Category: Ideas and Reflections

Trump’s Contradictions (sort of) Explained

One thing everyone agrees on regarding Donald Trump is that he is obsessed with the media, and particularly with media coverage of himself. A few months back, some na├»ve people took literally an online satire describing Trump’s addiction to a fictitious “Gorilla TV.” I knew it was satire — and ineffective satire — since Trump wouldn’t care about gorillas unless they wore MAGA...

Of True Believers and Infidels

Within the past day, Donald Trump has declared DACA “dead,” to fanfare and worshipful genuflection from his cult — the very same cult that bowed in submissive praise at Trump’s offer of citizenship for every registered “dreamer” along with a million more illegals who were not even registered. One day, it’s “We love Trump because he’s going to deport ’em all.” The next...

Happy Easter to All!

Happy Easter to all my visitors in Limbo. Limbo may seem a strange place from which to celebrate Easter, but then again maybe it’s not so strange. First of all, in this age of cheapened faiths of convenience, and holier-than-thou hypocrisy passing itself off as piety, perhaps a little good old-fashioned admission of unworthiness is the most authentic religion. Secondly, and on a...

An Open Letter to David Hogg

Dear David, (We boring adults typically begin correspondence with expressions like “Dear So-and-So,” even when addressing a person with whom we have strong disputes. We call it being civil, i.e., decent and respectful even toward those with whom one disagrees. Civility seems the most effective and mature pattern of behavior when dealing with others in most contexts, particularly as an alternative to things...

A Moment with Something Not Ugly

Within the next several hours, I will post my comments regarding the March to Surrender Our Lives that took place across Amerika on Sunday, framed as an open letter to David Hogg, the foul-mouthed, disrespectful little punk — uh, traumatized, articulate young man who has assumed the mantle of global spokesman for angry young know-nothings who hate their parents — oops, socially conscious...

Spring Interrupted by Global Warming!

Oh, dear, it’s happening again. Just when you’re sure your relatively moderate climate, having reached the official first full day of spring, is headed for warmth and flowers from here on out as usual, along comes that dastardly global warming…er, cooling…um, I mean “climate change” — yes, that’s it, “change”! — to set you right back to February. Come on Al, pitch your...

Progressive Moral Infantilism: The Virtue of Cowardice

I frequently refer to the moral infantilism of the progressive mind. This infantilism is not merely a by-product of progressive thinking, but is in fact an intended and essential outcome of progressive social engineering. Today’s “safe spaces” on college campuses, complete with teddy bears and dolls, are merely an especially silly manifestation of a general, and deadly serious, civilizational regression. Back in 2012,...

On the other hand, it’s spring

Politics in the modern sense — the muddy search for individual liberty — is dead. Philosophy in the ancient sense — the soul’s longing for eternity heightened through reason into the search for wisdom — is dying. Religious faith in the humane sense — the communal subordination of souls to the shared belief in a being and truth higher than ourselves and our...

“Flexible” or “Pretzel”?

Fairly often, readers or other acquaintances inform me that although they may agree with my negative assessment of Donald Trump on its face, they cannot understand why I have thus far failed to recognize the special conditions of this historical moment that require the “grassroots conservative” to adopt a more flexible attitude in order to match Trump’s uniquely flexible style of governance. The...

My Personal Hero

In this egalitarian age, the concept of the hero seems as superfluous and out of touch as the pomp and circumstance of the British royal family. Paradoxically, our fetish for equality has combined with our impious self-absorption to turn us into idolaters, rather than hero-worshippers. We have infantile personality cults where in the past mature men admired genuine greatness as a guide for...