Monthly Archives: December 2016

Taking a Break

I’ve had this blog since 2011. My, how time flies. I’m going to give it a rest for a month or so. Maybe I’ll pick it up again, maybe not. At the beginning I had a lot of unfinished thoughts that needed expressing, lots of books I’d read that needed digesting, but as time went […]

Globalism and Justice

Bret Stephens in the WSJ: The populist wave now cresting across much of the world is sometimes described as a revolt against globalization: immigrants failing to assimilate the values of their hosts, poorer countries drawing jobs from richer ones, and so on. But the root complaint is not about economics. It’s about justice. Why does […]

The Future of Humanities

At Rod Dreher’s blog there is a discussion on the current nature of humanities: Consider the terms of choice among humanities professors in how they describe their work: trouble, interrogate, destabilize, critically examine, problematize, and on and on. These are not the terms of people who see themselves as part of an institutional tradition. I […]

Its 21st Admendment Day!

Today is the 83rd anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States of America, land of the free and all that. Progress, Protestantism, and Women’s Suffrage – ideologies which are all strongly influenced by Gnosticism and deeply opposed to the corporeal nature of man – […]

On Stigmatization

Stigmatization of an idea tends to backfire: Stigmatization of an idea, by design, intends to convert, not persuade, by bypassing reason and going right for our tribal desire to fit in. But I think the rarely noted effect of this conversion happening is that it robs the converted of the tools to persuade others going […]

Is everyone an authoritarian?

Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente! — Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 27, 2016 A cruel dictator dies and people who call themselves “liberals” eulogize him. Castro had a funny way of struggling for justice, throwing dissenters into prison crushing the free press and stamping […]