Has the pushback against Democrat overreach begun?

One of the things that struck me today was how many stories involved people pushing back. They’re pushing back against the Black Lives Matter narrative, they’re pushing back against cancel culture, and they’re pushing back against the Wuhan virus lockdown. In other words, after being beaten around the head for a few months, Americans are … Read more Has the pushback against Democrat overreach begun?

Will Joe Biden Put Down the Rosary Beads and Respond?

The presumptive Democrat nominee, former senator, and, so says Politico, “devout Catholic [who] has recited Scripture on the 2020 campaign trail and is known to carry rosary beads in his pocket,” has been challenged by CatholicVote to do something that should come easily to any devout Catholic, indeed to devout non-Catholics: “publicly condemn the disturbing … Read more Will Joe Biden Put Down the Rosary Beads and Respond?

Civic Charity and the Constitution

What then of our current moment? How strong are our “bonds of affection”? The Constitution’s form of government not only allows spirited disagreement, it requires it. But the Constitution cannot withstand a citizenry whose debates are filled with contempt for one another. As Michael Gerson observes, “The heroes of America are heroes of unity. Our … Read more Civic Charity and the Constitution

Focals ‘Smart’ Glasses Become Dumb As A Brick After Google Acquisition

Time and time again we’ve highlighted how, in the modern era, you don’t really own the hardware you buy. Music, ebooks, and videos can disappear on a dime without recourse, your game console can lose important features after a purchase, and a wide variety of “smart” tech can quickly become dumb as a rock in … Read more Focals ‘Smart’ Glasses Become Dumb As A Brick After Google Acquisition

On capitalism and socialism

Russ Roberts writes, I think a lot of people are attracted to socialism because they believe it means capitalism without the parts they don’t like. How to get there from here is left unspecified. I think that this critique needs to be made more often. When Marx says “from each according to his abilities, to … Read more On capitalism and socialism

Babies Are Murdered Here

  Babies Are Murdered Here   Abortion Related PostsWhat is Wrong – Chesterton was right. We are what’s wrong with the world. With Cries That Pierce Me to the Heart: A Priestly Testimony of Grief in These Times Time-lapse video shows massive turnout for 2020 March for Life “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: Reflections on … Read more Babies Are Murdered Here

Against Reality: Why our culture wars against the light, and why it will never win

The vagaries of paganism are strange and horrifying. Once we forget that we do not belong to ourselves, it becomes all too easy to protect legally every form of “self-determination”, including self-un-determination. Still, it is a strange exaltation of the individual human will that coerces the rest of us to play along. Clearly, the deeper … Read more Against Reality: Why our culture wars against the light, and why it will never win

What is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

This map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Across the United States, the cost of living fluctuates, as prices for the same goods may be cheaper in some areas—such as rural parts of Arkansas or South Dakota—than in large cities in states like New York or California. This means that the same … Read more What is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

Pickling Pros Number 1 Sons Now Deliver Foraged Wild Foods To Your Door

Ruth Chen found herself cooking a lot of instant ramen and meal kits when the pandemic hit. It didn’t take long for that routine to get boring. The Silver Spring resident was a sporadic customer of Number 1 Sons, which sells a variety of pickled and fermented products at farmers markets and grocers. During the … Read more Pickling Pros Number 1 Sons Now Deliver Foraged Wild Foods To Your Door

Are We Becoming a Nation of Gollums?

This week, I met a good friend of mine at a local restaurant, the first time we’d got together since before the onset of the pestilence. He is a Presbyterian pastor and a great lover of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was, in fact, Tolkien who had introduced us to each other, in the … Read more Are We Becoming a Nation of Gollums?

On the Etymology of ‘Shyster’

The word “shyster” is one of the most objectionable words around to denote a lawyer. There are others, to be sure—as I’ve documented in Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage [3d ed. 2011], in an entry titled “Lawyers, Derogatory Names for”—but shyster is exceedingly pejorative. For many years, its derivation has seemed uncertain. Whenever that happens … Read more On the Etymology of ‘Shyster’

Post Ridicules Priest For Refusing To Abandon His Flock In A Pandemic, Then Getting Coronavirus

While those who tend to our physical health, who work our grocery stores, who answer their call to duty are so often lauded as noble front-line workers, our country shames a priest working to save our souls. WASHINGTON, DC — Capitol Hill’s Monsignor Charles Pope has the coronavirus. To anyone lucky enough to know the … Read more Post Ridicules Priest For Refusing To Abandon His Flock In A Pandemic, Then Getting Coronavirus

Black conservative documentary ‘Uncle Tom’ reaping raves on major film sites — and profits

A politically-charged documentary about an unheralded voting bloc is drawing raves on two of the web’s biggest film sites. “Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative” lets its subjects share why they favor smaller government — and the ridicule they endure for that position. The film profiles famous black Americans like Candace … Read more Black conservative documentary ‘Uncle Tom’ reaping raves on major film sites — and profits

Woke Colleges Are Assembly Lines for Conformity

Don’t be fooled by universities’ incessant chatter about “diversity.” Most are poster children for ideological conformity and proud of it. The faculty, students, and administrators know it. Indeed, many welcome it since their views are so obviously right and other views so obviously wrong. They believe discordant views are so objectionable that no one should … Read more Woke Colleges Are Assembly Lines for Conformity

Is Immunity a Case of Rothbard’s Lost Knowledge?

Murray Rothbard’s wonderful History of Economic Thought opens with a blast against what he called the Whig theory of intellectual history. It’s a variant of the Victorian-era idea that life is always getting better and better, no matter what. Apply it to the world of ideas, and the impression is that our current ideas are … Read more Is Immunity a Case of Rothbard’s Lost Knowledge?

City Councils Cave When Faced With the Marketplace of Ideas

City councils across America almost seem intent on proving that the best cure for a bad idea is a good idea, though, they are going about it in a rather interesting new way. The Washington Post reports that a Black Lives Matter street mural – which stood for a month and a half and greeted … Read more City Councils Cave When Faced With the Marketplace of Ideas

The new class war and the virus

Michael Lind writes, The present system serves the credentialed elite in the large private, public, and nonprofit bureaucracies of the managerial elite quite well. In contrast, the members of the professional bourgeoisie and the small business bourgeoisie live in terror of proletarianization. Many professionals fear they will not be able to secure high-status jobs with … Read more The new class war and the virus

How can you tell if you have the soul of a fascist?

For that was the dictum of Benito Mussolini: “Everything within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” Everything must be swallowed up in politics. Nothing must be permitted to enjoy a non-political or pre-political or beyond-political existence. Not even language, not even the names of towns and villages could escape the hand … Read more How can you tell if you have the soul of a fascist?

Is the Senate Filibuster a ‘Jim Crow Relic’ That Should Be Abolished in the Name of Democracy?

The situational ethics of filibusters could be seen as evidence that the time-honored tradition is nothing more than a tricky maneuver that members of both major parties praise when it’s convenient and condemn when it’s not. But the relevant question is whether that tricky maneuver, on balance, gives us better or worse government. When you … Read more Is the Senate Filibuster a ‘Jim Crow Relic’ That Should Be Abolished in the Name of Democracy?

Father Damien ministered to native Hawaiians in a leper colony, now AOC calls him a ‘colonizer’

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed to a Catholic martyr who gave his life to minister to the least fortunate Hawaiian natives. Probably knowing little or nothing about his life’s story, she held up this saint and hero of Hawaiian history as as the totem of “white supremacy,” apparently because he was an immigrant. That’s the … Read more Father Damien ministered to native Hawaiians in a leper colony, now AOC calls him a ‘colonizer’

Progressivism Isn’t a New Religion

Its religious aspects can, however, tell us something about what ails our culture. This summer, those protesting for social justice have torn down statues of saints and national heroes. That checks the iconoclasm box. They’ve chanted, prostrated themselves, and even sung together. That checks the ritual box. They’ve talked about themselves as a movement aimed … Read more Progressivism Isn’t a New Religion

Lithium in public drinking water may have surprising effect on suicide rate

Lithium doesn’t sound like something you’d want to consume, but it’s actually more common in food than you’d think. Moreover, the chemical is proven in helping patients dealing with mental health conditions. Now, a new study finds higher levels of the naturally occurring substance in drinking water show ties to lowering the global suicide rate. … Read more Lithium in public drinking water may have surprising effect on suicide rate

Tax Increases Will Generate More Spending, More Debt, and Less Prosperity

Because of changing demographics and poorly designed entitlement programs, the burden of government spending in the United States (in the absence of genuine reform) is going to increase dramatically over the next few decades. That bad outlook will get even worse thanks to all the coronavirus-related spending from Washington. This is bad news for America … Read more Tax Increases Will Generate More Spending, More Debt, and Less Prosperity

How a conservative reporter unearthed 11 ethics violations in a conservative congressman’s office

Rep. David Schweikert admitted to 11 ethics violations and agreed to a $50,000 fine, likely concluding an investigation that began with reporting by the Washington Examiner’s then-own Phil Wegmann. In October 2017, Wegmann was a writer for the Washington Examiner opinion page, and I was his editor. Former employees of Schweikert, a Republican from Arizona, … Read more How a conservative reporter unearthed 11 ethics violations in a conservative congressman’s office

Travels with COVID

This year’s pandemic has reshaped summer vacation in many ways. The vacation is longer for many, but the opportunities to enjoy it seem fewer. Many people saw their summer travel plans canceled or changed by COVID-19. After months at home, everyone seems to be singing along with Paul Simon, “everybody loves the sound of a … Read more Travels with COVID