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Thought I would open up a new topic for the question that the discussion about Iran drifted into. I guess I can assume, but will state in case the assumption is false, that anybody interested in this knows that by "liberalism" we don’t mean the Democrat party and its friends, but classical liberalism, the philosophy which can be said to be the basis in at least a loose sort of way for the Anglo-American constitutional republics.

I can probably also assume that we all agree that liberalism in its pure philosophical sense is incompatible with Catholicism, because it (liberalism) is silent, or at least pretty quiet, about fundamental questions: what is life for? how do we know what’s wrong and what’s right? We can probably also agree that we’re watching the collapse of philosophical liberalism into nihilism, because, as Chesterton warned long ago, it was living off the inherited capital of Christianity, which is now pretty much spent.

The question, then, is whether the political apparatus produced by or at least associated with liberalism–self-government based on the rule of law–can and should survive.

Here’s a quick and brutal statement of my view. As to the "should": yes, I would like for it to, because I think at it’s best it’s worked very well. But as to the "can": no. I could give many reasons for that second answer, but the most fundamental one is that we are running out of citizens. Not people, but citizens. The system requires citizens who understand and believe in it and wish to see it work according to its fundamental rules, which are embodied in the Constitution. The number of people who fit this description is shrinking steadily.

Maclin Horton

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If you’ve never clicked on the link to Daniel’s Eighth Day Icons site at the right, you can just click here now. If you have, he has some new ones up. This is really beautiful work.

Also, if you click on the About the Iconographer link, you’ll see what must be some of the cutest children on the face of the earth.

Maclin Horton

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On Mother’s Day

Maclin Horton

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I am posting this message from ISI Press without investigating any further than to verify that the links do indeed point to the materials advertised. Looks very interesting to say the least.

Maclin Horton

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Blending history, memoir, digressive literariness, and polemic–and ranging from Eugene  McCarthy to Easy Rider, from Robert Frost to Mother Jones, from Grant Wood to Dorothy  Day–Kauffman limns an alternative America that draws its breath from local cultures, traditional liberties, small-scale institutions, and neighborliness.

Here is the link to the press release on ISI’s website: 
http://www.isi.org/media/content/kauffman_5-15-06.pdf

We’ve also got a website and active blog that will tell you more about the book:
www.reactionaryradicals.com

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Over at Traditional Catholic Reflections, Melkite Catholic Fr. Emmanuel
Charles McCarthy offers a stinging rebuke to the Catholic bishops of the United
States
, who he accuses of moral laxity in applying the just war principles.
 
Fr. McCarthy is the father of the child who was healed through the
intercession of  Edith Stein (Sister Teresa Benedicta), which led to her
canonization.

Daniel Nichols

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As you have probably read, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to President Bush:

"Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help
realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed.
Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and
fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems."

UPDATE: complete text of the letter here–thanks, ben.

Maclin Horton

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Praise God!  This is the son of Stephen Hand of TCRNews, who suffered a major brain injury. (You’ll need to scroll down to read the details.)

Maclin Horton

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