Macron’s Paris Riots while Salvini’s Rome Celebrates | Dr. Steve Turley

Videos paint a stark contrast between events in Paris and Rome, this past Saturday.

Source: Macron’s Paris Riots while Salvini’s Rome Celebrates | Dr. Steve Turley

While not without the analysis (typically upbeat, which makes him a nice change from the gloom-and-doom prophecies which are all too understandably common in traditionalist and nationalist / populist circles) for which Dr. Turley is well-known, the most striking feature of this video linked above.

It is a comparison, via video clips taken on Saturday, December 8, 2018, between a nation which has chosen to celebrate its own people, history, and cultural heritage – Italy – and one which has chosen (or at least, its government has chosen for it) to sacrifice all of those on the altar of globalism: France.

But France is awakening, however belatedly and however grimly; I sincerely hope that great nation and people – the land of Charles Martel, Charlemagne, and Charles de Gaulle, among others – is able to shake off its chains before it’s too late!

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Modernism, Traditionalism, and the Role of Women | Pendulum

Source: Modernism, Traditionalism, and the Role of Women – Pendulum

This is an absolutely splendid essay by friend and supporter of The Anglophilic Anglican, Stephen Clay McGeehee, and I commend it to your attention. He writes,

“The polarization that we see in the Western world is not just the political Left vs. Right. It is modernism vs. traditionalism, urban vs. rural, chaos vs. order, hedonism vs. morality, Secularism vs. Christianity, egalitarianism vs. hierarchy, and many others. Men vs. women should not be part of this polarization, yet that is precisely what feminism has done,”

and continues,

“Modernism tells us that we are all interchangeable economic units whose worth is best expressed in dollars. Traditionalism tells us that men and women were both made for each other and made to fill their own unique roles.”

Indeed! We didn’t get where we are overnight, and we’re not going to get back overnight, either; but if we’re going to get there at all, we need to begin perceiving with clear eyes where the problems lie, and what to do about them. Stephen has taken a major stride in this direction, as you will see.

A great essay: read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

  • “The French say, ‘Mr. President, we cannot make ends meet,’ and the President replies, ‘we shall create a High Council [for the climate]’. Can you imagine the disconnect?” — Laurence Saillet, spokesman for the center-right party, The Republicans, November 27, 2018
  • The “yellow jackets” [protestors] now have the support of 77% of the French population [by some reckonings, 84%]. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. The movement is now a revolt of millions of people who feel asphyxiated by “confiscatory” taxation, and who do not want to “pay indefinitely” for a government that seems “unable to limit spending”. — Jean-Yves Camus, political scientist.
  • European elections are to be held this Spring, 2019. Polls show that the National Gathering [a.k.a. National Rally, the party of Marine Le Pen] will be in the lead, far ahead of La République En Marche! [The Republic on the Move!], the party created by Macron.

Source: France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

Europe is struggling, but Europe is also beginning to awaken from its long sleep, or at least, lethargy. This is still more evidence of that awakening. Will it awaken enough, and soon enough?

It’s like watching the Titanic churn toward that iceberg, but you can both see and sense the turning of the rudder and the backing of the screws beginning to bite. Will they turn the bow fast enough, far enough, to prevent a fatal collision? These are tense times, to put it mildly!

“Marine Le Pen, president of the right-of-center National Rally (the former National Front party, and today the main opposition party in France), said, ‘There is a tiny caste that works for itself and there is the vast majority of French people who are abandoned by the government, and feel downgraded, dispossessed.’https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg/220px-Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg

“The ‘yellow jackets’ [named for the yellow safety vests worn by the protesters] now have the support of 84% of the French population. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. Those who speak on radio and television say that Macron and the government are hopelessly blind and deaf.

“At the moment, the ‘yellow jackets’ have decided to organize a third national protest – today, Saturday, December 1st – with another march to Paris and the Elysée Palace. The revolt in the country is intensifying and shows no sign of slowing down.”

As Dr. Guy Millière, professor at the University of Paris and the author of this piece, points out,

“The ‘populist’ wave is now hitting France; it could well mean the end of Macron’s term as president.”

Au nom du peuple.

Tony Esolen on sexual hedonism

“The sexual equivalent to the rejection of culture is a crass and mechanistic hedonism, seeking the pleasure of the day for its own sake… So one body preys upon another, and the last thing in the mind of either “partner” – note the business term – is that what they are doing should partake of time long past and time to come. The man is planting seed that contains within itself unnumbered generations, and the woman bears the egg, the haven for that seed, to be penetrated by it and fertilized, so that what begins from that moment is a new human life, a new instantiation of the divine image, a new dweller in time, oriented to eternity. That is in fact what is happening, but the hedonist denies it. He says that the child-making thing is not for making children.”

— Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of English Renaissance and classical literature at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, in Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World

QOTD: The difference between a terrorist and a warrior

“That is how you tell the difference between a terrorist and a warrior. A warrior makes themselves a human shield to protect the innocent. A terrorist uses the innocent as a human shield to protect themselves.”

— Mark Balzer (prior service, US Navy)

Ultimate guide to Stir-Up Sunday 2018 – Christmas pudding

Sunday, 25 November is ‘Stir-up Sunday’, so make your favourite Good Housekeeping Christmas pudding recipe and stir to make a wish!

Source: Ultimate guide to Stir up Sunday 2018 – Christmas pudding | Good Housekeeping

On the secular customs and traditions of Stir-Up Sunday – e.g., the making of the Christmas Pudding!

“It is a tradition that harks back to Victorian times when the family would gather together to stir the Christmas pudding five weeks before Christmas. The opening words of the Book Of Common Prayer, used on the last Sunday before Advent, reads: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people,’ so the tradition stands that this is the day to get stirring!”

Gun News of the Week: ATF Says “Assault Rifle” is a Bogus Term | Outdoor Life

Colt competition rifle

A Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “white paper” correctly identifies “assault weapons” as a politically contrived term with no real meaning and recommends dramatic federal law revisions in how they are regulated.

Source: Gun News of the Week: ATF Says “Assault Rifle” is a Bogus Term | Outdoor Life

The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms – now Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, but still usually called by the older nomenclature) finally gets it right!

“Authored by ATF second-in-command Ronald Turk, the “white paper”… says the agency is interested in reforms that ‘promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF’s mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry.’

“Turk wrote that the misleading ‘assault weapons’ term to describe AK-and-AR-style rifles should be replaced with ‘modern sporting rifles,’ to reflect how the use and popularity of these firearms has grown. In fact, he noted, their use in ‘sport shooting’ has grown ‘exponentially’ and such guns ‘are now standard for hunting activities.’

“The ATF official also argued in favor of changes in policy for the import of WWII-era military weapons, such as M1 Garand rifles.”

Hallelujah! Now, it’d be nice if this would have some practical effect on the absurdity of some states’ gun-control laws, including Maryland’s…