Bad Political Idea Have Consequences: Maximilian of Mexico

Whenever I believe good intentions are enough, I recall standing at the tomb of Maximilian of Mexico. There have been many worse political ideas than making a mildly liberal archduke of Austria the Emperor of Mexico with French arms, but few that worked out so badly for everyone. The Hapsburg family was decaying in power [Read More…]

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How to Respond to Difficult Political Times: Thank You Mr. Larkin

America faces five months of incredibly negative political campaigning. Sigh. We could all dash around and be miserable about politics or we could give up and retreat in despair. I say: “No.” Nothing we can do now will change the next five months (for good), but we can make sure that our grandchildren are in [Read More…]

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Have we all become a strumpet’s fool?

There was a time when a sneer of the elite was about “middle class morality,” but now we have achieved moral unity. Elite, middle class, and poor, we all divorce, watch porn, and follow our hearts. We have mocked the church ladies to the brink of extinction and leveled the cultural playing ground by elevating pop [Read More…]

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Three Signs that the American Polity is in Trouble

No nation lasts forever. The United States of America nearly fell apart in the Civil War and faced stresses early in the Industrial Age that destroyed other nations (such as Russia), but which we survived. We should not take our stability for granted. I have pointed out many times that the order created by the [Read More…]

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The Priority of a Party: You cannot be too Happy (Much Ado about Nothing)

One of my children once said: “I don’t want to be too good. It would be boring.” This was a sensible thing as the budding Socrates was shooting for moderation: too much of any virtue becomes a vice. The only problem was the use of “good.” If goodness is “rule keeping,” then too much goodness [Read More…]

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The Great Enemy to Leadership: Flattery (Julius Caesar)

There are some men so great that even when they are hardly involved in an event, they dominate it. So it is with Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The great man gives his name to the play, but was assassinated early. Death doesn’t keep a Shakespearean character from making an appearance later, but it does limit the number [Read More…]

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Intellectualism, the Only Thing More Foolish than a Lover (Love’s Labors Lost)

If only fools fall in love, then only greater fools miss love for intellectualism. Intellectualism is the pursuit of intellectual pleasure without the balance of a total life. We are not just brains, but beings with hearts and bodies and so need more than intellectual pursuits to be whole. This is a lesson schools forget [Read More…]

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Not OK Anymore: Antisemitism Worse than Shakespeare

William Shakespeare may be the greatest writer in the English speaking world and a brilliant Christian thinker, but he was also limited by his time period. Shakespeare’s science is acceptable, given what was known when he wrote and his theology is mainstream Christian given the limits of the sixteenth and seventeenth century of turmoil in [Read More…]

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Empowering Ophelia: How to Know You are Dating Hamlet (Hamlet 3/3)

Hamlet is one type of boyfriend to be avoided at all costs. Dads cannot control their daughter’s lives, but if either of my daughters met Hamlet, I would have a strong opinion about the relationship. I sympathize with the poor lad and his horrid family background, but a relationship is not cheap therapy. Does Hamlet [Read More…]

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No Exit: Theism is not for the Fearful (Hamlet 2/3)

There is no escape from this life, what we have done, and the person we become. Those are facts and the sooner we start to deal with them, the happier we shall be. This will come as bad news to many, I am sure I don’t like it (at first.) Atheists sometimes claim that theists [Read More…]

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