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Has the left won?

I happen to have a long list of blogs and other opinion sites that I sample using Internet RSS feeds, though I'm sure lots of people wouldn't consider my lest to be particularly long. At any rate, one of the feeds I monitor is The Black Sphere. Evidently, Kevin Jackson, or a member of his blogging team, came across an interesting example of conservative "speculative journalism" on another site, RightVoice Media, entitled, "Surrender." Kevin's link to the piece is entitled, "Has the Left Won?"

What is Modernism, really, and why is it a problem?

It was Blessed Pope Pius IX who first condemned modernism (although, evidently, not by that name, per se) in his "Syllabus of Errors." In ¶ 80, he condemned the proposition that "The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization." Among the ideas the Church was expected to reconcile itself with at the time was the Communism of Karl Marx. By the time of Pius X, the Church was expected to reconcile itself with the Eugenics of Sir Francis Galton.

Homeostasis in the American 2-Party System

It takes a major social upheaval in the American political system, such as civil war, to cause a major political realignment that goes as far as the downfall of one political party and the rise of another. The Republican Party historically began as an anti-slavery activist party in 1854.

Econ 101. Lesson 1, markets and the theory of value

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From ancient times, there existed free markets. We find biblical patriarchs bargaining in the Book of Genesis (cf. Gen 21:22-34, Gen 23 and Gen 29:16-30). The ancient Greek market place, known as the agora, was a gathering place both for merchants and for public discourse. The Romans, for there part, had an equivalent space known as the forum. The ancient Jews infamously carried on merchant activities in the Temple area in Jerusalem. Cincinnati has its Findlay Market and Fountain Square. Most towns have a farmers' market.

Liberal? What's it to you?

The term "liberal" used to mean something very different from what it means today. Consider what happened to the trade-name "Coke." Because "New Coke" was introduced and because it was such a radical break with the previous version, and because it proved to be so unpopular the old version was brought back, we now find ourselves enjoying a "Coke Classic." Something similar happened to the word "liberal." According to Wikipedia, the term classical liberalism,

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