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
Sep292006

We don't want to know

A first-hand report from Egypt.

Thursday
Sep282006

A recipe for slavery

This reflects a problem across the board, not just with history. Quite simply, proposing the past is just not part of the way most US educational institutions understand themselves. Quite often the curriculum in the humanities is dominated by "pseudo-science" (psicology, anthropology, sociology, social studies, multiculturalism, diversity theory, feminism, all kinds of moralistic fluffiness etc.) Not much education results.

Thursday
Sep282006

Cultural divide

USA Today reports on the fertility gap between Democrats and Republicans. There is also a link to an article on the "marriage gap."

Thursday
Sep282006

Dire straits

The saga of string theory is a good example of the predicament of reason in our culture: lots of reasoning, very little observation. Even science cannot survive forever when everybody cares more about their own mental processes than the truth.

Monday
Sep252006

Reduced reason

Lee Harris points out (correctly) that the Pope's central concern has been to come to the rescue of reason.

Monday
Sep252006

Virtual life, real violence

All that is required to make people crazy is detachment from reality. But what can attract them back to it?

Friday
Sep222006

Peculiar survival

The Economist is clearly disappointed that Christianity has not yet completely disappeared in England. It is certainly getting close, for reasons explained by Christian Order (take it with a pinch of salt: in spite of the collapse of the Church in England, it is likely that not ALL British bishops are terminally incompetent and/or corrupt).

Friday
Sep222006

New rich

Going for the bourgeois life in China.

Friday
Sep222006

Craven is the word

Charles Krauthammer tells it as it is, especially regarding the shameful behavior of the Western media (NYTimes, BBC etc.) Along the same lines see Gerard Baker.

Thursday
Sep212006

More debate not less

R.M. Gerecht puts together a reasonable overview of the whole Pope/Islam discussion.

Wednesday
Sep202006

Where things stand

A rather informative speech by Bernard Lewis.

Monday
Sep182006

More on the Pope

An editorial from the New York Sun. On the same topic, a column for National Review.

Saturday
Sep162006

We refuse to link it

One among the many pieces on the Pope/Islam controversy.
This one at least quotes some good people (Fr. Samir and Mario Mauro). Unfortunately they also quote today's grotesque editorial from the New York Times...

Saturday
Sep162006

Why not?

An update on embryo eugenics.

Thursday
Sep142006

An awakening

As you will recall Melanie Phillips used to be the stereotypical liberal British commentator (and she is also Jewish).