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Dr. R. Jared Staudt, Catholic World Report, September 7, 2023  

R. Jared Staudt PhD, serves as Director of Content for Exodus 90 and as an instructor for the lay division of St. John Vianney Seminary. He is author of How the Eucharist Can Save Civilization (TAN), Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press) ….

Rather than looking for a political savior, well-grounded reactionaries live differently, prioritizing the things that matter most.

Ideology unsettles not only those pulled into its alternate reality but also those who resist it, for it inspires overactions against its force. Reason strains and struggles to discern reality from subterfuge. Because evil forces dominate the culture, pretty soon everything becomes tainted with its touch. There’s no one to trust, people are lying regularly, making everything seem like a conspiracy.

The worst-case scenario regularly gets projected as the daily forecast. One bad thing seems to necessitate the occurrence of outlandish consequences and claims. Sometimes these projections are correct because outlandish things are happening, but often they are not. …

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