Unencumbered

I remember being rather disturbed by the sad and lonely little knots of abortion opponents we sometimes encountered at demonstrations – often hollow-faced men with severe hair and very tightly-tied ties, standing in the rain next to some glum nuns. They perfectly encapsulated what we were fleeing from, the ordered, hierarchical, self-disciplined life of the suburbs, lawn-mowing, shoe-polishing, respectable, possibly even church-going. What if we were all to be dragged back into that world, compelled by a bawling baby to take out a mortgage, live in the provinces, become a commuter, sing hymns and acquire a garden gate?
No, we were destined to live in the capital, child-free, lawn-free, hymn-free, unencumbered, without obligations to our parents, and the past, or to children, and the future. [Peter Hitchens]

Deneen is a student of Alexis de Tocqueville, and part of his argument is classically Tocquevillian, that the liberal-democratic-capitalist matrix we all inhabit depends for its livability and sustainability and decency upon pre-liberal forces and habits, unchosen obligations and allegiances: the communities of tribe and family, the moralism and metaphysical horizons of religion, the aristocracy of philosophy and art.

O Mundo Ao Contrário

O título de campeão nacional atribuído à equipa do Sporting na época 2016/2017 pode ter sido conquistado com recurso a pagamentos a árbitros. Os dirigentes de Alvalade terão pagado às equipas de arbitragem para serem beneficiados nos seus jogos mas o esquema também terá sido usado para que o Benfica fosse beneficiado no jogo que disputou com o Porto e que deixou os leões isolados na liderança da tabela classificativa. Resumindo: Leões terão pagado para o Benfica ganhar num jogo contra o Porto. A Procuradoria-Geral da República confirmou entretanto que foi instaurado um inquérito para investigar os eventuais crimes. [Observador] Agora sim, já vi tudo na Vida.