15 April, 2019

George Weigel Shifts the Goalposts


It can be tedious to untangle a web of misrepresentations, and I'm afraid that what I am about to write here may be tedious to some. But if we are to uncover the continuing misrepresentations made by George Weigel on Catholic social teaching, this will be necessary even if it is somewhat tiresome. Catholic social teaching, however, is important enough that a little tediousness is well worth enduring to reach the truth.

25 March, 2019

Site Update - March 2019

Dear Readers,

A lot has been going on in my life over the last 15 months which has prevented me from pursuing more articles. I am, of course, grateful to the other contributors who have been able to submit articles during this time so that the site was not completely inactive over that time. I am happy to be able to tell you that things have been working out and that I hope to be able to resume publishing articles in the very near future. I am also getting the chance to continue working on a new book, which I hope to get published before the end of the year.

I am also happy to be able to report to you that, despite the sparse amount of articles over the last 15 months, the site has managed to maintain a higher amount of visits than I would have expected. Many of these seem to be from searches about distributism, which means that interest does still seem to be growing out there.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

David W. Cooney, Editor
25 March, 2019

10 December, 2018

A New Coca-Colonization?

LETTER TO MY EUROPEAN CORELIGIONISTS


This article is a slight revision of "Lettre d'un catholique américain à ses amis français et européens," published in L'Homme Nouveau, no. 1675, 24 November 2018, pp. 12-13.

Although Anglo-Saxon North America began as simply an extension of Europe, settled entirely by Europeans - aside from African slaves - over time it has developed a peculiar culture of its own, with roots in Europe, certainly, but often developing and exaggerating European ideas in peculiar directions. Since the end of the Second World War the prestige of this culture has been vast, due to the role of Americans in the defeat of the Axis powers in western Europe and, later, after the development of the Cold War, because of the common perception that the United States was the only effective alternative to the Soviet empire. Hence the term coined after the War, the coca-colonization of Europe, based on the ubiquity of the American soft drink, Coca-Cola. Even with the fall of the Soviet bloc, American mass culture and technology have continued to exercise a widespread influence all over the world. As an American myself, I recognize that this widespread influence is by no means altogether good, and that it requires careful evaluation with regard to each cultural or political sector in which it has influence.