“Sexual Revolution” and Idiots, Moral Preening and Virtue-Signaling

The marriage between feminism and the sexual revolution has been akin to a prude marrying a playboy. Its offspring were bound to be screwed up. One of its dysfunctional children is the MeToo movement, which continues to devour its friends, from Sen. Al Franken to Rep. Katie Hill. The MeToo movement handed the hapless Franken … Read more “Sexual Revolution” and Idiots, Moral Preening and Virtue-Signaling

Q&A with Chris Arnade

  America’s forgotten communities — interview with Chris Arnade | VIEWPOINT   Q&A with Chris Arnade on C-SPAN   Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America Related PostsWhat About the Rotten Culture of the Rich? Chris Arnade on dignity and alienation in America’s working class

Paganism and Pentecostalism

One of John Allen’s chapters is devoted to the rise of pentecostalism worldwide–but especially in Latin America. Basically, the Latin American Catholic Church is being decimated by droves of people voting with their feet and heading for the pentecostal churches. The Amazonian synod shows us that there is also a vital interest in Latin America … Read more Paganism and Pentecostalism

Polygamy and Polyamory

CBS News has run two pieces in the past five days lamenting the “stigma” faced by those engaged in “ethical non-monogamy” and the attendant lack of “legal protections” for those in such relationships. The push began long before the Hill allegations, in fairness: The New York Times has a veritable library of think pieces from … Read more Polygamy and Polyamory

California is in the dark….

That is the title of my latest Bloomberg column, the inspiration for which came from an Alex T. tweet. Here is one passage: Economists themselves have been of no great help. My Twitter feed includes plenty of the world’s greatest (or at least best-known) economists. They love to debate Elizabeth Warren’s plan for a wealth … Read more California is in the dark….

Our Clerisy and Kakistocracy

  Victor Davis Hanson | Nationalism Good and Bad: Lessons from History   Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And … Read more Our Clerisy and Kakistocracy

Big Business Is Not the Enemy of the People

Unified theories are enticing. The proponent identifies a problem, a cause, and, of course, a solution. If only real life were that simple. In Goliath: The 100-Year War between Monopoly Power and Democracy, Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute, presents his unified theory. The problem, as he sees it: pretty much everything … Read more Big Business Is Not the Enemy of the People

Infinite Ideology

Why progressivism can never stop . . . Warren is emblematic (not alone but in the forefront) of the left wing of the Democratic party’s revelatory shift in self-description: Onetime liberals are now progressives. Liberals believe in the capacity of government to do good. Progressives believe that government’s job is to push society forward toward … Read more Infinite Ideology

Taking Pride in Down Syndrome Children

I’m reminded of Hitler’s novel “Final Solution” for curing his Third Reich’s “Jewish problem.” Here, too, we see Iceland’s Final Solution for Down Syndrome: death. Actually, maybe a better analogy is to Stalin, who infamously stated: “Death solves all problems. No man, no problem.” Iceland’s modern twist: “Death solves all Down Syndrome. No child, no … Read more Taking Pride in Down Syndrome Children

The Democrats will miss Middle America. Again

  Salena Zito, National Political Reporter   Here is what most of Trump’s critics do not understand about why this new conservative populist coalition voted for Trump over not just Clinton but also over 17 very qualified, distinguished, mostly establishment Republican candidates in the party’s primary battle. It was never about Trump. It was always … Read more The Democrats will miss Middle America. Again

Chicago Teachers’ Strike Shows Why We Don’t Need Public Schools

For many children in Chicago public schools, the classroom is quite jail-like, with metal detectors and armed security officers on campus, and school performance measures that should make us cringe. According to Chalkbeat, “nearly half of Chicago schools failed to meet the state’s threshold for performance on its new accountability system,” as evaluated by the … Read more Chicago Teachers’ Strike Shows Why We Don’t Need Public Schools

Banning Noncompete Agreements Benefits Low-Wage Workers

In a moment of deep political polarization and weak income growth for the lowest-earning workers, bipartisan agreement is coalescing around one way to raise wages: ban employment provisions which prohibit low-wage workers from joining or starting competing firms (often referred to as noncompete agreements). On the heels of media reports showing that sandwich makers and … Read more Banning Noncompete Agreements Benefits Low-Wage Workers

Progressive Moral Grandstanding

Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the “excessive” exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBA’s painful lesson about the perils of moral … Read more Progressive Moral Grandstanding

Alaska purchased by the United States, 1867

On October 18, 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiastically expansionist secretary of state under President … Read more Alaska purchased by the United States, 1867

Bless your little pea-pickin heart!

Why do those so concerned with economic justice sneer at the country’s poorest region? In polite company among the technocratic elite, it’s acceptable to ridicule the South, Southern culture, and Southern politics. The Left has especially skewered Southern states for seeking to restrict abortion “rights.” Before that, North Carolina suffered ridicule—and punishment at the hands … Read more Bless your little pea-pickin heart!

Beto O’Rourke’s America: Progressive Security State

Imagine one vast airport that you cannot leave. With apologies to Margaret Atwood and a thousand other dystopian novelists, we do not have to theorize about what an American police state would look like, because we know what it looks like: the airport, that familiar totalitarian environment where Americans are disarmed, stripped of their privacy, … Read more Beto O’Rourke’s America: Progressive Security State