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Put Ultramontanists In Body Bags

The canard of the papist with the divided loyalties—or, increasingly, any Christian as a matter of fact—is an old but persistent one, manifesting itself in the partisans of enlightened absolutism, the anticlericalism of the Risorgimento and the Kulturkampf, in American nativism, laicite, general secularist and republican opposition to "religious interference" in politics, the latter extending to the present and reaching its apex in the fedora-tipping antics of New Atheism, which at the same time

"Reform, Therefore, Means Rule of the Mob."

In 1858, John Bright, the radical MP whose name is associated with free trade and advocacy for the repeal of the corn laws alongside Richard Cobden, embarked on a speaking tour across Northern England and Scotland to clamor for parliamentary reform, working class enfranchisement, the secret ballot and other measures associated with his milieu. In his speeches, he railed against the lords and peers of the realm (whose strength was "derived from an unholy participation in the fruits of the industr

Underachievers: Nirvana, Green Day, and Generation-X

Toward the end of 1990, you couldn't get away from Simpsons merchandise- from posters, to pajama sets, to pencil toppers- mostly featuring Generation-X's very first mainstream media icon, Bart Simpson. You see, before "The Simpsons" became obsessed with Homer's gradual decline into retardation, the show's initial protagonist was skateboarding prankster Bart- the country's first take on their next generation. And those savvy Simpsons writers seemed to have nailed it. While Bart's driving characte

“A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness”: The Implications of Clerical Celibacy (Part II)

One of the great benefits of writing in serial format is the ability to receive and respond to criticism as the essay forms. One critique in particular, however, demands an answer before we can continue with our discussion of celibacy’s historic place in human society. Your author has been accused of making a very grave error as regards the model and theological basis for Christian priesthood. This is indeed a terrible accusation since it implies a rejection of a fundamental teaching of Christia

Laughing at the Face of Seriousness With Diogenes

“Every age, and ours above all, would need a Diogenes; but the difficulty is in finding men courageous enough to be one, and men courageous enough to suffer one.” - Jean le Rond d'Alembert. We live in serious times. Everywhere, flags are planted, trenches dug, and positions taken. Ideas are no longer just thoughts—if they ever were—but weapons. They’re soldered to identities and fired across the web like whining missiles. Choose your words carefully because dissent is met by a madness that tears

Cultural Marxism: An Alternative History

Cultural Marxism emerged from the failure of fin-de-siecle and interwar Orthodox Marxism to properly grapple with the national question, and with the failure of historical materialism to deal with psychological motives of economic classes. The work of French and Italian Marxist revisionists in the making of proto-fascist ideology is well known, but a similar process evolved in the rigidly leftist side as well. Orthodox Marxism had increasingly become a rote and vulgarized system of keywords to b

Be Thou my Dignity: A Reformed View of Human Dignity

The dominance of human dignity-talk stands firm in Western public discourse. Both the religious and non-religious deploy “dignity” with ease and confidence, proudly proclaiming the universal, invariable, and immutable value of man. All things must conform and contribute to the affirmation and actualization of each person’s dignity, and no acceptable system of thought can subordinate or neglect its central importance. But strangely, the discussion on the nature of dignity itself is largely absent

Boulainvilliers' Project for Aristocratic Rejuvenation

The name of Henri, comte de Boulainvilliers (1658-1722) is, thanks to Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, largely associated with his Germanist position on the origins of the French nobility, which is frequently held to be an early example of modern racism. Actually, the Germanist thesis predates Boulainvilliers' output and held no such connotations. It emerged in opposition to the traditional ethnographic practice which held the Franks to be the descendants of Trojans. Boulainvilliers himself ex