Author: Daren Jonescu

Read The Case Against Public Education Now!

The men described above are only a very small sample of like figures in the modern history of the Anglo-American world…. What do they all have in common? At least three things, to begin with: a complete lack of public school socialization, a dearth of government-standardized testing, and a total privation of state-trained teachers. From “Compulsory Mass Retardation,” in The Case...

The Fall of Man, Part II

For those of us who believe the rise and fall of civilizations is cyclical, and hence that, despite all the delusions of our narrow-mindedness and our “frog’s perspective” (as Nietzsche calls it), there is nothing so absolutely unique about our current deterioration, there nevertheless remains this troubling question: Have the final stages always proceeded this quickly, or is the seemingly...

Life, War, and the Fog

On November 11th, I wrote an article in honor of the men who have fought and died in defense of the principles of modern liberty. Though I was careful to stipulate that many of those men died honorably in wars that may well have been of questionable value to that cause, this, apparently, was not enough qualification for some. At...

What We Owe the War Dead

Back in the days before moral relativism and progressive historicism rendered all war (except communist revolutionary war) an unambiguous evil — that is, before “giving peace a chance,” regardless of the conditions upon which that peace was to be purchased, became an unqualified (and therefore non-relative?) good — art about war was expected to comprise both the pain of loss...

Gracias, El Salvador!

Today I awake to find that one lucky — or unfortunate, as the case may be — reader in El Salvador has downloaded my book, The Case Against Public Education, making his or her nation the thirty-ninth to which the book has been downloaded from this website. (I have no way of knowing who may have received it from other...

How Moral Equivalency Normalizes North Korea

[The following article originally appeared at American Thinker under a different title.] Donald Trump began a visit to South Korea Tuesday (Korean Time). All focus, of course, is on whether Trump and recently-elected Korean president Moon Jae-in will present a unified position against North Korean aggression. Or let me restate that in words that make sense within the current zeitgeist:...

Moral Equivalency Defined

Here is a perfect example of the art and logic of moral equivalency, from Professor Koo Kab-woo at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.  Addressing, or rather promoting, the concern that Donald Trump might say or do something careless or bombastic during his South Korean trip, Professor Koo says, “If Trump says anything that can provoke North Korea,...

The Fall of Man (Finally Some Pleasant News!)

Koreans, being the countrymen of the UN’s current Secretary-General, are as enthralled by the global warming charade as anyone on Earth. That, combined with this small, homogeneous nation’s susceptibility to “trend-think” — celebrities, politicians, and even general beliefs can fly from novelty item to truism (and back again) seemingly overnight — has led to the creation of some homespun climate...

Trump’s Federal Reserve Pick

Remember when the defining issue for the “throw-caution-to-the-wind” faction of the Republican grassroots was the somewhat romantic push to end the Federal Reserve. Now that pie-in-the-sky faction has been displaced by the “throw-roses-before-Trump” crowd, and apparently the Fed is no longer a concern — unless and until Trump tweets new instructions to his followers, that is. For the time being,...

George Washington, Un-American

When George Washington’s memory has been deemed “unacceptable” to Americans, will America still exist? In the fundamental transformation of any nation, there will be a moment that stands as the symbolic termination of that nation as anything recognizable, and the beginning of a completely new nation unrelated to the old except in name. For example, you will know England is...