Is Civic Life Dead in the West?

In the middle of Julian Assange's long diatribe on Google, we have this: The received wisdom in advanced capitalist societies is that there still exists an organic “civil society sector” in which institutions form autonomously and come together to manifest the interests and will of citizens. The fable has it that the boundaries of this …

The "Cult" of China Experts is Hardly New

Thorston Pattberg at Asia Times Online thinks he's found something novel: There is a cult of Western evangelists and self-righteous crusaders who are determined to dislodge non-Western nations and usurp their governments. Unfortunately, Western "experts" have hung around China for a long time. In the years immediately after the start of the People's Republic, same …

Harriet's Secret…or Harriet's Revenge?

Last Friday evening my wife and I got to do something that doesn't happen very often around here: go to a movie première, in this case that of the documentary Harriet's Secret. The film is produced and narrated by Dean Arnold, who is a well-known figure in this community.  As the trailer conveys, it's an …

Making Canterbury Portable

Evidently Justin Welby stirred up more than this blog by his backhanded comments regarding the ACNA and the Anglican Communion.  It's unsurprising that some of the provinces at least have taken offence to them.  In Australia, with their interesting system of provinces, dioceses and extraprovincial diocese (Tasmania) we have the Diocese of Northwest Australia warmly …

Pulling Rank on Who's in the Anglican Communion and Who Isn't

That's apparently what Justin Welby is doing, or trying to do: At the start of his 3 October 2014 interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette Archbishop Welby noted that he was surprised to learn that “virtually everywhere I have gone the analysis is that the definition of being part of the Anglican Communion is …

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