179. Book Review | The Recovery of Family Life by Scott Yenor

So, I’m now back in the office for recording, and if you can’t see it you should check out my YouTube Channel. You’ll be able to watch the book reviews and see the new office. But, to get to the topic for this episode, I’ll be discussing a book by Scott Yenor. The Recovery of Family Life is an insightful look into the attack on the family, and how to push back. I learned about this book because someone reached out to me about it. After reading most of it, I can say this is a crucial read for everyone in our culture today.

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Unlike other reviews I’ve done, this is one that someone reached out to me to review. And, I’m glad she did. If it weren’t for her reaching out, I wouldn’t have found this book that has really intrigued me. I must say that this has really changed how I approach some of the cultural-political problems we face.

“This revolution is a ‘sexual revolution’ in the large and proper sense. I call it the rolling revolution because its principles are such that they will only with great difficulty, if ever, be achieved and they can call for a continuous transformation of marriage and family life.”

-Scott Yenor

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The Destruction of Family Life

In this incredibly well-researched book, Yenor explains the problems that arise from feminism and a simplified liberalism. By tracing feminist activists’ works, he demonstrates how our society has attacked the family and family values. Instead of building up families and supporting them, we’ve actively worked against them.

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Not only does Yenor explain feminism, but he does this by extensively citing and quoting their work. Rather than hearing these ideas second or third-hand, he shows you what the founders of this feminist and liberal ideology say. If you don’t believe me, you should buy the book and look at the 70+ pages of notes and citations.

The Recovery of Family Life

But, where’s the positive side of things? Well, Yenor doesn’t just leave us with all the problems he describes. He explains the basic problem, as well as some other issues curbing the progress of the “rolling revolution.” What I like most is that he shows a way forward. My goal is to solve the problems of today with the wisdom of the past, and I think Yenor’s book exemplifies how that’s done. By pulling from tremendous thinkers, explaining the current issue, and proposing prudent solutions, he is doing what I like to see.

211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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