What I learned from “The Adventures of Reddy Fox”

When I was a little boy, a go-to author was Thornton W. Burgess, because he simply was happy, kind, and gentle. There is nothing complicated about a Burgess book which creates an animal civilization that may never have existed in this actual world, but does exist in the mind of every child. This is nature [Read More…]

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Conservatives, Race, and a New Party?

Do we need a new conservative party? At the time of Barry Goldwater, the Party of Lincoln doubled down on her conservative roots, but also alienated African-American voters. Some of this was accidental and some was intentional in a cynical ploy that culminated in the “Southern Strategy” of the Richard Nixon campaign. Millions of mainstream [Read More…]

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Not a Timber Wolf. . . It was a Fox. Sigh

Papaw Earl was hard to beat. He would appear broke in Monopoly and my hopes would rise and from somewhere the money would appear. I never won. Once I played more than thirteen games of checkers with him to beat him once when he grew distracted. I would like to tell you I was ashamed, [Read More…]

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Microsoft: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do

Dear Microsoft, The Surface Book is a beautiful piece of hardware. The ability to function as a tablet and a laptop is marvelous and the hinge that allows me to use the extra battery in tablet mode is great. The beauty of the hardware tempted me to go back on a decision I made five [Read More…]

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The Bees Came . . .

Imagine an entire project turning on the appearance of bees. So it was when The Saint Constantine School defied history and planted a garden. Government schools show and tell, we decided to plant and grow. The theory is simple: we have too much show and too little do. We have too much tell and too little [Read More…]

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Ways to Win: Five Things to Avoid and Five Things to Do to Avoid Cultural Collapse and Have a Jolly Time (5/5)

Final Preface: the Constantine Strategy The World War II generation inherited the good and the bad of what the Civil War generation did. They made the nation better, but they too left problems in the renewed republic they created. Now the World War II generation is passing from the scene and change is coming. Change [Read More…]

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Ways to Win: Five Things to Avoid and Five Things to Do to Avoid Cultural Collapse and Have a Jolly Time (4/5)

It can get worse. Preface for those not reading Parts I, II, III Cultures die quickly when they die. Great Britain was Christian until in a single decade it was not. Unlike the metaphorical frogs in hot water, but very much like the real ones, a society recognizes building problems and reacts well. “High” (complex) [Read More…]

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Ways to Win: Five Things to Avoid and Five Things to Do to Avoid Cultural Collapse and Have a Jolly Time (3/5)

Preface for Those Not Reading Part I and II Cultures must adapt to change or they die and the good news is that “high” (complex) cultures adapt well. Chinese culture has gone hundreds of years at a time without a major failure. But Chinese history also teaches us that sometimes the system collapses and one [Read More…]

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Ways to Win: Five Things to Avoid and Five Thing to Do to Prevent Cultural Collapse and Have a Jolly Time (2/5)

  Preface for Those Not Reading Part I Cultures generally muddle through their problems. If righteousness exalts a nation, injustice will debase the culture. Fortunately, advanced cultures generally balance out: decay in one area, improvement in another. Sometimes a culture blows it and ends up in a reboot situation. This is particularly true when in [Read More…]

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Ways to Win: Five Things to Avoid and Five to Do to Prevent Cultural Collapse and Have a Jolly Time (1/5)

Of Frogs and Muddling Through Don’t put frogs in pots and turn up the heat. It is cruel, doesn’t say anything about cultural destruction, and is no way to produce tasty frog legs. Growing up, people said to me that cultures die because they slowly turn up the heat (a symbol for some kind of [Read More…]

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