Category Culture

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]