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Who is My Neighbor? Juxtapositions XI

September 28th, 2015 by G.

Prudence with an infinite time horizon is not empirical anymore; it’s metaphysical.

-thus E. Anthony Grey


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September 28th, 2015 08:16:21

Christ, the New Adam

September 18th, 2015 by G.

[As Adam] slept a rib was taken from him and the woman, Eve, was created. There is no doubt that this first man Adam before he sinned typified the Redeemer. For as the Redeemer slept in the stupor of suffering and caused water and blood to issue from his side, he brought into existence the virgin and unspotted church, redeemed by blood, purified by water

thus Bishop Gregory of Tours

It’s really remarkable how much the Bible prefigures Christ, if you look for it.

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September 18th, 2015 13:17:24

Ruled by Broken Statistics

September 18th, 2015 by G.

There is a famous example from Paul Samuelson who noted that if a man married his maid, then, all else being equal, GDP would fall. Or if a nanny has a child and quits her nanny job to take care of that child, GDP falls, despite the total amount of child care being produced remaining the exact same.

The most glaring absence from the “goods basket” is leisure time. And in fact any non-economic good is excluded: working on the house, taking care of children, doing private research, writing a book to distribute for free over the Internet. Nor is the quality of goods measured. Every time I walk down the main street of my city, I lament how every new building is so ugly and drab, compared to the gorgeous ornamental work of the buildings 100 years ago. GDP does not tell us how much we have lost in our ability to create beautiful buildings.

thus Devin Helton

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September 18th, 2015 12:58:42

This is my country

September 13th, 2015 by Vader

… these are a savage and brutal people, given to all manner of atrocities. They eat each other, they starve each other, they kill each other. They have no art and only the most primitive of science, yet such is their violent nature that even with so little knowledge they are now energetically using it to exterminate each other, tribe against tribe.

— “The Moderator”
Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit – Will Travel


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September 13th, 2015 14:03:01


September 09th, 2015 by Marie Antoinette

Democracy that really listened to all the people would be an authoritarian nightmare.

Thus Brian Caplan

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September 09th, 2015 09:13:08

Boys with sticks

September 08th, 2015 by Vader

Yes, well. When your daughter is the one who’s lying barely conscious on the front yard of some frat house, my sons will be the ones who will know enough to charge in, swinging sticks to chase the brutes away. They’ll know because we let them have sticks, we let them find out what sticks can do, and we told them what sticks are for.

Violence doesn’t take over when boys are allowed to have sticks. Violence takes over when no one tells boys what sticks are for.

Thus Simcha Fisher

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September 08th, 2015 09:52:39

The Church is not of this world

September 06th, 2015 by Vader

Lord Acton:

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
And yet, I have seen that, in the Church, the office often does sanctify the holder of it. I have seen ordinary men called as Church leaders who proceed to rise above themselves and do extraordinary things.
The Church is not like the world.
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September 06th, 2015 19:22:31

Sublimity is among us

August 31st, 2015 by Vader

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well — he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.

Thus Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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August 31st, 2015 17:49:08

What is Freedom

August 31st, 2015 by Patrick Henry

Spontaneous order is freedom.

-thus “neocolonial”

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August 31st, 2015 16:09:21

The real difference between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

George H. W. Bush did not need to be president, and Bill Clinton needed it worse than any normal human being can imagine.
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August 27th, 2015 10:50:13

Wisdom from Mark Twain

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

To be good is noble; to teach others to be good is nobler, & less trouble.

–From Twain’s personal inscription on Churchill’s copy of Twain’s collected works

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August 27th, 2015 10:48:39

Godlike Qualities, Clamoring for Expression

August 17th, 2015 by G.

[T]he godlike qualities in each of us clamoring for expression can become glorious living realities.

-thus Ezra Taft Benson (more…)

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August 17th, 2015 12:46:18

Whosoever Would Seek His Life Must Lose It

August 12th, 2015 by G.

When humans started to believe that biology explained Man, they found themselves demotivated so profoundly that they have almost stopped reproducing – and have stopped even wanting to have children.

So biology thwarted biology.


-thus Bruce Charlton

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August 12th, 2015 10:00:37

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.


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July 31st, 2015 15:30:49