Saturday, 7 December 2019

Smart Journalists

Our oh so smart journalists are the inheritors of the Liberal-Christian-Enlightenment heritage out of which their tradition of prose writing emerged. Their stance of supposed impartiality (which is usually de facto in precisely the wrong direction) is stunningly illogical. They effectively collude in the destruction of their own tradition by the sinister intelligence-erasing forces ranged against that tradition. They posture that they are speaking from some kind of tabula rasa neutral position that sagely and haughtily observes what is going on. That position does not exist. You are either for or against wit and civilisation.

Fiddling while Rome Burns

Rigorous ‘impartiality on the part of the media equates to fiddling while Rome burns. Partiality is required. The BBC’s terror of not being impartial has not, in effect, resulted in impartiality. Their naked anti-Brexit partiality is obvious. They’ve been partial just in the wrong direction. In his excellent Unherd article  Douglas Murray demolishes supposedly ‘grown-up’ and peace-loving “equidistantism” which, in the interests of impartiality, actually is over-lenient on one side and unjustifiably hostile to the other. The battle is configured so that a clear position must be taken. Boris has his faults but he represents the right side in a binary battle for our civilisation. A victory for Corbyn puts the rubber stamp on the long march and it’s only downhill thereafter.....

Friday, 6 December 2019

The Creation of Man

And God said let the waters bring forth abundantly the animals.
And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God created the higher animals including Man. And he decreed they would have in common, the need to breath air, to eat, drink, void their waste, sleep and reproduce as male and female.
And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God made the animals including man, many and, thus, social.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God began the work of endowing Man with a thin veneer of self-consciousness.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

And, as God completed the work of consciousness, because Man was social and conscious, there sprang immediately from within his being the sense of fairness and right and wrong towards and from his fellows.
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

And, to help man, God explained and gave order to his innate sense of fairness and right and wrong.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the Seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Henceforth each man and woman was known by the quality of his or her moral nature.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

The Romantic Lament

The scientific revolution which brought about the Enlightenment alienated us from nature and from ancient ties. Romanticism is the lament for these facts.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Usman Khan 29/11/19

Usman Khan, still tagged after his release from prison for his terrorist involvement in a plot to blow up the Stock Exchange kills two innocent people at a Prisoner Rehabilitation Conference where he rubbed shoulders with 'academics' on the subject. No doubt he was there to offer them his aper├žus on the subject.
The Police, the Judiciary and the Penal system have the job of deciding how best to deal with those who disqualify themselves from the mores of civilised society by resorting to violence. They are usually arrested, tried and incarcerated thus making that disqualification a symbolic physical reality.
Now, however, we are more likely to include them in the decision-making process as if their past violence gives them some kind of status. We see this again when there is a knife murder in London. The reflex response of the media stations is to consult an ex-con who has reformed as some kind of expert on the matter. We are treated to hearing from a semi-articulate fella in a baseball cap who says communi'y a lot and tells us it's all about the lack of youth clubs and not the morally disastrous decisions he took.
It seems that what once disqualified people from involvement in taking responsible decisions is now the very thing that qualifies them for the role of authorities on the matter while decent non-violent citizens look on. The fact that these ex-cons made the most catastrophic decisions regarding the desirability of violence makes them somehow better than those who daily make the right decisions. It is beyond galling.
All of this, no doubt, derives from the fact that we are falling over ourselves not to 'judge'' them (even though their incarceration suggests that a Judge has judged them)  these violent people, to show that, in some profound sense, it's not their fault, and to 'understand' them. I'm all in favour of rehabilitation and think it's important that it is considered a real 'thing.' It's a much longer and harder road than this, where ex-offenders are lionised, though......

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Explaining and Understanding

“It is not enough to EXPLAIN the Enlightenment; we must also UNDERSTAND it.
The distinction between explanation and understanding itself came to us from the Enlightenment. Vico hinted at it in his theory of history as did Kant in his moral philosophy..............................
A later Kantian philosopher, William Dilthey, extended (this) to the entire human world. We seek to understand human actions, he argued, not by explaining them in terms of external causes (as science does) but 'from within', by an act of rational self-projection that Dilthey called VERSTEHEN (to understand). In understanding human life and action we look for the concepts which inspire and guide it. Thus, I understand your fear of speaking in a certain place, once I conceptualise it as you do, as somewhere 'sacred.' This is not an act of scientific explanation, but an act of human sympathy, the outcome of an implied or actual dialogue."

Source? Scruton?

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Animal Being

Animal being generated by sex furnishes the only platform there is for human cognition. All of the sexual and familial attachments that give us joy and consolation are found in the realm of animal being.