Category Archives: Virtue signaling

Meritocracy or virtue?

I’ve noticed something odd about the (still relatively early but) angry commentary over the college admissions scandal, whereby celebrities, “ethical fund” managers, parenting book authors and others crossed legal lines to get their slacker children into elite colleges (or at … Continue reading

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Potpourri, 12/22/18

Lacking anything better to do, Senate takes “corrective action” against nation’s dead great-grandparents. More … Continue reading

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Monday 9/17/18

Politics and religion. This is no dinner party. Continue reading

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Thursday, 9/6/18

Thoughts on de-Christianization, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Anonymous. Continue reading

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Simpler than “as simple as possible”

We are back to Paul Valéry’s maxim: “Everything simple is false. Everything complex is unusable.” In the world of computer modeling, this is known as Bonini’s paradox: The more realistic a model is, the more it becomes as complex and … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Political Matters, Rhetorical fallacies, Science, Scientism, Virtue signaling

Woke for what purpose?

David Brooks nails it, though it stings: In an older frame of mind, you try to perceive the size of a problem objectively, and then you propose a solution, which might either be radical or moderate, conservative or liberal. You … Continue reading

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Darwin Trolls

Anyone who has been involved in higher education knows this truth: people are often decent in private, listen, and give interesting ideas about heretical ideas such as intelligent design. They fulminate in public, because they must or risk dealing with … Continue reading

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The age of bloodless assassination

[C]harges of bigotry function these days in the same way assassinations did during the 1930s. George Orwell was disgusted by the ideological brutality he witnessed while serving on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. One did not discuss; … Continue reading

Posted in Gaying away the Pray, grievance mongering, Paradox, progressivism, terrorism, the worst are full of passionate intensity, Transvaluation of Values, Virtue signaling

North of the Border, Up Canada Way

No State really cares what its people believe, so long as they keep it to themselves, and salute the State’s gods on all State occasions. The State’s gods today may be Abortion and Sodomy and Gender Metamorphosis. We might want … Continue reading

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Warlock Hunts (and lesser voices)

In the space of about 24 hours I encountered three contributions, not necessarily toward a “solution,” but at least toward perspective, on the sexual harassment tsunami. The most prominent and lengthiest was Claire Berlinski’s The Warlock Hunt at The American … Continue reading

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