Monthly Archives: March 2017


I spent a week in Utah when I was 15. I thought it was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been, and it is certainly the loveliest of the Western States (though I’ve ever been to Idaho). Being a teenager myself, I remember being impressed with Utah teens I’d met, all nice kids, slightly […]

Against the helicopter parents

Ace of Spades co-blogger and twitter troll Warden writes: I think my childhood was far more enjoyable, adventuresome and healthy than that of my children. And I feel guilty about this. I’m the parent, after all. On the other hand, our current culture makes it nearly impossible, legally, socially, and practically, to expose my kids to […]

Less Religion = Less Tolerance?

I’m always paraphrasing Orwell and saying that the future will be an Alt-right Trump supporter and a sweaty obese college feminist, screaming in your face, forever. There is an article in The Atlantic that mostly agrees: the rise of Trump corresponds closely to the dropping church-affiliation of Republicans. The rise of dumb-ass campus leftism (the author concentrates on BLM but he could be talking about […]

The New Class Warfare

Kevin Williamson points out what we all know, but have not wanted to admit: The Democrats have become what the Republicans once were: the party of the respectable upper-middle class — and of many of those who aspire to it. (The poor are for patronage and vote-farming.) They are, as the bourgeoisie always are, obsessed […]


The neighborhood battened down the hatches until early afternoon. Around three the snow blowers and plows started up, not so much because the bad weather had passed as the fact that sunset was coming soon and snow clearing could start now or never. Despite all the hysteria on cable news, it isn’t a particularly bad storm, we’ve had worse this […]

No, Intersectionality is not a Religion

The ever-excitable Andrew Sullivan on the neo-Marxist craze of Intersectionality: It is operating, in Orwell’s words, as a “smelly little orthodoxy,” and it manifests itself, it seems to me, almost as a religion. It posits a classic orthodoxy through which all of human experience is explained — and through which all speech must be filtered. […]

Sexual ethics in a nutshell.

Issues of sexual identity and sexual morality are pretty boring: humans are equipped with reproductive organs and there is a healthy and proper way to use them and various improper ways. Since it is very easy to use them improperly it is best to respect our own and everyone else’s privacy. So why is there so much […]