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

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 PostsCrony Capitalism is Both Left and Right – Right-Wing Progressivism Sanctuary Cities and Counties The Covington Kids’ Revenge, One Year … Read more The Long March – A Quiet Revolution to Destroy Western Civilisation

Managing Violence

Human destructiveness is not a problem to be solved; it is a problem to be managed. . . . The recent run of violence inside the hot zone of militia-occupied Seattle — a teenager has been shot dead, another man suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds, etc. — is the least surprising development of the episode. Of … Read more Managing Violence

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

This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled. Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated. Tear it all down. The … Read more This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

The White-Guilt Cult

It’s been coming for some time, this transmutation of white guilt into a cult, a religion that borrows from and intersects with Christianity but substitutes its own liturgy. In the Nineties, liberal white Hollywood filmmakers began to nourish a fantasy that black people were imbued with magical powers, and they built stories around angelic or … Read more The White-Guilt Cult

These Aren’t Protests, They’re Religious Ceremonies

Welcome to the liturgical woke, which eerily feels like off-brand Christianity. . . . At a park in New York City, I witnessed something odd. A group of women silently formed a circle in the middle of a large lawn. Their all-black outfits contrasted with the surrounding summer pastels, and they ignored the adjacent sun … Read more These Aren’t Protests, They’re Religious Ceremonies

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

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

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Democrats have met the enemy, and it is the police. Well, not all police. They love the heavily armed federal police at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Just days after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Democrats managed to compile a sweeping police reform bill that would, among … Read more Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Your Silence Isn’t Enough

The social-justice Left is pioneering a new tactic for shutting down dissent and amplifying groupthink. If you’ve followed the news in recent weeks, you’ll have noticed that the Left’s social-justice brigades have not cooled in their passion for banishing speech with which they disagree. But these days have also revealed a more dangerous tactic: conscripting … Read more Your Silence Isn’t Enough

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?

C.S. Lewis’ Theological Lens on the World

Pete Wehner, a gifted writer, thinker, and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently wrote a great op-ed in the New York Times on C.S. Lewis’s approach to politics. You can read the whole piece here, but one quote, in particular, caught my attention. Wehner writes, Lewis saw public matters, and indeed … Read more C.S. Lewis’ Theological Lens on the World

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Some doctors, economists and educators argue stay-at-home orders defy data and medical science, and are hurting young people the most. Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, says an overestimation of the fatality rate of those infected has created an unwarranted panic. In a column published by The Hill, he … Read more Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Welfare States in Miniature

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” advises the proverb. Why not? Anyone who ever has spoken with an investment adviser has heard the sermon about diversification of risk. And most people understand that in the context of an investment portfolio. But in other contexts, we respond to risk with the opposite of … Read more Welfare States in Miniature

Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

The schools in Arlington County are refusing to teach children anything new out of a concern for “equity.” Although the schools are physically closed due to coronavirus, students have been doing their assignments from home using school-issued electronic devices. Now school officials fear students will learn differently if they come from different home environments or … Read more Arlington (VA) Schools Curb Learning in the Name of “Equity”

The Bioethicist Pandemic

The increasing outsourcing of health-care policy to medical bureaucrats during the COVID-19 crisis illustrates the dangerous temptation to remove control over policy from democratic deliberation in favor of a technocracy, i.e., rule by “experts.” In health care, such a system would be particularly perilous since the experts placed in charge of policy would be “bioethicists” … Read more The Bioethicist Pandemic

Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law recently caused a stir with her ignorant and nakedly authoritarian Arizona Law Review essay calling for a ban on homeschooling. On its own, the article is bad. In context, it is worse. Professor Bartholet is hardly the first progressive academic to call for a ban on homeschooling. She is … Read more Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

The End of New York (NYC)

Will the pandemic push America’s greatest city over the edge? For over two centuries, New York has been the predominant urban center in North America. It remains the primary locale for the arts, culture, finance, and media, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. It has also served as the incubator of the … Read more The End of New York (NYC)

Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Despite being informative, President Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefings are sometimes derailed by campaign-trail-esque antics. This was the case Monday evening, when Trump told reporters that he has “total authority” to override governors and re-open the economy at a time of his choosing. “I have the ultimate authority,” Trump told the press. “When somebody is … Read more Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

DC Shuts Down Everything Over Coronavirus — Except Parking Tickets

Going to another zone [in Washington, DC] for dinner? Sorry, Rockefeller, you can’t park on the street there. Live in Georgetown but visiting a friend on The Hill? Can’t park. Catholic University student going to a lecture downtown? No! Stop. Enough. You know the answer. You can’t park on the street. D.C.’s parking laws need … Read more DC Shuts Down Everything Over Coronavirus — Except Parking Tickets

‘People Are Getting Sick Of It’

Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics helps explain American journalism: “Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.” What I saw in my twenty years of working in newsrooms was liberals — even skeptical ones — collapsing in the face of therapeutic progressivism around race, sex, and gender, and other progressive shibboleths. This … Read more ‘People Are Getting Sick Of It’

Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes

The growing patchwork of state internet sales taxes that has emerged since the landmark 2018 Supreme Court decision regarding out-of-state online sellers has hamstrung small businesses with costly compliance burdens. Halstead Bead Inc. an online jewelry supply store in Prescott, Arizona, has found complying with the online sales tax vexing. “It’s been quite challenging,” said … Read more Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes