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.

Sunday
Jun032007

Sahel

Occasionally one is reminded of the naivete of the liberal post-enlightment delusion that certain values are universal across cultures just because WE have been taught to recognize them as universal in principle.

Sunday
Jun032007

Ray Bradbury, the Monsters and the Critics

His classic Fahrenheit 451 tells of a dystopian future of mass book burnings and groups of people who retreat from the cities to memorize whole texts so as to carry human culture through a new dark age. For over 40 years critics have called it a novel about government censorship. Now the author wants us to know that the intellectuals were wrong. The problem was never censorship-- it was television.

Saturday
Jun022007

No consensus

A provocative essay on public schools.

Saturday
Jun022007

Insatiable

A major story of the last few years: China's economic conquest of Africa.

Monday
May282007

Tom Cruise Wants Your Child to Find his Inner Thetan

This rather chilling article from the St. Petersburg Times gives an idea of the dangerous state of flux that characterizes public education. In devastated areas of Louisiana Scientology advocates like Tom Cruise and John Travolta have introduced their methods into public schools. The moral of the story: when education is divorced from tradition and simply becomes a matter of "skills" and "techniques" students are vulnerable to manipulation by the rich and powerful.
In case you were wondering, Scientology's "study technology" program is headquartered in the former retirement home of a Catholic religious order near St. Luis. Read more...

Monday
May282007

Funny guy

If you can wade through all the weirdness, you have to recognize this fellow has a more realistic outlook on life than most of his peers.


So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally

Monday
May282007

Familar thinking

Just as yet another example of a familiar phenomenon, a story from the Maldives.

Saturday
May262007

Tumultuous change

An interesting discussion of world-wide trends in (mostly non-Catholic) Christianity.

Saturday
May262007

A matter of education

The Economist shows an unusual interest in the state of marriage in America.

Friday
May252007

"Who do you say that I am?"

Thanks to the Pope's new book, Time Magazine makes a startling discovery: Christians and Jews may disagree about who Jesus is, but they can agree on who he claimed to be.

Thursday
May242007

Nihilism

Ideological follies in Western Europe. Here is another article by the same author.

Sunday
May202007

Unexpected

A new minority in North Africa.

Saturday
May192007

Decay

Universities in Africa are not doing well. The whole country of Zimbabwe is collapsing.

Wednesday
May162007

Irrelevant

A contrarian view of foreign policy by Edward Luttwack.

Saturday
May122007

Nice crowd

Family Day in Italy was a big success.