October 14, 2020

Albert Thompson is a member of the American Solidarity Party National Committee. He lives in Virginia and is a visiting professor in US history at Howard University.   SA: How can third parties change the conversation about politics in the US? AT: The two major parties have orthodoxies which are really barriers to needed conversations about the present and future. Third parties can offer new ideas, real creative solutions to problems. Parties like the ASP can involve the Americans who have the ideas but… Read more

September 4, 2020

A few thoughts on the recent debates about gay married people being fired from Catholic institutions… As with most controversies that are sensationalized by the press, it’s always helpful to take a step back and look at the different factors at hand. Most Catholic institutions (specifically schools) do not require that all of their staff be baptized, practicing, and orthodox Catholics. Such expectations would leave them with slim pickings for hiring…unless they want to play it like Steubenville, of course…. Read more

July 14, 2020

Will Arbery won over critics and audiences with his play Heroes of the Fourth Turning. Through the play’s characters, Arbery offers a nuanced exploration of the beauty, pain, and humanity that often fall under the radar in the “Culture Wars.” Because this blog is dedicated to those surprising moments of transcendence that emerge from postmodern culture’s “cracks,” I reached out to ask him some questions. The dialogue in the play name checks a variety of authors, concepts, and historical events. Can… Read more

June 28, 2020

This is the third article in a three part series by NYC-based photographer Felicia DiSalvo. Click here to read parts 1 and 2. Along the way, many people who have been in or have entered my life have pointed things out to me.  I think that learning things from other people has really affected the way I perceive the world and not take it for granted. Between sophomore and junior year of high school, my focus in photography switched from… Read more

June 27, 2020

This is the second article in a three part series by NYC-based photographer Felicia DiSalvo. Click here to read parts 1 and 3. The fact that I spend a lot of time by myself has surprisingly aided me in my journey as a  photographer. It comes with being an introvert. But I’ve also come to value how this allows me to be more contemplative.  I enjoy sitting awake until 3-5 am at night and looking through quotes, artwork, and photos… Read more

June 24, 2020

This is the first article in a three part series by NYC-based photographer Felicia DiSalvo. Click here to read parts 2 and 3. Beyond clicking the shutter button of a camera, the real mission of my photography is to see.  When I walk outside, I want to see the precise spot where the sun is shining. I want to watch the world around me evaporate into sparkles, shadows, and truth. Every single detail of our physical world has a story… Read more

June 17, 2020

Gender theory is in part a response to the oppressiveness of socially constructed gender norms. A young boy who likes dancing and cooking, or a young girl who likes sports and comic books, should not be made to feel that they aren’t masculine or feminine enough. Forcing people away from their interests because it doesn’t fit into a narrowly conceived notion of what is normal is extremely damaging psychologically. This casts a light on the need to temper certain exaggerated,… Read more

June 12, 2020

Considering the greater anthropological and metaphysical issues at stake here, it’s important to examine the relativistic notion of freedom on which gender theory depends. To do so, I’d like to point to the examples put forth in the popular FX series Pose. The show features characters (and actors) who have transitioned, and who likely do experience Gender Dysphoria. Though it appears to promote respect and tolerance for people with GD, the show does much more than this. It presents a world… Read more

June 11, 2020

I’ve been trying to keep up with the diverse array of responses to the release of “Man and Woman He Created Them,” the Vatican’s new document addressing gender theory and education. Predictably, liberal Catholic news outlets have criticized its lack of sensitivity to the trans community and conservative ones have praised its boldness in affirming traditional doctrine. Outside of the world of Catholic media, several friends and acquaintances have expressed a sense of confusion. With their commitments to embracing both… Read more

June 5, 2020

In his recent book Resisting Throwaway Culture, bioethicist and moral theologian Charles Camosy expressed his concern about our culture’s increasing disconnectedness from “the physical, the embodied, the real, and especially from authentic encounters with ‘the other.’” This ethos has heavily shaped our nation’s political outlook. “Far from being motivated by a positive vision of the good, the body politic in the United States is motivated by fear and hatred of people (tribes) assumed to be bad or dangerous…In the 1990’s… Read more

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