Weekday Reading #13

eugyppius, The Ideology of Corona Containment, eugyppius: a plague chronicle
Darren J. Beattie, Declassified Military Report Exposes Hidden Links Between Wokeness and The American Regime, Revolver News
el gato malo, is it vaccines or is it covid causing athletes to collapse on the field? Bad Cattitude
Adrian Vermeule,“It Can’t Happen”; Or, the Poverty of Political Imagination, The Postliberal Order
C.L., Covid and the Constitution – Beware a Gain of Function, The Currency Lad
Timothy Jacobson, Coronation and Communion, First Things
Paul Kingsnorth, How fear fuels the vaccine wars, UnHerd
Edward Feser, MacIntyre on human dignity, Edward Feser’s blog
The General Eclectic with Rod Dreher #41, Liquid Modernity is Civilizational Acid, The American Conservative
Mark Powell reviews Miranda Devine’s Laptop from Hell, Quadrant

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  1. Thanks Dover for those links.

    I already follow Eugypius. He has of late enraged his followers by suggesting that the Covid plandemic response is not centrally planned at all by nefarious global players. He argues that it is a misguided but almost predictable global imitation of the Chinese (successful) containment. Accordingly the government decisions are endorsed by a conditioned global media which assist the implantation. This is my potted version anyway. Who knows? Maybe the modern human species is that stupid.


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  2. A spectre is haunting America — the spectre of “wokeism.” Seemingly out of nowhere, a mass “woke” hysteria of racial and gender grievance has come not only to dominate, but to define every single major institution in the country. Wokeness is so deeply ingrained in our body politic that even its detractors can easily underestimate the extent and nature of its influence.

    In a popular discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Revolver’s Darren Beattie, Beattie suggests that there is an important relationship between wokeness and how the United States projects power internationally. According to this view, wokeness is not merely some extraneous ideological nuisance sitting on top of an otherwise non-woke military and national security apparatus. On the contrary, wokeness is more essentially connected to the specific manner in which the United States exercises its power and influence domestically and overseas:

    Summed up perfectly by – 40 Years Ago, Monty Python Predicted (and Mocked) Wokeness

    Monty Python’s Life of Brian is the most prescient movie ever made, predicting exactly in 1979 the cultural madness you see around you today.

    Despite that, the flick was wrongly derided four decades ago by the very people who might find it gob-smackingly funny today.

    Life of Brian was vigorously protested during its U.S. release by various groups who believed — apparently without having seen the movie — that it was anti-Christian.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. There are only two appearances by Jesus in the movie, one of which is off-screen. The first is the night of Jesus’ birth (Brian’s, too) and what little we see is true to the Bible.

    Well, except for the part where the Three Wise Men first tried to deliver their gifts to baby Brian in the manger next door.

    In the other scene, years later, we briefly see Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount. No mockery is made of Jesus or His message.

    Of all the jokes, gags, and barbs thrown in every direction, Jesus is the only figure shown respect. Monty Python trouper Eric Idle later said of Jesus, “What he’s saying isn’t mockable, it’s very decent stuff.”

    For a non-believing, take-no-prisoners comedian like Idle, that’s practically a whole-hearted endorsement.

    Instead, the film — Python’s only real film, the others were basically collections of sketches, even Holy Grail — is anti-authoritarian, anti-fanaticism, anti-nihilism, and anti-humorless prigs.

    Life of Brian is, however, very pro-funny.

    The Pythons even saved their sharpest barbs for political extremists and self-deluded lefties.

    Case in point on that last observation: The classic Collessium conversation between the would-be revolutionaries of the Judean People’s Front.

    Or was that the People’s Front of Judea?

    Regardless, take two minutes (clip below!) to bask in the comedic good sense that would get the cast and entire production crew canceled in our times.

    The postmodern Left should probably cancel everyone who laughed at this scene, just to be safe.


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