Here's a comment about how secular traditions don't arise in an economic vacuum.
As I opined on Och's blog, this year's Lent was disappointing, but I imagine that disappointment is part of the martyrdom that Lent cultivates.
Part of my disappointment was tied to my inability to refrain all blog activity during Lent. When a chorus of criticism was directed against Ancient Faith Radio, my hackles were raised. Added to that was a tongue-in-cheek attack on my beloved Obikhod and on AFR as Ortho-Protestantism. Listen, AFR is the closest thing to Mom and apple pie in my book.
I switched to Gabriel's blog to begin presenting a view that the Church/State symphonia is simply a manifestation of a larger clergy/laity relationship. Under our republican government, the parish and diocesan council replaces the Emperor as the laity's representative. For this partnership to be effective, there must be cooperation as well as constraint.
More about symphonia here.
This makes me a card-carrying supply-sider fellow-traveler. Yes, I add Laffer curver to my portfolio. Wordsmythes, be nice.