NYC Of Yore

Posted in Society on March 5th, 2015

Here’s a little bit of history, specifically the history of New York City. It’s only 8:28 out of your day; give it look.

Oldest Known Footage Of New York City
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Things were both very different and very much the same in NYC a century ago, so there’s something to the adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Interestingly – to me, at least – that adage, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, was only 50 years old when the earlier clips in this video were shot.

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Other Than Eldritch

Posted in Books & Reading, Politics, Society on February 23rd, 2015

When one thinks of H. P. Lovecraft, if one does think of him at all, one thinks naturally of his Cthulhu Mythos. That’s unsurprising since Lovecraft is heralded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, writers of horror fiction of the twentieth century and the Cthulhu Mythos was the centerpiece of his writing. Lovecraft, however, wrote more than just horror. He also published a journal heavily focused on sociopolitical thought, The Conservative.

H. P. Lovecraft’s The Conservative had little no nothing to do with eldritch horrors. It was a journal edited and self-published sporadically by H. P. Lovecraft between 1915 and 1923. Some of its pieces were written by Lovecraft himself, but many of them were written by others. They included not just political and social commentary on the issues of the day, but also poetry, short stories and literary criticism.

The period in time covered by The Conservative coincided with some of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century, including the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

It’s quite the interesting read.

Note, however, that I said it was an interesting read. It is not an easy one; not at all. It is firmly grounded in the society, issues, and history of a century ago. Still, I wholeheartedly recommend it as an addition to any American’s library.

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Agitatio Incompositus

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on February 9th, 2015

Christendom, in this instance exemplified by the Catholic Church but applicable to the whole of the Western World, has or had a phrase, “Tranquillitas Ordinis.” I means “an ordered peace” or “the the peace of all things.” It was coined and defined by St. Augustine, expanded upon by St. Thomas Aquinas, and updated and codified by George Weigel.

Agitatio Incompositus
Agitatio Incompositus

Now, of course, the titular leader of the Free World is Obama and his vision of a dynamic, rightly ordered political community differ greatly from anything we in the West have had to deal with before. His paradigm could better be described as “Agitatio Incompositus,” a disordered disturbance.

While Obama’s doctrine of Agitatio Incompositus is seen in everything the boy does, it’s most glaringly obvious in his handling, if it can be called such, the problem of the Muslims and the various atrocities they bring with them wherever the go.

Then, Obama is no son of- or friend to Christianity or of anything that was build of the stones of that faith. His loyalties seem more rooted in the Islam of his forefathers, though even that loyalty seems to be filter through the lens of Black Liberation Theology and the lens of his own pathological narcissism. Hence, it’s not shocking that the boy strives to undo what was created.

Perhaps we in the Civilized World should not so entirely happy and relieved that the “Medieval Christian threat” is quite so under control.

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