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.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 1:41PM
Maggie Gallagher makes a good point: contemporary culture seems frozen in time, for the simple reason that it built on the ideal of escaping from an imaginary past, and so it is intrinsically unable to generate any new ideals that could propel it into the future.
Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:41PM
Alvaro Vargas Llosa wonders how anybody could like Che Guevara. The short anwer is that Marxism, by failing as a political system, has left a gaping void as a religion (i.e. faith in the revolution, in the advent of a new earthly paradise).
Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9:31AM
Peggy Noonan makes a good comment:
The interview reflects the weird inability of so many in political leadership now to acknowledge the role in life of . . . reality.However, she fails to recognize that politicians only reflect the culture. Anybody educated at Columbia and Harvard has been taught in countless ways that "we make up our own narrative" is the true definition of freedom. It's just Nietzscheanism for sensitive souls.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:44PM
The Pope's speech at the German parliament should not be missed. Notice the deep connection between positivism (the reduction of reason to the analysis of empirical facts) and the deep identity crisis of Western culture.