Category: History

the liberal order and its haters

I’ve had several conversations in the past year in person and online in which I referenced “the liberal order” or “liberalism” as me and some of my buddies understand it, only to find that I have engendered confusion with this...

/ April 6, 2022
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patriotism good, nationalism bad?

There is a recurrent discourse about nationalism and patriotism that I generally find stultifying. In general, many have (following C.S. Lewis) declared that patriotism is a good love of one’s country and people, while nationalism is the bad belief that...

/ February 28, 2022

why is Turkey buying a town in Sudan?

No posts planned for tomorrow- Merry Christmas! If you’re into Northeast African politics, you won’t want to miss this dispatch from Nanjala Nyabola: Suakin sits along Sudan’s Red Sea coast, a small grouping of faded buildings and historical ruins containing...

/ December 24, 2018

culture is learning to be free

This is a fascinating interview with Patrick Deneen at the ever-worthwhile Comment magazine (subscribe now for $30/year!) Liberalism ends in slavery because its notion of freedom involves the pursuit of desires that can never be sated, that can never be fulfilled....

/ December 20, 2018

there may have been a manger, but it wasn’t a stable

Stop your nativity pageants! What, then, does it mean for the kataluma to have ‘no space’? It means that many, like Joseph and Mary, have travelled to Bethlehem, and the family guest room is already full, probably with other relatives who arrived earlier....

/ December 17, 2018

makes you wanna holler

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (an organization doing more than any other, I think, to highlight where and how people can be working for the localism we like to talk about) highlights how dollar stores deliver low-quality goods...

/ December 13, 2018

Sabbath and soil

Years ago, when I first studied Isaiah 58, I found its call to honor the Sabbath mingled with the call to do away with violence and injustice odd. I suppose that I had grown up thinking of Sabbath-keeping as a...

/ December 5, 2018

“Uncontrolled liberalism, in other words, prepares the grounds for its own demise.”

There are some very sharp insights in this interview with Pankaj Mishra in the LA Review of Books: “Liberal modernity,” you’ve argued, “has prepared the ground for its destruction” by unleashing forces that are “uncontrollable.” Have these forces contributed to...

/ December 3, 2018

tomb raider?

This essay is as fascinating and fun as everyone says it is: The Nazareth inscription is a block of marble, about two feet tall, a foot wide, and two inches deep. The first of its 22 lines of text, carved...

/ November 21, 2018

wokeness and gnosticism

I enjoyed this essay from Anthony Barr on the question of “wokeness” and gnosticism: I want to suggest that “woke” is a redeemable term. If we think of wokeness as loving attentiveness to reality, a commitment to seeing the world...

/ November 20, 2018