Nation-Building in the Himalayas: The Cost of Kashmir

Earlier this week, Andrew Willard Jones, Marc Barnes, and Jacob Imam published a piece in Postliberal Thought in response to the claims of the naturalness and finality of the nation-state presented in the recent National Conservatism Conference. Among other things,...

/ August 16, 2019

Not All Postliberal Theocratic Statism is Good: an anti-Modi Post

When I was nine, we went to Kashmir for ten days or so, to Srinagar, one of the hill stations, to get out of the Delhi heat. Rented a houseboat. When my mom was growing up, her family would go...

/ August 7, 2019

Liberal Sacraments

Recently, Adrian Vermeule published a piece in Church Life Journal in which he pointed out the inherently destabilizing nature of liberalism. As he describes it, the “natural laws” of the life of regimes dictate that the persistence of a regime...

/ July 29, 2019

On Nick Kristof, Jean Vanier, and Human Resources

Right. So this is a kind of complicated non-hot take spurred by Nicholas Kristof’s excellent and horrible piece in the Times today. Kristof is reporting from Guatemala, where almost half of all children are physically and mentally stunted because of...

/ June 13, 2019

Rise up, wretched man: enough tears have flowed.

Several months ago, I went with a group of friends– mostly church people, from Emmanuel Anglican– to see a production of Euripides’ Herakles, in the original Greek, directed by our friend Caleb Simone. It was part of his doctoral work,...

/ June 3, 2019

They Know Who Their Friends Are

In the last couple of weeks, one of the more interesting hypotheses to rear its head on Twitter is that the Alabama and Georgia abortion bans were engineered by white nationalists. Let’s check in: “The pro-lifers aren’t exactly wrong when...

/ May 22, 2019

We’ll make that great heart what we want it to be.

Just throwing this up here for future reference, after thinking and writing a bit about about Margaret Sanger’s intense Lothrop Stoddard fangirling, and the eugenicist origins of Planned Parenthood: “Man has got to take charge of Man. That means, remember,...

/ May 14, 2019

On Rebuilding

Yesterday, I guest-adjuncted for a friend’s class of Baylor students, who are on a sort of NYC Study Abroad semester (Yes, NYC is Abroad from Texas. Texas, after all, is on the continent.) The class was meant to be a...

/ April 23, 2019