If some things trump freedom of religion, then whatever the state wants to suppress will be cast as one of those things.
If nothing trumps freedom of religion, then anything any depraved freak wants to do will be cast as a sacrament of his religion.
So it looks like we get either a depraved freak show, or repressive state-enforced orthodoxy.
But this is America; it turns out we can have both.
The sentiment seems to be: “Globalization enriches us all. If it’s not enriching you, well, you aren’t really one of us.”
Five hundred twenty-six years ago today, on October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America. Here’s some celebratory music:
Big tech problems, and Big Tech problems, are limiting what I can do online, but I have a paper copy of Deschooling Society, by Ivan Illich. It’s a mix of acute observation and nonsense, but worth reading.
The views of Anthony Esolen’s father, in Faith, Family, Government, & the Company Store, are almost exactly those of my father.
Particularly California history:
“Originally, [Mision San Francisco de Assis / Mission Dolores in San Francisco] comprised a fairly vast area, with 10,000 head of cattle, 10,000 sheep, many horses, etc., as well as workshops, farms and gardens. In a very real sense, it was San Francisco. Several thousand native Americans lived and worked there. Following Mexican independence, in 1834 the missions were ‘secularized’ meaning, in effect, that all their lands except that upon which stood the church buildings and cemeteries were seized by the Mexican government and given to private citizens. This impoverished the mission and lead to a decades long decline. By 1842, only a few Indians lived at the mission, and what remained of the building fell into serious disrepair.”
There’s an article in Wikipedia, I don’t know how accurate, about the Mexican secularization act of 1833.
The 1986 movie The Mission, with Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons, takes place a hundred years earlier on another continent. King Henry’s dissolution of monasteries was a couple of hundred years before that.
“This isn’t even about guns. For a child that age, guns have nothing to do with danger, or violence — much of the fascination has to do with remote control. I can stand over here, and change the state of that object, clear over there. This might be a curious thing for someone to bring up about it, but we should be discussing that aspect of it more often because far from being merely harmless, that’s an important part of a child’s development. Children have a need to become accustomed to achieving direct effect on the world around them; getting comfortable with the idea of engaging action, as a leader, on an individual level, and seeing that action translated into a consequence. Later on they can become acquainted with the concept of irreversible investments, and point-of-commitment. What you do today, you cannot undo tomorrow. From that, comes the understanding of responsibility.” — The Next Thing to Destory: Toy Guns
“How terrible must it be to get an unwanted glimpse of the top of someone else’s shed?”
What true thing can you not safely say, unless you say it anonymously?
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This video is vulgar, kind of stupid, and has significant philosophical limitations, but I still like it: Die Gedanken sind frei
Learning to Be ‘Dinosaurs’, by Jessica Hooten Wilson