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Augustine's Confessions: What Is It About The Pear?

The final words of Book Two of St. Augustine’s Confessions could easily be a epigraph for our times: “I turned myself into a famished land I had to live in.” I’ve all but given up watching the news on television: In a matter of months, our public life has been...


"Naked Athena?" Not Quite. A Goddess of Mass Hysteria

You’ve probably seen the picture of Naked Athena by now. She’s the lithe young woman who pranced nude through the streets of Portland, Oregon, the other night, wearing only a black face mask and a cap to confront law enforcement officers as they tried to quell protestors....

Augustine's Confessions Still Reveal Profound Truths

I’ve turned during this season of pandemic-induced hysteria to Saint Augustine for solace. His Confessions is one of the greatest books ever written. Augustine understood sin; he experienced the transforming power of grace; and, he wrote of his relationship with God in terms at once...

A Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Ban Race-Based Taxes

What follows are two alternative proposals for amendments to the United States Constitution to ban race-based transfer payments, or reparations.
Discuss these daily with friends, families, and elected officials. In this season of race-based hysteria, support for reparations to...

"Anti-Racism," Privilege and the Grand Shakedown

If I understand the evolving racial rhetoric of our times, it goes something like this: You are either a racist or an anti-racist. There is no position of neutrality. Using this device permits adherents to dispense with nuance and divide the world in good and evil at the snap of a finger. ...

Happy Independence Day, I Hope.

I’m thinking we’re on the cusp of what I will call our “Concord Moment.” That’s when a shot fired in anger will be heard coast to coast, if not around the world, as were the shots fired in Concord, Massachusetts in 1775. The 1775 shots galvanized the...

Time To Amend Constitution To Ban Race-Based Transfer Payments

We finally learned what all the fuss has been about for the past month. It’s not about police reform. It’s not about systemic racism. It’s about race-based transfer payments, or reparations. At least it is according to the ideologues calling the shots at The New York Times.
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Farewell Columbus, New Haven Rushes to Remove Monument

I had planned to have this read for me on Saturday at the rally to preserve the Columbus statue on Wooster Square in New Haven. But it turns out New Haven may tear the statue down over night, or early tomorrow morning, to make the rally moot. Event organizers have given me permission to publish it...

OK, OK. I'm Awake!

“What happened to you?” a good friend wrote the other day. “I remember when you used to be liberal and progressive.”
Here’s the answer.
I got woke. I don’t think I’ve changed at all. The world has, however....

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