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A Prayer for Trump’s Wall

Lord, I don’t believe in you. But know that this prayer is the true cry of my heart. Hear me:

Lord I have no great affection for white people, and no antipathy either. The same goes for people of all colors and shades. The best I can say about people of any race is […]

An Argument You Probably Won’t Understand On Why You Should Be For the Wall

The fact is that most Americans have only a vague, hazy intuition what the wall fight is about, if their understanding even extends that far. Trump’s arguments for it are really standard-issue politician’s bullshit. That doesn’t mean he’s wrong. It doesn’t even mean he’s wrong to be bullshitting. Attempts to paint his arguments as […]

Again and Again, They Use

Facebook is an anti-intellectual medium. It mangles expression and cramps thought. Its net effect on human culture is significantly degenerative, but, partly because this is so, it is an important medium, one worth participating in — carefully.

In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, an old friend of mine shared […]

Mein Kampf Is Feminist Scholarship

One of the strangest experiences I had upon quitting teaching was that I started worrying, quite a lot, about what my former students would encounter in college. I think the reason I hadn’t worried much about this before was that, as long as I remained in the classroom, even if former students of mine […]

An Outline Toward Turning the Tide

What I am about to say will be of little interest to most readers. I post it here nonetheless, because it might be of interest to some, and because I could not stomach the prospect of typing out something this long in a Facebook comment. If you do happen to find yourself among the […]

Like Little Whiteboards: Propaganda and Contemporary Minds II

The March for Our Lives is a work of propaganda. In the last piece in this series, I looked at some supplementary propaganda, from The Washington Post, which aimed at associating the March for Our Lives with the famous Children’s Crusade of 1963. Although the parallels between the March and the Crusade are obvious, […]

Like Little Whiteboards: Propaganda and Contemporary Minds, Introduction

It’s a bad joke if it has to be explained. A similar rule might apply to propaganda.

So, here’s the joke, or the propaganda:

In case this NBC video later disappears down the memory hole, that was an excerpt from Cameron Kasky’s speech at the so-called March for Our Lives. He says:

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How To Understand Resistance to Gun Control

Proponents of new gun-control legislation often seem genuinely baffled by their opponents’ position. They cannot understand how the other side can be so consistently uncompromising, especially as shooting after shooting claims scores of innocent lives. It would greatly illuminate contemporary political debate if the Left’s bafflement here could be resolved. But this is difficult. […]

A Hasty and Inadequate Introduction to a Serious Problem

I have developed a keen interest in persuading sensible people that Western civilization is an a dire state, that they should take a personal interest in this, and that they can, and should, do something about it.

For my purposes, “sensible people” are Aristotelians (whether they know it or not). In brief, this means […]

Reason and Rights: the Last of the Wine

My thinking about the world changed in June of 2016, as I considered the media analyses of Pulse nightclub shootings, and the popular response to it. Predictably, drearily, the red phylum of boobus Americanus emphasized the Islamism of the shooter, while the blue phylum emphasized his choice of weapons. It was terrible, terrible that […]