Category Politics

Having it both ways

American political culture is shot through with contradictions, many of them happy ones. For example, we are blessed by the fact that the flag-waving militarist party and the limited-government party are one and the same. Some of the more difficult problems in American politics stem from a desire to uphold two self-contradicting values. The Democrats […]

The Gulf of Oman Incident

The combox consensus on the NYT write up of the Gulf of Oman incident is that is some sort of false flag operation. The reasoning is that someone (either John Bolton or Saudi Arabia) is desperate to start a war between the U.S. and Iran, and Iran is too smart to give the U.S. a […]

Cracks in the culture wars

Writing in First Things Sohrab Ahmari declares that the culture war must be fought “with the aim of defeating the enemy and enjoying the spoils in the form of a public square re-ordered to the common good and ultimately the Highest Good.” This statement has put into sharp relief the basic fault-line on the American […]

Child Activism

This article argues that environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s campaign is motivated by mental illness: After years of depression, eating disorders, and anxiety attacks, she finally receives a medical diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and OCD. She also suffers from selective mutism—which explains why she sometimes can’t speak to anyone outside her closest family. When she […]

LOL: Smirking While White 2

In January I had several posts about the Covington Catholic boys who were unfairly accused of harassing an American Indian at the March for Life in Washington DC with their… smirks. “Smirking while white” was the hate crime du jour. Well, an friend recently sent me this photo from the March for Life 1997. It […]

The Collapse of the Press

I found this Lee Smith article via Ace of Spades. It is from 2017 but still enlightening. Ace’s summary: We’re living in a cyberpunk world where the “news” isn’t the news, it’s commercial advertisements for corporations and information ops paid for by political parties put into a form resembling that of what we used to […]

False memories

The New Yorker describes how five Nebraskans confessed to a murder they didn’t commit: Taylor confessed to the woman’s murder in 1989 and for two decades believed that she was guilty. She served more than nineteen years for the crime before she was pardoned. She was one of six people accused of the murder, five […]