Category: Ideas and Reflections

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...

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...

On Race Language: The Good, The Bad, and The Indifferent

As an addendum to my recent article about the linguistic tyranny of political correctness (read it here), please indulge me in the following rant. In response to the above-mentioned article, a very thoughtful reader e-mailed some of her own reflections and experiences, including the following: In regards to being purely descriptive, and not being potentially racist or some other hateful...

The World Before Racial Hypersensitivity

Imagine a world in which one can actually describe the human species concretely, as one finds it, without measuring every utterance against the ever-changing barometer of political correctness. Imagine a language that actually communicates positively, naturally, rather than forever masking itself in unnecessary, propagandized euphemism in order to avoid the ultimate progressive sin of “offending” someone’s indoctrinated sensitivity and delicateness....

The Profit Motive, Greed, and Tyranny

Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. — President John Adams, 1798 Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? — Milton Friedman, 1979 In a famous 1979 interview, Phil Donahue challenged Milton Friedman to defend capitalism against the charge that it fosters greed. Friedman deftly parried that greed motivates men in all...

Pooh’s Honey Pot

I awoke today with many things on my mind, things I wanted to write about: why I like homosexual cafĂ© owners kicking out Christians; how yellow people see themselves in a world where “yellow people” is a description, not a hate crime; and why Milan Kundera was right about Eden, “where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”...

Why Do I Keep Calling Them “Progressives”?

As expected, my recent American Thinker article, “The Progressive Psychology of Exploiting a Crisis,” garnered many harrumphs from readers insisting that I stop using that danged lyin’ word, “progressive,” when the people I’m referring to are actually “regressives,” communists, or socialists who don’t promote progress at all! Sorry, but I’m sticking to my guns here — and here’s why. “Progressive”...