Category: Fleming

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The Religion of Peace is Busting Out All Over

American bigots are always complaining about Islamic violence.  They apparently are incapable of listening to the reasonable and fact-based arguments put forth by their democratically elected monarchs.  George Bush explained to us that Islam was a “religion of peace,” and his successor gave us the  valuable lesson in American history that Muslims had been with us from the beginning.  Of course they were, doesn’t anyone remember the Terrorists who went by the name of Barbary Pirates? For all these reasons and many more, American bigots should beware of drawing conclusions from the recent attack in Manchester, England, that left 22...

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Filmer’s Patriarcha, Conclusion

Filmer’s Patriarcha, Conclusion Most of the most important topics that Filmer takes up have been covered, but there are a few points in the latter parts of the work that are worth pointing out and possibly talking about.  Let me list them briefly. 1) In his discussion of John Selden (VIII), Filmer cleverly notes the discrepancy in the arguments of those who flatly rejection the idea  that sovereign power can be traced to Adam but eagerly embrace the notion that property rights derive from the first man.  I didnt’ know there were already libertarians in the 17th century.  In his...

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Trump ‘s Enemies on Right and Left–A Plague on Both their Houses

The Trumpster is in trouble again. In this week’s tempest in a teapot, he is:  A) Derided for apparently  backing off on the promise to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem—Mark Levin is livid, and I can’t imagine why!  B)  Accused of sharing information with the Russians on how to fight ISIS—the news room of the Washington Post is said to have cheered the report.  C) Deserted by the professionally  dumb blond of the conservative press, Ann Coulter. In reverse order:  If you have ever cared about what Ms Coulter—a perpetual adolescent who will not act or dress her...

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Cyber Attacks–Cold Turkey for Addicts

Free to all subscribers, unpaid as well as paid. The cyber attack that began last Friday has much of the world–at least that part of it that worships the living demon Bill Gates instead of the demon ghost of Steve Jobs–trembling in fear.  Most Windows users are not at risk, apparently, since the attack is aimed at  an older version of  Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system.  one that is not given tech support by the company.  Microsoft has quickly made a patch-update available to prevent access to the attack, but  since much of the Third World is relying on pirated software, which  cannot be...

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Still Time to Join the Counter-Revolution

Revolution & Resistance Dear Friend and Fellow-Reader: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark was inspired by the outbreak of World War I, the European civil war that was the beginning of the end of our civilization.  Now that we are closer to the end than to the beginning of our descent into the abyss, it is more vitally important than ever to understand what has happened, or rather, what we have done to ourselves.At our first Summer School, we studied the greatest external threat...

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POB II.1: The Home as Family Temple (OTH–Free to Registered Subscribers)

The Family Temple If the first father was the first magistrate, he was also the first priest, and the household was a sacral, as well as a political and economic center.  Many Greek cults were rooted in the household and in extended kin-groups such as the genos (clan) and phratry (a quasi-religious brotherhood made up of clans).  In traditional societies, home is also connected with the ever-present dead.  In Athens, someone claiming to be Athenian had to prove his full citizenship, not only by naming his parents and grandparents but also by stating where his people have their altars to...

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Filmer’s Patriarcha, IV-VII (FREE)

Filmer is typically accused of tracing the legitimacy of Charles I, back, in an unbroken line, to Adam.  What he actually argues is something different.  In the first place, he points out that, at least in principle,  there is always an heir, even if that heir is unknown.  If Adam were still alive and died today, there would be an heir, though no one would be able to discover who it was.  On the strength of the Old Testament, he assumes that the principle of primogeniture is universal, when it is not.  The privilege given first-born sons is a natural tendency,...

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Feeding the Monster:  Macron and the Propaganda War

The new French president claims that opponents tried to sabotage his campaign by claiming that he is homosexual.  The claims were based, on the one hand,  in  “misogyny because they say it’s not possible to be with a woman who’s 24 years older, and “on the other side, it’s homophobic.” Emmanuel Macron is in a bit of a bind, because when any public figure denies allegations of  homosexuality, his denials are taken, in some quarters at least, as evidence of anti-homosexual bigotry.  He is quick, therefore, to insist that he would cheerfully admit to being homosexual, if he were, though I...

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Coulda Woulda Shoulda: If Wishes Were Horses, Hillary Would Win the Derby

Barbara Streisand, at a recent performance in Brooklyn, paid tribute to Hillary Clinton and shared her dreams of the New Camelot that would have replaced the Evil America being rebuilt by Donald Trump and his legions of straight white males.  Speaking of a recent interview with Hillary, Streisand added that it “makes us yearn for what could have been, what should have been. I was thrilled to hear yourself describe yourself as an activist citizen and part of the resistance.” Streisand as political commentator is a satirist’s dream come true.  At the age of 75, herself, she actually had the...

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Filmer’s Patriarcha II and III

Filmer begins his detailed argument with an attack on Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, one of the greatest of the Jesuits and a doctor of the Church.  Bellarmine was a widely respected thinker, a man of sound judgment and excellent reason, whose arguments against Protestantism were credited with saving some parts of Europe from the Reformation and restoring many doubting souls.  He played a creditable role in the controversy over Galileo and deserves to be better appreciated today. Like several other Jesuits, Bellarmine wanted to protect the power of the Church (and its earthly head) from the ambitions of the nation states...