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Greetings, from rural Holland where Matt and I took a brief vacation to see old friends. Finally, I got my residence visa. I am now street-legal within the Schengen Zone. Matt and I flew directly to Amsterdam. We stayed there together for one night, in a terrific little hotel on a canal, The Noblemen, which is owned and operated by a family. It’s hard to believe that I have ever been treated more generously by a staff member of a hotel. It is a great place to stay if you are ever in this area.

Yesterday, my hosts who have been long-time friends since I was a teenager, drove us to Achel Trappist monastery to enjoy their ale.

The first time I visited the tiny Achel cloister (Achelsekluis in Dutch and Flemish) was in the summer of 1984, when the father of a Dutch friend I was visiting took me there to sample the Trappist ale. My teenage American brain was blown away by it. It was seven to eight years ago that I first saw Achel beer on the shelves at Whole Foods Baton Rouge. I made my second-ever visit to the Achelsekluis this afternoon, this time with my son Matt, age 22. It was delicious, but there were no monks. The last one moved out on August 8, 2020, to go into retirement at the Trappist house in Westmalle.

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I’ve been off the keyboard for several days and it has been great for me. My son and I went on a walk around Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We also ate delicious savory pancakes. I wanted to try rijsttafel, an Indonesian smorgasbord. But there was not enough time. Tomorrow we will be returning to Vienna. Although I had planned to go there for the summer, visa issues meant that I spent much more time outside Austria this year. It has been an amazing adventure.

Because today I am going back to Austria and will be travelling a lot, I will leave a few things for you to see. Yes, many of you have lamented the loss of the comments section on this blog due to the redesign. All of your comments have been passed to me by the Mothership. I hope that Disqus can be removed and the status quo is restored.

Unfortunately, Twitter is my only option. It brings me the latest news:

Great. Globalists are so certain of their success, they don’t mind appearing like a Chick-tract vision of the world-governing elite. They are those who run the Machine.

A friend sent me the following news item from Germany. One downside to normalizing prostitution, it seems, is that women are expected to accept those jobs when there is no other option. Late-Weimar madness!

If you turn down sex work in Germany they’ll cut your unemployment benefits. Don’t tell me that the slippery slope isn’t real pic.twitter.com/69zZ4btoLh

— Brandon Fraser (@BiblicalManlet) July 19, 2022

Michael Brendan Dougherty writes: He observes that crazy religious bigots, who in the Dark Ages predicted that homosexual marriages would be devalued more generally are now proven to have been right. He writes:

America is retreating from marriage. The radicals believed that marriage could be replaced with something better. Americans have replaced it almost entirely with nothing. People will be able to live with fewer children and the end of their married lives. Their lives will be fragmented and marked by longer and more intense periods of despair and loneliness.

This editorial is by NR editors and comments on a current Congressional effort codify the right-to-same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage was not the first step away from this model of marriage. Social trends, legal developments, and other factors have all contributed to the weakening of the connections between sex and marriage and child-rearing. This weakening is generally regretted rather than admirable. It is still vital to have a culture of marriage that encourages adult behavior and fosters the well-being for children. The institution’s ability to achieve its purpose is diminished by the existence of same-sex marriages.

And many other negative effects followed. Bullying, injustice, and pure illogic have all been a result of same-sex marriage. To give same-sex married couples legal and social dignity, the market for embryos and surrogates, a field that allows the practice of the most eugenics, was expanded. The facile claim that recognition by the government of gay marriages does not “affect you” is wildly false. Countless lawsuits after Obergefell have worked to diminish the religious liberty of Jews, Muslims, and Christians who hold on to the historic moral and metaphysical commitments of their faith. Since the alteration of our laws, it isn’t just florists who have been under threat. All of this is a reason for governments to maintain the old view of marriage and for the federal government’s permission for them to. Allowing states to reach different conclusions on this issue would not cause chaos or prove unworkable, as it did not in the years just before 2015. A national policy is not something Congress can legislate.

Ye who have been reading me for the past 20 years on this topic know that I don’t blame same-sex marriage for the destruction of marriage. SSM was a result of declining marriage culture. This is what I believe. It is fundamentally changing the character of marriage to remove it from an obligation beyond children and make it more about individual romantic feelings. This was done by straight people long before gays ever asked for marital rights. People like me understood right from the start that SSM was an important moment in the Sexual Revolution’s advancement. However strained the connection between marriage and its traditional purposes was under post-1960s cultural change, there was still the possibility of reform. That was all ended with the legalization of homosexual marriage.

I don’t think MBD means that gays are responsible for marriage collapse. He is proving that MBD’s promises of extending marriage to the same-sex partner would improve marriage culture are just as absurd as the cultural Right claimed. According to NR’s editorial it has undeniably broken down the barriers that prevent people from thinking more freely about sex. Camille Paglia is a right-wing Christian who has pointed out that this kind of thing always precedes the fall of civilizations. And as Carle C. Zimmerman wrote back in the 1940s, the form of family within a civilization determines the strength of the civilization. This space has been a few times filled with information about Zimmerman’s research (he headed Harvard’s sociology section) regarding family and civilisation. A Zimmerman quote from an old post:

There is little left now within the family or the moral code to hold this family together. Mankind has eaten not just the crop but also the seeds for next year’s planting. This fact is beyond our control, no matter how Pollyanna-like we may feel. The implications for our society’s future will not be limited to the immediate family, but all of us can assume that they are far-reaching. This is not a moral question; it’s a social one. It’s no longer familialistic, it’s cultural. This nihilism of family behavior seems to inextricably link the continuation of culture.

Zimmerman wasn’t a religious person. He feebly suggests in the conclusion of that 1947 book (“Family And Civilization”) that science will pull a rabbit out of a hat and save us all. Didn’t happen, obviously. We now have institutions elites. These include the propagandists from our media elite. They convince children their sex can be whatever they want it to, while bullying their parents. This is not the civilization that wants to live. Cue Alasdair MacIntyre:

A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium. They set out to build new communities within which morality could survive, often without fully understanding what they were doing. If I am correct in my assessment of the moral state we are at, then we should also conclude that we have been reaching that point for some time. It is important to build local communities that can sustain civility, intellectual and moral life in the face of the dark times.

The need for the Benedict Option wasn’t clear to many people when I published the book in 2017. Today? Christian, do you really believe we live in an Imperium that is healthy and worthy of our support? Is the Imperium, with its power and values, making you and your beliefs and ideals the enemy? This is the problem with today’s conservative Christians.

And while we are on the topic of dishonesty and unreality on sexual discourse, the NYT reports that the NYC health department doesn’t know what to think about monkeypox messaging. Excerpt:

The spread of monkeypox has ignited a debate within the New York City Health Department over whether the agency should encourage gay men to reduce their number of sexual partners during this summer’s outbreak.

Officials at the department are fighting over the public message. The number of monkeypox infections has almost tripled within the past week. Nearly all were among males who have had sex. Some epidemiologists believe the city should encourage gay men to change their sexual behaviour temporarily while the disease spreads. Other officials disagree and argue that this would stigmatize homosexual men and backfire.

Of course. God forbid that anyone tells gay men not to have orgies when there is a serious disease. You will believe that the summum bounum of being human is having sex whenever and with whomever you wish. Although it’s absurd, this is what civilization has become.

Josh Barro, a gay man living in NYC, is not fooled. He claims that the public health officials are misleading him by saying “everybody is equally vulnerable to monkeypox”. Excerpt:

“Anyone can get monkeypox,” it says, in a section entitled “Who is at risk for contracting monkeypox?” It adds that “certain populations are being affected by monkeypox more than others, including men who have sex with men.” Okay. But then it adds “some groups may be at heightened risk for severe outcomes if they contract monkeypox,” identifying four such groups: “people with weakened immune systems, elderly New Yorkers, young children under 8 years of age, and pregnant people.”

This is just terrible messaging that’s going to scare a lot of people for no reason.

The danger level that you may get the disease is not important, as the chances of you getting infected are very low. Monkeypox currently spreads almost exclusively to men who have had sex with women — this is a fact which largely excludes pregnant women and children younger than 8. There is no way to minimize the risk. A man over 65 could be at risk for getting the monkeypox. However, this is a relatively young population that has made it to this point.

This article is about controlling the narrative to ensure that nobody thinks badly of Teh Geyz. More:

What exactly are we doing here?

I believe that when the public health authorities cover up the truth, it is partly because they want to keep the stigma away. But, I also think it is part of the general pattern of deceitful framing of public health officials who wish to encourage the public to take more preventative measures against spreading disease. They will gladly inform you if you are at an above-average level of risk. This is in the hope that it will encourage you to follow their guidance. They won’t tell you if your risk is below average, as you may not follow their advice. It’s possible that some gay men will not be aware of the message intended for everyone and become misinformed or under-alarmed.

If you are an older git, you will recall that Anthony Fauci was one of the most vocal advocates for Everybody Is Equally Vulnerable to AIDS.

Still waiting for gay men who are having random sex with strangers during the Monkeypox outbreak to get lectured and scolded by public health authorities the way that the rest of us did for going to grocery stores and restaurants during COVID

— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 19, 2022

It is really hard to overstate the extent to which the American media approach their job not as truth-telling, but as narrative-management. It’s now true for many public officials in health, such as the ones who dealt with AIDS and Covid. And it is now applicable to monkeypox.

There is a hierarchy of importance here – the biological family is nowhere near as important to liberalism as the casual sex partner

— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) July 19, 2022

I’m so angry at this kind of stuff. Why? Why? Nearly every day I was subject to the culture of denial and lies. The horrendous truth was so obvious that people could not bear it. It was painfully obvious, and it threatened to destroy narratives that were favored by different church groups.

This isn’t a Catholic idea; it is part of our human nature. There are many situations in my life where people would rather allow institutions and others to fail than admit that they were wrong. That’s exactly what caused the fall of my Louisiana family. I have written about it in previous books. They were more concerned with maintaining the story of the sacredness of their life than welcoming us back. This is the human condition. Here is a passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 11:

Then the chief priests and Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we to do? The man has many signs. If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

But one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

How can we know when we are being massaged by narrative-controllers, as opposed to informed about facts in the real world? Although it’s hard to know, I am thankful for Chris Rufo’s efforts to expose these lies:

The Washington Post has informed me that the leading researcher on child sex abuse in public schools is “distraught” by the discourse about “grooming. “

This is surprising because the researcher also wrote last year a paper about teachers’ “red flag grooming behavior”. pic.twitter.com/u5rY0JBUXf

— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 19, 2022

It is really a war against reality. Believers in reality are socially constructed and believe it is okay to lie for the purpose of creating a just society. We are now committing suicide together as civilization. Look at this, from Jonathan Turley:

There is an interesting controversy brewing in anthropology departments where professors have called for researchers to stop identifying ancient human remains by biological gender because they cannot gauge how a person identified at that the time. Others have called for research to cease identifying race because it feeds white supremacy. One of the academics objecting to this effort to stop gender identifications, San Jose State archaeology Professor Elizabeth Weiss, is currently suing her school. Weiss claims she was denied access to the human remains collection because of her opposition to repatriation. The school objected that she posted a picture holding a skull from the collection on social media, expressing how she was “so happy to be back with some old friends.”

The conservative site College Fix quotes various academics in challenging the identification of gender and notes the campaign of the Trans Doe Task Force to “explore ways in which current standards in forensic human identification do a disservice to people who do not clearly fit the gender binary.”

University of Kansas Associate Professor Jennifer Raff argued in a paper, “Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas,” that there are “no neat divisions between physically or genetically ‘male’ or ‘female’ individuals.” Her best selling book has been featured on various news outlets like MSNBC.

Weiss has criticized the book as “just plain wrong” critical points of history and objects that Raff seems “eager to pay homage to every current progressive orthodoxy.”

However, Raff is not alone. Graduate students like Emma Palladino have objected that “the archaeologists who find your bones one day will assign you the same gender as you had at birth, so regardless of whether you transition, you can’t escape your assigned sex.”

We know totalitarian regimes alter the past in order to cement their power. But this idea that pre-history has to be rewritten to deny biological reality, so as to impose a bizarre 21st-century sect’s dogma onto scientific history — that’s really something that even the Soviets didn’t try to do.

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One More War On Reality(tm). This winter, all European solidarity towards Ukraine will evaporate as energy prices rise due to a shortage of Russian natural gas. I predict that come December, the kind of Europeans who trashed Viktor Orban for being too cautious (in their view) in his support for Ukraine (recognizing in part that Hungary receives 85 percent of its gas from Russia) will have developed a Strange New Respect for his prudence.

OK. Now it is time for me to pack up and return to Vienna. This weekend, normal life will resume.

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