Realities are greater than ideas

November 1, 2023 James Kalb 19

How the world works usually matters more than what we’re trying to accomplish. We see that in politics, with democracy as an obvious example. It wants the people to rule. But the people can’t possibly […]


Technocracy and the sexes, part II

October 2, 2023 James Kalb 8

The attention given to Jordan Peterson, and recently to more alarming figures like Andrew Tate, Bronze Age Pervert, and Raw Egg Nationalist, shows that people are finding men’s issues more pressing. The interest in these […]


Persecution then and now

August 2, 2023 James Kalb 20

To persecute is to push down on a weaker group, at least somewhat continuously, in order to weaken or destroy it. For Catholics, the example that sets the type is the persecution of Christians in […]


Sex, wokeness, and social justice

July 8, 2023 James Kalb 71

America and the whole Western world have just completed “Pride Month,” a string of observances celebrating all things LGBTQ. The message was that these things are normal and beneficial, a matter of choice and identity, […]


Tradition and the signs of the times

June 6, 2023 James Kalb 12

How can Catholics most help the world? The obvious answer is that they would help most if they became saints. If you as a Catholic want to “make a difference,” cultivate sanctity and wholehearted love […]


Are the Marxists on to something?

May 1, 2023 James Kalb 28

Marxism is basic to the history of the 20th century. Such was the view of Catholic philosopher Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989). In particular, he thought its contradictions and consequent disintegration led to the soft post-1960’s […]


Catholicism and Pluralism Today

April 19, 2023 James Kalb 9

We hear that we live in a pluralist society. But what does that mean? It’s not just a society in which people have a variety of beliefs and standards. That situation’s been common since the […]


On our kinder, gentler tyranny

March 1, 2023 James Kalb 11

Many people today deny nature, history, and the transcendent as guides to life, in favor of viewing the human world as a social construction that can be reconstructed at will. Judging by public statements, most […]


What to do with politics?

February 5, 2023 James Kalb 14

In Philippians 4:6, the Apostle Paul tells us: Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline: think […]