Let us take a look at the news:
– In Italy, gay Catholics feel the “Francis Effect” – Washington Post
– Secret Service Pulls Agents from Detail for Drinking – New York Times
– 9 Air Force Commanders Fired for Cheating Scandal – ABC News
– Armed pro-government militias wreak havoc on Venezuela protests – FOX News
Well, let’s try headlines from news sources more on my end of the spectrum:
– 200+ Blacks Riot, Attack Whites (and Blacks!!), and Target Businesses for Theft in Louisville: City Leaders Declare Real Crime is Noticing Rioters were Black People – Stuff Black People Don’t Like
– Stripper turned minister claims rapist demons make you gay – via Jimgoad.net
– Deputies: Owner Sprayed “Go Back to China” at Her Own Coffee Shop – via American Renaissance
– Christie deftly defends appointment of Muslim Judge at RJC meeting – The Daily Caller
No luck there either. There is a great deal of news out there, and most of it bad. With all this news, comes a temptation to simply find a way to enjoy civilization’s ride southward in one way or another. In the early days of Alternative Right, their blog had the “STIHIE” feature with great regularity, which stood for “So This Is How It Ends.” When contributors to that site bumped into something sufficiently monstrous and decided there was nothing else to do but laugh about it, it went the way of STIHIE. If memory serves, this is how I first learned about the popular rap song, “It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT.” A more recent example of trying to laugh at the whole train wreck is Fred Reed’s charming write-up, “A Sozzled Apprehension of Politics.”
In going over all of this with a co-worker, he reminded me that Friedrich Nietzsche believed men who read newspapers to be foolish, and that there was more value in reading a book on the Crimean War than the latest news bulletin about Crimea. Undeniably, staying informed to one degree or another is important, lest we end up as ignorant as those who Occupied Wall Street not so long ago. However, and at the risk of receiving an unamused rejection from the editor, what if for one week instead of reading the news, we read something a bit more permanent? When was the last time you read Flannery O’Connor’s The Life You Save May Be Your Own? How about Sir Walter Raleigh’s The Lie? Should you want to tackle an entire novel and lack inspiration, Taki has written a list of his favorites, and the Rockford Institute has an impressive list of important works as well.
And of course, should you truly feel the need to squeeze in just a little bit of news and commentary, I highly recommend Chronicles.
Originally published by Chronicles on March 31st, 2014