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Straining at gnats

March 13th, 2017 by Vader

And swallowing camels.


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March 13th, 2017 09:51:58

A less than healthy elite

December 13th, 2016 by Jeeves

I have had occasion to reflect on Lord Vader’s historical ruminations vis-a-vis Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman.


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December 13th, 2016 10:25:31

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.


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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

The decline of the West

September 14th, 2016 by Vader


His Majesty: “On the other hand, at least someone is still having children.”

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September 14th, 2016 07:56:59

Selfie abuse

September 02nd, 2016 by Vader

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September 02nd, 2016 12:23:30

“Why did Tolkien care about the Jews?”

August 31st, 2016 by Vader

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August 31st, 2016 15:31:23

Creation as separation

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

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August 10th, 2016 09:21:02

The face of pure evil

July 27th, 2016 by Vader

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July 27th, 2016 18:19:02

Our friends at First Things

July 18th, 2016 by Vader

Occasionally hit one out of the park.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this article is really about Trump.


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July 18th, 2016 12:54:51

A Generation of Artisans and Scholars

July 15th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede


The Junior Ganymede is proud to present a guest post from our friend at Gently Hew Stone.

I loved Aardvark’s recent post about gathering to Zion culturally. That essay made many important points that need to be considered deeply. My post is meant to stand on that one’s shoulders and go a little farther.

In the middle of what might be the essay’s most important paragraph, Aardvark said, “This is not a call to turn the next generation into a generation of artisans and scholars.”

Actually, it should be, and I’ll make the case that it is. Our need to save this and future rising generations is absolutely a call to produce more artists and educators—more people whose profession it is to build and transmit culture. (more…)

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July 15th, 2016 06:09:11

We Need to Gather to Zion Culturally

July 12th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

The JrG is pleased to share this guest post from our friend Aardvark.  He proposes a cultural variant of the Benedict Option.

Sometimes I find myself envious of Lehi and his family, or of the early saints; they had somewhere to go. Things got weird, they saw that things got weird, so they packed their bags and left. Sure, I’m glossing over a whole host of important details that would make me less envious of those two parties, but suffice it to say, lately I feel the the desire to leave for the wilderness and gather very keenly.


Alas there are few empty places in the world left to run to, and short of an explicit call to gather from the prophet there are most likely not enough people willing to leave that could make any self-imposed exile sustainable in the long run. It seems that we are left with the Benedict Option as our first step. This idea has been covered on this blog recently and previously, as well as in other places so I’ll avoid rehashing what it is.


Ultimately, it seems that many people I speak with think this isn’t even available as a first step for us anymore. It seems that we are in the world a bit too much these days. For Mormons this appears to be the crux. We have many of the necessary structures in place already to execute a highly successful Benedictine withdrawal, but our desire for respectability keeps us trying to straddle the line. As modern culture continues its willful descent into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, we’ll get pulled down along with it.


As has been observed by others on this blog, we as Mormons have outsourced much of our cultural and social economies to the broader culture; shunning the world then simply will not work. On the one hand, we are too reliant on it for our entertainment. On the other, we cannot retreat or hide from the onslaught of a decadent culture forever, hiding behind rocks that progressively get smaller and smaller. What we need to do, is replace it. Yes, let us replace the decadent culture around us with a rich beautiful culture infused with the sense of divinity we lay claim to as Latter-day Saints. And when I say culture, I don’t mean we should pick off the lowest hanging fruit. I aim for us to retake the ultimate expression of a society’s culture: its theater, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, drawing, painting, and other fine arts. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 12:00:19

Hammer, meet nail

June 08th, 2016 by Vader

Conservatism is in crisis because few still believe in the rational and color-blind rule of law — because there is not enough genuine American liberalism left to conserve.

— thus Ralph Hancock.

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June 08th, 2016 12:07:50

Angina Monologue 30

May 23rd, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty was playing marbles with the cats this morning.


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May 23rd, 2016 05:24:46

Overhead in the checkout line

May 20th, 2016 by Vader

From His Majesty, who was looking with distaste at the racks full of tabloids:

Sigh. I’m so grateful I’m not a celebrity. They seem to have very difficult lives.

Well, they seem to have a lot of First World problems, anyway.

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May 20th, 2016 23:15:44

“Sinners in the hands of an angry Gaia”

April 13th, 2016 by Vader

… These are people suffering from a form of phantom limb syndrome. Instead having had a leg chopped off that they can still feel, it is their sense of the divine that has been amputated. The result is this weird nature cult run by billionaires.

–Thus “Mokita

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April 13th, 2016 15:26:43