Who’s Afraid of the Latin Mass?

To their credit, many of the world’s bishops, addressed in Francis’s recent missive as “Guardians of Tradition,” are scratching their head at its apparently senseless venom. “Upon reflection,” one faithful shepherd of souls observed, “it seems that in addressing the ‘problems’ of the traditional Latin Mass community—real or perceived—Pope Francis used a chainsaw when onlyContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Latin Mass?”

Singing What’s True

In my dazed and confused youth, listening to classic rock as I traversed the rural roads of New England, several of Van Morrison’s ubiquitous hits were etched into my soul. Apart from that, I never gave the fellow a second thought, until reading several years ago that the title of his popular tune, “Domino,” isContinue reading “Singing What’s True”

Reset This!

The New York Times would like you to think that the Great Reset is a conspiracy theory cooked up by disgruntled right-wing deniers of whatever the masses are being programmed to believe in this news cycle. This is the same paper that, in the 1930s, solemnly dismissed “rumors” of the (very real) Soviet-orchestrated famine responsibleContinue reading “Reset This!”

Asking Questions

I appreciate Ohio Representative Jim Jordan’s exposure of the arbitrary nature of the repressive policies currently foisted upon the American people in the name of “public health.” In this exchange, Representative Jordan stumps Dr. Anthony Fauci by asking when, and on what objective basis, Americans can expect to get our liberty back: As we canContinue reading “Asking Questions”

Public Opinion & Propaganda

In this seminal essay, Robert Nisbet explains how our contemporary obsession with popular opinion constitutes a deadly distortion of the logic of genuine republican government. Though good government rests on the consent of the governed, and public policy ought to be based on a refinement of public views, this does not mean that rulers oughtContinue reading “Public Opinion & Propaganda”

Brewing the Truth

As Václav Havel notes, contemporary despotism attempts to conscript each citizen as an agent as well as a victim of oppression. To the extent that we get along by going along with approved untruths, we increase the pressure on others to join us in our retreat from human dignity. On the other hand, Havel warns,Continue reading “Brewing the Truth”

Not in Our Stars

Several years ago, Carson Holloway published an insightful essay, describing the election of Donald Trump as a (well deserved) slap across the face of America’s governing elites. Holloway’s argument focuses on a series of policy gaffes, stretching back to the presidency of George W. Bush and extending through that of Barack Obama. Together, by 2016,Continue reading “Not in Our Stars”

The Slothful Tyrant

In the first volume of Democracy in America, Tocqueville warns us about a new and sinister form of oppression to which modern democratic peoples are susceptible: “the tyranny of the majority.” In olden times, abusive rulers used harsh punishments to coerce their subjects, and even just rulers were surrounded by flatterers seeking to harness publicContinue reading “The Slothful Tyrant”

Getting What We Pay For

The year is 1857. Speaking to the American Abolition Society, Frederick Douglass has to admit that the noose of slavery seems to be tightening its grip on the American regime. Despite many grim setbacks for the cause of freedom, Douglass is far from daunted: “I have come to the conclusion that from no work wouldContinue reading “Getting What We Pay For”

Beyond the Power of Man

Omnipotence in itself seems to me something bad and dangerous.  Its exercise seems to me beyond the power of man, whoever he may be; and I see only God who can, without danger, be all powerful, because his wisdom and his justice are always equal to his power. There is no authority on earth so respectableContinue reading “Beyond the Power of Man”