Category Culture

A nice article on the organic food scam

I have some sympathy for fat people having been rather tubby when I was in middle school; I’m convinced that the hormonal and metabolic aspects of obesity are more complicated than the calories-in-calories-out formula. Simply eating less is a great way to lose weight if you already tend to be thin but it is not […]

Poor David Brooks

David Brooks in the NYT: To feel at home in opportunity-rich areas, you’ve got to understand the right barre techniques, sport the right baby carrier, have the right podcast, food truck, tea, wine and Pilates tastes, not to mention possess the right attitudes about David Foster Wallace, child-rearing, gender norms and intersectionality. The educated class […]

Evasion Tactics

Rod Dreher on evasion tactics: The evasion goes something like this: 1. [Our side] is accused of doing/supporting/enabling this horrible thing. 2. We are not the kind of people who would do/support/enable that sort of thing. 3. Therefore we are not guilty. Or it goes like this: 1. Our side is accused, etc. 2. But the […]

On the current class war

This is a repost from way back about the American clerical class. Things have gotten worse since this was published. Many Americans have lost faith in institutions like the media, schools, churches, and various organs of government. The rise of Trump was a symptom of that. Yet the people who staff these institutions don’t learn anything: they still insist […]

Not A Conspiracy

The Guardian has an article called The Sugar Conspiracy which recaps the story of how fat and cholesterol were demonized in the 1970s as the drivers of heart disease and obesity, when in fact the true culprit was sugar, either consumed as fructose or as excess starches. I doubt the article was named by the author, because the […]

Having It Both Ways Part 2

The American center-left wants to have a Nordic welfare state, and values diversity, internationality, and self-expression, not realizing that the underlying cultures of the Nordic welfare states are famously homogeneous, insular, and conformist. In other words, Progressives want the benefits of a high trust society without the conditions of a high trust society. Worse, they actively […]

Having it both ways

According to the NYT Trump is just like Hitler because Trump wants to defund the National Endowment for the Arts. See, Hitler controlled what artists could and could not make, threw some in jail even. Trump does not want the government to pay for art, therefore Trump is Hitler, QED. Funding for the NEA is a mere droplet of budgetary allocations […]