Category Archives: Culture and Religion

The arc of his life vindicated his moral critics, conservative and feminist

OMG what an opening paragraph!  Now that is writing. Hugh Hefner, gone to his reward at the age of 91, was a pornographer and chauvinist who got rich on masturbation, consumerism and the exploitation of women, aged into a leering … Continue reading

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Proselytizing gets tiresome, no matter who is doing it

In Monastaries of the Mind, Victor Davis writes that “When everything is politicized, people retreat into mental mountaintops — dreams of the past and fantasies of the future.” An increasing number of American don’t take all this [the perpetual proselytizing … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant on safe spaces

Over at Ricochet, member “Gumby Mark” draws an interesting analogy: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, written as he was dying, is one of the finest memoirs by a senior Civil War officer (the other is Fighting for the Confederacy by … Continue reading

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Another option: parity that makes emigration moot?

Long excerpt from Victor Davis Hanson about Trump’s recent insulting behavior towards Mexico: I think concerns expressed that Trump treat Mexico and President Peña Nieto with dignity and respect are well-taken and wise. But part of the problem inherent in … Continue reading

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The inner chimp is always there, and, sometimes, he wins.

“Social conventions make a decent life possible.”  So writes Kevin D. Williamson: About 97 percent of the human genome is identical to that of orangutans, which are solitary and pacifistic. But about 99 percent of our DNA is identical to … Continue reading

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PayPal isn’t virtuous – it’s just fashionably greedy

In Let’s Not Mince Words About PayPal, David A. French writes: PayPal has announced that it will not open a new operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the state’s new “bathroom law” — a law that sensibly requires people … Continue reading

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“If I am offended, I am correct.”

Thoughtful piece in the “Saturday Essay” from this weekend’s WSJ by John H. McWorter.  Dr. McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music at Columbia University. His latest book is “The Language Hoax.” Long-ish excerpt from Closed Minds on Campus: However, … Continue reading

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