Post-Communist Conservatism

Sun 04 December 2016

While listening to the episode 30 of the Eastern Border podcast (a very touching one, thank you, Kristaps), I was touched by his notion of the post-Communist conservatism. The idea is that many nations in the former Eastern block seem to be a way more conservative than people in the former West.

One thing, which seems to me more and more obvious is, that from the three major political thought systems (other being liberalism and socialism) conservatism is the least ideological one, because it is the least angry one, the foundation of conservatism as the great and too much underappreciated Michael Oakeshott once said the feeling of thankfulness. And it is no surprising that at least our and earlier generations of the Eastern block survivors have many reasons to be thankful, so they may be more conservative, because they are more aware of what they can loose.

(to be updated …)

Category: faith Tagged: politics sociology conservatism blogcomment

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Otevřený dopis katolickému příteli

Sat 26 November 2016

Povídali jsme si trochu o ekumenismu a Večeři Páně (resp. svátosti Eucharistie; pro zjednodušení dále „Večeře Páně“, ale nechci se tím nijak evangelicky vymezovat) a když jsem se vrátil na místo na zbytek programu, tak jsem si uvědomil, že bych Ti chtěl říci ještě něco. Nechtělo se mi ale otravovat ...

Category: faith Tagged: ecumenism Catholics czech

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Missing socialism

Wed 09 November 2016

While listening to the Decline of the West episode I was told about this quotation when John Steinbeck was supposed to describe the political landscape of the US 1930s’:

I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist.

—John Steinbeck ...

Category: faith Tagged: politics socialism trump

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On Personal Truth

Mon 31 October 2016

Our Senior Pastor John Mullen talked one Sunday during communion about the distance between head and heart and that it is absolutely crucial to transform the truths which we have only in our head to those which are in our heart, and which are the only ones which actually drive ...

Category: faith Tagged: postmodern conscience

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Already and not yet

Wed 19 October 2016

Reading about the Synod of the Bishops of the Catholic church, and instead of thinking about the important matters of the remarriage, divorce, and ordination of women, what comes to my mind is what came through my mind when listening to the past dialog about the so called “gay marriages ...

Category: faith Tagged: theology priesthood sin

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The Age of Irresponsibility

Wed 19 October 2016

I was listening to the story on BBC how the British pensioners are forced by the fear of Brexit to move from Spain back to UK, because they are afraid Spanish government would stop paying them their pension when (and if) UK leaves EU. And that’s just because two ...

Category: faith Tagged: politics

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KChO konference 2016: Změním úděl svého lidu

Mon 17 October 2016

Stále přemýšlím o přednášce „Změním úděl svého lidu“ na Katolické charismatické konferenci 2016, kterou měli Kateřina Lachmanová a Pavola Streža. Celou dobu co jsem tu přednášku poslouchal jsem přemýšlel o Nehemiášovi. Ani Kateřina, ani Pavol, ho v přednášce nezmínili (pokud se nemýlím, nebo rozhodně to nebylo dominantní téma), ale myslím ...

Category: faith Tagged: czech forgiveness

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Tož tu Evropu už máme, teď potřebujeme ještě nějaké Evropany

Sun 03 July 2016

V tomto okamžiku to vypadá, že absolutně všichni obyvatelé planety Země, zejména pokud žijí někde v blízkosti Evropy, cítí potřebu se vyslovit k příčinám, následkům a všemu možnému ohledně vystoupení Spojeného (zatím :)) Království z Evropské unie. Vzhledem k tomu, že jsem sám spíše zmaten nežli co jiného z celé situace ...

Category: faith Tagged: euro EU politics blogcomment czech

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