The Kinist community has been watching with great interest the fallout from the public revelation of Doug Phillips’ marital infidelity. While I in no way celebrate the damage done by his sins, I am nevertheless rejoicing in the downfall of a man whose public and private actions have done so much harm to Christendom. Phillips never injured me personally, but let’s just say I find high-functioning pathological narcissists to be intellectually interesting. Plus, a number of my friends were not left unscathed, and Kinists tend to be very protective of their kith & kin from outside attacks. A social order […]
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From Ross Douthat’s generally excellent introduction to Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community: What was Nisbet’s insight? Simply put, that what seems like the great tension of modernity—the concurrent rise of individualism and collectivism, and the struggle between the two for mastery—is really no tension at all. It seemed contradictory that the heroic age of nineteenth-century laissez faire, in which free men, free minds, and free markets were supposedly liberated from the chains imposed by throne and altar, had given way so easily to the tyrannies of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. But it was only a contradiction, Nisbet argued, […]