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Well, it takes all kinds.

Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule, currently enjoying his three minutes of fame onaccounta this concentration camp witticism, offers Alan Dershowitz serious competition in the Most Fucked Up Harvard Law Professor contest.

Since converting to Catholicism, Vermeule is now an advocate of integralism, a Roman Catholic political doctrine which calls for the abolition of the division between church and state, in order that the resulting state – which integralists deny would be a theocracy – can promote a religiously-determined “Highest Good” in place of the personal autonomy of a liberal democracy. Their ideal is to create this new confessional Catholic regime through “strategic raillement,” or transformation from within institutions and bureaucracies, rather than by winning elections. The groundwork for a full integralist regime would then be in place when liberal democracy dies. The new state would “exercise coercion over baptized citizens in a manner different from non-baptized citizens.” To achieve this end, Vermeule advocates giving confirmed Catholics priority in immigration, allowing them to “jump immediately to the head of the queue.” Vermeule describes this as being essential to “the eventual formation of the Empire of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and ultimately the world government required by natural law.”


Margaret Soltan, February 21, 2020 4:48PM
Posted in: kind of a little weird

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2 Responses to “Well, it takes all kinds.”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    There is a difference between Roman Catholic doctrine and a doctrine promoted by some Roman Catholics.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: In fact I see no connection between anything a recognizable Catholic would take seriously (much less endorse) and this repellent madness. At first Mr UD and I tried to assume it was a satire. It ain’t. It’s too niche-wacko to worry about, but anti-democracy and anti-liberalism generally ARE worth worrying about.

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