During the seven-decade political struggle in the Netherlands to allow parents to select schools corresponding to their religious convictions, Abraham Kuyper articulated a concept of “sphere sovereignty” that translates, in policy terms, into principled structural pluralism. That Dutch experience, and its resolution in the “Pacification” of 1917, is highly relevant for the present situation in the United States: popular revulsion against the condescension and intolerance of a liberal elite toward the values and interests of many of their fellow-citizens, leading to deep political and social as well as cultural divides…read on
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IX
Grasping the Nettle Part 1
THE WEST CAN IT REDISCOVER ITS CORE?
By Paul Stenhouse MSC
MUCH IS made of the potential for global economic and social unrest from the millions of desperate refugees flowing into Europe from war-ravaged Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa and Afghanistan .
This is the same Europe of which Pope John-Paul II wrote in 2003: ‘European culture gives the impression of “silent apostasy,” on the part of people who have all that they need, and who live as if God does not exist’.
Many if not most of the refugees are Muslim, and the countries they are fleeing – along with much of the Islamic and Arab world – are infested with Islamic radicals, fundamentalists and extremists who have declared a holy war on the West. Continue reading “Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?”
Thomas Jefferson’s Conception of ‘Academic Freedom’ and Its Current Condition in American Higher Education
Garrett Ward Sheldon
The John Morton Beaty Professor of Political and Social Sciences, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
‘Here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error, so long as reason is left free to combat it.’ -Thomas Jefferson
THOMAS JEFFERSON’S CONCEPTION OF ‘Academic Freedom’ became the standard of modern intellectual progress in America and the world. Its components of both individual freedom of inquiry in expression and debate along with lively, free and tolerant academic community were seen as essential to all other forms of progress: political, economic, social and ethical. This Jeffersonian ideal of Academic Freedom in the university and all its positive effects on the rest of American Society has come under assault throughout history from religious bigotry, social intolerance, and political ideology, most recently from the federal government’s expansion of the Title IX law during the past six years. It almost destroyed university knowledge and learning, the lively academic community as well as their attendant social and personal benefits. Continue reading “Thomas Jefferson and academic freedom”
Mark Latham’s Tuesday Column:
Refugee policy has become the ultimate form of virtue signaling. Left-wing elites think they can display their compassion and moral superiority by advocating for open borders. They gather at candle-lit vigils, urging our governments to take in an unlimited number of asylum seekers. Under the Rudd and Gillard Governments, this ended in the tragedy of 2,000 drowned at sea – the greatest humanitarian disaster in Australian history.
I remember a shouting match with my Labor colleague Anthony Albanese after the Tampa incident in 2001. He accused me of representing a racist electorate in Western Sydney that wanted to close our borders to people in need. I told him it had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the rule of law: how suburban Labor voters simply wanted an orderly, merit-based migration system, with no queue jumping.
This week the committal hearing for Cardinal George Pell for ‘multiple historical sexual offences’ will begin. If it were up to the media behemoth ABC and the collapsing Fairfax Group plus a legion of Pell-haters, there would be no trial of any sort. They already have Cardinal Pell convicted, and if they had their way he would be hanging from one of the steeples of St Mary’s Cathedral.
Behind the wall-to-wall denunciations of the Cardinal there are commentaries that provide compelling argument and evidence in his defence. The following are from Julia Yost of First Things. They should be read one after the other for the full effect.
LifeSite Editor’s note: The lost condemnations of communism prepared for the Second Vatican Council but later discarded and forgotten are now being made available to the public in an English translation for the first time by LifeSiteNews.
The translations, by LifeSite’s Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, are based on the drafts of documents contained in the official acts of the council’s preparatory commissions.
The documents contain an extensive plan for a coordinated and global effort to counteract the influence of Marxism and communism worldwide and “shatter its audacity.” However, following the takeover of the council’s commissions by the ultra-liberal “Rhine group” bishops, the condemnations were discarded and all attempts to explicitly condemn communism and Marxism were rejected. Continue reading “Vatican II’s (lost) condemnations of communism”
SOUTH AFRICAn white farmers
Last week it was reported that Cape Town in South Africa was on the point of running out of water. From the report, the cause seemed to be drought. THINK AGAIN. Incompetence and mismanagement, the result of South Africa’s racial quotas are at least part of the cause.
Well-known Youtuber Lauren Southern is presently producing a documentary on the racial quotas and the murder of white farmers. This is news that the Mainstream Media will not report.
If you are wondering what can happen when whites become a minority in their own country, this video will give you a clue. Listen to this conversation between Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux for the critical circumstances of the white population in South Africa.
Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard.
Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women’s access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina.
But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.
As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate,” professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job. Read on
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Some facts about the world
The Trump controversy about “shithole countries” perfectly demonstrates how he has broken the PC-elitist hold on political debate.
Fact: some countries are shitholes, unfortunately.
Fact: effective immigration programs recruit highly-capable people from advanced, successful countries (just look at Melbourne’s Sudanese gang crime problem for the alternative approach).
Trump is simply being realistic about the situation. He’s also saying that immigration policies should be framed for the benefit of the people living in a country right now, not as some gift to the rest of the world.
Leftist elites are upset with Trump because they believe in a borderless world, where immigration is framed around owing the rest of the world something, instead of hard-headed national interests.
In truth, importing shithole people from shithole countries creates massive crime, welfare dependancy and dislocation problems for the nations that do it. That lesson is crystal clear from around the world.
The Left try to use PC as a way of shielding the public debate from these basic facts. It’s a cruel con-job on the folks without political power and access to decision-making.The Left live in nice leafy, gentrified suburbs where newly-arrived migrants from Third World countries can’t afford to live. Then these migrants are duck-shoved out to poorer suburbs, making them other people’s problems.
While the Left then virtue-signals about how “compassionate” they are. That’s how the loaded immigration debate works and, for too long, Australia has fallen for it.