He’s a country-boy, through and through, but he’s an educated hick, possessed of some modicum of refinement. Though registered as a Republican, he makes Larry Craig look like the poster boy for the party (because of his ideology, rather than his airport bathroom comportment). An orthodox Papist, he finds himself, consequently, to be an heterodox patriot, loyal, first, to the Faith; then to family and friends; thereafter, first to North Judson, Indiana, and the Midwest, and then, more distantly, to the abstraction called America; he’s never a nationalist. On some occasions, he sincerely espouses the opposing point-of-view; sometimes, though, he’s just a contrarian s.o.b. He lists, alphabetically, Aristotle, Hilaire Belloc, Wendell Berry, Edmund Burke, Jane Jacobs, Russell Kirk, James Howard Kunstler, and Wilhelm Röpke amongst those who, additional to the Teachings of the Holy Mother Church, have most shaped his political outlook.



7 Responses

  1. Interesting theory, Glaucos. Were you so inclined to, I would love if you would contact me, via either my weblog or e-mail, whichever makes more sense to you, with further expounding of this intriguing idea of yours.
    Nathan Origer | Homepage | 02.21.08 – 12:20 am | #

    Come at me – you got my email address. I put it in the square and you should be able to retrieve it. If I don’t respond, it means the email was lost in my 300 or so emails a day.

  2. What are your thoughts on Mill and Rousseau?

  3. Not a fan, but too much time has passed since I last read either for me to try to get into that in the space of a comment box

  4. Thanks for your promotion of Ropke. Even though a Lutheran he should be our “Catholic Economist” since he understood economics and Catholic social thought better than most Catholics.

    His work and name needs to be better known. Thanks.


  5. PS do you have a contact email?

  6. Nathan,

    I had no idea you had a blog. I’ve been reading through some of your thoughts on the Church, and I was wondering- what gives with the ultramontanism? I don’t think it’s a very compatible position with your libertarian attitude toward the state. Granted that the relation of the individual to state is foundationally different from the individual to the Church. But still, can’t a principle of human community be gleaned from this? That is, why not let parishes and dioceses take more (but not complete) control in understanding how the tradition should be lived out in liturgy and doctrine? That kind of model seems closer to the early church too. (By the way, you should make it down to the district so we could have this discussion on a pint.)

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