The podcast about how we live as Christian men and as the church in the modern world. Featuring deep cultural diagnostics, insights and interviews to help you make sense of this crazy and unprecedented age in which we live.
Life's Not Fair (Masculinist #57)
There are many aspects of life that are unfair. Often these take the form of hidden rules about how the world really works that can be in conflict with the nominal rules about how it is supposed to work.
As men, we need to be aware of these rules and they ways that some of them can put us as a disadvantage. This is not so that we can cower in fear, but rather so that we can be smartly and strategically courageous.
Protecting Your Opponents from Themselves
In my previous podcast series on American conservatism, I observed that they have a pattern of jumping into the breach to try to defend their opponents from the consequences of those opponents' own ideology. For example, they defended the school administrators against the student radicals of the 60s when the administrators themselves were liberals implacable hostile to conservatism. In fact, some of those university leaders had previously trashed William F. Buckley over God and Man at Yale.
We see this pattern persist into the present, most recently on display last week when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would eliminate gifted and talented programs in the city's public schools. Conservatives were outraged. I discuss this reaction and what it reveals about conservative patterns of behavior.
Once More Into the Breach Podcast: https://themasculinist.buzzsprout.com/1330924/8060365-once-more-into-the-breach
The Small Mindedness of the Middle Class
The upper class and the intellectuals have always particularly loathed the middle class. The novels of Sinclair Lewis or the essays of H. L. Mencken exhibit this mindset. Conservatives, whose social base and principal character is middle class, have pushed back against this, celebrating middle class values. It's worth considering, however, whether there is something to the critique of the middle class. Middle class values too often revolve around small pleasures and respectability that fatally compromise their ability to politically or culturally engage with the world.
My article on Grand Rapids: https://www.city-journal.org/html/manufacturing-comeback-15833.html
Learning from Marcuse
American conservatives rarely read or engage with leftist thought outside of the mass media. This is a weakness because if they did do so, they'd find that serious thinkers on the left are often very smart and have important insights about our world. This includes people often stigmatized as bogeymen (by people who have never read them) like the postmodernists or the Frankfurt School.
This podcast talks briefly about a couple of insights from Herbert Marcuse's book One Dimensional Man. Although an extremely difficult read, this 1950s work makes many observations about Western society that remain as relevant as ever and must be confronted by anyone seeking to change the system.
The Priority of Owned Space
This week's podcast is the audio of a presentation I gave at a conference on Christian localism called County Before Country. It discusses my positive/neutral/negative world framework for understanding the church's current situation. It then covers a strategy for achieving owned spaces as a possible response to this. The material is largely derived from Masc #13 and Masc #43, but in an accessible, presentation style format.
A video of this presentation can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0knvBZ5FlgI
Masc #13: The Lost World of American Evangelicalism: https://themasculinist.com/the-masculinist-13-the-lost-world-of-american-evangelicalism/
Masc #43: The Importance of Owned Space: https://themasculinist.com/the-masculinist-43-the-importance-of-owned-space/
Understanding Your Social Capital Score (Masculinist #56)
Social capital is the relationships, identities, etc. we can draw on in building a life. This issue discusses social capital and provided a diagnostic you can use to assess the amounts of social capital you can draw on across the dimensions of family, friendships, location, and church.
Thoughtful conservatism and Christianity
An aspirin for the feminized church
Renn’s analysis is always highly engaging and incisive. You can feel that modern churches have been designed for women, now you can learn why you feel that way.