Friday, June 27, 2014

American World Cup fans, and more

  • Why Ann Coulter wrote what she did about soccer. I understand writing provocative pieces is her game. She repeats the point that arguable SWPL Christian Lander made when he helped define that term (Stuff White People Like, status symbols for young American liberals): it's about liberal leapfrogging loyalties, pretending to be European or cosmopolitan (Third World "diversity" clout too). (Also why soccer's a class status symbol here but a prole sport elsewhere.) That's a ripoff of medieval Catholicism, of the universal church (the church is both tribal and universal): Europe as the res publica Christiana vs. the Protestants and deists who started America. Not what today's libs identify with. (The U.S. government, the European Union, and the UN as fake churches.) Patriotism's for dumb proles as far as they're concerned. (Except when America's going to war for World War G, in which case we're the City Shining on a Hill again: a ripoff of the Christian value of defending the weak and oppressed.) But that might be changing in soccer; American fans this year look patriotic. Anyway, just like my being undecided about the American Revolution, you have the irony that Europe (including our mother country, which is half Europe, half America East, because it shares a language and a culture with the current empire, giving it clout vs. the continent) turned out more liberal and less religious than here. There's the phenomenon that the countryside tends to be conservative, but in America, mavericks, whom you'd expect to be more liberal, settled our frontier. Paul Fussell explained that the old-fashioned snob Anglophilia was different from American soccer fans; its message was "my family has been rich and powerful ever since Britain was, which is why we picked up these habits."
  • I don't follow sports; the only way the World Cup has affected me was, working for a German company (but not directly with Germans; at hibu, like "Mad Men," there was the occasional English executive), they treated us to pizza yesterday to celebrate the U.S. playing Germany; Germany won 1-nil. The U.S. coach is a German soccer legend.
  • A good friend on the American Revolution: Legally and constitutionally speaking, IMO, the Americans hadn't a leg to stand on in 1776; however, the "theoretical basis" of 1776 was a perfect application to the colonial scene of the "revolution principles" of 1689 which rationalized (I hesitate to write "justified") the overthrow of James VII & II in England and Scotland (and which principles were then "swept under the carpet" as soon thereafter as possible, in England at least). If I had to propose a "motto" for the American Revolution I would be neither Sic semper tyrannis nor Annuit coeptis, but rather Quid pro quo or perhaps Qui beneficio meretur, for "One good turn deserves another."
  • Steve Hayes on how this blog's changed: What it is and what it seems has changed quite a lot in the last eight years. If it was “conservative” back then, it is no longer. It would now more accurately be called a Libertarian Blog for Nostalgia. And libertarians are liberals on steroids. Except I listen to Catholic critics who point out that liberty's a means (rights and responsibilities), not an end (rights without responsibilities, selfishness), and I don't sign onto left-libertarian causes, which are liberal causes. That libertarianism like neoconservatism is only part of the big problem of liberalism is a well-known paleoconservative/traditionalist argument.
  • Our conservative Lutheran cousins like Latin too.
  • My line of work at least short- to medium-term as Google becomes a competitor: "It's 2014 and it seems obvious, but across laptops, tablets and mobile devices, a Web site is one of the first places people go to find information about a business," Google said in a blog post. "But amazingly, our research shows that 55 percent of small businesses still don't have one."
  • From Ad Orientem: In America, three big wins for constitutional government.
  • But one step back as World War G's war on reality proceeds. Why is 3% of the population, if that, telling the rest of us what to think and do? As the Anti-Gnostic says, if they thought ahead, they'd support the majority; otherwise they'd be a one-generation experiment.
  • From Takimag: Fact rape. The vast majority of reporters are basically Marxist liberals and they use the news as a propaganda tool for the “greater good.” There are too many fake stories that fit the liberal narrative for it to be an accident.

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