More odds and ends:
- There’s an interview at Newsmax with Paul Gottfried, mostly about Israel, Jews and Western liberal weirdness, that strikes me as sensible. It’s intended to clear the air, especially on the Right, rather than propose one policy or another for the Middle East.
- For 30 years we’ve had one report after another like this, but they never seems to make much difference to what politicians and responsible officials think should be done: Seattle schools learn money doesn’t buy grades. The principle is simple enough, that education is primarily a matter of relationships among the people involved, but no-one wants to hear that because then there would have to be personal responsibility.
- The Supreme Court of Canada decided 6-3 that spanking isn’t per se a violation of children’s rights. Nonetheless, it created a new definition of the applicable legal standard, what’s “reasonable in the circumstances,” that is based on “[t]he weight of expert evidence and current social thinking” rather than on the common law standard of the judgment of an ordinarily prudent member of the community. Regardless of how the particular case comes out, technocracy wins in the Canadian courts.
- You can sign up for weekly e-mailings, mostly related to mainstream orthodox Catholic views on sexual, gender, family and life issues in the New World Order, with C-Fam and The Culture of Life Foundation & Institute. Their archives are also worth browsing.
- The American Renaissance website has gone to a daily format, with scads of references to news stories and articles relating to their concerns (immigration, race, multiculturalism, and so on). You don’t have to approve of the publication to find it a useful resource on topics people often won’t discuss.
- And finally—it’s seemed to me recently that people with decidedly nonliberal views are seeing more and more clearly that they have the better arguments, and are learning to make them calmly, confidently and persuasively. It’s more often their opponents who come off looking uninformed and irrational, and even frightened and bigoted. Is that a mirage or private fantasy, or is there something to it? I suppose part of what makes me feel there might be something to it is that lately Catholic bishops have started saying things like “pro-abortion Catholic politicians shouldn’t take communion” and “Catholic religious education stinks.” Even the Scottish hierarchy just sent around a forceful restatement of Catholic doctrine on sexual issues. (Sorry to use the bishops as weathervanes, but can anyone suggest what I should use instead?)