchmen, 50 years ago doesn't change the fact of a sharp decline. So again, how's that 'renewal' working out?

  2. 1. Re: 'When the American bishops greeted Pope Benedict XVI on his pastoral visit, they spoke of our "vibrant" Church.'

    How's that new springtime of the faith working for you? ISTM that the AmChurch bishops are even more of a problem than are the reprobate pseudo-Catholics who call themselves Catholics. OK bad Catholics at best, but at worse . . . . :-(

    2. Re: On going to Holy Communion

    Perhaps the Orthodox have it right after all.

    3. "even among the minority of Catholics who come to Church somewhat regularly, fewer than 10 percent could be considered 'intentional disciples' who have consciously made Christ the center of their lives."

    Perhaps the Evangelicals/Fundamentalists have it right after all wrt altar calls, etc.!

    4. Re: Abysmal catechesis

    Who says catechesis was so good in the pre-conciliar CC environment? OK, I got exposed to quite a bit of memorization from the Baltimore Catechism, but that is all. Release time religious ed. in high school was abysmal. I went to a public high school. The last two hours of the Wednesday public school day was devoted to religious ed. We were bussed to our elementary Catholic school to receive a measily hour of instruction in the faith by adult volunteers who didn't know squat about their subject. I find it difficult to believe that my experience was the exception to the rule. I learned my faith on my own--I liked to read--and to some extent at the incipient former-Catholic college I attended (Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY).

    4. My Conclusion:

    The CC leaders inherited a treasure in the post WWII era and they squandered it!

  3. "So again, how's that 'renewal' working out?"

    "How's that new springtime of the faith working for you?"

    I never know exactly to what or to whom these kind of questions are directed.

    Renewal is just part of everyday Catholic life. See, for instance, the prayer ending yesterday's morning Liturgia Horarum:

    Innova, quæsumus, Dómine, in Ecclésia tua spíritum quo beátum Augustínum epíscopum imbuísti, ut, eódem nos repléti, te solum veræ fontem sapiéntiæ sitiámus, et supérni amóris quærámus auctórem.

    For the record, I am a bit sceptical of "studies" purporting the measure the degree of devotion of the world's Catholics. Though I am disappointed in the decline in religious observance by Catholics in my own country, I am not terribly surprised, given our general wealth, power, and encouragement to occupy every waking hour with trivial amusement. We even complain when the mass fails to meet our expectations.

    On the whole, far from collapsing, the Church has grown pretty much as world population has grown. Still, on the whole, I am in accord with the view expressed by Evelyn Waugh's fictional elderly Mr. Crouchback: "Quantitative judgements don't apply." And I wonder if continual carping about how much better things were in another time is really condusive to the spreading of the gospel.


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