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 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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What happens if you are right?

My dad once told me (as dads should) that it was harder to be a good winner than a good loser. This was hard to believe since winning was so much more pleasant that losing. I started to understand what he meant the first soccer game I played in junior high school. We were a [Read More…]

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Going Forward in Beauty: Be of Good Cheer!

I am joyful just now, because this is a great moment for God’s people. Too many around us are abandoning beauty as a value. Instead, we are rushing after what we like and it is killing us. This is the bad news, but the good news is that if the world, the flesh, and the devil insist we [Read More…]

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Going Forward in Virtue

Christianity is not a religion of retreat and the Faith is thriving, growing around the globe. How can we grow wisely? Wisdom begins by fearing the Lord and not fearing the world, the flesh, and the devil. The servants of God do not lose even in martyrdom. If they kill us, they send us to [Read More…]

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A Story Will Save Us

A story is powerful enough to make something false appear attractive. Just now I am listening to the soundtrack from Les Miserables and whatever the musical is teaching, I am buying. Why? The story, the music, and the performances are captivating my imagination, conquering my mind, and filling me with passion. That is the power of story, [Read More…]

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Fandoms are the Only Good Video Viewers . . . or Not

Meet a fan of a show like Buffy, Firefly, or Star Trek and a great many people are willing to sneer: “It’s just a television show.” Regular folk look at people who go to TV Land Conventions (ahem) and wonder about their priorities. Yet Plato thinks about education in Republic Book VII and challenges us: most people look [Read More…]

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Take Hope and Do Something

The Great Depression could be greatly depressing or so my grandparents told me. One grandfather would still choke up a bit when he talked about finally finding a job (parking cars) for “wages.” When government relief (as it was called) came to West Virginia, my Nana knew a person who just went to bed and let [Read More…]

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