Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Note on Ritual and Scale…

I fear that some people will think an impulse towards ritual is totalitarian. It might conjure up thoughts of mass rallies and parades. Few things could be further from the truth. The value of ritual lies in balancing the significance … Continue reading

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Glum Prophecies of the Lasch…

A nice historical coincidence is that John Updike shared a room at Harvard with Christopher Lasch. Characters in Updike’s novels desperately pursue their “psychic self-improvement” in promiscuity, acquisition and introspection. Lasch wrote of such baby boomers in his non-fiction works. … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Drug Addiction…

An old piece, made relevant by today’s news about the spread of antibiotic resistance. One of the great tragedies of our age is man’s insistence on blundering into avoidable fiascos. Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, has been … Continue reading

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What is Virtue Signalling?

“Virtue signalling” is a phrase more de riguer among political pundits than “YOLO” was among the youth. Apparently coined by James Bartholomew in the Spectator it has since been deployed by everyone from the Daily Mail‘s professional overexposer Liz Jones … Continue reading

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