Augustine, a saint for our times

Aug 29, 2021 by

by Peter Mullen, TCW: IF St Augustine (354-430) were to come back to Europe today, he would probably feel very much at home. There were the barbarians attacking and besieging Rome itself and gangs of marauders – you might say terrorists – mounting raids on outposts of the Empire; there was within Rome an alien and disaffected minority who refused to accept the Roman civilisation. Not long after Augustine’s day the Emperor said to the writer and philosopher Sidonius: ‘I know what to do,...

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The West has lost its virtue

Aug 22, 2021 by

by Paul Kingsnorth, UnHerd: A century ago, as the Great War raged, Oswald Spengler wrote that “Western mankind, without exception, is under the influence of an immense optical illusion.” The Decline of the West, Spengler’s grand, ambitious, poetic theory of Western downfall — well underway, in his telling, by the time he began writing — has had its followers, detractors and imitators ever since. It has also, in recent years, had something of a renaissance. Decline is in the air, mingling with...

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Why is child marriage legal in the West?

Aug 12, 2021 by

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, UnHerd: “New York Officially Bans Child Marriage, Only Sixth State in the U.S. to do so.” You might picture this headline on a yellowing newspaper in the archives of a public library. But in actual fact it appeared online, less than a month ago. And yes, you read it correctly. New York is only the sixth American state to ban child marriage, meaning there is still a legal pathway to marrying a minor in 44 states. Child marriage is merely a subset of the wider problem of...

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Peter Kreeft – How to Destroy Western Civilisation

Aug 12, 2021 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: I love Peter Kreeft – the Roman Catholic philosopher who has remarkable insight – I don’t always agree with him – but he is always stimulating,  None more so than in his latest work, How to Destroy Western Civilisation and other Ideas from the Cultural Abyss. It is a collection of essays.   I love it.  It’s not always easy going – but I took 82 quotes from it and now share half to them with you for your edification.  I hope you will enjoy this as much as I...

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Covid isn’t the end

Aug 11, 2021 by

by Niall Gooch, UnHerd: The world is always coming to an end, for someone. “Never morning wore to evening but some heart did break,” as Lord Tennyson elegantly put it. People die every day, from illnesses and accidents. Ambulances and fire engines are forever on their way to some life-shattering emergency; the police are eternally ringing someone’s doorbell to give bad news. The news websites’ pandemic death toll tickers have made it impossible to forget, but the fact is not new. As in...

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Why Tucker’s trip to Hungary has sparked outrage

Aug 10, 2021 by

by Frank Furedi, spiked: Western elites are terrified that their smear campaign against Hungary will unravel. Why is the Western media so exercised about Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s trip to Hungary? Led by the New York Times and the Washington Post, the mainstream American media have been outraged that Carlson decided to broadcast from Hungary last week, interviewing Orbán and generally sounding a positive note about the country and its government. Even BBC News carried a commentary piece...

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