Wisdom Archive

On the Feast of the Assumption

Posted August 15, 2016 By John C Wright

Send by a friend: There was a beautiful reading in the Office of Readings today. I thought I should share it, especially with John Wright. St. John of Damascus was a Syrian monk and priest, from the same stock from which the Maronites descended. He lived in the monastery of Mar Saba near Jerusalem in […]

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Five Points to Ravenclaw

Posted August 3, 2016 By John C Wright

The beautiful and talented Mrs. Wright pens her musings on Harry Potter, and spoiler-free thoughts on the recent release of JK Rowling’s latest. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , by the bye, is not a book, nor did Rowling write it: it is the script of a play based on a treatment she wrote. […]

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Lamplighter’s Ideal Election

Posted August 1, 2016 By John C Wright

My lovely and talented wife has a new column over at Arhyelon: www.ljagilamplighter.com/2016/08/01/the-ideal-election/ This is the most interesting and unnerving election that has happened in my lifetime. Unnerving for several reasons. When I was young, my parents were very thoughtful and idealistic people. They instilled in me a wish to see our country have a […]

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Quote of the Day

Posted July 5, 2016 By John C Wright

From the pen of Michael Crichton: “Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. […]

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A Decline in Courage

Posted May 13, 2016 By John C Wright

This is the text of Alexander Solzhenitsyn speech delivered to delivered 8 June 1978, Harvard University. I present it without comment: the thing speaks for itself. But I will direct your attention to one line, which is of particular weight and terror to me: Such as it is, however, the press has become the greatest […]

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Comment Overheard on Another Blog: Civilization

Posted April 24, 2016 By John C Wright

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/04/fighting-fire-with-fire.html?showComment=1461555667194#c2058459623491693344  krymneth                                   April 24, 2016 8:01 PM People mistake the result of civilization for the contract of civilization. The contract of civilization is that you will defend it. Said defense involves being obligated to attack those who break the […]

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Three Arguments Against Political Correctness

Posted April 19, 2016 By John C Wright

The lovely and talented Mrs. Wright has a column to which I should like to direct your attention: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2016/04/19/three-arguments-against-political-correctness/ In my recent discussions about political correctness, I ran into a number of people voicing some version of the following argument: “When I am triggered, I react with anger. I shout and scream at people who […]

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Liberalism is Dead; Long Live Statism

Posted April 5, 2016 By John C Wright

The calm and measured L Jagi Lamplighter weighs in on the question of the drawbacks of having political correctness replace freedom of speech as a core Liberal value. http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2016/04/04/political-correctness-vs-the-search-for-happiness/ For myself, I think she is more mild and forgiving than a just and clear eyed view of the situation requires. But perhaps it is a […]

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Superversive Blog: Interview with Frank Luke

Posted March 17, 2016 By John C Wright

Here is the link: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2016/03/16/6198/ … Some people feel Christians should not write fantasy. What is your take on this issue? I’ve read some of those arguments. They never held water for me. I can’t see anything inherently sinful about writing fantasy. If it was, then Christians shouldn’t even read fantasy, but there is no […]

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Quote of the Day

Posted October 26, 2015 By John C Wright

This is the quote of the day, if not of the decade. It is something I have thought for years, if not decades, but I never found the words to bring my misgivings into focus. “Pragmatism in politics is like cocaine. A little bit goes a long ways. You not only win, but you feel […]

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