Thursday, July 29, 2004
THE FOUNTAINHEAD: THE PARODY
Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead retold the way it was always meant to be: Starring the Skull Force as Howard Roark & friends!
Obviously I'm not the only one who found that scene a little disturbing. Any whips and/or chains in your closet, Ms. Rand?
UPDATE: Hey Chris, why are you complaining? Check your premises: Selfishness is a virtue, baby!
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
THE SHAPE OF BAPTISM
Pontifications offers an amazingly insightful passage by Fr. Aidan Kavanaugh on the nature of baptism and Christian sacramentality. A must for reflective reading.
Monday, July 19, 2004
Amazingly, Anti-Socialist Tendencies has now passed the two-year mark! It's hard to believe it's actually been that long. I have to confess that this year's blogging has been a bit of a disappointment for me. By this point I had hoped that the blog would be attaining the level of output and quality I'd originally envisioned for it, but alas, other commitments have been diverting the necessary time and energy. But regardless, I am still enjoying blogging and fully expect to be here for Blogiversary #3.
My favorites from this year:
Thanks to all my readers through the past year, regulars and occasional visitors alike!
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
REFLECTIONS FOR BASTILLE DAY
Now, ten days later, we have that dark sister of the Fourth of July: Bastille Day. Don't expect to find any romanticized views of the French Revolution around here; Edmund Burke has made sure you will not be getting that from me. The always insightful Paul Cella also invokes Burke today, reflecting on how the esteemed Irishman's interpretation of the French Revolution proved so much deeper and more prescient than those of not only his contemporaries, but later generations as well:
Exactly how bloody it could be -- and how chillingly the French Revolution would foreshadow the hallmark of 20th-century revolutions -- is shown in this Godspy article on Remembering The Vendee. As the revolutionary leadership in Paris became more oppressive, those in the rural Vendee region rebelled, only to be put down with utmost brutality:
But to focus on endless retellings of horrible deeds like this is ultimately to risk losing sight of the lessons to be learned from the French Revolution. The American and French Revolutions show the two revolutionary paths that can be taken -- one leading to freedom and prosperity, the other to decades of despotism and chaos -- and we would do well to reflect on what made the difference, and why so many more revolutions have taken the French path rather than the American one.
Monday, July 12, 2004
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 VS. PASSION OF THE CHRIST
These paired movie review quotes of Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and Gibson's The Passion of the Christ by the same reviewers speak volumes about the prejudices of the chattering classes.
(Via Victor Lams)
Saturday, July 10, 2004
AN AFRICAN IN GREENLAND
Something that's sure to enthrall fellow geographers and geography-philes: The Strangest Travel Book Ever Written.
The book is titled An African in Greenland. Written about twenty-five years ago, it is the first-person account of a journey undertaken by the author, Tété-Michel Kpomassie, from his home village in West Africa to Upernavik in northern Greenland....
It's probably as close as you can get to a real-life manifestation of that time-honored literary device, the "Man from Mars"!
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE: BURKEAN CONSERVATIVE
A find that surprised me: Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a conservative in the mold of Edmund Burke. From this it sounds as if Coleridge was actually slightly closer to my own views than Burke, since he responds to Burke's occasional shortcomings in ways similar to mine. Coleridge is definitely next on my political reading list.