Posts Tagged ‘human dignity’

Anthony Esolen provides a useful history lesson.

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Anthony Esolen has a series of posts over at Front Porch Republic addressing Life Under Compulsion. I’ve only scanned a couple of them (the latest, and the first), but I suspect they’re all worth a read (his posts generally are good food for thought), and so…

Life Under Compulsion uses the life and observations of author Sigrid Undset as a starting point.

Life Under Compulsion: From Schoolhouse to School Bus

Life Under Compulsion: The Billows Teaching Machine

Life Under Compulsion: If Teachers Were Plumbers

Life Under Compulsion: Human-Scale Tools and the Slavish Education State

Life Under Compulsion: Curricular Mire

Life Under Compulsion: Bad University

Life Under Compulsion: The Dehumanities


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Healing lives, one person at a time.

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Back in 1949, C. S. Lewis wrote an essay on the humanitarian theory of justice, and how it leads to tyranny and the dehumanization of citizens, instead of justice. Looking at the verdict handed down for a mass murderer in Norway, John Piper revisits that essay in Life Is Cheap In Norway.

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This address by Hunter Baker is one of the best I’ve seen for explaining why the HHS mandate, and other recent policies put forth by the federal government in the United States, are rightly seen as an assault on freedom in general, and religious liberty in particular.

It also packs a surprising amount of historical information into a short space.

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If you think love grows best where there aren’t any difficulties, maybe you should read this.

Well, maybe you should read it anyway, because what passes for ‘love’ in this day and age, all too often isn’t love at all, but something far, far smaller and weaker. And that’s really too bad, all around.

hat tip: Creative Minority Report

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Eric Metaxas notes what is motivating some of the dissidents in China, including the most famous one at the moment.

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From Ignorance to Mastery at The Common Room looks at the surprising ignorance of some folks caught in the social safety net.


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Paul Kengor shares some behind the scenes looks at events surrounding the communist imposition of martial law in Poland. More specifically, he focuses on the response to it by Ronald Reagan. Read Christmas 1981: A Flame for Freedom in Poland. Please, do.

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I read Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s Uncle Tom’s Cabin this week, in a free Kindle edition. I’m not sure what I expected, but the book was better than I anticipated, with wit, wonderful descriptions, action, suspense, layers of story upon story, amazing characterizations, and surprise twists. I learned some history, which I like to do while reading. I can see why it could be a bestseller in its day, which it was. I can also see why it could prick the conscience of a person or a nation, and stir up some action, which it did.

I am inclined to quibble with the author over a few small points (Christians do not become angels when they die, for instance – but they become heavenly beings, so, well, let’s let it go). But on the whole I am quite impressed with the author, her knowledge, and her storytelling skill. I’m also glad I read the book, because it was a tremendously influential book in its day, and I think reading it helped me understand America a bit better.

I’m going to refrain from a usual sort of review, though, because I’m afraid it would involve spoilers. Suffice it to say that if you think that Uncle Tom is a black person who sells out to white folks, you obviously have not read the book. That’s an insane use of the name, really. Simply flat insane.

(For more book reviews, check out this week’s The Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon.)

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