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More trad gloom and doom

This past weekend I heard quite a good talk by James Kurth about the demise of the American nation due to its own internal defects (too much liberal individualism). Anyone who wants a clear exposition of the deep roots and radical nature of the problems of liberal modernity should read three pieces he wrote setting forth the analysis, The Late American Nation, The Protestant Deformation (that is, the decline of protestantism into messianic liberalism), and Western Civilization, Our Tradition.

His view of the situation is basically the same as mine, only he’s a Calvinist so he thinks we need the Bible and I’m a Catholic so I think we need tradition and the Pope. He’s a professor at Swarthmore, and an outstanding author and speaker, but I don’t think he’ll be invited to speak at one of their graduation ceremonies any time soon.