Nation-states, happiness, identity, and rootlessness

“The nation state has taken the place of God. Responsibilities for education, healing and public welfare which had formerly rested with the Church devolved more and more upon the nation state … National governments are widely assumed to be responsible for and capable of providing those things which former generations thought only God could provide – freedom from fear, hunger, disease and want – in a word: “happiness”.”

― Lesslie Newbigin, The Other Side of 1984

There is, I think, a great deal of truth to this!

The problem is magnified still further now, though, by the fact that nation-states are under attack by stateless globalism which seeks to supersede them, and that claims to be driven by “progressive values” – but in fact is driven largely by economics (the progressives who have allied themselves with globalism are among the “useful idiots” of whom Stalin spoke, back in Soviet days).

Nation-states at least are / were somewhat organic, in most cases relatively local, with their own identity and cohesion. They share(d) ties of language, culture, ethnicity, and often, religion. Globalism promotes – ostensibly in the name of “equality,” but actually because it makes people easier to manipulate – a stateless, rootless, amorphous mass of humanity, entirely lacking in cohesion, identity, and therefore the ability to successfully resist the strings of the puppeteers.

Now, the globalists may one day learn that a tool sometimes turns in the hand of its wielder; that amorphous mob may one day turn on them! But the result seems unlikely to be a return to “normalcy” as it used to be understood – depending, of course, on how far things have degenerated by then – but rather a further descent into a newer and truer Dark Age. I fear for the future of humanity…

HRH The Prince of Wales – “Recovery of the soul”

HRH Prince Charles - Recovery of the soul

I do not agree with everything Prince Charles has to say, but in this I believe His Royal Highness is 100% correct. When I do agree with him, it usually has to do with architecture, agriculture, or tradition!

Briefly noted: “About the Anglophilic Anglican” updated, and my Patreon account

Friends, please note that I have recently updated my “About the Anglophilic Anglican” page. The changes are not major, but you may still want to take a look if you haven’t visited recently: hyperlinks have been added, and some of the text has been revised or amended.

Please note also that this page takes a great deal of time and effort to maintain and update with what I hope is interesting and thought-provoking content, and that I do this on a volunteer basis, while still working for a living. It would be very greatly appreciated if, should you enjoy or appreciate what you read here, you would be willing to visit my

Patreon Account – “A Defense of Western Christendom”

and make a donation or become a Patron. I would be very grateful for the support. My goal is to eventually be able to devote the majority of my time to the fight to defending our Western civilization – a.k.a. Western Christendom – and its cultural as well as spiritual heritage. I can only hope to accomplish that with your support! My most grateful appreciation on advance.

Yours most respectfully,

The Anglophilic Anglican

New study finds liberals are less tolerant than conservatives – The Rebel

A new poll by PEW Research has found that leftists are far less tolerant than their right-wing counterparts.

Source: New study finds liberals are less tolerant than conservatives – The Rebel

Who is surprised by this, I wonder…? “Liberal,” used as a political descriptor in the present day, is worse than meaningless, it is positively false and misleading. And it’s not just about Trump! Far from it. He is a bellwether, but the issue goes much deeper than that. Much deeper!

We Choose to go to the Moon – YouTube

JFK’s eternal speech at Rice University on September 12th, 1962 setting the goal of the space race during the 1960’s.

Source: We choose to go to the Moon | YouTube

President John F. Kennedy gave this speech almost 55 years ago. It was a stirring example of American resolve, and of the American exploratory spirit. Now, more than a half-century later, we are dependent upon the Russians to get an American astronaut to the International Space Station.

Somehow, I think President Kennedy would be appalled.

Briefly Noted: Sanctions vs Space

Soyuz lanch - ISS-bound

From Darryl B. Petitt, on Facebook:

“Republicans in Congress have no interest in [making America great again, or putting America first].

“The ISS space-station the U.S. astronaut along with a European and Russian astronaut are going to is a Russian space-station. The Soyuz MS-05 is the Russian rocket taking them there

“Our Republican Congress can’t pass a healthcare bill…but they can work with Democrats to sanction the country who shuttles our astronauts at $85 million a pop to and from the Russian space station. There’s no explanation for this.”

I need say no more.