Links R & C 4


Claudio Gatti, Elena Ferrante: An Answer? The New York Review of Books.

Peter J. Leithart, ScarcityFirst Things (blog). Leithart excerpts John Milbank and Adrian Pabst’s promising new book— including their insightful observations on Girard.

Burn my Vote: an ingenious way of disarming the common argument against voting for a third party in an American presidential election: “a vote for a third party is a vote for [insert name of candidate considered to be the worst].” One is matched with a voter from the opposite “side” of the political spectrum, who also commits to voting for a third party.

James Chastek, Liturgical ReformJust Thomism. A liturgy that “spoke to the heart of contemporary persons” would be pagan. «Historically, many liturgies did count on the power of horror and libido: human sacrifice, temple prostitutes, collective use of hallucinogens, crowd frenzy, public mutilation, finding meanings in chance events…»

Thomas Storck, Capitalism and EconomismThe Distributist Review. «Why should family and community, culture and traditions, be treated as trivial matters in contrast to economic activity?»

Joseph Trabbic, The much-maligned unicornPhilosophy at AMU. Unicorns once roamed the earth.


2012: Mary Norris, In Defense of “Nutty” CommasThe New Yorker. Close punctuation is good.

2008: Aelianus, The Vacuity of ModernismLaodicea. «…it is clear that a great many theologians do not possess the supernatural virtue of faith.»


2010: Saint Benedict and Thackeray on False Peace.

2011: On Jokes and the Difference Between Austria and Prussia.

2011: Kantian Ngrams.


3 thoughts on “Links R & C 4

  1. I like the idea behind “burn my vote,” but it isn’t clear to me whether it’s actually set up properly. To really be sure you are burning your vote, you would need to be paired with someone from your state. And if you live in Maine or Nebraska, this person would have to be from your congressional district as well. Even if the “burn my vote” people are pairing people with this degree of precision, presumably a person could lie about his location and claim residency in a swing state so as to both increase third party presence and increase the chances of victory for the major candidate he favors. I may very well use “burn my vote,” but I would think a lot harder about whether to use it if I lived in a swing state.


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