Donald R. McClarey

Liberals and Leftists

An interesting video distinguishing between Liberals and Leftists.  Classic Liberalism of the 19th century variety has much in common with variants of modern American Conservatism.  Liberalism in the twentieth century is a long tale of the interaction between it and

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: John Gray

Despite everything, liberals cannot help thinking of history as a story of redemption. That is why they cannot help seeing Putin and Xi Jinping, Orbán and Salvini as reverting to the past. A future that contains hyper-modern tsars, technocratic emperors

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Ben Butera

On Smelling Death

Like many, I often ponder the evil of mass shootings and other killings. Mass murder is mass murder in a sense, but something like an Islamic terrorist attack has a specific religious/political motivation. Other types of mass murder and suicide

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Donald R. McClarey

Life Imitating Art

I am beginning to think that contemporary liberalism is morphing into a cult for people who simply can’t deal with reality:   What is Verrit you ask? It’s a new social media site bubble created by Hillary’s number one fan

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Liberalism as Power Grab

  David Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gets to the essence of contemporary liberalism: That aging feminists are invoking the fires of hell and old sexist stereotypes in order to corral the phallic-challenged among us into the Hillary pens?  This is

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Substitute Religions and Tolerance

    David Gelernter,a professor of computer science at Yale, has noted the snarling hatred that seems to dominate the left in this country and believes he understands its source: Where does the asymmetry come from? American conservatives tend to

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They Serve Sauron and have Forgotten Their Own Names

  John C. Wright, Science Fiction author and convert from atheism to Catholicism, is on fire:   Something rotten, very rotten has happened to the Left just in my lifetime. They used to be champions of free speech; and now

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To Hate Liberally

      Spengler (David P. Goldman) takes a look at the blind fury that seems to be the distinguishing characteristic of the Forces of Tolerance these days:   They really, really hate us. George Orwell wrote a morning “Two

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Buckley Was So Right

    I’d rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty of Harvard. William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Dying Nuns, Liberalism, and Time Magazine

Time magazine, yes it is still being published, serves one useful function.  It normally gives insight into how doctrinaire liberals view the world.  It is often unintentionally hilarious as the writers demonstrate a cluelessness about the subject that they are

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Conservatives & The Eich Affair

Joseph Shaw over at LMS Chairman has posted a four part-critique of the conservative response to the Eich affair (and related incidents) titled “Why Conservatives Are Wrong.” Whereas Jeffery Tucker attacked conservative libertarians from the left, complaining about their “brutalism”

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Liberalism, Capitalism & Pluralism: The Catholic Wars Continue

On February 6, The American Conservative published a piece by Patrick J. Deneen titled “A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching.” In it, Deneen outlines the positions of two hostile political camps within American Catholicism: the “liberal” camp and what he calls

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Makes Sense

  I am normally skeptical of “scientific” studies that purport to find a linkage between what seem to be unrelated phenomena, but this makes sense: When a U.S. state becomes more liberal politically, its consumption of beer and spirits rises,

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Religious Liberty: Necessity or Virtue?

Hello again TAC! It has been nearly a year since I posted here, and it is good to be back. I have a long one for you this time, but I think you will find it interesting and my hope

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The Left and Morality

    Dennis Prager has an intriguing post about the interaction among liberals of morality as a laundry list of public political positions combined with wretched personal behavior: I first thought about this when I saw how the left-wing students

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Competing Religions

Christopher Johnson, the non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for Mother Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, points to an editorial of The Washington Post that hopes the next Pope will not be

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The New York Times as State Organ

In the old Soviet Union the two dominant newspapers were Izvestia (News) and Pravda (Truth).  People luckless enough to be born in the Soviet Union had a cynical joke about them:  “There is no News in Izvestia and there is

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Of Aging Porn Stars and Aging Ideologies

        My alma mater, the University of Illinois, brought a 58 year old porn star, Annie Sprinkle, to campus to teach students young enough to be her grandkids about orgasms this week.  Go here to read the story in the

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Guns and “All Men Are Created Equal”

Few issues demonstrate better that liberal elites and the rest of us might as well live on different planets than the Second Amendment.  Frequently living in gated communities, usually working in institutions that have armed guards, and sending their kids

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Interesting Times

    My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, has a new post in which he details bad signs aplenty of scary times ahead:   Read the News and Weep That is not conspiracy talk, but simply a distillation of

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Weakness and The Truth

“Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world

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Debate With a Liberal

A humorous, albeit stacked, debate.  The video does illuminate one facet of the American political scene.  Educated conservatives tend to be more familiar with liberal arguments than educated liberals are with conservative arguments.  The reason for this is quite simple. 

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Burleigh Defends the Pope

My second favorite living historian, Michael Burleigh, who has written stunningly original works on subjects as diverse as Nazi Germany, religion and politics in the last two centuries,  terrorism, and morality and World War II,  has taken up the cudgels against the

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Remembering Bastille Day

Today is Bastille Day, typically associated with the start of the French Revolution. In honor of that blessed event, I offer up this classic piece by John Zmirak: Remember when the L.A. riots spun out of control, and engulfed the

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How to Reverse the Catholic Exodus

Let us pray for all those change agents that are striving to bring back the authentic Catholic culture inside parishes, chanceries, and apostolates. To view RealCatholicTV click here. For RealCatholicTV’s The Vortex click here. For the RealCatholicTV YouTube Channel click

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When You Vote Democrat, Your Taxes Get Raised

The Governors office and both chambers of the Washington State legislature are currently under Democratic control. Years of spending on European style socialist programs have created a budget deficit. The Democrats have decided instead of cutting or trimming their state

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Set Me Free (From Ideologies) Part 3

The Catholic Church is the biggest defender and promoter of the large traditional family. This endorsement of large families is something that tests the loyalties of ideologues because the Church doesn’t conform to liberal or conservative political pressures.  The more-or-less

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Time For Vatican III? No!

Father Edward L. Beck, a Passionist Priest, and a contributor to ABC, wrote a column for ABC in which he calls for Vatican III.  I think the article is worth a fisking. April 2, 2010 —Surely this was originally intended for

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