Sunday, 11 February 2018

Quotations

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Sir Roger Scruton:
The emergence of this culture of repudiation is a normal result of the breakdown of an old religion. Faced everywhere by customs, artefacts, and rituals that have been shorn of their old authority, the would-be priest is moved to acts of sacrilege and iconoclasm.

Sam White (@SamWhiteTky):
Tomorrow and forever, everywhere: racism, identity politics, racism, racism, identity politics, racism, identity politics.



Senator Rand Paul @RandPaul: 

Government's job is not to get you stuff, or to get somebody else's stuff for you. It's to preserve your liberty.

Leonard J. DeLorenzo, 3 Theological Reflections on Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed:
In the third chapter of his book [Why Liberalism Failed, Patrick] Deneen argues that liberalism rides roughshod over particular cultures in pursuit of one, universal, liberal culture that, in the final analysis, is really a “pervasive and encompassing anticulture” (64). Under the guise of securing diversity, promoting global entertainment and commerce, and multiplying the possibilities for self-fulfillment ad infinitum, this liberalizing project manages to accomplish three objectives: it sets human beings against nature, it negates the distinctiveness of past and future by relegating all meaning to the present, and it erases the concreteness of particular places. In attacking these “three cornerstones of human experience—nature, time, and place,” liberalism dismantles the basis of culture and, as I want to argue, fundamentally changes the meaning of the world.

1 comment:

  1. Senator Rand Paul's quote only works in a society where a certain patriarchal, Western culture prevails. Those words would make no sense to someone from a non Western culture - perhaps even to those from Europe - and much less so to someone from today's Western world, with multiple cultures shaping the political landscape, with women's suffrage, etc. Many people involved in politics today simply wouldn't understand Paul's statement. Here's a quote for you - John Adams, in his message to the Massachusetts Militia in 1798: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

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