Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Monday
May022016

How democracies end

Whether you agree or not with Andrew Sullivan's assessment of Donald Trump, at least he read Plato.
Saturday
Apr302016

Understanding the pain

David Brooks tries to understand the human crisis behind the Trump phenomenon. At bottom what is needed are shared ideals that somehow recognize people's humanity, i.e. their religious dimension. Purely sociological fixes are not enough.
Wednesday
Apr272016

Babbling about inequality

Why should the liberal elite care about the masses if the two do not share in any ideal bond?
Wednesday
Apr202016

Metaphysical dreams

John Gray points out that the rise of ISIS is most of all a document of the mental atrophy of the Western liberal elite.
Wednesday
Apr132016

Myth vs. reality

There is a lot of bad science out there.
Monday
Mar282016

Perfectly empty universality

An interesting reflection by Pierre Manent.
Sunday
Mar202016

Education first

The life and works of John Hughes.
Wednesday
Mar162016

New arrangement

Cruxnow is "joining" the Knights of Columbus.
Thursday
Mar032016

Anti-anti-politics

David Brooks emphasizes that we need more politics, not less. Unfortunately, it is hard to envision political give-and-take when people no longer share common cultural committments.
Wednesday
Feb172016

Loss of materiality

A piece by Fabrice Hadjadj.
Sunday
Feb072016

The truth as sacred

An interview with Jonathan Haidt on academic totalitarianism. As a social psychologist, he typically ignores the philosophical root of the problem: the idea that power is everything, and knowledge a tool to obtain it. When Haidt says that social psychology is "first and foremost about changing the world, rather than understanding it," he seems unaware of being quoting almost verbatim Marx's 11th Thesis on Feuerbach. The idea that the truth is more important that ideology ("justice") is not to be taken for granted.
Tuesday
Feb022016

The real divide

Rusty Reno on what's shaping US politics.
Saturday
Jan302016

Symbol and reality

Tuesday
Jan192016

Democratic, over-specialized and utilitarian

Nietzsche's critique of modern education sounds eerily relevant.
Friday
Jan152016

Soldiering on

An interview with Paul Bhatti.