Monthly Archives: March 2016

I tried to write a post on Brussles

This is the third time I tried to write a few posts on Brussels, but the other two times I never got past the first few sentences. What is there left to say? The cheap symbolic vigils, Obama’s bored blathering, the Pope urging Europe to accept still more rapists migrants… it is like everyone is sinking into self parody. […]

Rationalizing Christianity

In my last post I described the Reformation as an attempt to rationalize Christianity: the Church had grown so corrupt and had resisted reform for so long, that many people of good will began to see tearing it down and rebuilding it from the objective historical documents – scripture – as the best option. They […]

I don’t like the word “Christianity”

Some facts are so obvious we forget they even exist. A few days ago I said this: it should be pointed out that the church is an excellent example of an inherently conservative community. It is not a product of the universal dictates of reason, but a historically contingent human community which strives to maintain and […]

David Brooks Smackdown

David Brooks is finally realizing that he is a member of a mean-spirited and insular class of know-it-all pricks who hate their countrymen. In USA Today Glenn Reynolds is rubbing his face in it a little more. Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things […]

See, this is why people are voting for Trump.

Two Words: Cui Bono? It literally means, “to whom the good?” Who benefits? It is a useful little question to ask yourself when you read about this kind of stuff. In the working class town of Framingham, Massachusetts, four Guatemaltecos abducted, robbed and beat a young couple, raping the girl. The kidnapping happened in broad daylight. […]


There is an argument on another blog about whether “the left” or the “the right” is more authoritarian. It is a good question. All the terms involved – left and right, conservative and progressive – are slippery and relative. In the United States the movements described as “conservative” and “progressive” are in fact messy patchworks […]

Middle Class Membership

As a child I attended one of the last true parish schools in my corner of Massachusetts, which, I did not know at the time, was fighting a quixotic last stand against the upward spiraling of education costs which swamped the possibility of private education for working class and poor students. Because of those costs Catholic education around […]