Perpetual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Before I get to details, let me be clear that I am not trying to destroy the Church, and I’m certainly not criticizing individual Catholics, most of whom are decent human beings and good neighbors. (And the victims in this as well.) The Church has a problem… a huge problem. Furthermore, the problem is very old and will never go away until its cause is removed. So long as the …

The Status Quo Has Been a Haven for Predators

Over the past few weeks scores of people in the highest positions have been exposed as sexual predators, and that’s not likely to be the end of it. Most of their victims remained silent for years, largely because they thought that people wouldn’t believe them, or the status quo (people with power using media and law) would destroy them. And the victims were right. People didn’t want to hear their …

Lift Up Your Eyes

When was the last time you tasted the sublime? When did you last feel wonder? Can you remember feeling awed by something? These are things we need, if we are to thrive. They are fuel for the higher human abilities. If we lack them, as is currently endemic throughout the West, our higher abilities will lag. For lack of better terms we can call these feelings “upward movements of the …

ROSC 4: The Sanitarium

When I walked into our latest TCM lunch, I saw a few new members, two of whom were young women. That made me feel good, because there had been a flaw in most 20th century liberty movements, in that they never drew many women. Liberation movements of the past featured lots of women, many of whom showed more courage than the men. So, I took it as a healthy sign …

Calling Things by Their True Names

Somewhere along my travels, I found an old Chinese proverb that says this: The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their true names. I’ve found a great deal of value in that little saying. It is, in fact, a fundamental building block of human development. So long as we call things by false names, we maintain our own confusion and contribute to our own abuse. So, today I …

Is There a Limit to the Government Abuse Americans Will Accept?

Any student of history learns that people will put up with horrific government abuse before they do anything about it. And so I’ve been watching for years, waiting to see how much abuse the Western world, and Americans in particular, will accept from government before they admit that they’re being abused. In dark moments, I’ve even wondered whether this time was different, whether the natural human reaction against pain had …

The Shocking Results of Continuous, Systematic Abuse

abuse We Americans like our movie heroes: Tough, free thinking, adaptive, willing to defy authority to save the people. The problem is, no one ever acts like that in real life. Cheering Arnie or Chuck or Sly is a long, long way from doing something heroic yourself – and the current batch of Americans are not so big on that. (Nor are Europeans, or most others.) One of the great Roman …
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