Smart people saying smart things (6.20)

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Flannery O’Connor assesses Ayn Rand. Christian Piatt and Carolyn Dupont on churches grappling with equality. Jim Wright asks what it was all for. Claire Gordon interviews the victims revictimized by Bob Jones University. [Read more...]

The ivy taps on the window pane

RedneckVBS

A few things, including: Nicolae Carpathia plays a role in Iowa’s Senate race. The death of a master craftsman. Eshet chayil: Saba Ahmed speaks out, Teresa Fitzgerald reaches out. Infant baptism on the rise in the SBC. Jody Williams double-dog dares you. Thus, Calvinism. [Read more...]

Participating in deception: ‘Narrative can become fact’

BelieveWitch

Joseph Laycock’s description of “ostension” and the “corrupt play” dynamics that fueled the Slender Man stabbing seem accurate to me. I think this is an insightful way of grasping what happened with those two little girls and also a perspective that helps us to understand what went so horribly wrong with Jerad and Amanda Miller. It also helps us to understand the Satanic baby-killer fantasy that has deformed so much of American religion and politics. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

Right-wing hero and welfare-fraudster Cliven Bundy is a big honking racist, but you probably already knew that

Bundy

Everyone was shocked this week to learn that right-wing gun-nut, “militia” hero and anti-American “patriot” Cliven Bundy is also a frothing racist white supremacist who believes “Negroes” were “better off as slaves.” And when I say that everyone was shocked, I mean of course that no one should have been surprised even slightly, because duh. [Read more...]

Haiti should not be the model for America’s future

Haiti, one year after the earthquake. Photo by Mario Tama via Bag News Notes.

What would it mean to do what they’re suggesting? What would it look like if we took government out of the picture, “liberating” health care, education and assistance for the poor from the hands of government and leaving it entirely up to the free market and to churches and private charities? As it happens, this is not a hypothetical question. We know precisely what this would look like because we have a model of precisely this kind of society: Haiti. [Read more...]

Libertarians, ‘moralism’ and the ‘Corrosive Politics of Virtue’

Matteson

“Moralism” isn’t a list of social issues. Moralism is about drawing lines and assigning blame. It’s about separating the “deserving” from the “undeserving.” And, above all, it’s about identifying the immoral Other who can be blamed for all the ills of society. [Read more...]

Blade Runner, Terminator, Minority Report and the deliberate sabotage of the Postal Service

postal-service

Americans like the Postal Service. They rely on it and rely on being able to rely on it. And the Postal Service is run by the government, even though it funds itself without any tax dollars. So if your whole political shtick is based on being anti-government, then the Postal Service is a threat you’ve got to get rid of. [Read more...]


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