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

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 PostsSanctuary Cities and Counties 5 Ways You Can Fight Back In The Cultural Civil War Conservatives must reject Trump’s false … Read more The Long March – A Quiet Revolution to Destroy Western Civilisation

The ‘Diversity’ Trap

A shallow, reductive version of diversity that first gained a foothold in progressive political spaces has rapidly spread across American institutions and the corporate world. It values skin color and other inherited characteristics above all else, largely ignores class issues, and overlooks the benefits of real diversity, like the anti-fragile resilience created by fostering people … Read more The ‘Diversity’ Trap

‘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

Why Facts Don’t Matter to People

If you’re wondering why so many people don’t see the world the way you do, engage them in conversation. You will find they are as well-intentioned as you are, but they are looking in a different direction. Beneath their opinions and fears, beliefs are shaping how they see the world. Because of different beliefs, your … Read more Why Facts Don’t Matter to People

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

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

Bizarro World

Politically correct etiquette sets boundaries around social class, constantly diminishing the supply of respectable people by casting out delinquents. For urban professionals, the precarity of living on the precipice of cancellation is the price of erecting barriers to entry around their institutions and social spheres. It is no coincidence that the new standards of etiquette … Read more Bizarro World

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

John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

These times, it is already trite to observe, are sad and dangerous, filled as they are with roving bands of rabid “Twitter Robespierres.” Liberalism – true liberalism – is rejected, in deed if not always in word, by many who once called themselves “liberal.” Humanity’s brutality, we see again, is never far from the surface … Read more John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

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

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

Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?

The death of George Floyd, an African-American, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has sparked weeks of urban protests—some marked by looting and violence—across the United States. It has also brought fierce condemnations of President Donald Trump. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio partly blamed the president for the unrest, noting … Read more Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?

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

Chronicles of scientism

As an old Cold Warrior, and once “science kid,” whose childhood developed through the 1960s, there is nothing that ought to surprise me. We have Antifa today; we had the Weather Underground then. We have parallels to every event I witnessed through the idiot box of adolescence, and vice versa. Even the destruction of American … Read more Chronicles of scientism

Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work

You can’t apologize enough to the woke and the restless. After the actual riots, the metaphorical ones. Reputations get burned down. Careers get their windows smashed in. Character gets assassinated. Much of this has been nearly as senseless, emotion-driven, and inane as the actual burning, looting, and destroying of urban neighborhoods. Attacking Drew Brees for … Read more Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work

The Accuser

According to Christian teaching, original sin, our ancestral curse, means that none of us — not one — is righteous. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The only way we can restore harmony between ourselves and God is through uniting ourselves to the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, … Read more The Accuser

What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

If cities defund the police, that won’t necessarily abolish the departments. In fact, the remaining police departments may suddenly have an added incentive to crack down on ordinary citizens. As Shackford notes, “If you don’t account for revenue from fines, fees, and forfeiture, this can all backfire against the poor.” Police departments across the country … Read more What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

Comforting Abstractions

We have real people to hold accountable, and we know their names. Who is responsible for the mess in Minneapolis? The answer to that question is not unknowable — but it is, in many political quarters, unspeakable. Minneapolis’s municipal government, its institutions, and its police department are what they are not because of the abstract … Read more Comforting Abstractions

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