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Merit Badges for Men

February 21st, 2018 by Patrick Henry

As noted here recently, capitalism absolutely does destroy what it relies on for existence, like an unchecked fire.  But what capitalism destroys, capitalism can also provide partial measures to correct.  That we don’t usually see those correctives is evidence of enemy action.  It is moot that your enemy is not the arsonist if they stop you from putting out the blaze.
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February 21st, 2018 11:03:51

Is it good for capitalism to be alone?

February 20th, 2018 by Vader

But capitalism consistently divides labor into thinner and thinner slices, so that the habits of the heart that made capitalism work — thrift, industrious, decent manners — become less and less essential. In the process, virtue falls by the wayside, and we look to government or other sources of authority or simply the market to provide things we’ve ceased providing for ourselves, from parents who outsource moral education to schools, to college students who demand they be protected from scary ideas, to populists of the left and the right who demand that the government fix tectonic changes brought about by globalization and technology. I’m not saying people have become evil or even lazy, nor am I blaming the victims of horrendous crimes such as what we saw in Florida. I’m saying we have, as my friend David Bahnsen puts it in his new book, a “crisis of responsibility.” Everything must be easy. There needs to be an app for that, because I’m too damn busy.

— thus Jonah Goldberg

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February 20th, 2018 09:43:11

Freedom to indulge in pornography

February 11th, 2018 by Vader

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February 11th, 2018 20:57:14

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing with Vim

February 01st, 2018 by G.

If the things in Kipling’s poem are painful and stressful for you, and you struggle all night, and do them: yours is the Earth and everything in it. If you come at them mentally prepared, wake up at 10 AM, and do them with a smile: yours is the Earth and everything in it.

thus SPDI

I paint a gloomy picture, but I actually mean to do the opposite. Because the male bargain is: if you can avoid the pitfalls, you have dominion over the earth. It is a long road, fraught with danger and difficulty, but for men, it is the only one that actually leads somewhere—and in this case, “somewhere” means “WILD SUCCESS.”

Heck yes.

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February 01st, 2018 06:00:49

Family, covenants, and battles

January 22nd, 2018 by JRL in AZ

Looking over my noisy brood at church yesterday, these verses came to my mind:

And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.

And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.

But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.

Alma 37:14-16. Powerful encouragement indeed.

After church, my wife shared a talk that she heard in another ward in which the speaker used these verses and applied them to parents:

And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.

And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage.

And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power; and in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them; and they fled even to the waters of Sidon.

Alma 43:48-50. And I thought, “The battle is joined! I’m the Daddy!”

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January 22nd, 2018 20:16:32

Your Body is not a Punishment

January 12th, 2018 by G.

The Masculinist sent out his latest letter yesterday. Good stuff. The gist is that men who are looking for marriage need to be both a good long-term prospect but also a good short-term prospect. He calls it Attraction + Investment. He contrasts it with the “Servant Leader” evangelical model which is all about how to be a good dad and husband but not at all about how to be a desirable dad and husband. Or about getting married in the first place. I think he’s on to something. I am a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy, but I am and always have been about the cockiest punk of a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy that can be imagined. And I ended up marrying just way way out of my league. This insight applies to both sexes, by the way. The G. daughters are solid, stable, compassionate people but they are also having their attention directed to matters of dress, grooming, fitness, and the small graces. Forever starts with Flirting or Eternity starts with Easy on the Eyes. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:25:15

Not all of today’s kids are snowflakes.

January 07th, 2018 by Vader

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January 07th, 2018 16:36:31

His Majesty on democracy

December 13th, 2017 by Vader

None of us is as dumb as all of us.

I realize this is not original with His Majesty, but he’s been repeating it a lot lately.

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December 13th, 2017 20:51:34

Regarding #metoo

December 12th, 2017 by Vader

I live in an area that has a lot of conifer forest.

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December 12th, 2017 19:26:16

Whither the Sociality?  Part 2.

November 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

(Part 1 here.)  I found this book in the $.75 bin at Goodwill.  This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith.   By Robert E. Hall.  $17.50 new at Amazon.  $6 used, including shipping. (G.: pray about whether you should get this.  I’m going to give this to our EQ president.)

Chapters one through ten describe the problem.  Chapters 11 and 12 describe, in general terms, what some organizations are doing.  Chapter 13 describes, in very general terms, what can be done, or should be done.

If you already understand how human relationships — family, work, faith, politics — have gone to heck in our society, you can skip directly to chapter 11, or to chapter 13 if you want the distillation of it all.  (G: go right to chapter 13.) (more…)

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November 24th, 2017 22:13:47

Chastity and Healthy Sexuality

October 13th, 2017 by G.

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October 13th, 2017 05:15:46

The Daring Beaver

August 25th, 2017 by G.

A wandering beaver saw the California redwoods on his left hand and the Pacific Ocean on his right. “At last,” he said, ” I shall build a dam worthy of my ambition!”

Moral: Lofty goals are no substitute for understanding.

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August 25th, 2017 05:38:17

You make your choice and you take your consequences

August 05th, 2017 by Vader

From a very old friend who is now an infectious diseases specialist:

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August 05th, 2017 19:17:01

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 7

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I proposed some axioms to guide legislators in formulatings laws that are likely establish civil liberty in a free society.

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July 18th, 2017 12:17:26

A Darn Tough Bullet to Chew

June 21st, 2017 by G.

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June 21st, 2017 14:51:16