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Why bionic mosquito? Some talking head on CNBC, when referring to Ron Paul, called him a “mosquito.” My reaction – if he is a “mosquito”, he is a pretty powerful one. Hence the name…. If there is one day a resurgence of freedom and liberty in the West, history will record that Ron Paul was the one individual most responsible for sparking the movement.

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Jiminy Cricket

December 21, 2021

A most curious tidbit is offered at The Rest is History podcast, hosted by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, and taken from episode 129, entitled “Cricket.”
Apparently, Jesus played cricket!
I couldn’t just let that pass…I had to do some digging, and found…
Dr. Abraham Terian writes:
“The most amazing part of the story of the nine-year-old Jesus playing a form of cricket with the boys at the sea shore, is that he would go on playing the game on water, over the sea waves.”
Actually, the walking-on-water part is the least amazing part of the story.  But regarding cricket…from where does he arrive at such a view?
Dr. Terian was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, and he points to a rare manuscript as his

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Why Smart People Are Stupid, Part II

December 15, 2021

Mattias Desmet, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ghent, sits down with Dr Chris Martensen of the Peak Prosperity podcast to talk about the psychological conditions of society which allowed the Covid narrative to take such a hold on people. (Video)
I have written of Desmet before, offering Why Smart People are Stupid.  In this post, I will highlight some of the new (for me) points made by Desmet, or points that perhaps I have previously heard but make more sense to me today.
Desmet begins by pointing out the obvious errors in the early covid models, pointing to Sweden as an example demonstrating the nonsense behind the models.  His point here is important, because his comments will move to explaining why smart people are stupid – in the face of all

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Maybe a Spark

December 9, 2021

Beginning with the Peterson, Pageau, Vervaeke and Baron conversation, mentions of Thomas Aquinas began to enter the room.  Since then, this has been happening more often.  It happened several times in this conversation between Matt Fradd and Jonathan Pageau.
Pageau is famously known for talking about patterns.  I have noted that patterns, in this sense, is not any different than purpose.  I find that patterns are nothing more than purpose in action – as long as one recognizes that inherent in every being is a purpose common with other beings of a like type.  Hence…patterns.
But now Pageau is making the connection overtly.  He uses the words purpose and teleology.  He has often mentioned this idea of a return to Aquinas.  But, just as in the conversation with the four, hosted

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Nihilism

December 8, 2021

That there is no truth; that there is no absolute state of affairs – no ‘thing-in-itself.’  This alone is Nihilism, and of the most extreme kind.
–          Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power
Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, by Eugene (Fr. Seraphim) Rose
In 1962, the young Eugene Rose undertook to write a monumental chronicle of the abandonment of Truth in the modern age.  Of the hundreds of pages of material he compiled for this work, only the present essay, on Nihilism, has come down to us in completed form.
–          From the back cover
Although he was not Fr. Rose when he wrote this work (he was still Eugene), this is how I will refer to him throughout my review of this book.
Nihilism, Fr. Rose offers, is the belief that there is no Absolute

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A Comment on Comments

November 23, 2021

I am sitting on a few comments to the recent posts that focus on the coming apart of Christendom, and am not sure I will post these.  I am finding these destructive, not constructive.  I do not like the mudslinging between traditions.
Yesterday’s post was based on a Protestant scholar’s evaluation of Protestantism; the post tomorrow is based on the concerns of two Protestant pastors about their own tradition.  Such things are positive signs for me, that people are willing to consider the log in their own eye instead of the speck in another’s.  Some of the commenters could learn something from this.
An example of an individual from one tradition looking into the history of all Christian traditions is John Strickland, through his books on the history of

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Christian Arrogance

November 13, 2021

I have stumbled on a statement that fascinates me.  I only raise it here because I know some people who read this blog will help point me to some further answers.  But before coming to the statement, I would like to clarify some things and set some general ground rules.
The topic is very “Christian.”  Not really “how Christianity is necessary for liberty,” at least not directly.  Perhaps indirectly, as this issue of Christian arrogance points to one of the causes of a ruptured Church that cannot, therefor, so easily stand against corrupt power.
What do I mean by Christian arrogance?  Well, before coming to this, I will reiterate something I have often said: no-interdenominational or inter-traditional food fights here.  No matter which tradition any of us calls home, we all

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Nero, Burning Rome, and the Apostle Paul

November 11, 2021

Bands of itinerant priests, dancing as they travelled and playing flutes and kettle-drums, were a common sight on the Galatian roads.
Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, by Tom Holland
Some would work themselves up in a lather of prophecy, indulging in “spectacular orgiastic rites.”  But copulation was not possible for the most celebrated of these:
The Galli, men dressed as women, were servants of Cybele, the Mother Goddess who sat enthroned amid the highest peaks of Galatia….
Next time someone claims to be transgendered, ask them if they take their belief this seriously:
…and the mark of their submission to this most powerful and venerable of all the region’s gods was the severing with a knife or a sharp stone of their testicles.
This is how Holland

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Cultural Marxism and Critical Theory Today

November 9, 2021

…Critical Theory has come to dominate the academic world.
The Red Trojan Horse: A Concise Analysis of Cultural Marxism, by Alasdair Elder
This is the second of two posts on this book by Elder.  In the first, I covered the chapters in which he examined the history of Cultural Marxism and Critical Theory.  In this post, I will review his comments on the current situation and his proposed solution.
NB: I use the term Cultural Marxism because this is how Elder labels the situation.  I think it is more accurately described as Cultural Gramsci-ism.
Just as Classical Marxism considers that everyone has been fooled by capitalism, Cultural Marxism considers everyone has been fooled by the patriarchy.  Race, gender, sexual orientation, even religion – all are fair game as tools to

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America in Twenty Years

November 6, 2021

Start with this piece: In 2022, “Things Aren’t Gonna Get Done” On An Absolutely Massive Scale, by Michael Snyder
Are we about to witness one of the greatest self-inflicted economic wounds in history?  Vaccine mandate deadlines are starting to arrive, and large numbers of very qualified people are losing their jobs as a result.
This, while we are already suffering from a massive labor shortage.  Businesses all over America are desperate for workers (and anyone driving down any main-street or involved in any business knows this).  But the workers should be out there:
The number of Americans that are currently working is still about five million less than the peak that was hit just before the pandemic arrived.
Five million gone, in less than two years.  And it isn’t like you

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Cultural Marxism and Critical Theory: A History

October 23, 2021

Which brings us to the point and purpose of Cultural Marxism; it is a method of conquest.  Not conquest with guns, tanks, planes, or armies, but with ideology.  Control the dominant ideas in a nation, and you can control the nation itself.
The Red Trojan Horse: A Concise Analysis of Cultural Marxism, by Alasdair Elder
Elder has written a book examining, first, the history of Cultural Marxism, and second, the situation today.  In this post, I will review and examine the history.
He offers, early on, his meaning of the term:
Cultural Marxism is a wide-ranging designation which refers to the promotion and employment of Critical Theory.
It is valuable that he does this, as the term Cultural Marxism, though well-known, is not technically a valid concept.  Marx’s form of

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Our Christian Culture

October 20, 2021

Assumptions that I had grown up with – about how a society should properly be orgnanised, and the principles that it should uphold – were not bred of antiquity, still less of ‘human nature,’ but very distinctively of that civilisation’s Christian past.
Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, by Tom Holland
Tom Holland was raised in a Christian family, and attended Christian Sunday School – until he asked the teacher about a picture of Adam and Eve with dinosaurs.  The lack of an answer – not even a bad answer, but any answer – convinced him that Christianity offered little value.
Ancient Rome and Greece – these grabbed his attention, and his heart.  Yet, the more he studied antiquity, the more he came to feel alien to it.  Eugenics, young trained in the art

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Time To Clean-Up Baseball

September 4, 2021

CLEVELAND — The city’s MLB team officially has its new name.
The team announced through a video posted to its Twitter account on Friday morning that it will be changing its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians. The name will go into effect following the conclusion of the 2021 season.
I think it is time to address all of the racist, patriarchal, oppressive, and insensitive team names from baseball.
New York Yankees – Yankees were white men who overran the indigenous people
Boston Red Sox – Red is a derogatory term for indigenous people – peaceful, I might add
Chicago White Sox – It has the word “White” in it.  Do I have to explain everything?
Cleveland Indians – They are now the Guardians; guards are keeping people unjustly in

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Drawing Closer

September 2, 2021

It has finally been released.  Bob Murphy and Jordan Peterson.  If I recall, it was scheduled to be released about a month ago.  My understanding is that Peterson has suffered some health setbacks (if I am wrong about this, I apologize), and, therefore, he has released his videos in a more drawn-out manner than originally planned.
The conversation was focused on Austrian Economics.  Peterson asked some probing questions – after things that are easy to take for granted if one is bent in a free-market direction.  But necessary questions if one is after opening a conversation with those not so inclined.
A couple of things struck me about the conversation.  First, as was seen by many who are familiar both with Austrian Economics and Peterson: although he

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Today’s Crisis

August 28, 2021

There is nothing new under the sun….
The Crisis, by Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain [Globocap], with an army to enforce her

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All Doctors Know…

August 21, 2021

…that widespread community mask wearing does nothing to reduce or prohibit the spread of a respiratory virus.
…that masks, after being worn, are treated as a hazardous material.
…that masks limit the free intake of oxygen.
…that masks limit the proper exhalation of CO2.
…that those not properly trained in wearing a mask do not wear masks properly or effectively
…that the constant touching of one’s face due to mask wearing introduces more risk than not wearing a mask at all.
…that man has been dealing with corona viruses for all of history…and has survived just fine.
…that viruses mutate.
…that a healthy body is the best defense against serious complications from a viral infection.
…that individuals with multiple co-morbidities are most susceptible to

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Time to Strike

August 6, 2021

I will stop the motor of the world.
–          John Galt
If it wasn’t painfully obvious way back in February 2020, that – unlike the novel that brought us John Galt – the businessmen of the world were never going to be the ones to stop the crushing of humanity, it certainly is clear today.
Following every edict, enforcing every draconian policy, eliminating all unapproved comment, playing the role of the tyrannical state.  This has been the path taken by big business (and, unfortunately big churches – especially those under an institutional umbrella).
And now, dozens, if not hundreds, of companies are announcing vaccine mandates for their employees.  These range from tech giants in Silicon Valley, to mega-banks in New York, to travel service, restaurants, and

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The Words of the Prophets

August 5, 2021

Two weeks to flatten the curve….
Brilliant scientists expected 100,000,000 cases accruing within 4 weeks in the USA (Hains, 2020). …However, as of June 18 [2020], the total fatalities are ∼450,000 with median age ∼80 and typically multiple comorbidities.
–          Forecasting for COVID-19 has failed, John P.A. Ioannidis, Sally Cripps, and Martin A. Tanner; published at US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
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Deuteronomy 18: 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in

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The Sons of Disobedience

July 29, 2021

…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Paraphrase from Ephesians 2:2
It is not difficult to imagine that we have entered one more dark history of humanity on a long string of dark histories.  I want to say that others have suffered much worse, and they have.  We can think of those in the path of Genghis Khan; the early Christians under Rome; medieval Europeans under siege by Vikings, Huns, or Charlemagne; almost anyone in France in the late eighteenth century; Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; those living in between Germany and the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s; Chinese under Mao; Vietnamese under napalm; Arabs under drones.
But I think I am on safe ground to consider that never before in

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When Private Property Isn’t

July 28, 2021

My comment, at the Mises site:
[From the author of the piece]: “This does not mean that someone cannot be prevented from accessing certain venues or activities when their rightful owners set preventive sanitary rules….”
BM: Libertarians must really get past this kind of thinking. Does anyone believe that airlines, social media companies, mainstream media companies, any large company of any type is a private company in any meaningful sense? How quickly and suddenly they bow to government dictates no matter how draconian, and what punishment will befall them if they don’t. Willingly or through coercion, they do the state’s bidding.
The piece was about forced vaccinations.
There is much about private property that isn’t private.  At one extreme –

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Of Man and Christ

July 24, 2021

This book needs a preliminary note that its scope be not misunderstood. The view suggested is historical rather than theological…
The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton (ebook)
…this study is not specially concerned with the differences between a Catholic and a Protestant.
Which should work well for my purposes….
Much of it is devoted to many sorts of Pagans rather than any sort of Christians; and its thesis is that those who say that Christ stands side by side with similar myths, and his religion side by side with similar religions, are only repeating a very stale formula contradicted by a very striking fact.
Chesterton will examine two main topics: first, the creature called man; second, the man called Christ.  He will examine how, in each case, the

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Take a Hike

July 16, 2021

Paul VanderKlay offered an interesting, and, I believe, illuminating analogy to compare and contrast two worldviews – the religious (“eyes up”) and the scientific {“eyes down”).  I made the following comment at his site:
Your example of a hike to a mountain, and contrasting the purpose of eyes up vs. eyes down was quite helpful.  Eyes up: one must know, ultimately, where one is going.  Call it an end, a purpose, a telos.  Eyes down: try to not stumble too much along the way.
What is the point of not stumbling if you can never, by definition, reach your objective (your purpose or telos) because you are not even looking for it?  Yet, we have grown so “eyes down” that all we care about is physical safety, in other words, not stumbling.
Not dying has

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One City or Two

July 15, 2021

During the first millennium there had been a slow uncoupling of Eastern and Western views about the world (cosmology) and man’s place within it (anthropology).
The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation, by John Strickland
Strickland continues to review the work from his previous book, and I believe it is worthwhile to offer a summary of this as foundation to the next chapters.
Augustine, virtually unknown in the East, had become the unrivalled theological authority in the West.  Strickland describes Augustine’s cosmology and anthropology as “decidedly pessimistic” when compared to that of the Eastern fathers such as Basil the Great, Maximos the Confessor, and Gregory of Nyssa.
On the implications of original

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Protestants, Nominalism, and Natural Law

July 14, 2021

10Just a short post, continuing my look at the relationship of Protestantism and natural law.  For background, I suggest this post and at least the conclusion of this post.
John Vervaeke on Jonathan Pageau:
Jonathan Pageau is way more radical than people realize because he is rejecting nominalism at a profound level.  He thinks there are real patterns everywhere, as far as I can tell and they have a life of their own – they have an independent existence to which we have to respond.
Pageau and patterns.  What are patterns but an extension of Plato’s universal forms as embodied in Aristotle’s.  This as opposed to the nominalism described by those like Scotus and Occam – and embraced by Luther and many early Protestants.
That makes him much more radical

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East and West

July 10, 2021

Pope Leo IX stared down from the ramparts with horror.  On the battlefield before him lay an army of corpses.  Once vigorous men of war, they had marched under the papal banner at his command to this forsaken place in southern Italy, a town named Civitate.
The Age of Division: Christendom from the Great Schism to the Protestant Reformation, by John Strickland
This post is the first in reviewing this second book from what is intended to be a four-part history of Christendom – from Pentecost to our day.  Strickland begins with a brief review of the events immediately prior to the Great Schism of 1054.  And he begins with this battle, taking place in the prior year.
The intent was to rid southern Italy of the Normans.  Never before had a Pope raised an

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Dealing With Made-up Words

July 6, 2021

Gamora: Then we have to go to Knowhere now.
Thor: Wrong! Where we have to go is Nidavellir.
Drax: That’s a made-up word.
Thor: All words are made-up.
Transubstantiation: Theology, History, and Christian Unity, Brett Salkeld
Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and John Calvin all genuinely believed and sought to teach Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist and came much closer than it may first appear.
I have finally finished this book.  As I mentioned early on, I concluded that the language and theology was well above my understanding – I probably got about 30% of it.  What I did take away, and, I hope, some of you take away, is that the differences between Catholics and Protestants on this topic is not nearly as wide as the emotional reaction to the word

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Slowly Lifting the Fog

June 30, 2021

Paul VanderKlay is continuing to pursue some understanding of Michael Malice, anarchism and libertarianism.  Based on an extensive comment from Ginger Bill, PVK decided to dedicate a conversation with Bill in order to perhaps gain some further clarity on these topics.
You will recall from my earlier post on a discussion between Jordan Peterson and Malice that I felt Malice did a poor job of explaining the inside-baseball language that libertarians throw around among and between each other – for example, say the word “anarchism” to most rational people and they will think “riots.”  This only made the topic confusing for Peterson; I lay the blame for this on Malice.
Further, neither Peterson nor Malice raised the point of natural law – although the

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Why Would Anyone Live in California?

June 21, 2021

Sure…you can’t beat the weather.  But isn’t that what vacations are for?
High taxes, crazy governor, a regulatory zeal that makes the federal bureaucrats look tame….
And now, this:
Porsche Can’t Sell Its 2022 911 GT3 with a Manual in California
Is it because Californians are so soft that they don’t know how to drive a stick?  Well, maybe yes in most cases, but apparently not for all:
Porsche informed us that, due to the state’s sound regulations, it can’t sell the manual-equipped cars there, only the ones with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Before getting to the (il)logic about why a manual transmission car runs louder than one equipped with an automatic transmission…despite having the same engine and exhaust

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The Eastern Fringes

June 8, 2021

To the east, there lay another Christian empire – and in 1073, even as Gregory was being enthroned as the Bishop of Rome, he feared that a literally fiendish danger was menacing the Second Rome.
–          Millennium, Tom Holland
As regular readers will note, the two books I am currently covering are somewhat overlapping at this moment.  Where I last left The Age of Paradise, by John Strickland was the mid-eleventh century, but just before the Great Schism.  At this point in Holland’s book, we are a couple of decades after this event.
So, by this point in Holland’s book, Pope Gregory VII (also known as Hildebrand) was presiding over the Western portion of a Church divided.  He could also observe the threat to the Church in the

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Stop Talking, Stop Thinking

June 4, 2021

A couple of days ago, I posted the following comment at Paul VanderKlay’s site:
PVK: “You know things are getting tyrannical when there’s a law against patience.  DON’T THINK, JUST OBEY!  Oh, OK, I see some tyranny coming down the road here.”
Paul, if that’s the criteria (and I think it is appropriate), we are already there.
To think, we must talk.  If we cannot talk, we cannot think.  There are many things worth discussing that have been made illegal to discuss.  And this is just in the legal / state realm; with the relationship of big business and big tech with the state, there may not be prison involved, but one can be equally shut out of society for saying the wrong thing.
Hence, we cannot think because we cannot talk.  All

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Crisis in the West

June 2, 2021

Ours is not the first….
Yet if Christendom was flourishing in the Slavic borderlands of the East, it was entering a protracted crisis in the heart of the West.
The Age of Paradise: Christendom from Pentecost to the First Millennium, by John Strickland
The time is the tenth century.  At the same time that the East saw the conversion of Vladimir, the West saw the collapse of papal dignity.  This “protracted crisis” would last for more than a century, only to regain its footing with Leo IX in the middle of the eleventh century and his principle of papal supremacy.  That footing was so strong as to doom any further hope of repairing relations with the East.
In 882, Pope John VIII, a staunch defender of papal authority, was murdered;

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