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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Marriage and the Ballot

  SAME-SEX “marriage” has never been approved by voters in any state, but will be on the ballot in four states next week: Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota. Unsurprisingly, the New York Times does not believe the issue should be submitted to the electorate at all. An editorial in today’s paper openly objects to democratic processes. The editorial […]

Were the Krim Children Destroyed by Envy?

  AT Galliawatch, the writer Tiberge theorizes that Yoselyn Ortega, the Dominican nanny who killed two children in New York last week, was acting upon powerful, partly subconscious feelings of envy that emerged in sudden violence against the two children. In that case, the murders would not be, as I said, “incomprehensible” psychotic or demonic acts. Tiberge speculates that […]

Our Ambassador of Women’s Rights

  WERE Americans ever asked if they wanted their federal government to promote “women’s rights” around the world? The answer is no. Just as voters were never asked if they wanted mass immigration from non-European countries or if they wanted legal abortion or if they wanted God banished from public life, so they were never asked […]


We Have No Red Lines, and thus No Freedom

  JAMES P. writes: The Daily Mail reports Putin’s remark about the band Pussy Riot: “We have red lines beyond which starts the destruction of the moral foundations of our society,” Putin went on. “If people cross this line they should be made responsible in line with the law.” Wasn’t there a time when American […]

An Incomprehensible Breakdown

  THIS IS a heartbreaking picture of the sister of Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny who murdered two children on the Upper West Side of Manhattan last week.  Mylades Ortega said she was horrified by what her sister had done and could not comprehend it. Her 50-year-old sister appeared to enjoy and love the Krim children. […]

The Intimacy and Civility of a City Square

  THERE is a brief essay at Tradition in Action by the late Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira on the Santa Maria Formosa Square in Venice in the 18th century. From the piece: This small world assembled around a square is ceremonious and distinguished, yet it is also marked by a note of intimacy. It reveals the spirit of […]

Young and Wanting Traditional Marriage, cont.

  NICHOLAS writes: Your post about a young woman in college who wants more than anything a traditional marriage was an immense consolation to me. I am a young man in college in the perfectly complementary position. (Though by God’s grace with more hope, I think.) To the wise, the path that God has set for us […]

Wisdom from Jane

  PENNY writes: I was paging through my copy of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen last evening and ran across a couple of passages that really jumped out at me, probably because of some of the things you’ve been writing about. The first concerns Fanny and her cousin Edmund. “Kept back as she was by everybody […]

The Beautiful Tramps and Ugly Egalitarians of France

  GUILAIN writes from France: This is in response to your recent entry on French women. I would not say that the French are not classy anymore. Actually, many women look like very classy prostitutes. In general, there are two kinds of women. Those who spend lots of time grooming and choosing clothes in their […]

Obama Seeks the Girl Vote

  IN AMERICA, a vote is a shockingly trivial thing. And it’s the most important thing in the world. In this ad for the Obama campaign, a young actress describes the ecstasy of voting for the “first time,” playing on the double meaning of “the first time.” Lena Dunham is hideously tattooed and simmering with righteousness. […]

An Actress in Babylon

  WHAT happens to a woman as lovely, talented and patrician as Helena Bonham Carter when she embraces modern Hollywood? She becomes a raging nihilist. See Kidist Paulos Asrat’s post on Bonham Carter’s latest role as Miss Havisham in a remake of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Forty horses couldn’t drag me to see this movie. […]

Six’s Bridge

  LEGEND has it that Rembrandt completed this sketch of 1645 in the time it took a servant to run to a nearby village for a pot of mustard.

On “The End of Men” Critique

  JESSE POWELL writes: I have just recently watched a C-Span television interview of Hanna Rosin on her book The End of Men, which has been written about here in numerous entries and which is receiving so much attention in the mainstream media. The End of Men is creating some defining motifs and guidelines for America’s elite in […]

Does Equality Lead to the Most Expensive Education Ever?

  THOMAS F. BERTONNEAU writes: I write in response to the postings, here and here, on the life-damaging consequences of the cost of higher education and student loans. Modern people generally, liberals, logical positivists, moral relativists, and the entire tribe of sociologists, vehemently deny that correlation is causation. Personally, correlations impress me – as do […]