The Long March of Individualism Comes To A Juddering Halt

Jun 23, 2019 by

by Niall McCrae, Human Events: The world is seeing a realignment towards collectivist ideals. Individualism has gone global, but the trend may not hold. According to a recent study of 78 countries by Santos, Varnum, and Grossmann, individualism has never been more widespread. Measuring variables such as household size, solitary living, divorce rate, favoring of friends over family, and emphasis on independence and self-expression, the authors attributed this trend to a burgeoning middle class...

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Appeasement, compromise and silence in a D-Day for the Church

Jun 15, 2019 by

by Joe Boot, Christian Concern: Looking back to the events of World War II is instructive for reflecting on the true price of appeasement and compromise. Despite the Munich agreement of September 1938, on September 1, 1939, the Nazi regime, under the leadership of a democratically elected Adolf Hitler, invaded Poland, triggering the start of World War II. Yet this was not the beginning of German aggression under the Nazis in Europe. By March 15, 1939, not only had Germany violated numerous...

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Christianity and culture: balancing attack and defence

Jun 11, 2019 by

A review of ‘Plugged In’ by Daniel Strange, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In England the football season has ended; cricket is in full swing with the World Cup currently being contested; Wimbledon is just around the corner. These and other sports have many things in common, not least the need to balance defence and attack. Sport is a (theoretically) friendly imitation of more serious pursuits such as politics and war, and here again the same principle applies. In all cases,...

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Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral contradicts everything secular Europe stands for

Apr 28, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest: “Don’t cry for me, profane people of Europe,” plaintively sings Our Lady of Paris. Notre Dame sings her Requiem as Eva Peron, dying of cancer, sings from the Balcony of the Casa Rosada. “The truth is you never really loved me for who I am and for what I stand for. The truth is you burned and destroyed my raison d’être a long time ago,” she sobs, her pearl-like tears washed away in the deluge from the fire fighters’ hoses. Europe is weeping torrents of therapeutic...

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The Noble Liar – The Influence of the BBC and the Meritocracy

Apr 10, 2019 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: The Noble Liar  by Robin Aitken is my book of the year, so far, and I doubt whether any book will overtake it.  It is a stunning insight from a former BBC journalist and executive – who has 25 years experience of the organisation.  If you want to understand what is going on in our culture, The Noble Liar, is essential reading. The book is subtitled – “How and Why the BBC distorts the news to promote a liberal agenda” . I am going to take some time to look at...

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In pop, stars are exploring new sexualities

Apr 9, 2019 by

by Mark Savage, BBC. [Editor’s note: This trend is neither new, nor separate from issues of marketing. What is new is the way today’s stars are following what’s now conventional among young people and in society in general, rather than being rebellious and ahead of the fashion as were the icons of the ’60’s and ’70’s.] …Joe Nellist from the LGBT Foundation says musicians are simply reflecting their generation’s attitude to sexual identity. “There’s a growing number of...

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