Democracy Kills Itself With Autocracy

Leadership, Personal, Politics
Join, or Die.

Join, or Die was developed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754

The Atlantic has been ahead of the curve in covering the collapsing RNC into a Leninesque Personality Culty. Their latest piece by Anne Applebaum (see quote below) is a reflection of the loss of modern conservatism to the hatred of racist ethnocentric nationalism.  It is no surprise that I constantly struggle with the idea of allowing Libertarian to overtake my social conservative ideals but it seems as though too many of the modern conservative right are leaning into the alt-right. It is not acceptable to label the fifth estate as the enemy of the State. It is not acceptable to label those who hold the government accountable as the enemy of democracy and republicanism when they are exactly the ones who helped create the modern standard. The US has always struggled to find the balance of government and the free press but It must be free. Applebaum speaks in her story about the collapse of the conservative movement’s likelihood in a post-Communist Poland to embrace a multi-cultural makeup. However, in the last decade, that has disappeared and been replaced by a general fear of anything not “Polish.” We have much to fear if this is the future of democracy in Europe.

Unlike Marxism, the Leninist one-party state is not a philosophy. It is a mechanism for holding power. It works because it clearly defines who gets to be the elite—the political elite, the cultural elite, the financial elite.  A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come. 

Rod Dreher Quotes from The Atlantic.

Book Reviews, Christianity

RD has long been one of my inspirations and straddles the line between John Piper’s Reformed Theology and Jim Wallis’ Religious Progessivism. Below is a quote from The Atlantic book review for The Bendict Option.

Christians live in poverty and seclusion. “We’re not called to be monks. Monks are called to be monks,” he told me in an interview. “What we have to do is have a limited retreat from the world … into our own institutions and communities.” While some might see this as a means of running away from culture, Dreher argued that the Benedict option is not about bunkering down and waiting for the end times. It’s about “building ourselves up spiritually,” he said, “so we can go out in the world and be who Christ asked us to be.”

The first step, he says, is to recognize that “politics will not save us.” While many Christians have sought defenders and champions in the Republican Party, including Trump, Dreher is skeptical of this model. “Neither party’s program is fully consistent with Christian truth,” he argues.