There has been much hoopla in the past several years over the economic success of the so-called “boystown” same-sex enclaves in a number of cities. While such areas very positively provide safety and security for citizens to quietly enjoy the benefits of life without harassment, it is also true that these enclaves cannot be solely sustained by the LGBTQ population itself, which is relatively small in number.
One secret to the economic success of the “boystown” neighborhoods is that they are located within larger “boozetown” drink and entertainment districts serving recent college graduates and young professionals.
Without “boozetowns,” “boystowns” would not thrive, nor would pride parades have grown to number in the hundreds of thousands.
The dreaming Chicago Left, allied with old Red true-believers, civil libertarians, New Left “progressive independents,” and life-style radicals, labored mightily, and brought forth a Rube Goldberg health care web application disclosing both Stalinist bureaucracy and American government purchasing systems for all that they are.
Social justice proposals that are to be implemented by government are always realized in bureaucracy. The mastery of bureaucracy is more about competence in performance, gained after constant study and relentless pursuit, than it is about naive good intentions and panacea promises.
Government, because of the complexity of bureaucracy and of procurement and other constraints, can never be the sole source of social justice. We’re lucky that we didn’t have to endure a violent revolution and over seventy years of human suffering to find that out once again.
Not that this revelation will matter to the true-believers, whose response to their own abysmal failures is ever: “Much more is needed of the same.”
After spending several years trying to destroy religious and mediating institutions, it’s only a matter of time for, out of sheer desperation, the present architects of social justice to turn again to “public-private partnerships” with the same organizations previously on their hit list to solve their embarrassing problem.
“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” goes on the list of famous presidential whoppers, which includes “A war to end all wars,” “I am not a crook,” “Read my lips, no new taxes,” and “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
Adjacent Rome’s Verano Cemetery, lit by golden setting sunlight, and framed by lengthening shadows, Pope Francis offered an inspired, extempore homily on All Saints evening, 11/1/2013, speaking quietly and directly of how Christ saves us from death:
“At this moment before sunset, we are gathered in this cemetery to think about our future and all those who are no more, those who have gone before us in life and are in Lord. The vision we heard in today’s first reading is so beautiful (Rev, 7:2-4, 9-14). . . .”
“We can expect full love. Those who have gone before us in the Lord are there and proclaim that they were saved not by their deeds, but by the Lord. ‘Salvation comes from our God [. . .] and from the Lamb” (Rev, 7:10b) [. . .] He is the One who saves us, like a father, by bringing us to the other shore at the end of our life. . . .”
“As sun starts to set today, let each of us think of our own sunset. Am I looking at it with hope? . . . Where is my heart anchored? If it is anchored on the shore, hope cannot disappoint because Jesus does not disappoint. . . .”
“I would like to pray in a special way, in particular for our brothers and sisters who died as they sought a better life. We saw the cruelty of the desert, and of the sea where many drowned. Let us also pray for those who were saved, now languishing in shelters. Let us hope they might go to other, more comfortable places, in other centres.”
The 2007 Polish film Katyn, directed by Andrzej Wajda, which chronicles the 1940 Soviet massacre of about 22,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia at three different locations, is now available on Youtube with English subtitles. I highly recommend the viewing of this sombre and telling film. The end of the film is one of utmost violence, so I forewarn the sensitive.
In 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev and a number of authorities admitted that Stalin and the Soviet leadership were responsible for ordering the Katyn massacre, after 50 years of Soviet lies, suppression, exile, and execution of the relatives of the victims and of those who brought the truth forward.
During World War II, both Churchill and FDR and their administrations hid the truth about Katyn in order to keep the alliance with Stalin. Generations were compromised by the lies of Katyn.
The story of Katyn reveals the truth about history, politics, and of the amazing Polish people, to whom civilization owes a debt.
How anyone could remain a Marxist-Leninist communist after Katyn proves St. Thomas Aquinas’ theory of invincible ignorance.