Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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Announcement

     I’m going to be away from Liberty’s Torch for a while…possibly a very long while. Recent events have persuaded me that for the present, there’s no point to my writing for the Web. A man of my age shouldn’t spend his time and energy shouting into the wind. So I’m going to take a …

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Anarchism

     [The following discourse on anarchism was an early attempt of mine to outline the nature and difficulties both of government and of the alternative – i.e., no government – rather than to advocate either of them. When I wrote it, I’d already come to disbelieve in “problems” and “solutions,” sociopolitically speaking. However, I had …

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Further Symptoms Of Butkeritis-Induced Psychosis

     I believe this is called “living in their heads rent-free:”      The Kansas City Star, a newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri, ignited a fiery debate with its latest opinion piece, advocating for the Kansas City Chiefs to oust their star kicker, Harrison Butker, in favor of a female kicker.      This radical suggestion …

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Support Transparency In Government!

The House Sergeant at Arms informed @RepThomasMassie that failure to remove this video depicting our government trading America for Ukraine will result in a $500 fine. He won’t be able to fine us if we post it in support of Rep. Massie. pic.twitter.com/DrJIJcf3hM — I Meme Therefore I Am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) April 24, 2024      …

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Births And Rebirths

     Happy Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. On this day two millennia ago, the Apostles were granted the gift of the Holy Spirit, which emboldened and equipped them for the mission with which Christ had charged them:      Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. …

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To Prevent November Surprise

     Read the following two articles. They’ll provide you with all you need to know: Biden’s “campaign.” The federal government and “voter turnout.”      Joseph R. Biden could not win an honest election for dogcatcher. (Watch for “revelations” that he was elected dogcatcher in his hometown at a record early age, and with the highest …

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The Grinding Of The Axes

     If you enjoy theological and spiritual reading, as I do, you’re likely to run across the occasional dubious statement in the work of some writer overly ardent for his Cause. Religious writers have their agendas, as do we all. Occasionally their eagerness to advance those agendas moves them to say something that’s not quite …

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When You Cannot Argue

     “The fascists cannot argue, so they kill.” – Victor Marguerite      The Left discovered some time ago that its ideas are incapable of prevailing against the evidence. Of course, an idea that requires us to dismiss or deny the evidence is always going to have a few little problems in debate. But that doesn’t …

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Power Positions

     Whether you’re writing exposition, opinion, or fiction, you want your prose to have power. There are a number of maxims about this, for example the dictum to prefer the active voice and strong, active verbs. Another is the advice to avoid overdecorating your sentences with modifiers and subordinate clauses – i.e., to let your …

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Of Suppositions And Purple

     [I’m very tired, and the news is so monochromatically bleak that I can see no point in commenting on it. I did find one interesting article from Roger Kimball a few days back, but it’s long, dense, and deserves more time and thought than I’ve had available, so for now please read it and …

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Tolerable Diversity, Mandatory Unity

     That shibboleth word “diversity” just might have had its day. The myriad examples of what happens when a government attempts to compel “diversity” upon an institution or a society make it fairly plain that the notion is toxic. Resistance to such compulsion is mounting and will soon become insuperable.      It’s been the case …

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The Catastrophists Ride Again

     Say, does anyone else remember Eric Pianka?      On March 2, 3, and 4 of this year, the Texas Academy of Sciences held its annual conclave, at which it awarded a certain Eric Pianka, a biologist at the University of Texas, with its Distinguished Texas Scientist Award. Whatever Dr. Pianka’s achievements as a researcher …

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Motherhood

     As virtually everyone in the Western Hemisphere knows by now, yesterday was Mothers’ Day, a holiday celebrated by mothers, grandmothers, greeting-card vendors, and Hallmark stockholders throughout the land. Why Mom gets only a single day, while Negroes and sexual deviants get a month each and governments get all of us year after year, I …

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Sensitive Single Men Of America…(UPDATED)

     …your quest for undying love has ended!      [Applause to Concerned American at WRSA, whose quest for a new blog-home has ended, too.]      UPDATE: The C.S.O. just reminded me about an earlier competitor for the title of “perfect woman:”      I detect a certain similarity in Rebecca’s and Laurel’s claims. I wonder what …

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How It’s Done Dept.

     Some fiction writers consciously strive to keep their readers off-balance, groping for a purchase on what’s really happening in the story. This can be boiled down to an actual technique. The key, of course, is surprise.      There are several kinds of surprise in fiction. There are plot surprises, where an event that seems …

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Small Lives

     [A short story for you this evening. Not everyone aspires to greatness. Quite a lot of us have no ambitions of that magnitude. But think about the children of a family of great wealth and power. Think about the pressures that might be put on them. Not all of them will respond the way …

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Quirks Part 2

     I’d hoped to stir up a little mud with yesterday’s piece, but it seems ‘twas not to be. Ah, well. My evening provided additional fodder: an object lesson in the importance of being wary around people who don’t know about your quirks.      Among the topics that I’m personally sensitive about is the Christian …

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Insight Of The Day

     There is no class of jobs that is not essential to this country. – Buck Throckmorton at Ace of Spades HQ      Not even Vice Presidents for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Buck? I was hoping we could do without them. But if you’re sure…

Quirks

     A few days ago, retired SEAL and writer Matt Bracken posted this on Gab:      I assented vigorously, which triggered this query:      What morals do the 96% agree on?      It’s not a trivial question. The use of the word morals, with its sexual overtones, clouds the subject somewhat, so in this context …

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Insight Of The Day

     There are many elaborate theories about paranoia, but we can’t sincerely claim that we’ve cracked it yet. We need more data. If we really want to understand the genesis of the paranoid mentality, we should be making lists of known paranoids and compiling detailed dossiers about them. Researchers should be following them around, watching …

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