“A Socialist government is one which in its nature does not tolerate any true and real opposition.”

“For there the Government provides everything; and it is absurd to ask a Government to provide an opposition.”

I’m back — at least for a little while. I really should not go around announcing what I plan to do, because that seems to make it less likely to happen — like this supposed series on history. Someday that will happen.

Where have I been, anyway? At school, mostly. Writing papers about why Saul failed at being king, or how Homer provides a nuanced view of the morality of lying in the Odyssey. I’m also working for the orchestra, which is inefficient as ever (these artists. . .), and the Writing Center as usual. And still talking to Catholics. Seemingly I’ve added another, quite a nice fellow, but I don’t understand why a secular school is suddenly overrun with them. When we eat supper together on Tuesday nights it’s going to be a regular crowd, which I like. The school can have official policies about not talking about religion or risking offending people or praying in public as much as they like, but one Communist Lutheran, two or three Baptists, and two or three or even perhaps four Catholics are going to use their cafeteria to do all of those things.

My sister’s playing in a wedding this afternoon with the three boys, and last night was the rehearsal. It went late (sundry people involved seem to be more or less incompetent), and the musicians apparently weren’t invited to the dinner, so Joel said we’d go to (what appears to be the only place in town) — a bar. Two Catholic boys and two Baptist girls looked a little alarmed. He explained there was a restaurant in it. We were still sceptical. (It did turn out all right, though.) And we talked about who can be saved, cases of aborted infants, or people who’d never heard the Gospel, and about Olivia’s career at a music school, and everything short of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.

It’s raining here, and we’re glad it’s not an outdoor wedding, and my sister just ran up the stairs yelling something that sounded like “Let’s get hitched!” and she’s in despair because she can’t find the right shirt. This is the sixth wedding she’s played in. Oh, and not content with doing a unity candle, the couple’s going to have candles for everybody in the audience to hold, and light. The church, whose sanctuary isn’t as ugly as some (it does have a nice high ceiling) had rainbow banners hanging in it — evidently neither for gay pride nor for the Noahic covenant,  but because this church likes having all the liturgical seasons present at once. But they took them down when they decorated for the wedding, and the sanctuary looks much better.

The quote, as usual, is from Chesterton.


About Nolie Alcarturiel

Creative Writing major and Philosophy minor, contemplating a Master's degree in Medieval History. I enjoy practically anything to do with medieval history, including the domestic arts, with an especial emphasis on the Anglo-Saxon Era. In my spare time I read endlessly, do medieval living-history, hold philosophical debates at the drop of a hat, and write books on even slighter provocation.
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2 Responses to “A Socialist government is one which in its nature does not tolerate any true and real opposition.”

  1. I just received notice of your post, and have a few moments for reading and commenting. I’ve been meaning to tell you that your posts have been like well-crafted letters one might receive from a favorite relative; newsy, conversational, and a good reflection upon the writer’s interests. So, thank you. As for the bar, yes, I’ve been there. It is a word that covers a wide range of possibilities. In a small town like Alpena, SD, (which may or may not correspond to the town where you were) I would liken it to a public house. But I remember the alarm I felt in a similar situation. Also, I’m curious, did you see one of the recent posts over at immoderate.wordpress.com where Pastor Martin shared a section of one of the Baptist creeds on the subject of infants in heaven? It was, I thought, quite thoughtful.


    • Thank you. I’ve been wondering if so many posts explaining why I haven’t been posting were getting monotonous. The next post, I hope, will be about the wedding, and that will have a lot more dialogue in it.

      We were all alone in the restaurant on Friday night, which wasn’t bad. Yesterday, though, it was crowded and noisy and once we found out they weren’t serving food yet, we left.

      I did see that post, actually — I was looking up something for JP, and came across it without looking for it. It came in handy on Friday night.


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