Coming Apart

About a month ago, the Atlantic dropped a bomb entitled Beyond Originalism, which somewhat briefly outlined an integralist approach to ensuring that the Constitution of the United States—the document—isn’t used to subvert the very things it was supposedly written to protect. The piece’s author was Harvard Constitutional Law professor Adrian Vermeule, no stranger to controversy, and I can only assume that the Atlantic decided to publish it in an attempt to make ‘conservatives’ look as authoritarian and as menacingly Catholic as possible. While it scared the liberally-minded conservative dilettantes into quite a barrage of counterpoints and rebuttals—most of which aren’t worth mentioning—the conservatives who actually take the definition at face-value sat back and said, “yeah, okay, that’s a start.” Continue reading “Coming Apart”

You Want Complete Ownership Over Your Own Body? Join the Cult of Modernity Today!

The Enlightenment has been credited with many things, including a revolution in the conception of rights as they apply to persons and property.  Property rights, by no means an invention of the Enlightenment thinkers, went from a matter of general contract law understood through the lens of Natural Law to being the basis of law in the first place.  The whole system of natural rights as defended by Locke, and less so by Hobbes, is reduced to an overly generalized interpretation of property rights. Continue reading “You Want Complete Ownership Over Your Own Body? Join the Cult of Modernity Today!”

A Brief Book Guide (Part III)

Part one of our book guide covered some basic, entry-level, easily read books on the contradictions, lunacy, and general evil that modern liberalism and Leftism embodies.  Part two introduced conservative and Christian texts in brief, looking at the connection between Christianity and Western Civilization.  Part three begins where part two left off: here, the Christian worldview is on full display, distinctions between so-called liberalism (“classical liberalism”) and conservatism are better defined, and the nature of Modernity is revealed in its full excessive, brutal detail.  Continue reading “A Brief Book Guide (Part III)”

Your Natural Rights Aren’t A Thing

Individual liberties! Rights! Equal protection under the law! Humbug. Find me an individual and that individual can have his rights. Who are we to disrespect the letter of the law, after all? But find me a man, and then try to name to me his universals. Find me a woman and do the same. And I don’t mean mere categorical statements of facts—that they live, are bipedal, have hearts and minds—but universal obligations owed to them by nature of their birth as human beings, divorced from the mandate of the state, and imbued upon them by God himself! Name me a universal natural right and there can be named at least ten exceptions, or ten instances where it is rendered meaningless, or ten reasons why it means nothing in the first place. Continue reading “Your Natural Rights Aren’t A Thing”

After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)

The last ten years has seen the publication of a plethora of neo-scholastic thought made accessible and available to the minds of non-academic laymen.  The surge in best-selling books on godlessness, riding the wave of the short-lived New Atheism movement, helped stoke the fires of the more intellectually-inclined Christians around the world.  While the New Atheism movement—classified as a movement only by the handful of know-it-alls who considered taking it seriously—only seemed to gain significant traction among internet denizens of video game forums, a slower buildup of interest in medieval scholastic thought is beginning to make larger waves among more important contributors to the present culture-wide philosophical dialogue.  And John Lawrence Hill’s 2016 book, After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports our Modern Moral and Political Values, fits into this dialogue extremely well. Continue reading “After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)”

Natural Law and the Moral Underpinnings of the Culture War

As the general tendency of state growth throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries seems to be reaching its apex in the twenty-first, we have witnessed the growing interest on a grassroots level of the study of natural law.  The study stems from both a growing revival of right wing philosophies and a general reaction to leftist nihilism that has saturated the mainstream popular culture.  And it’s good, because it means that more people are waking up from the coma induced by the 60s revolutions and the tranquilizers that the Left has administrated ever since. Continue reading “Natural Law and the Moral Underpinnings of the Culture War”

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