Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. Thomas Aquinas
The Munk Debates are superior and always timely. Here is their most recent one.
Will there be someone who walks in when everyone walks out?
Everyone is appalled by the abuse perpetrated by Weinstein. And so many speak out against it. Society needs people who don’t keep quiet in the face of it.
But there is something that bothers me – the social requirement that you speak out against somebody that you consider a friend, even if that friend betrayed your trust. Apparently you must speak out quickly and forcefully. Otherwise you are too are implicated in the crime as part of the system that made it possible.
It reminds me of Stalin’s show trials. In his case, the innocent were prosecuted, but the method was the same – friends of the accused were expected to be chief of the accusers or otherwise they were complicit in the “crime.” There is something about friendship that finds this a horrible thing.
Each of us has had a friend do a horrible thing for which there was no excuse. The last thing we wanted to do was be forced before a bright light and given a microphone to denounce them. It is not because we ourselves were not scandalized by what they had done and deeply sorry for any injured by them. But being required to do the work of the State in public prosecuting them is something else. That is not the work of family and friends. To require of them that they do this well and do it thoroughly is unhuman.
We have seen forces gather to require this of Trump’s friends and associates. We have seen Senators, Representatives, and Governors betray their trust, as well as the powerbroker of industry. And the social requirement is the same – play the role of the State and try them publicly. If you don’t, you are branded an enemy of the people.
This is dangerous for civil society. It breaks the bonds of natural friendship and makes everyone a suspected accuser who will save their own hide. It leaves no room for redemption, which is often brought about by the receiving another’s love in the midst of wholesale rejection.
The Apostle Paul, murderer of Christians, was spared by Barnabas, son of encouragement. Chuck Colson, despised hatchet man of Richard Nixon, was spared by Tom Phillips, CEO of Raytheon. Someone believes that the accused has a soul still and that the grace of God can reach down and bring light and transformation.
People are free to speak their minds publicly against an offense to civil order and decency. To require that friends be vicious, too, makes societal order a jungle and a return to the wild.
Dr. Robert George evaluates the latest moves by the Trump administration on religious liberty issues. George is a careful, deliberate man of moral courage. He is not a Trump fan, and his comments are not shaded to put Trump in a good light for political considerations. But he knows a good move when he sees it.
From Mark Steyn – “In a revolutionary present it is necessary ultimately to throttle the past – eliminating Robert E Lee, Christopher Columbus, Dr Seuss, Stephen Foster, the national anthem, to dam up the stream of history, the flow of past to present to future, and thus sever the citizenry from their entire inheritance, so that we are mere flotsam and jetsam on the frothing surface of the moment – a world where, in a certain sense, Harvey Weinstein is God.”
Steyn has written one of the most powerful pieces of cultural analysis I have read of late. It is worth your thoughtful attention. He has it right – our country has divided up not along traditional political lines, as the left and the right, conservative/progressive, large government/small government, but along class lines – those who matter and those who aren’t our kind of people. You know, like the people at a country and western music concert in Las Vegas who most likely support Trump and are 2nd amendment types, the kind of people Obama labeled bitter clingers to religion and guns.
I commend to you this articlethis article for insight into the way consequence-free sexual harassment works. It works on the liberal side of the fence and the conservative. Harvey Weinstein is calling in his chips to protect himself, and plenty of people owe him. Seriously owe him. As in, no career without him. He literally thinks that his act of penance by promising to up his contributions to liberal causes will set him free. It used to work, money and career in exchange for a free hits on women. But maybe not so much now. VP Pence has been made fun of for his policy of not meeting any woman in private, and some feminists believe this demeans them. (I tend to agree with the latter). But with the plethoras of Weinsteins, Clintons, and Kennedys out there, any attempt to redress the imbalance of power can be appreciated.
Almost through “1984” in preparation for the Reading Right Book Club sponsored by the Pembroke Republican Town Committee. Read it many years ago and so much forgotten. Orwell got it right. Statism and collectivism were going to be the enemies of the future.
–BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.
–three slogans of the Party: WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
–The MINISTRY OF TRUTH, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts; the MINISTRY OF PEACE, which concerned itself with war; the MINISTRY OF LOVE, which maintained law and order; and the MINISTRY OF PLENTY, which was responsible for economic affairs. Their names, in Newspeak: Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty.
–The thought police.
–Two minutes of hate and Hate Week.
–Newspeak, the language of the State
–“Our new, happy life”
–Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets—anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered.
–INGSOC (English socialism)