Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification. When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and defaced a monument to African-American veterans of the Civil War, many people wondered whether the protesters had ever learned anything in high … Read more Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

The Long March – A Quiet Revolution to Destroy Western Civilisation

  Marc Sidwell: The Long March – A Quiet Revolution to Destroy Western Civilisation   See Cafe Hayek, “While everyone was distracted by Saul Alinsky, it turns out the real action was Antonio Gramsci.“ Related PostsProgressive Moral Grandstanding There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with … Read more The Long March – A Quiet Revolution to Destroy Western Civilisation

5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

Last week I wrote about how we’re in a cultural civil war and it’s time for conservatives—and really, anyone who’s not on board with the radical anti-American agenda of Black Lives Matter and the rest of the woke left—to fight back. But how? I was light on specifics, and subsequently heard from a number of … Read more 5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War

Stop turning a blind eye to China’s forced birth control, sterilization, and abortion

China is a serial abuser of human rights, but governments and corporations have often looked the other way out of fear that the authoritarian central government will cut off access to the country’s 1.4 billion potential customers. In one particular area of human rights abuses, though, China has gotten extraordinarily gentle treatment: reproduction. Forced abortion, … Read more Stop turning a blind eye to China’s forced birth control, sterilization, and abortion

Undue deference: Roe and Casey were both indefensible and deserve no respect

At the heart of the Left’s culture war is the right to invent one’s own Constitution, of standing, of the universe, and of the value of innocent human lives. Five Supreme Court justices on Monday struck down a Louisiana regulation of abortion businesses as unconstitutional, without really citing the Constitution at all. Instead, the ruling … Read more Undue deference: Roe and Casey were both indefensible and deserve no respect

‘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

To combat racism, try reviving the black family

Gomez has made an assertion of evil, the evil of racism, as if it were endemic in America and self-evident. I do not deny that relations between blacks and whites in the United States are bad. I also do not deny that human beings will use race as a cause for enmity; anything will be … Read more To combat racism, try reviving the black family

A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

In the 4th Century, St. Augustine lamented the decline of Rome and Roman culture. Like any good citizen, he loved his country and culture. But things were falling to pieces, decadence was everywhere. He struggled to understand this and accept it. In his sorrow he wrote The City of God which contains his own observations … Read more A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

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

(NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Billions of dollars in planned upgrades to the transit system — including modernized signals, new subway cars and elevators at dozens of stations — will be frozen indefinitely due to financial fallout from the pandemic, THE CITY has learned. MTA officials are expected to reveal Wednesday that a 60-day hold on “capital projects” that was … Read more (NYC) MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life. Catholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both … Read more Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

On Public Statuary

Although scientists like to flatter themselves, this is not an “age of science.” The use of reason to make sense of things has been in decline for a long time, and we compare rather poorly to the men of the Dark Ages, who could be quite handy with if/then propositions. We believe what we want … Read more On Public Statuary

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

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

Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

Here’s a simple fact: Life is brief. We have limited time in the world. So how should we use it? Before answering, consider that word should. Should is a modest, single syllable with immodestly thick implications. It suggests that different paths forward in life exist. Some are right, and some are wrong. Thus our choices … Read more Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

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 history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why bread-and-butter pickles are called bread-and-butter pickles? “I thought they were called that because they’re sweeter and less vinegary,” a friend tells me. “You know, smooth as butter.” I had never questioned their name either, but rather quietly, to myself, word-associated bread-and-butter with “reliable”—just like the idiom. What … Read more The history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

Eucharistic procession in Madison, WI, traverses sites of looting, unrest

“There are forces trying to pull God out of our nation,” Fr. Richard Heilman told participants. “We’re walking and praying with our Lord, and asking that Our Lord be every bit a part of our nation.” . . . Christ came to the public square here in the capitol of Wisconsin on Sunday. He processed … Read more Eucharistic procession in Madison, WI, traverses sites of looting, unrest

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

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

Racism Is An Empty Thesis

Peter Winkler: Professor Loury, hundreds of thousands of people in American cities have been protesting that police treat black people more harshly than other populations. The reason, they say, is systemic racism. What do you think? Glenn Loury: This is a representation that has developed a life of its own. The claim is: the police … Read more Racism Is An Empty Thesis

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

Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

We are now reaping the whirlwind of irrationality led by the so-called “educated-class”. . . . It seems that almost everybody is angry these days, and there are a lot of good reasons for it. Injustices have abounded in the last few months. Bad cops have killed helpless citizens, rioters and looters have disrupted legal … Read more Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police