From New Labour to Old Labour

The Brown government's decision to nationalise Northern Rock takes us back to the days when Labour governments in the UK were wont to nationalise just about everything that moved--literally in the case of British Rail and British Leyland.  (I've compared the latter to the Anglican Communion elsewhere, and in fact the Church of England itself …

Knowing Where You’re At. Or Something Like It.

South Floridian Travis Johnson, from Perry Noble via Toby Morgan, let us know the following: We can’t get to where we’re going until we first admit where we are. This quotation--and the way he got to it--reminds me of something that happened to my father many years ago while trying to run our family business …

The Chinese Go After Steven Spielberg

The Chinese have their own point of view about Steven Spielberg's pullout of the Olympics: "This person is completely living in his sci-fi world and cannot distinguish dream from reality," said a commentator in the China Youth Daily. The official Xinhua news agency said Chinese people were baffled by the behaviour of the man behind …

Those Inconvenient Serbs

Kosovo's declaration of independence makes me think of Spengler's article on the subject from about a year ago: If Serbia and Russia draw a line in the sand over the independence of Kosovo, we may observe the second occasion in history when a Muslim advance on Europe halted on Serbian soil. The first occurred in …

Book Review: Why Men Hate Going to Church

I've spent some time on this blog talking about the present crisis Evangelical Christianity faces in the U.S., and what might be done about it.  There are a lot of explanations of why this is so, but one of the most intriguing comes from David Murrow.  In his book Why Men Hate Going to Church, …

The Democrats are Still Impaled on Dzerzhinskii’s Dilemma

The fracas between Bush and Congress over pending national security legislation brings back some thoughts from the last election cycle: ...we must first realise that the Democrat party today is the party of the 60’s radical. That includes just about every major player in the party. At the heart of sixties radicalism is rebellion against …

The High Price of Rowan Williams’ Shar’ia Remarks

In all of the furor over Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' remarks on Shar'ia law in the UK, one backwash many people in the West forget is the impact it will have on Christian-Muslim relations in places such as Nigeria.  As David Virtue points out in his most recent newsletter: Most British pundits viewed Williams' …

A Christian Carole King?

This week's podcast is Never Be Alone Again, performed by the Outpouring, the group of the Community of the Cross in Danbury, CT.  This is an extraordinary piece; not only does its lead female vocalist, Fran Novelli, sound a lot like Carole King, but its expression of longing for God is almost mystical.  (Some explanation …

Scientology: Has The Bologna Club Met Its Match?

One of the toughest nuts to crack in our civilisation (or what passes for one) has been Scientology, which has succeeded in bullying many of its critics into silent oblivion.  (I refer to this crew as the "Bologna Club," a term going back to the 1930's and referring to a time when my family and …

The Tyranny of “Doing Right”

It took Jack Crooks of Black Swan Trading to point out this quote from C.S. Lewis: “Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his …

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