Rewilding Civil Society

Jan 9, 2019 by

By Andy Smarick, Public Discourse: In conservation biology, a complex ecosystem whose health was slowly compromised over time can be revivified through a cascade of positive changes set in motion by reintroducing one of that system’s previous components. That’s exactly what today’s civil society needs, and conservative policymakers can help. We mustn’t shy away from using policy to achieve important ends—not just freedom, but the lessons, beliefs, and norms that make a free society succeed. A...

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The rise of civic Christianity and the collapse of the Church

Oct 6, 2018 by

David Robertson, theweeflea. It’s a somewhat strange paradox. As the church seems to be in decline, the number of religious items in the news increases and the clergy are everywhere… …Despite the most fervent wishes of the more militant secularists religion is not going to disappear from civil society soon. Indeed I suspect it is highly likely that it will become even more prominent, but is this a good thing? What we call civic Christianity seems to be growing – or it is as least...

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Six types of ‘useful idiot’

Sep 26, 2018 by

by James Bloodworth, UnHerd: The appalling scenes emerging from Venezuela – where the citizens of the most oil-rich country in the world have been reduced to scavenging in rubbish bins for food – should act as a cautionary tale to those inclined to project utopian aspirations onto societies they do not understand. Just a handful of years ago the Venezuelan government was praised uncritically by much of the Western left. Today it is an embarrassment – every emaciated Venezuelan a testament to...

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Socialist Venezuela and the death of civilisation

Sep 12, 2018 by

by Paul T Horgan, The Conservative Woman: By June 1953, the workers in Soviet-occupied East Germany had had enough. There was severe rationing, power cuts, and arrests for dissent. Money that could be spent on the people was instead being sent to Moscow or went on security. The tipping point was a state-mandated wage cut disguised as raised work quotas. The streets erupted. Soviet tanks and troops firing live ammunition into crowds restored order. The Marxist writer Bertolt Brecht expressed...

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When Society Falls Apart, Socialist Tyranny Can Happen Anywhere

Sep 10, 2018 by

by John Horvat II, Return to Order: The liberal order has long dominated the modern world. It is based on the pillars of the rule of law, individual freedoms, representative government and free markets. Liberalism is the political philosophy that serves as a framework in which progressives and conservatives debate the future of the nation. However strong this order might seem, many are now claiming the demise of liberalism is at hand. A battle rages around liberalism’s future. Conservatives...

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Quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK have self-harmed, report finds

Aug 29, 2018 by

by Sarah Marsh, Guardian: More than 100,000 children aged 14 in the UK are self-harming, with one in four girls of this age having deliberately hurt themselves, according to a new report. In figures that show the scale of the mental health crisis affecting young people, the Children’s Survey analysed a survey of 11,000 14-year-olds which found that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys had self-harmed in a year. The charity estimated that 110,000 children aged 14 may be self-harming,...

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