Ted Hughes

Buried in their deep valleys, in undated cob-walled farms hidden not only from the rest of England but even from each other, connected only by the inexplicable, Devonshire, high-banked, deep-cut lanes that are more like a maze of defensive burrows, these old Devonians lived in a time of their own… The breed was so distinct, so individualised and so all of a piece that they seemed to me also a separate race.
How rapidly that changed within the next decade, how completely that ancient world and its spirit vanished, as the older generation died off and gave way to sons who were plunged into the finance nightmares, the technological revolutions and international market madness that have since devastated farmers, farms, and farming every seen , intensifying right up to this moment…..
That seismic upheaval which has been, probably, one of the biggest extinctions so far in the evolution of the English countryside and farming tradition. … this deeply satisfying self-reliant if occasionally gruelling way of life had mutated – into a jittery, demoralised, industrial servitude, in effect farming not stock and land but grants and subsidies, at the mercy of foreign politicians, big business conglomerates, banks managers and accountants.

Ted Hughes Moortown Diaries

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John Moloney      43% of educated women are childless

One in four women in Britain in their 40s are childless. This rises to an amazing forty-three per cent of the university-educated. The country we have known is passing away before our eyes. What will follow is unknowable in detail, but this much is sure.

· It will be dumber. Research into identical twins has conclusively proved that intelligence is a genetic trait. If the bright have fewer kids average intelligence will fall.

· It will be less civilized. Cultural capital both in the sense of behavior and intellectual pursuits builds up over generations in families. Mass childlessness dissipates this inheritance of centuries.

· It will be less British. If recent news demonstrates one thing it is that it is possible to be born in Britain, attend 13 years of full time education and still be markedly, even aggressively anti-British. This is particularly true of Muslim immigrants who comprise less than 5% of the population but 10% of the under 25s.

· It will be less safe. Projecting the exploding Islamic demographic forward, it seems likely given the lack of Muslim assimilation to lead to two Britains. One older, richer and smug and the other younger, poorer and aggrieved. As any Bosnian or Rwandan will tell you, in a society comprised of two very distinct cultures it pays to keep a suitcase packed.

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George Monbiot   Drowning in Money

Vast amounts of public money, running into billions, are spent every year on policies that make devastating floods inevitable. … To listen to the dismal debates of the past fortnight, you could be forgiven for believing that rivers arise in the plains; that there is no such thing as upstream; that mountains, hills, catchments and watersheds are irrelevant to the question of whether or not homes and infrastructure get drowned.

A group of visionary farmers at Pontbren…  realised that the usual hill-farming strategy – loading the land with more and bigger sheep, grubbing up the trees and hedges, digging more drains – wasn’t working. It made no economic sense, the animals had nowhere to shelter, and the farmers were breaking their backs to wreck their own land.

There is an unbreakable rule laid down by the common agricultural policy. If you want to receive your single farm payment – by far the biggest component of farm subsidies – that land has to be free from what it calls “unwanted vegetation”. Land covered by trees is not eligible. The subsidy rules have enforced the mass clearance of vegetation from the hills.

Just as the tree-planting grants have stopped, the land-clearing grants have risen…even in places where farming makes no sense because the land is so poor, farmers will now be paid more to keep animals there. But to receive this money, they must first remove the trees and scrub that absorb the water falling on the hills.

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The Benedict Option Again

Rome’s collapse meant staggering loss. People forgot how to read, how to farm, how to govern themselves, how to build houses, how to trade, and even what it had once meant to be a human being. Behind monastery walls, though, in their chapels, scriptoriums, and refectories, Benedict’s monks built lives of peace, order, and learning and spread their network throughout Western Europe. They did not keep the fruits of their labors to themselves. Benedictines taught the peasants who gathered around their monasteries the Christian faith, as well as practical skills, like farming. Because monks of the order took a vow of “stability,” meaning they were sworn to stay in that place until they died, Benedictine monasteries emerged as islands of sanity and serenity. These were the bases from which European civilization gradually re-emerged

It is hard to overstate what Benedict—now Saint Benedict—and his followers accomplished. In the recent Thomas Merton lecture at Columbia University, law professor Russell Hittinger summed up Benedict’s lesson to the Dark Ages like this: “How to live life as a whole. Not a life of worldly success so much as one ofhuman success.” Why are medieval monks relevant to our time? Because, says the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, they show that it is possible to construct “new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained” in a Dark Age—including, perhaps, an age like our own.

For MacIntyre, we too are living through a Fall of Rome-like catastrophe, one that is concealed by our liberty and prosperity. In his influential 1981 book After Virtue, MacIntyre argued that the Enlightenment’s failure to replace an expiring Christianity caused Western civilization to lose its moral coherence. Like the early medievals, we too have been cut off from our roots, and a shadow of cultural amnesia is falling across the land.

Rod Dreher   The Benedict Option

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Sultan Knish The Muslim Suicide Convert

Muslim converts are also suicidal. The act of conversion is a form of death. It destroys the entire cultural and faith background of the individual. It cuts him off from his family, his people and his way of life. Conversion can be constructive, but it should never be forgotten that it is also destructive.
The Muslim convert has been trying to kill himself all his life to some degree, to destroy the essence of what he is to overcome that perceived flaw preventing him from being happy and living a worthwhile life. Islam is his drug and alcohol abuse, his meaningless sex and his cult. It is how he punishes himself hoping to find redemption in self-destruction and meaning in the sacrifice of the self to the first utterly devouring and consuming thing that comes along.
The Muslim Suicide Convert seeks an uncompromising purity. He rejects the compromises that Muslims have learned to make over the centuries. Seeking the core revelation in a religion of death; he finds that revelation only in death. The truth of Islam is in its killing fields. It preaches war for power and paradise.
The seduction of the non-Muslim runs more slowly but surely. The dissatisfied and unhappy, those trained by a liberal culture contemptuous of its own values and traditions to instinctively value non-Western spirituality over their own “materialistic” and “imperialistic” religions, are lured in. The children of an intellectual tradition that taught them to reject absolutes of any kind as the worst sin of the mind, embrace with fervor an absolutism that calls for their deaths and the death of the world. They kill and die, destroying their own bodies poisoned by their infidel heritage and in dying, inflict as much harm as they can on the infidel society whose destruction their cult seeks.

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Christian blood for the Saudis

Sister Hatune is an Aramaic-speaking nun from Turkey. Speaking to an audience in Austria, she tells us what she has been told by the families of those who have been taken prisoner, held to ransom, and killed in Syria. She shows one video in which a man named Joseph, a Christian from Bagdad, is murdered by having his throat cut. He is told that he is being killed as a sacrifice to God. On the audio you can hear the sound of the blood gushing from Joseph’s severed throat into a large enamel basin, which you can also briefly glimpse.
Sister Hatune then tells us that she met one of the killers who, out of disgust, had later given up Jihad and become a Christian. She asked him, What do you do with the blood you collect?’
He said ‘That is a big business. Little bottles are sent to the fanatics in Saudi Arabia, where it is worth $100,000.’
They believe that that when they wash their hands with this blood, they have taken part in this killing as a sacrifice to God. Their God demands this sacrifice of humans. The Jihadis make a good business out of supplying Christian blood.
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The murder is at 4.54, the remark about selling blood at 6.10

Taki’s Christmas message

Taki Theodoracopulos is a Greek. Like all his countrymen, he is very aware of the horrors in the lands to the East, and of the pernicious political ideology that prevents them from being civilised to one another or to anyone else. And he is not inclined to hold back from pointing out how appalling these people are to Christians.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia – fuggedaboutit where Christians are concerned. What I don’t understand is how we—Americans and Europeans—can sit comfortably in our ivory towers and dispense wealth to these crappy countries while their leaders and religious fanatics persecute people who believe in our Lord Jesus. Once upon a time Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina had a thriving Christian and Jewish population. But centuries ago, when a single gunboat could have forced the camel drivers to lick our boots and keep licking them until the last Jew or Christian was safe, they were finished off. In Lebanon, the West’s hypocrisy is even more blatant. A Christian majority is so threatened by Sunni (read Saudi) fanatics, some Christians are reaching out to Hezbollah’s Shia in a desperate hunt for allies.
Tolerance in Islam is unthinkable. Just count the Christian churches in Saudi Arabia. Jihad is Islam, nothing more nothing less. The Saudi rulers fund terrorism in order to be allowed to keep drinking whiskey behind the walls of their palaces…
Just think of Jesus. He descended among men to show them what their true nature was. He wanted to be a model of a man, what we should strive for. His father made men free in order for them to be willing followers, not fearful slaves. Now think of Allah—or better, don’t. Consider his followers: intolerant and fanatical. A proselytizing Muslim preacher cannot teach why one must obey Allah since any claim of understanding him is a sacrilege. He can only demand blind obedience. And Muslims have been killing and enslaving Christians since the days of Mohammed. Syria and Palestine in 633, Egypt by 642, Greece and Serbia in the 1300s, Constantinople in 1453, and now more than ever in the land of the Bible.

Taki

It is crucial to be able to voice opinions that are not only crude, or broad generalisations but which are offensive, even deliberately so. Speech is only free as long as it is freely exercised, and no one fears to speak their mind – so say what you like, Taki. Say what you like everyone.

Mary, standing there, looking up

Stabat mater dolorosa juxta Crucem lacrimosa, dum pendebat Filius. Quis est homo qui non fleret, matrem Christi si videret in tanto supplicio?

At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to her Son to the last. Is there anyone who would not weep, whelmed in miseries so deep, Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
Pergolesi – Stabat Mater in Saint Denis, Paris

Chant

On May 31, Pope Benedict marked the 100th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music with an Open Letter to its Chancellor, Cardinal Grocholweski. It was a timely reminder of how central music has been to our Catholic worship through the centuries, and once again the Pope reminded us of what the very sound of Catholic musical prayer should be.
�In giving priority to Gregorian chant and to classical liturgical music, the Catholic Church is not trying to limit anyone�s creativity but is showcasing a tradition of beautiful prayer�, Pope Benedict wrote.
In the letter, released by the Vatican, the Pope wrote that sometimes people have presented Gregorian chant and traditional church music as expressions �to be overcome or disregarded because they limited the freedom and creativity of the individual or community.�??But, he said, when people recognize that the liturgy does not belong to an individual or parish as much as it belongs to the church, then they begin to understand how, while some expressions of local culture are appropriate, priority should be given to expressions of the church�s universal culture. He said music used at Mass must convey a �sense of prayer, dignity and beauty, and should help the faithful enter into prayer � and should keep alive the tradition of Gregorian chant and polyphony.�
Unfortunately, the Church is presently awash with new music that isn�t good enough. We should be looking to the sacred treasury for inspiration. To that end a new and similar initiative in this country will come into being in September. The John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music is being established at the Birmingham Oratory and Maryvale and will stress the importance of chant. The activities of the new Institute will also be put at the service of the Conferences of Bishops.??Benedict, and the new thrust in liturgical understanding, points us all to the chant. This is the best composition lesson anyone could give to aspiring liturgical composers. Those who ignore this advice have much less to contribute to the communal prayer life of the Church, and their influence will wane. More pressing is what ordinary people can sing in liturgies which correspond with the Catholic paradigm. A new Graduale Parvum is being prepared for British Catholics. We are all used to seeing Entrance, Offertory and Communion Antiphons in our missals and weekly mass sheets, which are either mumbled perfunctorily or simply ignored. But these are the essential texts for our liturgies as they change from week to week, and day to day. They are meant to be sung. They are much more important and appropriate to our cyclic prayers than the largely protestant and frequently irrelevant hymns that are stuck on at the usual places during Mass. These antiphons are known as �the Propers�. I have discussed these with Catholics from time to time, even priests, who look at me blankly and seem to have no idea what they are.
James MacMillan 31st July 2011

Fatherless

Some of the rioters and looters are as young as eight or nine. I then listened to a spokesman for Manchester city council appealing to parents to ensure that their children are not on the streets tonight. Why can’t people see what is staring us all in the face? We are not up against merely feral children. We are up against feral parents. Of course the parents know their children are out on the streets. Of course they see them staggering back with what they have looted. But either they are too drunk or drugged or otherwise out of it to care, or they are helping themselves to the proceeds too.
The parents are the problem; as are, almost certainly, their parents and their parents too. Not that any of them necessarily even know who their parents, in the plural, are. For the single most crucial factor behind all this mayhem, behind the total breakdown of any control or self-control amongst the rampaging gangs of children and teenagers who are rioting, burning, robbing, stealing, attacking and murdering, is the willed removal of the most important thing that socialises children and turns them from feral savages into civilised citizens: a fully committed, hands-on, there-every-day father.
As I have been writing for more than twenty years, a society that embraces mass fatherlessness is a society that is going off the edge of a cliff. There are whole areas of Britain (white as well as black) where committed fathers are a wholly unknown phenomenon; where serial generations are being brought up only by mothers, through whose houses pass transitory males by whom these girls and women have yet more children, and whose own daughters inevitably repeat the pattern of lone and utterly dysfunctional parenting.
The result is fatherless boys who are suffused by an existential rage and desperate psychic need, who take out the damage done to them by lashing out from infancy at the world around them. And all this is effectively condoned, rewarded and encouraged by the welfare state which conceives of need solely in terms of absence of money, and which accordingly subsidises lone parenthood and the destructive behaviour that welfare fatherlessness brings in its train.
Melanie Phillips Goodbye to the Enlightenment