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Outside the Asylum Random musings of a Roman Catholic man standing in the ruins of the postmodern era.

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Outside the Asylum · 3M ago

Uncivil Discourse 2: Kathy Griffin and the “New Normal” of Obscenity

Kathy Griffin, desperate attention-seeker.(Photo: Getty Images.)I absolutely cannot stand Scotch whiskey. People tell me that Scotch is an “acquired taste.” To which I always respond with so...
Outside the Asylum · 3M ago

Scarcity No Excuse For Avoiding Health Care Reform

Image Source: Center for American Progress.Plenty of people have written ad nauseam about liberal smugness. Heck, even liberals have written about liberal smugness. I’ve already pointed out ...
Outside the Asylum · 3M ago

The Day Melania Trump Became a Real Person

First Lady Melania Trump, just before meeting Pope Francis.(Photo credit: Gregorio Borgia, AP)I’ve felt some pity for Melania Trump for some time now. It’s hard not to.In the ShadowFor one t...
Outside the Asylum · 4M ago

Dreher’s “Benedict Option” Not THAT Hard to Understand

Monday, while perusing Big Pulpit, I came across a link to Deirdre Mundy’s Aleteia post, “Where [Rod] Dreher lost me on the ‘Benedict Option’”. I recently bought the book The Benedict Option...
Outside the Asylum · 5M ago

NYT: Trump Stole the Left’s License to BS

I must apologize — I thought I’d written my last political commentary. But when I read Casey William’s April 17 New York Times think piece, “Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?”, m...
Outside the Asylum · 7M ago

La Civiltà Cattolica and the “Spirit of the Age”

Rev. Antonio Spadaro, SJ. (Photo: Magyar Kurír.)Brace yourselves. Once again, someone in the Vatican has challenged Church doctrine in a way that implicates Pope Francis, on an issue about w...
Outside the Asylum · 7M ago

The Chittister Challenge 2: Supply, Demand, and the “Culture of Life”

On Saturday, January 28, Joe Heschmeyer published an essay, “Seven Answers to the ‘Pro-Lifers are just Pro-Birth’ Argument,” in his blog Shameless Popery. The essay offers rebuttals to a mem...
Outside the Asylum · 8M ago

The Absurdity of “Values-Free” Economics

Image source: marketoracle.co.uk.While reading John C. Médaille’s Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Healthcare, Deficits, and More (Wil...
Outside the Asylum · 10M ago

About Those Participation Trophies …

Dear Cody,I’ve seen the message you left for “People Older Than Me” on behalf of “People Younger Than Me”, which has had over 331,000 views at this writing [11/19/16]. For the benefit of eve...
Outside the Asylum · 10M ago

Trump’s Plan: “Make America an Oligarchy”

I published Friday’s post a couple days later than I wanted to because my home Internet connection was down. In that post, I reflected on the degree to which elite arrogance had led to Donal...