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.

Wednesday
Dec062006

Unhealth centers

A well-known (at least to people working in academia) example of how adults betray young people: by not educating them in order to affirm an ideology.

Wednesday
Dec062006

An experiment

This is pretty obvious.

Wednesday
Dec062006

Fatherless and motherless

The climax of the bourgeois mentality, without any sense of what a person is: purchasing children.

Saturday
Dec022006

A presence

Reading about the Pope's trip to Turkey, one gets the impression of a man whose only strategy is to make himself available so that Christ can manifest himself.

Wednesday
Nov292006

Go Locke

An unusual op-ed for the New York Times.

Monday
Nov272006

Rousseau returns

Un-schooling is just the latest incarnation of an old (bad) idea: that having a teacher is against freedom. Of course, the opposite is true: that a true authority is what can make one free.

Monday
Nov272006

Globalization

A piece on Hezbollah activities in Venezuela. If you follow the links you will find some interesting materials on the "theologia islamo-christiana de la liberacion."

Sunday
Nov262006

People not rules

Interesting paradox: democracy in Turkey is being endangered by the EU's insistence on civilian control over the military. This confirms a basic truth: that the foundation of democracy is the education of a people, not formal mechanisms. E.g. it is not the brilliant checks and balances of the US constitution; it is the kind of people who wrote it. Not understanding this is the tragedy of contemporary liberalism.

Tuesday
Nov212006

Blunders

Michael Young on the situation in Lebanon.

Tuesday
Nov212006

A clear trend

More progress towards the demise of marriage in France and the USA
(see also the latest masterpiece by the NYTimes Magazine). Positive side: this will bring some clarity after a couple of centuries in which it was thought that it is possible to preserve Christian values without Christ, and the Christian ideal of marriage will shine in the darkness (as long as Christians witness to it). Negative side: great suffering, because nothing can damage a human being like messing with his/her affectivity.

Sunday
Nov192006

On the brink

Pray for Lebanon.

Sunday
Nov192006

On to Turkey

Time has a front-page story on the Pope's important trip to Turkey.

Sunday
Nov192006

No past

The good thing about mathematics is that it is easy to see when it is not being taught. The truth is that the situation may be just as bad with much more important subjects and nobody will ever complain (english, anyone? literature? history? naaaah, nobody needs history to compete in a globalized world).

Saturday
Nov182006

Evaporation

No human being could live through so much un-reality without being (or getting) crazy. In fact, it does say something about our culture: the exaltation of the individual will to the point that a fantasy replaces reality (for those who are rich and powerful). Except that, in the process, the individual person itself (who is by nature relationship with reality) loses itself. What will a man give in exchange for his own self?

Wednesday
Nov152006

A debate

Time has a Collins vs. Dawkins interview.