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The 60’s Legacy on the Family

Jul 3, 1996

As one who has grown up in, and been a part of, the counter-culture of the 60’s and 70’s, I want to examine the way it has radically redefined the shape and character of modern society. It is my conviction

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Independence Day

Jul 4, 2016

Regrettably most people seeing this title will be thinking of a 1996 film, or the brand new sequel to it. (Speaking of which, I enjoyed the first instalment and hope soon to see the second!) But that is not what

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Socialism, Sanders and (In)Sanity

Feb 10, 2016

With a hardcore socialist seeking to become President of the United States, and having just won the New Hampshire primary, it is worth looking briefly at both matters: Sanders and socialism. As to the former, the Vermont Senator is a

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On American Decline

May 19, 2015

I have now lived outside of America for as long as I have lived in it. With five years in Europe and almost 27 in Australia, I have been able to look at America with a bit of perspective that

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Liberation Theology and Marxism

May 5, 2015

We do not hear all that much about liberation theology nowadays. But it certainly was a major issue in the 70s and 80s, and I wrote extensively about it at the time. Although primarily a phenomena of Latin America, and

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Education, Homeschooling, the State, and Control

Sep 9, 2014

In a recent article about marriage, American writer Phyllis Schlafly said this about the Marxist war against the traditional family: “Marx hated the bourgeois family, not only because it provided the means of transmission and accumulation of private property, but

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The Poison of Political Correctness

Mar 19, 2014

I am sure there must be plenty of websites out there with nifty names such as PC Watch, or PC Loony Tunes. If there are not, they could easily be set up. Simply documenting the zillions of cases of political

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Seducing the Churches

Oct 8, 2013

Infiltration is often more effective than outward assaults. If you can sneak into that which you are seeking to destroy, you can usually accomplish your goals more easily and efficiently than trying to wear it down from without. All revolutionaries

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Social Justice, Part Two

Aug 8, 2011

As stated in Part One of this article, the advocates of social justice tend to be found on the left side of politics. And there is an unfortunate tendency for those on the left to think they have some sort

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Why I am Not a Randian

Sep 3, 2010

Although now long dead, Ayn Rand (1905 –1982) lives on through her best-selling novels and her philosophy of Objectivism. The Russian born writer and thinker spent most of her life in the US where she produced her two most famous

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Environmentalism and Religion

Jun 2, 2008

It is to GK Chesterton that we attribute the line, “When a man ceases to believe in God, he does not believe in nothing. He believes in anything” (although we can’t seem to pin this line down in his works).

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Marxism and Islamism

May 7, 2007

There have been a number of names given to radical Islam. Terms such as the Islamists, or Jihadists, or militant Muslims, are often used. Another term often used is Islamofascism. It is a fitting term, in many respects. All-embracing Islam

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France, America and the Real World

Oct 4, 2006

Bernard-Henri Lévy is not your average French intellectual, for at least three reasons: what he says usually makes sense; he is more or less conservative; and he does not hate America. That makes him a rather rare chap indeed.

But

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Christianity and Partisan Politics

Jun 1, 2006

A reader of this site posted a comment in which he (rightly, I believe) questioned whether I am correct to align myself with more-or-less the conservative side of politics. I replied to his comment with a comment of my own,

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