Monthly Archives: December 2017

What is “conservative”?

Can I still call myself conservative? The answer depends on your definition. Here’s one I’ve always liked: “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society,” said the late Daniel Patrick … Continue reading

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, Culture, Family, Marriage (real), Political Matters

Spitting in the soup

That people associated with a university would invite a hateful mythmonger like Richard Spencer to campus is a tragedy; but it’s a greater tragedy that someone like Spencer is a public figure at all. That’s not something that even the … Continue reading

Posted in alt-right, Education, Heckler's Veto, Rights Talk, Speech & Press, Sundry flakes

Lossy compression

I just (when I wrote; not when this was released) finished reading two blogs and a New Atlantis article, all three related. They individually and collectively hit me so powerfully that I have scheduled a reminder to come back to … Continue reading

Posted in myth, Technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

First Amendment Follies

Which is more depressing? A California Attorney General ignorant of the first amendment or contemptuous of his oath to uphold the constitution; or A group of Texas College Presidents who, presumably having deliberated carefully, apparently couldn’t find among them even … Continue reading

Posted in Legalia, Speech & Press, the worst are full of passionate intensity

More lies in an age of lies

When people care enough about history to study and read it, it’s a small sin to lie and mislead in dramas. But when people get their history through entertainment, when they absorb the story of their times only through screens, … Continue reading

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, Film

Game, set, match

Donald J. Trump presumably needs no introduction. Jim Sciutto is, incredibly enough, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent. John Cardillo is a Trump and #MAGA buff who has a talk show or something analogous on the net. David Harsanyi is a … Continue reading

Posted in Bread & Circuses, Political Matters, Russia

Bad Analogies

[N]o one, not the most wild-eyed critic of the principles underlying the civil-rights legislation of the 1960s, ever suggested that, if such laws were passed, they would lead to obscure Christian bakers’ being forced at the point of government bayonets … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, History, Legalia

Hatchet-Job History

[I]nexcusably sloppy editorializing posing as scholarship has becoming increasingly characteristic of the conservative movement as a media phenomenon. Editorial opinions dressed up as as scholarship and then placed in book form and mass-marketed have become part of the new highbrow … Continue reading

Posted in conservatism, Damn rackets, grievance mongering, History, Patriotic Correctness, Political Matters, Sundry flakes

Speech or Religion?

I wrote several times, I’m pretty sure, that I thought the Masterpiece Cakeshop case would be argued by Jack Phillips’ attorney, and would ultimately be won, as a case about compelled artistic expression, a violation of the First Amendment’s speech … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, Dignitary harm, Legalia, Religious freedom, Sexualia, Speech & Press

Toxins and antidotes

I encountered one of this quotes before and may have shared it, but now I’ve read the whole article: When I was at Yale in the 1980s, I was given so many tools for understanding the world. By the time … Continue reading

Posted in antifa, Education, grievance mongering, Heckler's Veto, Identitarianism, Journalism, Political correctness, Political Matters, progressivism, Sundry flakes