Month: March 2017

Non Aggression Nonsense

A reader requested that we respond to this article on LewRockwell.com. The author asks some uncomfortable questions about the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). What if the NAP requires a certain cultural soil on which to thrive? First, does the NAP require certain “cultural soil”? Could the answer be any more obvious? Where on earth does a libertarian society exist? Nowhere. The US has proponents of libertarian principles, but we are less free than we used to be. The NAP is dead on arrival in Saudi Arabia, or in Red China. It is self evident that the NAP won’t work everywhere. It...

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Augustus, Herod, and the Innocents

  Editor’s note:  The following is excerpted from Giovanni Papini’s The Life of Christ.  While Papini’s interpretations of Scripture are sometimes questionable or even false, and  though he is given to intellectual musings at odds with Divine revelation, he nevertheless depicts with great vividness the characters and cultures of Rome and the Ancient Near East.   Octavius Augustus When Christ appeared upon the earth, criminals ruled the world unopposed.  He was born subject to two sovereigns, the stronger far away at Rome, the weaker and wickeder close at hand in Judea. One lucky adventurer after wholesale slaughter had seized...

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Modernism: The Shapes That End Our Destiny

As a child, I often wandered around the 3-story brownstone mansion (so it seemed to me) of my grandparents. Memory renders it a mythical place, set at the end of a winding road at the top of a hill, with rough flagstone paths, a small fountain and goldfish pond, terraced yards with rock walls, flowerpots, and garden patches. The back yard rolled down a small hill to a semicircle communal garden shared by several other upper-middle-class houses, with a long, arbored walkway set in geometrically arranged flower gardens. You could imagine an F. Scott Fitzgerald character spending a Sunday afternoon there. I...

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Don’t Talk to Law Enforcement

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Sermon: “Abjiciamus opera” by St. Thomas Aquinas

Editor’s Note: St. Thomas Aquinas gave this brief sermon on December 2, 1268, at Bologna. It is short, simple, and direct, but speaks to eternal truths, as Christians endeavor to throw themselves upon Christ’s mercy, and move away from the darkness of the world. This version was taken from this site, which provides numerous sermons from early Church Fathers.   Romans 13:12: Let us throw off the works of the darkness and put on the arms of the light. The Apostle, teacher of the Christians and leader in faith and truth, formulates this in this time of the gracious...

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