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A Measured Take on Game

March 26th, 2015 by G.

There is no real defense of “pick-up artistry” from the standpoint of someone who takes the idea of community, much less the idea of morality, seriously. Trawling bars and nightclubs, plying young women with “cold openers” and drinks, securing one night stands and upping your “notch count”—these are empty and hedonistic pursuits. They’re disfiguring to the souls of everyone involved.

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Even in the crassest forums of the PUAs you can occasionally see glimpses of impulses worth salvaging, worth encouraging even. There are people attracted to “game” simply because they are tired of being sadsack losers who have no control over their own fortunes, romantic or otherwise. You have young men groping for some sense of personal agency, of personal efficacy. That’s not an unworthy gesture.

-thus John Glanton

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March 26th, 2015 12:18:52

Manhood Means Responsibility

March 25th, 2015 by G.

What’s the difference between boyhood and manhood? (more…)

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March 25th, 2015 07:00:46

Professional football linesmen

March 24th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

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March 24th, 2015 14:55:54

Hidden Christianities

March 24th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton has an endearing post (I hope he doesn’t mind us calling it endearing) about the possibility of some hidden Christian pre-history for his native soil.

As I grow older, I find this kind of thing more likely.  Marriages, friendships, cultures, projects–they all have an inner life and meaning that isn’t accessible to observers.  A demand that our history be open and public and accessible is a demand that it not be true.

I have also come to believe in the hidden Christianity of many human hearts.  The Great God Tash often crouches, and pounces, and shakes his mane.

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March 24th, 2015 14:23:05

Religious Freedom is for Bigots

March 24th, 2015 by Man SL

Lots of private foundation money around for getting rid of religious liberty exemptions.

Private foundations are key organs in the Cathedral/Clerisy/That Hideous Strength, etc.

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March 24th, 2015 13:46:42

Dark Lord Funk

March 24th, 2015 by G.

Some BYU boys have some high-style fun with Uptown Funk, which itself is a pretty good song.

 

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March 24th, 2015 10:08:51

The death of Pax Americana

March 24th, 2015 by Vader

There is no way, period, that any lasting settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians—including one that requires the painful removal of a substantial number of Israeli settlements from the West Bank—will be credible without third-party backing. The United Nations is useless for this purpose, so the only creditable guarantee is an alliance of Western nations led by the United States. Here, the death of Pax Americana is taking its toll. The Israelis and the rest of the world know that the United States will not be a credible guarantor of any peace so long as President Obama remains in office. Such is the legacy of American foreign policy in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, and the Ukraine.

Thus Richard Epstein.

Whose book on constitutional law, The Classical Liberal Constitution, is superb. And thus almost too damn depressing for me to finish reading.

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March 24th, 2015 09:08:37

Taking the Eggs for a Sunday Drive

March 23rd, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 23rd, 2015 15:51:31

Angina Monologue 13

March 22nd, 2015 by Vader

I could hear His Majesty cackling over the paper even before I emerged from the kitchen with his breakfast pancakes and porridge.

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March 22nd, 2015 19:19:53

Mormon Laity, or non-member participation in Mormonism.

March 21st, 2015 by Bookslinger

It has long occurred to me that a non-member participating in Mormonism, to whatever degree a non-member is able to participate, would be better off than were he to participate in other Christian denominations as a lay member.  I put this forth as a postulate. And invite others to help me develop it into a theory.

Discuss.

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March 21st, 2015 11:38:48

The Browning of the West

March 20th, 2015 by Man SL

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natives ought to be as capable of bearing the next generation of children as the foreign-born, that their failure to do so may be an effect of something dire rather than the cause of something to be “celebrated,” and that policymakers have seldom been able to predict the outcomes of wholesale demographic change. – See more at: http://www.claremont.org/article/the-browning-of-america/#.VQyCEeFBYr9

 

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March 20th, 2015 14:32:40

Loneliness Kills

March 20th, 2015 by Bartleby

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March 20th, 2015 10:29:51

Jumping off the Status Wheel, Baptism Edition

March 20th, 2015 by G.

Chernow’s biography of George Washington relates that Washington was relieved when British abuses let him join a boycott of British goods.  Why?  Washington’s letters tell the tale.  In almost so many words, he admits that British luxury goods were status symbols that he couldn’t afford to unilaterally do without while all his neighbors continued to have them.  Washington also writes that for someone as debt-ridden as he and most other planters were, unilateral retrenchment would mean ruin at the hands of panicky creditors.  The boycott gave him a respectable reason to stop buying and start living more frugally.  (more…)

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March 20th, 2015 07:00:06

Pachyderms in Salons

March 20th, 2015 by Man SL

Sometimes, one wonders if the big, grey trumpeting mass in the middle of the room may not possibly be an elephant?

Nah.

To question whether the Sexual Revolution has had something to do with the decline of marriage is like wondering whether the French Revolution had anything to do with regicide.

A change in how people approach sex, relationships, and family has changed how people approach sex, relationships, and family. After all, it’s called the “Sexual Revolution,” not the “Sexual Fad That Didn’t Affect How People Live.”

-thus P.E. Gobry.

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March 20th, 2015 05:40:25

Men Have Four Great Loves

March 19th, 2015 by G.

Men Have Four Great Loves

Men have four great loves.

The love of a man for a woman;

Of a boy for his mother;

Of brother for brother,

                Of comrades together;

And the love of father and son.

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March 19th, 2015 12:10:37