Author: Daren Jonescu

On Deliberately Misreading the Facts

We now learn that members of the White House staff and the secret service, and even one of Donald Trump’s personal valets, have tested positive for the coronavirus. This is announced by the breathless propaganda wing of American totalitarian progressivism — that is, the mass media — as shocking news, terrifying news, hysteria-inducing news. The New York Times, America’s leading purveyor of reality...

On Groups

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. –Mickey Mantle, The Quality of Courage (Bison Books edition, 1999), 90 Collectivism, as a moral premise, is essentially the denial of the ultimate value, or rather the ultimate existence, of the individual. Individualism, as that term is used all too often...

The Full Moon

A political age’s night is bleaker than Nature’s. When man’s sun is extinguished, he descends into the complete darkness of the blind and listless. When Nature’s source of light retreats, by contrast, the passivity of unfulfilled desire, enlivened by hints of past brightness, sustains a guiding glow which prevents the darkness from devouring all. The moon’s reflective surface itself, imitating the daylight, keeps...

People I Don’t Like (Part One)

I designate this item “Part One” because I wish to emphasize that by no means is the following short list meant to be exhaustive of all the people I don’t like. There are a whole lot more people I don’t like, but I’ll get to them later. In other words, if you don’t see yourself on this list, don’t give up hope; you...

The Coronavirus Lexicon: A Dictionary of Mass Manipulation

Advisory: A command from the rulers, based on the recommendations of their experts. (See “recommendation.”) Co-morbid: A non-coronavirus-related illness that a patient already has, and that was likely to cause the patient’s death independently of that patient’s contracting the coronavirus. COVID-19 death: a death, usually (though not necessarily) one involving a person who was found to have contracted the new coronavirus (with or...

The Rule of Law vs. The Law of Rules

Speaking of Florida, it was the weirdest trip Jane and I have ever been on. The panic and chaos were unbelievable right up until the time when the place we were at became a ghost town. Jane and I were actually confronted by (2) deputies, in body armor, and ordered off the beach we were walking upon. I received that e-mail from my dear...

Coronae, Divine and Human

There is good news in everything, for all suffering will be redeemed. Among the good news in our collective death dance into tyranny, for instance, is the happy truth, revealed by stark contrast (like the sun’s corona, which appears only during a total eclipse), that our greatest follies, and the great fools who lead them, are mere ephemeral events in the cosmic cycle.

Random Socially Distanced Thoughts

Perhaps it’s the Roman Catholic in me, but for whatever reason I am occasionally gripped by an inchoate need for purification through speech, a sort of confessional moment if you will, in which I divest myself of a few wayward thoughts in order to regain my equilibrium. This is one such occasion. Bear with me. Better yet, given that, if you are reading...

This is Trump’s Moment

This will be less an essay than a personal letter. It is a letter to my readers, past and present, who have sometimes questioned my heavy focus on Donald Trump, my unwillingness to bend a little on my opposition to him, and especially my unkind words for and about his supporters, including those among them who used to be friendly to me. Specifically,...

The Rule of the Experts, Part Three

One of my most popular and widely referenced articles, back in my “conservative media” days, was a piece entitled “Parasitocracy,” which has subsequently become the opening essay of my Limbo series, Progressivism 101.  That essay sprang to mind as I read this headline from NBC News: “Fauci warns reopening states: You can’t ‘leap over things.’” One of the most important things that the...