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 PostsOld Blue Dominion FISA Court Committed a Fraud upon America 4 Ways To Help Your Kids Fight Assimilation Into Cultural … 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

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

The triumph of Dullness

A platitude, widely circulated in my youth, held that “ideas have consequences.” It is true, after a fashion. It is especially true of stupid ideas. Already, half a century ago, in the universities I was determined to avoid (except their libraries, and interesting professors), it seemed to me that “Dullness” reigned. This is the goddess … Read more The triumph of Dullness

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 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

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

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?’

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

What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

We used to joke on Wall Street that you should marry a trader at another firm, trade with only each other, and by end of the year one would have made a lot of money and the other lost the exact same amount. The winner would be paid a big bonus, and the loser only … Read more What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

What is Wrong – Chesterton was right. We are what’s wrong with the world.

It is over a century since G. K. Chesterton published his book What’s Wrong with the World. He had originally wanted to call it “What’s Wrong” but the publisher insisted on the longer title. In its pages the multitudinous problems associated with modernity are analyzed and solutions are posited. The reader will note that neither … Read more What is Wrong – Chesterton was right. We are what’s wrong with the world.

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

Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

A three-column article in the local daily recently revealed the alarming news that Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras and members of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. I wish Sen. Contreras and his family well. He seems like a good guy. But in a sane world without the hyperbolic, breathless press treatment of … Read more Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

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

There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with an America defined by big box stores and chain restaurants.

While Washington is printing money that is increasingly going to the wealthier companies with more accountants and more lawyers, and while the politicians are busy crafting the next stage of their economic relief plan, the offer of reward, the threat of punishment, and the insurance companies should play a major role. There are a lot … Read more There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with an America defined by big box stores and chain restaurants.

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’

The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country

There’s nothing like a crisis to bring clarity. The response of some mayors and governors to the coronavirus pandemic in recent days has made it clear they think they have unlimited and arbitrary power over their fellow citizens, that they can order them to do or not do just about anything under the guise of … Read more The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country

The World Health Organization’s Predictable Coronavirus Failure

Reviewing public policy and the coronavirus, I’ve mostly focused on the manifest failures of Washington bureaucracies. But let’s not overlook the politicized incompetence of the World Health Organization, a U.N.-connected bureaucracy that ostensibly exists to prevent global pandemics. Much of that criticism, as illustrated by this National Review column by Senator Marco Rubio, has focused … Read more The World Health Organization’s Predictable Coronavirus Failure

The Little Sisters of the Poor Head Back to the Supreme Court

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their case heard before the Supreme Court yet again in their years-long fight against the federal contraceptive mandate. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear oral arguments in the case of the sisters against the State of Pennsylvania, which challenged the order’s exemption from … Read more The Little Sisters of the Poor Head Back to the Supreme Court

Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?

I love Emma Thompson’s acting. I wish somebody would tell her about Skype. The great English actress is a climate-change activist, “activist” here meaning “a celebrity who cares about popular causes in public.” When she recently was accused of hypocrisy for jumping on a jet to attend a climate-change rally — international air travel is … Read more Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?