The last American aristocrat — UnHerd

Not long after the Trump election I was invited to a dinner party of the sort I’d only recently learned existed. Here’s how it goes. The host is wealthy, as are half the guests, and the other half are intellectuals there to provide entertainment. Waiters bring courses prepared by the chef in the kitchen while… The …

Maybe a few Soviet Books Would Change Their Mind

The Democratic Socialists of America are on a roll in Los Angeles, and the school system continues to decline: Minority students are disproportionately hurt by Los Angeles’s subpar public school systems. The DSA’s refusal to challenge underperforming schools in minority neighborhoods is a testament to its role as a mouthpiece for failed public-sector unions such …

Western Bankruptcy in Two Ways — Science Matters

Walter Russell Mead explains in his Hudson Institute article End of the German Idyll.  Excerpts in italics with my bolds. H/T John Ray G7 leaders during a working session at the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau on June 28, 2022 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau via Pool/Getty Images) Germany looked normal over the […]Western …

Christians Believing in Evolution: My Response to Larry Arnhart

I've gotten to the point where I find debating anything in an American context inherently discouraging, but Larry Arnhart's piece Nature's God: Why Christians Should Accept the Theory of Evolution caught my attention as an interesting presentation of a point of view. It is not my intent to produce a blow-by-blow refutation or commentary of …

Learning Nothing from Beating the Scots-Irish to a Pulp

We're not prepared to support a sustained war in the Ukraine: Currently, the West may not have the industrial capacity to fight a large-scale war. If the US government is planning to once again become the arsenal of democracy, then the existing capabilities of the US military-industrial base and the core assumptions that have driven its development …

Reflections on The Wetland Way, or What My Younger Self is Telling Me — Chet Aero Marine

Well, it’s done; The Wetland Way is now blogged and out there. As was the case with The Ten Weeks, it’s time to make some reflections on the work. The first thing I would say is that I would avoid turning it into an allegory of what’s going on now. It was conceived a long […]Reflections …

Looking at the “Whole Person”: Yesterday it was the Ivy League, Now It’s the State Department

Our Foreign Service is changing the rules: The Foreign Service – the US Department of State’s on-ramp for career diplomats – is watering down its application process with a change that critics say could have troubling implications for national security.“I worry that we’ll be sending good community activists over to Baghdad and Beirut who don’t …

The Real Problem with @timkellernyc

It's been quite a back and forth between First Things James R. Wood and Tim Keller on the latter's evangelistic idea and the effect that it has on whether he's stuck with the Gospel or not. Wood's basic premise is that Keller's method is past its sell date due to changes in the culture; Keller's …

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