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Authority is Brotherhood

July 31st, 2015 by G.

Formal power can coexist with practical equality.   Formal equality creates power struggles and cliques.

The one model is two boys fighting.  One wins, they now know who is stronger, and they are friends after that.  The other model is high school.   The mean girls are mean because there is nothing else to separate them from the kids they sneer at.

Formal power means power that is stable and secure.  It is hierarchy.

 

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July 31st, 2015 16:31:42

The Political Axis, a Fresh Take

July 31st, 2015 by G.

The dividing line between left and right is not the ideology you hold but the sources you seek status from.

-Anon.

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July 31st, 2015 15:30:49

Nature abhors a vacuum

July 31st, 2015 by Vader

Indeed, there’s a tendency on the right to bemoan the fact that traditional morality is breaking down — and that’s obviously true. But the conclusion many take from it is that nothing is taking traditional morality’s place. I’ve been writing for years that this isn’t true. Society, like nature, abhors a vacuum; if you remove one moral dogma, another will rush in to take its place. That’s what much of political correctness is — an attempt to replace one system of customs, mores, values, and ethics with another. The idea that the tweedy Torquemadas who make lists of “trigger warnings” are moral libertarians —or libertines —is resplendently asinine in its manifest ignorance of how the world actually operates.

Thus Jonah Goldberg

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July 31st, 2015 13:58:15

Benedict Option Viewing Fare

July 31st, 2015 by G.

Dreher recommends the Humana videos as good family fare for larnin’.  I haven’t seen them, but I hope they make a nice complement to our Sunday morning Mormon  message viewing.

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July 31st, 2015 13:24:33

A Man You’ve Never Met

July 31st, 2015 by G.

I heard Elder Packer’s voice on my drive to work.  Most mornings I listen to something from a mix of scripture and recent general conferences before I switch over to Trollope or the History of Rome podcast or a good recording of Herodotus I found.  This morning I heard Elder Packer for the first time since he died.  I remembered the talk, of course.  It felt like part of the present.  There was none of that drudging up you have to do for memories from long ago.  I felt that tenderness you can sometimes have for a  man you’ve never met. (more…)

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July 31st, 2015 08:42:29

Crime stoppers

July 31st, 2015 by Vader

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July 31st, 2015 08:11:55

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Schooling

July 30th, 2015 by G.

This post is succinct and brilliant.  It is what every LDS parent should be doing, whether they homeschool or not.

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July 30th, 2015 15:54:41

Free Ebook: The Atomic Times. Memoir of H-Bomb Testing on Eniwetok.

July 30th, 2015 by Bookslinger

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July 30th, 2015 15:05:06

The Causes of Collapse

July 30th, 2015 by G.

Let’s meander for a bit, my poppets.

 

Collapse is one of the myths of the West. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall crystallized the myth, but it didn’t create the myth. The elements of the myth were already there, in the fact that the West came to be in the middle of ruins. It is a true myth. (more…)

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July 30th, 2015 11:12:56

A candidate to keep an eye out for

July 30th, 2015 by Vader

A proven track record of success.

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July 30th, 2015 08:22:46

What is Love?

July 28th, 2015 by G.

The natural American thing is to think of love as a  kind of gauzy sentiment.  This isn’t the worst definition.  It roughly corresponds to day to day reality.  But where it breaks down, it breaks down badly.  It is impossible to square with God’s nature.  And it makes you try to force yourself to feel gauzy sentiment about people, which is silly.

The old school Catholic definition of love is willing the good of another.  That also isn’t a bad definition.  It gets at something important and turns you away from making your own feelings your purpose to making other people your purpose.  It also helps to explain the well-known phenomenon where serving people gradually leads you to feeling sentiment for them.

But the best definition is that love is delighting in the good of another.  Love is relishing.

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July 28th, 2015 12:54:19

Thanks. It’s been really swell.

July 27th, 2015 by Vader

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July 27th, 2015 21:55:04

Were Laman and Lemuel Deuteronomists?

July 27th, 2015 by G.

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July 27th, 2015 08:03:57

A Date with An Ironing Board

July 27th, 2015 by G.

Ironing Boards

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

It’s Saturday evening, and you need to do some ironing for Sunday and the week. Your wife, your lovely one, says, “do you remember when you ironed on one of our dates?” You don’t. She tells you. (more…)

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July 27th, 2015 08:00:04

Naea Bennet, Sabbath Hero

July 26th, 2015 by G.

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July 26th, 2015 05:04:01