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By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, February 12, 2020

Anthony Esolen, a contributing editor at Crisis, is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. Dr Esolen has authored several books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008), Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Books, 2010) and Reflections on the Christian Life (Sophia Institute Press, 2013).

Anthony EsolenAs the plague in Europe had its occasional years of acute virulence, so in the United States the election season is upon us again. And as the plague arrived in 1348 and would not be eliminated for five hundred years, and Europe was more or less always beset by plague, so the United States is now always in electoral dysfunction. And just as hanging posies around your neck did not help then, so the sweet platitudes of democratic procedure do not help now. For our problem is not procedural. Nor is it a matter of which public servants, charlatans, statesmen, racketeers, fools, or solons are in charge, though some are less miserable than others—and though one party (at present) hates in principle everything that a normal Catholic stands for, and the other party is none too pleased with this. Our problem is theological.

When the disciples began to quarrel about who among them would be the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus rebuked them in a way that shouldered the state from its throne of godhood. He might have merely recommended humility. He might have reminded them that greater and lesser were up to the Father to determine. He might conceivably have given them a lesson on equality. But His words, which we should attend to more closely than we are wont to do, are the rumbles of a slow and continuing and irrevocable upheaval in the geography of human life.  …

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