Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…


This is a great quote from Peter Kreeft's book The Best Things in Life. Socrates is having a dialogue with Capitalism (a guy named Adam) and Communism (a guy named Karl).

"...your end is the same as your brother's: material prosperity. It is only your means that is different...Karl, even if you are right and you are the champion of the many while Adam is the champion of the few, even if you work for the poor while Adam works for the rich, still, it is the same goal that you both seek: you for the many and he for the few or for the many: riches. And there's nothing new in that. It is a very old answer to the great question of the summum bonum, the greatest good. Your two systems are only two new social means to the same old end. If the end is not a good one, what great difference does it make which means is more effective in leading to it?"

And another great quote from the same chapter:

"Adam: But Socrates, what do you say the end of the state is, if not prosperity and the liberty to get it?
Socrates: Virtue."

There you have it. Something to chew on for a while. Soon I may post something on Distributism/Agrarianism for even more food for thought.