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What’s The Matter With Garbutt?

Comment posted by Howard J. Harrison on May 5, 06:52:

I'm for Lyin' Don. Your article seems pretty fair to both sides. I like the article, but believe that trade protection makes the stronger case. [I]t is certainly still sound economic theory and practice that trade with other nations will enrich our own. Did you literally mean this, or was it just imprecise phrasing? If imprecise, would you like to clarify? If literal, I doubt that many protectionists of intellectual caliber would find your statement objectionable. The U.S. has always traded with other na ... [More]

What’s The Matter With Garbutt?

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 5, 01:09:

In China it might take 10 workers to produce one $100 television – here in the U.S. it might take five workers to produce a $10,000 machine that is used to make televisions! Granted but the blind spot that free trade enthusiast have is that it is not necessarily good. You have more things, to be sure, but the quantum of things is not the sole determinant of prosperity and common good. Have you forgotten that idle hands are devils' workshop? free trade must mean open borders. Have you read Bryan Caplan, ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 5, 00:26:

Moreover, the canary metaphor is too passive. The social conservatives can only hold on by being vocal and better organized. Solzhenitsyn wrote that the zeks often expressed the regret that they did not speak out in 1920's when it was just possible to do so. Even the Chekists were reluctant to arrest a person who would cry out in the public. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 4, 23:52:

Tony, I had believed that the "canary in a mine" metaphor connotes an idea of fewness. One canary is sufficient to tell whether the air is safe or not. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 4, 22:42:

C Matt, as we have discussed here repeatedly, that will simply get you fined _again_ for discrimination and ordered to bake another cake and make it a good one. All that sort of thing was hashed out in non-discrimination law decades ago. Once a group is designated as a protected class, you must serve them (under non-discrimination law) with the same quality of service as you would give to the contrast class. Otherwise you just open yourself to a kind of infinite regress of new discrimination charges. Lydi ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by DR84 on May 4, 21:58:

Lydia- This is an aside from the main topic, and I hope that is ok. I heard recently that Jack Philips is in Colorado is still making wedding cakes for men and women, just so long as no one says it is a wedding cake. The powers that be are either not aware of this, or are ok with it. The report I heard did not clarify. Maybe there is a crack in these "anti-discrimination" laws after all that will at least allow these businesses to continue doing what they did prior to Obergefell. Maybe a separate matri ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Lydia on May 4, 17:45:

C Matt, as we have discussed here repeatedly, that will simply get you fined _again_ for discrimination and ordered to bake another cake and make it a good one. All that sort of thing was hashed out in non-discrimination law decades ago. Once a group is designated as a protected class, you must serve them (under non-discrimination law) with the same quality of service as you would give to the contrast class. Otherwise you just open yourself to a kind of infinite regress of new discrimination charges. Don't ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by c matt on May 4, 11:03:

I guess if you are forced to bake a cake, make it taste like crapola; if you have to take photographs, take a lot of "artistic license." If they are going to force you to work for them, give them what they ask for, good and hard. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 4, 05:04:

And you assume that the "keep your head down" group constitutes the "generality of the common man"...why? Why not assume that both groups are large? For instance: the canary group might include most to all high school and college students. Most retired folks. Most people in professions (like publishers, photographers, etc) that will be on the front line anyway. And additional people as God's grace leads them. There is no a-priori way of saying how many, relatively, are in the one versus the other. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 4, 01:52:

Tony, My apologies. It was Lydia in the OP. I tend to think that we need two groups. One can be the "keep your head down" group, secretly teaching their children and grandchildren subversive ideas such as that there are only two genders. The other group can continue to play the canaries in the mine. With a lawyer on hand preferably and a game plan before speaking out. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 3, 23:18:

However, what is stop a group like the SPLC from simply labeling every one of these professional organizations and perhaps even schools as hate groups? I am guessing in most courts that is enough to instantly discredit them, and perhaps make one's association with them even worse than no association at all. DR84, I am tend to doubt that, if it is done properly. That is to say, if you approach the effort to refute (just for example) a new trans definition, but you do it with studies and peer review and so ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 3, 18:57:

Gender is defined as a purely social construct, as opposed to sex, which is a biological reality. Vincent, I have seen this comment made two or three times in the past couple years. It conflicts with my own memory of its usage back to the 60s. I remember people using "gender" in the exact same sense as the "sex" of the distinct sexes, back then, before there was even remotely a common reference to any "social construct". So, looking up the historical usage, I find this: gender (n.) c. 1300, "kind, ... [More]

The Social Credit Movement

Comment posted by François Cright on May 3, 16:09:

Just seeing so much opposition to Social Credit give me big hint that it is the right path 8) ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Lydia on May 3, 09:25:

What the Catholic Church teaches is that God made human beings in His own image, and He made them male and female. Thus the condition of being intersex is not part of God's plan, and neither is the condition of being transgender. I'm pretty sure that's what the bad guys understood her (rightly) to mean. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Vincent Torley on May 3, 08:49:

"What would you do if you were in the staffer's shoes?" I'd appeal directly to the Pope, who (as it happens) is a Jesuit. I'd also write to Cardinals Burke and Dolan. I was a little surprised at the staffer's statement that the Catholic Church teaches that there are only two genders. As far as I know, the Catholic Church does not use the modish term "gender" in any of its official documents. Gender is defined as a purely social construct, as opposed to sex, which is a biological reality. What the Catholi ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 3, 07:17:

The strategy that you recommend for the generality of common man, the little people, of lying low and being prudent and private, this is precisely the strategy the Left is counting upon the social conservatives to adopt. Oh, crap, Bedarz. I did not "recommend" this for the generality of common men. Stop putting words in my mouth. You try to create this fiction in your mind of a wishy-washy useless sort of Christian or conservative, and push that image on me or others who dispute with you. But I won't ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 3, 03:14:

Tony, The strategy that you recommend for the generality of common man, the little people, of lying low and being prudent and private, this is precisely the strategy the Left is counting upon the social conservatives to adopt. They have won their victories by the same reliance on the preference of the little people to lie low and be private. It partly stems for a political error, that individual families are strong enough to remain counter-cultural even though being fully embedded in the culture. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 3, 03:01:

DR84, That people who believe what virtually the rest of the world believes, these people are to be hounded out, this situation must be regarded as intolerable in itself. It is simply no time for prudence and for hoping to hide-in from the storm. Common people will follow a strong leader, this we have now seen. Unfortunately, the social conservatives have been quite unfortunate in this regard. Their elite thinks like the Canadian anti-euthanasia activist that Wesley Smith wrote about in NRO: After the Can ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by DR84 on May 3, 01:34:

Tony- I love that approach, taking the high road and not backing down. However, what is stop a group like the SPLC from simply labeling every one of these professional organizations and perhaps even schools as hate groups? I am guessing in most courts that is enough to instantly discredit them, and perhaps make one's association with them even worse than no association at all. On top of that, just about every time the media reports on anything involving one of these associations or schools, no doubt the " ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Bedarz Iliaci on May 3, 01:10:

Tony, It is precisely the timidity of the respectable people that has created the present situation. See David French at NRO today: nationalreview.com/article/434827/individual-cowardice-killing-american-culture Political power is not always won by being prudent but requires great deal of sacrifice and hard work. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 2, 18:48:

Philosofarmer: well said. Some will bear the brunt of being true to our faith more than others, because of their more public positions. The rest of us need to take their needs into account and supply for them, when they lose their jobs. The fear of losing your livelihood is a difficult fear to manage alongside of the sheer difficulty of standing up to the massed bullies ranged against us. To the same end, I think we need to push for new (or newly polished) professional organizations that denounce nons ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Kurt on May 2, 15:22:

As a LMU graduate, this is very dissapointing to hear. I will not be donating any time soon. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Philosofarmer on May 2, 13:04:

First and foremost, the church in the West needs to be the church again. Our parishes and congregations need to collectively stand up and say, "We will be bold. We will be salt and light to a culture and a government that is becoming increasingly unhinged from reality. We will speak the truth in love to those around us. If some of our members in positions of influence lose their jobs because of it, the rest of us will take them and their family in while we help them find a new job. Come what may, we will no ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 1, 22:32:

After 5 minutes searching on LMU's website, I could not find one use of the word "Catholic". There were 2 uses of "Jesuit", both in the sense of "our historical roots". ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 1, 22:20:

*Any* putatively Catholic (or even Jesuit) school Heh. Ain't that the sorry truth. For most Jesuit schools, the bishop could try an interdict, but they would probably ignore him and go about their merry business, holding masses as if he had said nothing. More interestingly, he could refuse the theology teachers any permission to teach theology. This would (at a Jesuit school) probably result in an interesting situation of a school offering "theology" degrees with no church that accepts the degree as ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Lydia on May 1, 21:39:

Oh, and can't the local bishop put the school under interdict? We forgot that one. *Any* putatively Catholic (or even Jesuit) school that is holding a "Rainbow Week" with school-approved signs advertising "pansexuality" should definitely be under interdict until all the administrators responsible repent in dust and ashes and do public penance. And the staff member is restored to her job with compensation for pain and suffering. ... [More]

Practical remedies are in short supply

Comment posted by Tony on May 1, 16:43:

The first semi-practical thing is for the alumni to get involved, by withdrawing financial support (donations), and by threatening to bad-mouth the administration publicly. Administrations are quite sensitive to alumni perspectives. Second of all, organizations that have ANY respect of Catholic parents, who are making the decisions about where to send their kids, can warn parents off from LMU. They should be publicly saying that LMU is an anti-Catholic school, and no Catholic parent should send their k ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Lydia on May 1, 15:10:

The government, at one point, seemed to imply given the laws stated, that there is no regulatory way to achieve the goal, at which one Justice (I think Kennedy) said that the point of RFRA is that the government may have to change the laws. "We can't do it via regulation given CURRENT law" is no defense against RFRA. RFRA isn't a limitation on just the executive branch alone. That's an interesting point. If I'm getting this correctly, the argument by the Obama admin. is that Congress hasn't given the Obama ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Tony on Apr 30, 13:15:

Well, the administration had 5 years of chances to figure out a compromise solution if they wanted one. If they really did have any respect for the conscience issue AT ALL, they would have simply devised a completely different method of ensuring contraceptives were available. They don't want a solution _like_that, because (apparently) they want to stick to the religious fanatics. But they may not have any choice. My sense is that between the difficulty of proving compelling interest and proving there is ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Lydia on Apr 29, 10:39:

I actually think your picture of cackling administration officials is not far off of the truth, Tony. Increasingly the point of legislation is to force endorsement, not to bring about any other policy goal. (Such as, in this case, providing free contraception.) I get the picture of a kind of hazy combination of impatience and a desire to coerce. They dreamed up this idea of forcing employers to cooperate _partly_ because they think of hormonal contraception as this great, wonderful, super-important thing ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Tony on Apr 28, 18:18:

Well, at the time Stupak and some of the others were intent on getting "cover" for supporting Obamacare by "making sure" it was OK with Catholic principles, at least on the surface. They would have had a harder time of it if the mandate was in the bill itself, that's for sure. It is definitely the case that few if any bishops would have directly supported it, though some (like Cupich) probably would have come close. ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Lydia on Apr 28, 16:52:

they would have had a harder time securing certain Catholic Democratic votes. I wish that were true, but I suspect that Catholic Democrats by this time really have no problem with those ideas. In fact, they may well have bought into the idea that more contraception means less abortion. ... [More]

Obama Beats Up On Poor Little Girls

Comment posted by Jeffrey S. on Apr 28, 14:33:

Tony, This was an excellent overview. I especially like your analysis here: And finally, there is the sheer fact that if the federal government thinks that every woman should be able to get contraceptives for free, it can pay for them directly, and just tell every insurer to cover it and dunn the government. If it really is a “compelling” interest, then the feds ought to be willing to make sure it happens, even for people not actually covered by employer insurance (including, of course, the employees of ... [More]

Why I Read Nietzsche

Comment posted by Thomas on Apr 27, 12:46:

I believe most western conservatives are rejecting aspects of the gospel without even knowing it. The utter disdain for egalitarianism is ironic since egalitarian ideas do not come from pagan societies and culture. And yet, because of radical egalitarianism, conservative reactionaries now support neo Nazi ideals like master races and will to power. They complain that Christianity is too effeminate like Nietzche with its universal love and meekness. The idea that a man of another country or ethnicity is your ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Lydia on Apr 26, 13:13:

I think it's clear that the actual legislation attempts to restrict "aid in dying" to terminal cases. Okay, thanks, I now see the "reasonably foreseeable" language in the definition of "grievous and irremediable, but... I guess I would question whether this attempts to restrict assisted suicide to "terminal" cases, especially since the definition _explicitly_ states that no prognosis has to be made concerning how much longer they have to live. In all previous legislation (e.g., Oregon's) that makes any cr ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Jordan S. on Apr 26, 12:13:

"Reasonably foreseeable" is also found under the definition of "Grievous and irremediable medical condition" in the act. And here is the committee report: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8120006&File=48 Its second recommendation is that "medical assistance in dying be available to individuals with terminal and non-terminal grievous and irremediable medical conditions". I think it's clear that the actual legislation attempts to restrict "aid i ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Lydia on Apr 26, 09:24:

The "reasonably foreseeable" language is in the prologue but not in the actual criteria. (Not to mention that everyone's death is reasonably foreseeable, so even as a criterion that would be meaningless as a restriction.) http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8183660 The only actual criterion of that kind is "grievous and irremediable condition." I take that to mean that mental suffering is included, though not explicitly. ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Jordan S. on Apr 26, 08:42:

The Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying gave the gov't 21 recommendations in its final report on 24 February. Yes, Tony, these are mere recommendations. I have heard a couple of commentators suggest that the Liberals may have steered the committee into being more expansive than the court ruling seems to require in order that the Liberals' bill could appear moderate in comparison. I say "seems to require", since there is debate as to what it actually requires and, of course, it is not entirel ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Tony on Apr 26, 08:24:

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it is an exceptionless rule that if you find a law that requires an effective referral there is some kind of ideological war going on in the jurisdiction and the order for an effective referral is an attempt to weight the scales of that ideological in favor of providers of the service. It's an attempt to prevent Right. It is the same coin as the ideological act of turning "I personally don't condone homosexual behavior" into a criminal act of homophobia. Not o ... [More]

Canada facilitates murder of the helpless and ill

Comment posted by Lydia on Apr 25, 21:12:

I agree, Tony. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it is an exceptionless rule that if you find a law that requires an effective referral there is some kind of ideological war going on in the jurisdiction and the order for an effective referral is an attempt to weight the scales of that ideological in favor of providers of the service. It's an attempt to prevent a) a "conspiracy" of non-cooperation where all the medical personnel in the jurisdiction just jointly refuse to provide the service, so i ... [More]