Forerunners of things to come...

Whither goest, thou, Humanity?

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:17

Pope St. Pius X recognized that the growing craze he called Modernism was a significant threat to civilization. People use the term Post-modernism to describe what's happening, today. They also call it the New Age, the New World Order, and even The Age of Aquarius. In short, it's a kind of paganized and radically nominalized version of Modernism.

The language boa constrictor

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:53

You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words — scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone. ... Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

Hat tip... "The Gradual Abolition of Language".

Nineteen Eightyfour: Orwell's dystopian novel and its relationship to today

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:46

When I read George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty Four, over 40 years ago, I hoped that knowledge of the possible abuses of government would be a sufficient warning to prevent it. I hoped that the dystopia it described would never come to birth. George Orwell was way ahead of his time, yet he had already seen the possibility of the deluded polity that would enable the creation of this system.

Secularism vs. Sectarianism in Domestic and International Power Politics

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:41

Secularism began as a philosophical reaction against Christianity in the 18th century in Europe. Like the religious rebellion of the 16th century, it had its roots in outrage at the vices of religious and royal officials. And, like its earlier religious counterpart, it began to invent and to live by its own rules. As a movement, therefore, it exhibited all of the tendencies of moral and cultural drift that all major cultural movements and even civilizations have displayed throughout human history.

The Age of Moral Confusion (Part II): moral drift

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 16:34

I have offered simple orbital mechanics, and the earth/sun "system", as a metaphor for the importance of the connection between the unitive and procreative aspects of the marital act. I would like to suggest another metaphor to help us understand and appreciate the notion of "moral drift" in the absence of divine replenishment. In analogy with the thermodynamic law of entropy (the second law of thermodynamics), I would like to suggest that there is a kind of moral and spiritual equivalent.

The outlook for GM...

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:55

As everyone knows (or think they know), General Motors Corporation was bailed out by the U.S. Government in the middle of 2009. Technically, however, GM did not get a bailout. Instead, it was sold, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules, to a conglomerate headed by the U.S. Treasury. This is why it came to be known as "Government Motors." The conglomerate included the Canada Development Investment Corporation, the Government of Ontario, old GM bondholders and the U.S. and Canadian Auto Worker unions (UAW and CAW).

The progressive's "anagogical sense" of Constitutional interpretation

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:14

Scripture is written by people. Inspired scripture is written by people under God's inspiration. Inspired scripture is inherently deeper than that which is not. The Church has recognized this point, and discerned three spiritual senses of interpretation (allegorical, moral and anagogical) of the canon of scripture to supplement the literal interpretation. To tease out the literal interpretation, it can be necessary to apply technical means such as historical and literary criticism. What did the original human author intend to convey?

Marijuana, sex and dependency

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 17:51

Since the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized private use of marijuana (see "Colorado and Washington Blazed a Marijuana Legalization Trail: Should Others Follow?"), moral conservatives all over have objected to its coming impact on youth. One of the more interesting arguments is a very old one, that marijuana is a gateway drug. (So are chocolate and taco chips and spectator football.

The canary in the civilization mine shaft?

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 08:07

Religious freedom in the U.S. is increasingly under attack, and most people are anesthetized against the danger. According to Keith Fournier, "In other words, the Catholic Church was just fined by a civil jury for insisting that an employee at a Catholic School abide by the moral teaching of the Church. In the wake of the growing hostility toward the Church and the increasing violations against the Free Exercise of Religion in the United States, this verdict is a metaphorical warning shot across the bow."