Ironic that this article is about anti-Christianity. Candy maker Robert Welch Jr., who founded the John Birch Society and its journal "The New American," started as an obnoxious Fundy Baptist but later became and remained a Unitarian, the heresy of early flaming liberals in New England ca. 1800.
This might explain the antipathy to colonial Puritanism in a history textbook they publish. A relative gave me a copy and I was surprised and appalled to find this. So with "friends" like these...
Let them monitor congregations; perhaps the spies will go mad or distract themselves from the boredom of watching people repeatedly stand up, then sit down ad infinitum. Then the spies will need to be monitored.
Frank wrote: I remember years ago reading some philosophical position that was called â€śthe law of diminishing returnsâ€ť.
And the more stuff you own, the more you have to worry about and maintain. In addition, what used to be extra-cost luxury options in the past are now standard in many consumer products, and as a result, luxury brands have to come up with more and more silly, distracting, or at best marginally useful gimmicks to differentiate from "lesser" products.
"He who dies with the most toys wins" is what my friend used to joke about. But many people act like they actually believe this. Nothing has changed since the Egyptians and other ancients who were buried with all their junk.
Johanniskirche is the 2nd oldest German cathedral; its inner bits date to the Carolingian era (ca. 7th Century). And there is evidence Mainz had a church even in Roman times; actually, Roman artifacts can be found in many places one can visit in Western Europe. Makes me think of Daniel's iron mixed with clay.
Not that any of this will benefit modern Germans, absent saving faith.
I visited Aachen Cathedral, a runner-up. I'll say this for Catholicism: it's got lots of interesting (if sometimes creepy) old booty.
Considering the increasingly idiotic, bigoted, and foolish remarks and proposals Democrats have made of late, I wonder if they're high on something. Recall how Bill Clinton and Obama made light of trying pot while in college, showing how little shame they have about it. High-performing individuals, especially those who play on emotions like rock stars, can't resist chemical aids to stay "in the groove."
The abolition of shame has been unrelenting since the '60s. Maybe people think they can escape guilt this way.
I don't know why anyone would want to watch videos on phones when one has much larger screens available at home or on laptops.
"Phone Zombies" are what I call people walking around with their faces buried in the things, despite the hazard. They also do this in their idling parked cars, wasting gas for many minutes, even on pleasant days.
By contrast, I heard that frugal Chinese save by switching off and coasting their cars on downhills.
Corporations used to be largely Republican, but now it's reversed: Democrats no longer even pretend to care about the "deplorable" working-class (unless they're non-white), and are in bed with Cultural Marxist corporations.
But something similar happened before: Capitalists Henry Ford, Walter Christie, and Armand Hammer had no scruples about befriending that butcher Lenin and lending him aid. Ford showed the Soviets how to build cars, Christie sold them what became the ancestor of the T-34 (flouting an arms embargo), and Hammer sold them pharmaceuticals and pencils.
The common denominator is, "I don't care whom I associate with, so long as I get what I want."
For modern jet-setting sybarites, Gulfstreams are nothing compared to customized *jumbo* jets: www.arabianbusiness.com/photos/inpics-600m-boeing-747-8-converted-into-ultimate-private-jet-583350.html
Business-jet owners claim their time is at a premium and they don't want to wait for checkout, security, baggage, etc. Also, they gain access to smaller airports. These might've been less outrageous excuses.
Beware of whom you quote! By "Christianity" Hilaire Belloc meant Roman Catholicism. He, like other English Catholics such as G. K. Chesterton, was a Medievalist who endorsed Catholic Social Teaching instead of Capitalism, which is more "Protestant."
Perhaps the greatest era of prosperity and peace was La Belle Ă‰poque, when capitalism prevailed in America and Europe, even in nominally Catholic countries like France.
While I grant there is Commerce Clause "Navigable Servitude" justifying Federal regulation of shared waters, not every case is like this. Also, the Commerce Clause surely wasn't meant to entail every issue remotely tangential to commerce. Or come to think of it, commerce could be used to justify a less-regulated environment allowing *more* pollution.
States already have water rights laws in place (BTW, a concern for water harvesters), so it seems a natural extension to address water quality as well as consumption. But States' Rights have been given a bad name thanks to certain people.
That bark shield could've come from anywhere â€“ recent finds suggest that the ancient world had more trade than popular accounts admit. Chinese imports have been found at ancient Roman sites. And garnet inlay, found in very high-quality Anglo-Saxon gold items from Sutton Hoo (England), could've come from mines in S. Asia.
I imagine ancients would have a good laugh at what modern scholars say about them.
And should we expect Venezuelans to learn from this and repent from supporting a home-grown socialist regime? I'm not banking on it. Look at France and Britain, which have had socialist policies entrenched for generations now, yet I see no desire by Yellow Vests or Brexiters to return to a more libertarian, La Belle Ă‰poque social order. Or what part of LBJ's Welfare State has ever been repealed?
The best hope for dismantling socialism is when it has been imposed by a hated outsider, such as in E. Europe. Otherwise, it's like a Black Hole that cannot be escaped, for what voter will renounce an "entitlement," no matter how destructive it may be in the long run?
This is the evil genius of Leftist ideology, that appeals to the worst tendencies of fallen human nature.
You won't hear this from the History Channel, but France's defeat in 1940 was in large measure a result of Socialist policies. Her armaments industry was nationalized and hobbled by work rules, and Popular Front politicians were more afraid of de Gaulle's proposal for a professional Army (with armored divisions) than of the Germans. Productivity was so poor, the French had to go warplane-shopping in America.
"During the next 50 years, do you think most of the nations of the world will have a democratic government, a communist government or a socialist government?"
What an absurd question! Now I've even less inclined to take Gallup seriously. "Democracy" is independent of what degree of control over the economy a gov't has. Maybe the people will foolishly elect themselves a socialist regime, as Venezuela did, so they can get "free" stuff. France and Britain have enacted many Socialist policies over the years, yet are still labeled "democracies."
Or by contrast, consider Singapore, which is very capitalistic (no min wage) and has low corruption, yet it's dominated by a single party and is more authoritarian than Amnesty Int'l would like.