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.

Friday
Sep282012

How do you raise sane human beings?

David Brooks identifies a major problem (if people fall apart nothing else in society will work) and proposes yet another ludicrous scientistic solution (psychology! Yeee, that will do it! It's "scientific" isn't it?)
Thursday
Sep272012

Declinism

There is some truth to Mark Lilla's criticism of those who reconstruct our history as one long process of decline since the 12th century, but it needs to be qualified. There was certainly a consistent development of ideas from the Reformation to the Enlightenment to us. The point is that it was not inevitable, it was not all that happened, and our task is not to go back to a mythical past, because a tradition has to become alive in the present.
Wednesday
Sep262012

Narrowly defined success

Rod Dreher gives a balanced assesment of Mitt Romney's worldview.
Sunday
Sep162012

Education as an examination system

Or, college as a certificate of social conformity.
Thursday
Sep062012

Victimization Studies

On the unstoppable expansion of pseudo-scholarship.
Thursday
Sep062012

And the sky is green

The British government argues that being fired for wearing a cross is not a form of religious discrimination.
Monday
Sep032012

Perfectism

If even the NYTimes is concerned about excessive regulations in California, there must be something to it...
Monday
Sep032012

Still broken

Wednesday
Aug292012

Ideology at the top

A provocative column by Mike Lofgren.
Sunday
Aug192012

The law of existence

Eve Tushnet observes that deep down people have a need to make a gift of their life.
Friday
Aug032012

Light

A short, previously umpublished story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Monday
Jul302012

Nihilism in action

Brendan O'Neill on a curious phenomenon: nobody seems any longer able to think anything through.
Sunday
Jul292012

Libertinism

Ross Douthat on the fact that the defining goal of contemporary liberalism is NOT freedom.
Saturday
Jul282012

Leaving time for prayer

On the long-term economic impact of Cistercian monasteries.
Thursday
Jul192012

Which one is Matthew?

A new interpretation of a classic.