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  • Jon shared from
    A joke in Milan Kundera’s novel “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” goes like this: “In Wenceslaus Square, in Prague, a guy is throwing up. Another guy comes up to him, pulls a long face, shakes his head and says: ‘I know just what you mean.’ ” The joke is supposed to be about life in Czechoslovakia under communism, circa 1977. It conveys exactly what I feel about the moral and mental state of the Republican Party, circa 2016.
    Note: I know just what you mean.
  • Jon shared from
    “The national-security law is actually a security law for the ruling party,” said Mr. Zhang, who says that Chinese society has become increasingly splintered along lines of wealth and privilege.
    Note: Central planning enriches central planners.
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    “I’ve spoken of the ‘Shining City’ all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.”
    Note: Reagan on trade and immigration in 1989.
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    In 1976 Ronald Reagan got a million more votes than President Ford in the primaries. But Reagan did not win a majority of the delegates, President Ford did, and so he received the nomination. Reagan understood the rules. Without complaint, he supported the winner. That’s how it works. Our worry today is that too many do not understand the rules.
    Note: A history lesson in political party rules, via Ronald Reagan.
  • Jon shared from Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Two Book Set (Christian Origins and the Question of God 4) by N. T. Wright
    I do not believe that the earliest Christians had started with ideas about exalted human (or angelic) figures, or even abstractions like ‘wisdom’, and, attaching them to Jesus under the impulse of remarkable ‘experiences’, had built up to a picture of his ‘divinity’. They were starting, I argued, with promises that Israel’s God had made concerning the things he was intending to come and do in person, and they were telling those stories once more in the shocked belief that Israel’s God had done what he promised – in and as Jesus of Nazareth. They were not telling stories about...
    Note: A Wright notion of the origins of christology.
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