We still have some heroes

  1. We still have some heroes
  2. Doesn’t know how not to thug
  3. This euphemism does not compute


As a day job [Anthony Esolen] is Professor of English Renaissance and Classical Literature at Providence College, or rather this was his day job from 1990 until the end of this school year. As of Fall 2017 he will join the faculty of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts as a fellow and writer-in-residence. The change of job is a matter of choice but it brings to a conclusion a period of persecution and intimidation at Providence College of this internationally esteemed scholar at the hands of radical relativist students who refuse to tolerate any position but their own. Such students, aided and abetted by some relativists on the faculty, will not tolerate freedom of expression in the academy, nor the existence of any believing Catholic if he has the temerity to publish anything informed by his Catholicism. Most shameful of all is the cowardly collusion of the President of the College, Fr. Brian Shanley, a Dominican friar, to the totalitarian demands of the radical relativists. It was the shameful betrayal by President Shanley of the Catholic faculty members at Providence College, kowtowing no doubt to the threat of violence by radical students, which finally caused Dr. Esolen to seek for fresher and healthier pastures. “The turning point came when the president refused to meet with a small group of Catholic professors,” Dr. Esolen said, “and persuaded the Dominican provincial not to meet with us either.”

(Joseph Pearce, Anthony Esolen: A Thomas More for Our Times)

In another case, the sick, sick system won:

Remember when people created, published, and taught literature because they loved words and stories, and believed that literature, like all great art, taught us something about the human condition? Could it be that having lost a connection with the vital sources of creativity, the academic writing-industrial complex has nothing left to do but to police pathetic left-wing orthodoxies?

What should young people who love fiction and feel a calling to teach it, and maybe even write it, do? Could you in good conscience advise them to go to college to study literature or creative writing? People who have a true calling to create are going to create no matter what obstacles get put in their way. But I cannot imagine having to subject myself to this kind of nonsense for the sake of learning my craft. I would worry that immersing myself too thoroughly in that world would cause me to go native, and to strive to turn myself into a court poet of the literary elite. And I would worry that I would inadvertently step on a land mine, as poor Niedzviecki has done, and blow up my career by offending a gaggle of commissars.

Where are the Paul J. Griffithses and the Havel’s Greengrocers of the literary world? Come out, come out, wherever you are!

(Rod Dreher, The Left, Still Eating Itself)


As one perceptive young man said, “He just doesn’t know how not to thug.”

Pre-publication update:

Mr. Spicer said the tweet was “not a threat. He’s simply stating a fact.”

Yeah, right.


Among the genteel euphemisms that soon, post-Obergefell, will “not compute,” add this one: “Not they marrying kind.” Sorry for the Star Trek allusion, Sulu.

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Men are men before they are lawyers or physicians or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers and physicians. (John Stuart Mill, Inaugural Address at St. Andrew’s, 1867)

“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.