Category Archives: The Passing Scene

A Strange Symbiosis in North Korea

A few years ago, National Geographic dispatched a documentary camera crew to North Korea to highlight the efforts of Nepalese opthamalogist and surgeon Dr. Sunduk Ruit, who performed small-incision cataract surgeries on roughly a thousand North Koreans. Ruit has completed … Continue reading

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The Creaky Scaffolding of the West

Evangelical Christians have labored for decades under the assumption that they can reclaim, piece by piece, the secular culture of the West through active engagement with it. Like Sisyphus and his stone, millions of Christians, despite setback after setback, remain … Continue reading

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The Limits of Autodidacticism, Part II

I’ve fallen into referring to New York Times columnists, David Brooks and Ross Douthat, as the dancing conservative bears of Mainstream Media. Their presence on the Times’ Editorial Page essentially serves to assure the Times’ erudite readers that they are … Continue reading

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The “Death of God” and the Scramble for a New Moral Order

A social media discussion about Patrick Deneen’s new book on the future of liberalism prompted some thoughts about the loss of faith that has occurred within the West over the last couple of centuries. I think I’ve shared this account … Continue reading

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Would Nazism Ultimately Have Devoured Itself?

I just finished Laurence Rees’ new book on the Holocaust last week. He stresses early in the book how the Nuremburg Laws, an utter catastrophe for Jews, also portended an unusually regimented social order for so-called “Aryan” Germans. Rees raises … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of a Socialist Fun Palace

This hopefully will serve as an interesting follow up to the piece I posted last week about socialist and National Socialist megalomania. In mid-1970’s, the East German government, already financially cash-strapped and heavily indebted to West Germany, undertook construction on … Continue reading

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If Only Reporters Were More Intellectually Curious

Recently I ran across this quote, ascribed to novelist Stephen King, on a social media site:  “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot, and write a lot.” Whether not … Continue reading

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