The Big Lie

They were fuelled, from the beginning, by the Big Lie. It is buttressed in a cloud of lesser lies. It comes as no surprise to me, that almost every leftward cause célèbre turns out to be a hoax. George Orwell gave as good an account of this, as any soi-disant “conservative.” At his best, he … Read more The Big Lie

‘Cancel culture’ grows increasingly cruel

THE RACIAL JACOBINS haven’t eased up in their post-George Floyd ferocity; if anything they are growing more indiscriminate in their determination to enforce political conformity and to punish anything they regard as thoughtcrime. Their targets haven’t been limited to statues of American heroes, editors of prominent newspapers, or professors at leading universities. The toll of … Read more ‘Cancel culture’ grows increasingly cruel

Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

As with the Weather Underground, America’s privileged are now lashing out at their own self-loathing. . . . But who are these cultural revolutionaries? The conventional wisdom goes that this is the inner-cities erupting, economically disadvantaged victims of racism enraged over the murder of George Floyd. The reality is something more…bourgeoisie. As Kevin Williamson observed … Read more Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

The Jonestowning of America

When the Democrats claim to care about black lives, they take them in horrifying numbers. . . . Dave Patrick Underwood, an African-American Federal Protective Service officer, was shot and killed at the Ronald V. Dellums Building during the radical riots in Oakland, California. A building named after Congressman Dellums is burdened with its own … Read more The Jonestowning of America

The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

The class war in our country isn’t a matter of the poor vs. the rich; it’s a matter of business class vs. first class, E-Class vs. S-Class. Where the Left goes, squalor follows. The scene in militia-occupied Seattle is entirely familiar, the same kind of theatrical filth that has been a part of American counterculture … Read more The Revolution Comforts the Comfortable

Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

Madison believed that the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment were the source “for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity, over error and oppression.” Even so, the new nation experienced backslides into censorship from the very beginning. The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798, and mobs gathered to … Read more Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

The Confederate-Monument Controversy Is a Democrat-vs-Democrat Question

How should we think about those Confederate statues and those Confederate names on U.S. military bases? If I were a Republican, I might be very strongly tempted to just sit this one out: If some Democrats want to pull down statues of other Democrats, then that’s a mess in the Democrats’ house. The Republicans might … Read more The Confederate-Monument Controversy Is a Democrat-vs-Democrat Question

Scary Signs

These are, at least for me, especially scary times. I refer here not principally to the covid lockdown (although that, too, is scary in its own way). Instead, I refer to the tsunami of virtue signaling now drowning the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Frank and honest disagreement with any … Read more Scary Signs

Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Republicans should stop making excuses for the president’s lies, threats, and abuses — or stop wrapping themselves in the mantle of patriotism. . . . Steyn was leaning on a classic political trope, in effect: “The other side is a bunch of rat bastards, and therefore it not only is morally acceptable for us to … Read more Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Rioting for fun & profit

There is nothing unChristian about getting angry once in a while. Perhaps one might say it gets less Christian the more it happens. But the injustices of this world are real; they are not props in a game show. Righteous indignation is not an impossibility. The idea that one’s anger justifies bad behaviour is, however, … Read more Rioting for fun & profit

The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

In this miserable Covid-19 spring, it’s tempting for remote workers to vent our frustrations with being hemmed in, forced to stare at screens while unable to do much else other than walk around the block or go to Costco. Yet the pain felt by the teleworking middle class is dwarfed by that of working-class Americans. … Read more The Virus’s Uneven Path: Working-class communities face mounting economic stress

A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Despite what many people hoped, COVID-19 is clearly worse than the seasonal flu. But despite what other people feared, it does not seem to be nearly as lethal as the “Spanish flu” of 1918, which killed about 0.7 percent of the total U.S. population—equivalent to more than 2 million people today. As we move from … Read more A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

More than half of all U.S. counties have reported no coronavirus-related deaths, an analysis by the Heritage Foundation shows. In light of the data, the Heritage Foundation created a National Coronavirus Recovery Commission to offer policy solutions to lawmakers to avert an economic depression “regardless of whether COVID-19 is suppressed in the next several months … Read more Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

One of my bored-in-quarantine activities is mocking Facebook friends for their faith in various Utopian government-run schemes for winning the war against the evil coronavirus. Most of these schemes require a perfectly efficient government, the elimination of the Constitutional rights of healthy young people, and a perfectly compliant population (including the 22 million undocumented). Usually … Read more Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

I’m kind of curious as to why Americans have placed such faith in the prophecies offered by epidemiologists given that epidemiology is primarily a retrospective activity and there is no historical data on how virus transmission is affected by a Western-style “porous lockdown”. It is as though people in the 1980s had decided that the … Read more The Swedes actually did have Covid-19 models

Quarantine Fatigue and the Social End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

So what might learning to live with COVID-19 look like? Keeping firmly in mind that all models are imperfect, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) model recently raised its projection of U.S. COVID-19 deaths to 137,000 by the beginning of August. In comparison, the model developed by Youyang Gu and … Read more Quarantine Fatigue and the Social End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?

Author Aldous Huxley once said, “A thoroughly scientific dictatorship will never be overthrown.” Even as we try to battle the COVID-19 pestilence, we may be contracting a more dangerous virus — hygienic fascism. This involves a process when our political leaders defer to a handful of “experts,” amid what Dr. Joseph Ladopo, an associate professor … Read more Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?