Winsome Words 11/30/17

 

Never let us be discouraged with ourselves; it is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked: on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light. And let us remember, for our consolation, that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them. Francois Fenelon

Ross Douthat Asserts GOP Tax Plan Ignores the American Fertility Crisis

Ross Douthat of the NYT has a thread on Twitter worth following about the GOP Tax plan and populist conservatism’s silence over the little families are getting out of the deal, wasting its outrage on other usual usual conservative flashpoints. This comes, he says, at a time in which the fertility rate for US families is virtually collapsing, falling significantly below replacement.

Conservatism has made a big deal about the collapse of the fertility rate in Europe and the consequences for the preservation of Western civilization and liberal values. Douthat asserts that populist conservatives aren’t making a peep about it when it’s now happening here – out of loyalty to The Donald, Douthat supposes.

True principled conservatism, Douthat supposes, would be for more tax cuts for working families so that they could have more children and reverse the decline. I think this ignores that a booming economy is always the best way out of decline and any tax plan that does not ensure this happens would in the end be anti-family.

Douthat is concerned that this helps only those who are “in” the economy as a player, in other words, those who have jobs. I guess higher fertility rates by those who are not in the economy has no serious implications for Douthat. It does for me. But the argument is worth following.

His first “rant,” as he calls it, begins at https://twitter.com/DouthatNYT/status/936050501849927682. He references the recent findings on fertility decline in the US here. https://medium.com/…/the-great-baby-bust-of-2017-2f63907402…

Lindsay Shepherd Meets “1984” at Wilfrid Laurier University

If you are on Twitter I invite you to follow the free speech journey of Lindsay Shepherd @NewWorldHominin. She is a grad student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and is going through an absurd oppression as a Teaching Assistant who dared to show a portion of a debate that included Dr. Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto in which he explained his refusal to use any other pronouns that “he” or “she.”

Shepherd is on the Left and disagrees with Dr. Peterson but thought the short clip of Peterson would help situate her students on the nature of the debate. One or more students complained that this was an act of violence against them in the classroom and Shepherd was forced to meet a faculty tribunal for her “Hitler-like violence.” No kidding.

She knew what she was in for before the meeting and secretly recorded it. If you have never come face to face with the oppression that is innate on the Left, you will see it in all its horror. Here is the recorded tribunal meeting. It will amaze you.

The debate that Dr. Peterson was in is here.

Black Friday, A Day For The Poor

Black Friday, a day for the poor. I came across a homily where the priest takes an unusual turn. Instead of blasting consumers for their Black Friday obsessions, he strikes the note of gratitude for a capitalism which provides a special day for the impoverished.

It does seem that most of cynicism that is expressed about Black Friday comes from those who are already okay. But if you are living on the edge, this might be the only day you can get the toys you want for your children at Christmas or a special gift that might surprise and delight the whole family.

I grew up in one of those families and now know as a parent myself how strained my parents must have felt at Christmas time. I don’t think I would have been critical of a special day when dad and mom might be able to afford the gifts they wanted to give.

Yes, I, too, reject the out of control consumerism and “have to have” world view, and at some level I try to live with less than my surrounding culture tells me I have to have in order to be happy. Giving in Christ’s name in the MO of the Christian, not getting. Yet I celebrate a day that brings to the people huge discounts for gifts to be shared with others. What a country!!!