Modernity’s Historical Illiteracy — Ecclesia et Synagoga

We all watched the flames consume the historic spire of Notre-Dame on Monday, burning it down to its skeleton before it went crashing into the roof of the thirteenth-century cathedral. We waited for news about the relics and artwork inside and wondered about the state of the glass in the windows that had managed to survive two world wars, Napoleon, the Revolution, and the Reformation. And when the flames were finally extinguished, we watched with baited breaths as emergency officials picked through the sanctuary to determine the building’s soundness. Continue reading “Modernity’s Historical Illiteracy — Ecclesia et Synagoga”

The Devil Worshipers Among Us

The longevity of our neoliberal order has effectively found its end.  Faith in liberal democracy, the supplanting of the True Faith with secularism, and the economic sustainability of international free trade capitalism remain vestigial only to a small portion of the urban classes and the coastal elites.  For the rest of the country—and in many cases, even the rest of the world—the naïve belief in a New World Order, free of borders and politics, with all basic needs met and a life of leisure guaranteed for all, has been completely dispelled.  Worse, many more are waking up to the realization that the New World Order was never intended to be one that they would be invited to live in.  To have lost hope in a dream is one thing, but to realize that the dream sold to you was a lie from its inception—this is the foundation, for many, of anti-Globalist sentiment. Continue reading “The Devil Worshipers Among Us”

What is Modernity?

I’ve written a bit about modernity over the past couple of years, and in fact, I think the entire QNUW project at this point could be defined as a reaction against it.  But the concept is a tricky one, because it’s a term for the very air we breathe in contemporary society.  And it’s not something as simplistically defined as “the present day” or even “the present operation of things,” since those would imply that modernity is a definition related to a period of time rather than a term that applies to specific systems of ideologies. Continue reading “What is Modernity?”

Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative

Now I’m going to talk about a video game.

I just completed a run-through of some the old Assassin’ Creed 2 and AC: Brotherhood games that first came out back in 2009.  It’s hard to believe that was nearly a decade ago, considering how the gameplay itself seems only to have aged a few years.  Granted, I played the remastered collection that was released in 2012, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I’m behind the times.  Sue me. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative”

Tattoos, Body Modification, and the Modern Interest in Destroying Yourself By Consent

There used to be a time when it was common practice to teach our children how to properly respect our bodies.  Used to be.  Now that respect extends to the farthest frontiers of the term consent, well past the long-rotted fences that cordoned off the brighter pastures of moral guidance and virtue.  The common assumption is that proper respect for the body rests somewhere between the humiliating and derogatory attack on common decency, and the lurid sexuality of wanton lust pushed by corporate interests and characterized by billboards, internet pornography, and the expectations of a sexual culture. Continue reading “Tattoos, Body Modification, and the Modern Interest in Destroying Yourself By Consent”

Godless Traditionalism is a Non-Starter

Atheism, while not necessarily a purely modern phenomenon, remains a staple of the Modern aesthetic.  All forms of religious belief are more or less treated with equal amounts of disdain under the neoliberal regime, though the exoticism of alien customs and rites tends to attract a fair share of delusional new-agers and members of the elite who are simply too intelligent to believe in anything.  Religious worship native to the historical roots of the West, particularly Catholicism, draws particular ire from the atheist crowd, though any form of Christianity is fair game for ridicule. Continue reading “Godless Traditionalism is a Non-Starter”

The Church is in Full Tilt: The Abuse Scandal

The sexual abuse scandal has erupted from a wildfire into a blazing inferno for the Catholic Church, having broken out on multiple fronts.  In Pennsylvania, the laity is still reeling from the publication of a gargantuan and exhaustive grand jury report that accuses more than three hundred priests of the sexual abuse of minors over a period of more than half a century.  And in Maryland and Washington, DC, the scandalous case of Cardinal McCarrick has taken a huge turn following the publication of an eleven page letter by an ex-Nuncio of the Vatican, Archbishop Carlo Vigano.  Both of these things are related, but not in the way you may at first assume. Continue reading “The Church is in Full Tilt: The Abuse Scandal”

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