Category: Ideas and Reflections

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To all my Irish readers, wherever you may be, top o’ the morning to you! Yes, I know the phrase is not common in modern Ireland, and the pedants out there will likely get huffy at my use of a popular expression which is more North American than authentically Irish. Still, from what I’ve read it appears the pedants are...

The Sun Also Sets

One of my hobbies — when I am not closely observing the sunset of our civilization, or sifting the soil of today’s bright-eyed youth in search of some rare glimmer of hope — is photography. As some of you may already have guessed, all the photographs featured on this website are my own. Therefore, as I’ve chosen to eschew the standard stock photos of...

Pederasty and the “Conservative Media” Illusion

Milo Yiannopoulos, who last week was a scheduled speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an editor at the ultimate GOP-insiders’-club-cum-faux-rebel news outlet, Breitbart (home of Donald Trump’s alt-righthand man, Steve Bannon), and an oft-cited celebrity muckraker of the GOP establishment’s — er, I mean the “alt-right’s” — youth wing, is now, suddenly, out. Out of CPAC, out at Breitbart, out of a book deal, just...

Upon Reading “Heart of Darkness”

Plato informs us that Socrates, awaiting execution in his prison cell, devoted some of his time to writing verse. Socrates — that supreme dialectician and debunker of the Muses, writing poetry! Recalling that for the ancient Greeks, the battle of Philosophy vs. Poetry was a prime manifestation of what we now call Reason vs. Revelation, we are startled, right there in the pages...

Making America Russian Again

There has been a great kerfuffle over Donald Trump’s use of a moral equivalency argument to defend Vladimir Putin against Bill O’Reilly’s description of the latter as “a killer,” to which the Tweeter-in-Chief replied, “There’s a lot of killers, you got a lot of killers. Why, you think our country’s so innocent?” Trump’s cult members, predictably, have doubled down on their master’s moronitude, flooding the virtual...

Happy Lunar New Year

If you read my New Year’s post from a few weeks back, you already know how little interest I have in New Year’s Day as a holiday or tradition. Perhaps it is not surprising, therefore, given the theme of this website — life in Limbo — that I have been saddled with a perpetual punishment suited to my peculiar form...

Parting Shots for 2016

Happy New Year, Everyone! I like to say that to my friends, as we all do, because it is another way of wishing them well, which is always pleasant. To be honest, however, New Year’s Day as such is probably the least interesting of all the major festive days for me, just slightly below Hallowe’en. Yes, it’s time to restart the yearly time counting system, at least for...

Where Are We Now?

For a few weeks, I have had very little to say about the world’s latest political news from my perch here in the dark wood. Perhaps this is healthy. I have been urging others for years to realize that the era of direct political action, which is to say of politics in the narrow sense, is over, at least for those...

Thomas Sowell Retiring

Though I don’t consider myself arrogant or excessively proud, I am also averse to false modesty. The exaggerated “Who, me?” reaction, when it becomes a rhetorical formula — or a moral formula, which is even worse — is harmful to the soul, since unreflectively diminishing oneself in the face of praise, while perhaps seeming properly humble, is as often as not an indication of something much less savory, namely...