Sunday, 10/1/17

Ross Douthat wrote an awesome obituary of Hugh Hefner, titled Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner. As someone on Twitter said, it may not be Douthat’s best, but it certainly was one of his most fun to read.

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Kevin Williamson is not quite as harsh toward Chelsea Clinton, who is now fair game as she is being groomed for New York’s 17th Congressional District. (Meanwhile, the GOP leadership is caucusing on where to hold the next séance with Ronald Reagan.)

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How did the national anthem come to be played at sporting events?

War.

(If we drop it, can we drop the wars, too?)

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Speaking of sporting events, David French has an open letter to the NCAA. It’s a familiar argument. I have my own reasons for wishing the extreme diminution of the NCAA.

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“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)

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.