Category: Feature

1

POB II.2  “The Law’s a Ass”:  Marriage and Divorce, parts 1 and 2

 I have revised the opening and extended the discussion of marriage to include brief observations on capacity and consent.  From now on, the progress should be steady, Prologue Bumble the Beadle was a professional philanthropist, which is to say that he made a comfortable living by spending other people’s money on the poor.  As an agent for the parish, he had grown fat and vain, and he was fond of reminding the indigent of their debt of gratitude.  When the officers of the parish sell young Oliver Twist into slavery–and early death–as a chimney sweep, the Beadle admonishes the boy...

8

Judge Roy Moore: Is It Time to Go?

Judge Roy Moore is probably not going to be governor of Alabama.  The case against Moore is growing more serious with each passing day as more women come forward to charge him with indecent behavior and as people who knew him in Gadsden are backing their claims. That none of the claims is politically motivated is difficult to believe, and the justification that the accusers are Republicans who voted for Trump proves little.  Many Trump voters are not especially conservative and few, probably, would approve Judge Moore’s conflation of Scriptures and the American Constitution.  HL Mencken might have held his...

12

Conservatism: Traditionalism

Conservatism is a very elastic term, so big that it was stretched, by rent-seeking leaders of Conservative organizations in the 1990’s, into a big tent.  There are liberal Conservatives who care only about the illusion of free markets and freedom of choice, Neoconservatives who are democratist Jacobins and soft-core Marxists, and even “traditionalist” Conservatives, who do not entirely reject the classical tradition, the works of Shakespeare and Milton, and the wisdom of the past. If the word “conservative” were to mean anything—these days, it really doesn’t—it would have to include a healthy respect for tradition. Otherwise, the accusation that Conservatives...

1

Wednesday’s Child: Moral Borderlands

I was under the weather last week, and besides I thought the gentle reader might use a week’s rest from my compulsive ratiocination, so I did not post.  Weather is a big factor the closer one gets to Africa.  The sirocco arrives here bearing a fine sand dust from the Sahara that gets in everywhere, but worse than that, it makes one feel like a lemon squeezed dry, moscio, as the locals say, meaning flaccid, limp, flabby.  After a day or two, one finds oneself yearning for Siberia and the bracing touch of the bora. Sirocco makes people grumpy, irritable,...

9

Times Out of Joint

Europe went off daylight savings time this morning, and America follows suit next week.  I suppose this means we are still trying to catch up with Old Europe. The twice a year time change inevitably unleashes a pack of feral economists snapping at the heels and howling criticisms of the inefficiency of savings times and all the hours of work lost to the plantations of international capitalism.  Being economists—or, what is almost worse, business writers—they enjoy the high privilege of always missing the point.  If  it is true that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the...

2

Mea Culpa

I have not intentionally abandoned our readers these past few weeks, but I made the unwise decision to leave my laptop at home and rely on my wife’s iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard plus my iPhone.  The keyboard never worked, my iPhone fell to a hard floor and is worthless, and access even to the iPad has been a bit limited. We have enjoyed our week on a farm outside Spello and with Mark Beesley and our son Garret we have visited—in addition to Spello—Gubbio, Bevagna, Montefalco, Lago Trasimeno, and Spoleto.  Mark has done all the driving, which has made...

8

Book Review: Confederaphobia: An American Epidemic

Confederaphobia: An American Epidemic is a recent publication of Shotwell Publishing, LLC, co-founded by the author, Paul C. Graham, and Dr. Clyde N. Wilson, Professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina.   Mr. Graham holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina.  He is also an experienced editor, research scholar and writer of numerous articles which have appeared in publications such as the Simms Review and The Palmetto Partisan.   Confederaphobia appropriates the weapons of the enemy – cultural Marxists, leftists, liberals, their fellow travelers and useful idiots such as those masquerading as “conservatives,” and...

5

Wednesday’s Child: Chinsoc

“Ingsoc,” as the gentle reader may recall, was Newspeak for “English Socialism,” the ruling ideology in Orwell’s nightmare.  A modern version of that nightmare is already up and running in real time throughout mainland China under the official name of “System of Social Credit.”  Before long all mankind is expected to see the advantages of such a system, with most developed countries following China in implementing their own national versions of digital totalitarianism.  As I have written here on several occasions in the past, Russia, while behind China in this area of technology, is scheduled to launch a homespun analogue...

3

End of the McCain Doctrine

Call it the McCain Doctrine. It’s the foreign policy the U.S. government pursued from the 1999 attack on Serbia to pry away Kosovo, until President Trump’s 2017 occupation of the oval office. Through three presidents – Clinton, Bush II and Obama – the McCain Doctrine has meant constant, pointless intervention around the world. In 1999, McCain was the major force in Congress behind the attack on Serbia, which killed 5,000 Christian Serbs to put the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army in charge. The KLA then drove most Serbs out of their ancient homeland in Kosovo, blowing up their churches, and turning...

3

Wednesday’s Child: A Man of the Future

Last week a 51-year-old man was briefly in police custody in the northwest of England for passing leaflets to shoppers of the fair sex in a town square. “No offence intended,” read the culprit’s appeal. “You are simply a female that caught my eye, and I don’t have the time to talk right now.” “I am not looking for a girlfriend or relationship,” ran his argument. “I am looking for a possible private arrangement.” This was followed, in case any of his readers might mistake his intentions in some unexpected way – for instance, spitefully misconstruing them as honorable –...