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The Conservative Political Philosophy and Catholic Social Teaching


According to Russell Kirk (following the tradition of Edmund Burke), the essence of Conservatism is (depending on how you interpret the role of time and history) " a conservative is a person who prefers the devil he knows to the devil he doesn't. He knows there are always ills and devils in the world, and he would rather get along with present imperfections than dash into some ruinous and impossible scheme of perfectibility." See "The Conservative Mind After Forty Years: An Interview with Russell Kirk."

"Cloward and Piven What?"


Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were in the news these past few years because their Cloward-Piven strategy was seen by some to inform and to guide the progressive movement. At first blush, it seemed to some people that the strategy was aimed at collapsing the economy. In reality, it was only aimed at collapsing the welfare bureaucracy, so that the welfare state would inaugurate a government-sponsored guaranteed annual income, thus eliminating poverty (or so the delusional theory went).

5 stages of post-election grief


5 stages of grief (à la Elisabeth Kübler-Ross) over the 2012 election results:

  1. Denial: They must have stolen the election somehow. I demand a recount.
  2. Anger: I'm going to unfriend all my liberal Facebook friends.
  3. Bargaining: Where Speaker Boehner, and other liberal Republicans, are, currently.
  4. Depression: It's hopeless. I'm packing my bags and moving to Canada.
  5. Acceptance: O.k. What would Jesus do?

"Do not resist one who is evil." Matthew 5:29a


"You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil.
But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

The Souls of the Just [Wisdom 3:1-9 on All Souls' Day]


The classical view of Purgatory was that it was a torment similar to Hell, except that it was only temporary. Medieval and even Renaissance paintings of the torments of Hell depicted corporeal souls engulfed in flames. It was precisely such images that gave the term "Medieval" its worst negative connotations in the modern imagination.


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