Soft censorship

Back in the 1980s, a number of suburban political wives wanted to protect their special snowflakes from the bad content in rap, rock and heavy metal. They formed a group, the Parents Music Resouce Center (PMRC), which attempted first to get legislation passed to require warning stickers on album covers. Then the PMRC-heads discovered another…

Hitler won and the Holocaust is about to happen

WWII ended in 1945 but we fight it every few years in metaphorical form. Like the archetypes upon which it was built, the French Revolution in Europe and the Civil War in the USA, it was the well-intentioned inclusionists versus the evil not so sociable people and this message united the “free world” to truck…

Conservatives should not use Wikipedia

To use a resource book implies trust in it. To trust it implies a belief that it is factual. When you use a bad source, you are validating its lies as truth. Such is the case with Wikipedia. Many of us have observed for years that this feel-good social project, arising from a failed porn…

The Wump World by Bill Peet

The Wump World (1970) by Bill Peet Houghton Mifflin, 44 pages. $9 On the surface, this serves as a parable for children about the environmental damage that humans can do. Underneath however as in most of Bill Peet’s work another agenda is at play, which is a confrontation between humanity and the doubt, emptiness and…

Martin Luther King, Jr., Hero of the Suburbs

Why would anyone ever say, especially in a pained voice, “Can’t we all just get along?” All of us getting along means acceptance of whatever. It means that there is no evolution, no searching for a better answer. In practice, it means that we all retreat to our homes and ignore each other as well…

Anti-culture against (unpatriotic) organic culture

For our own convenience, we like to think of the past as a foreign land. That way the present can be a blank slate, like ourselves, just waiting for whatever drama we brew up in our own minds to imprint upon it. In reality, past dictates present because history shows us the problems that arose…

The hive mind rages

The insidious nature of Crowdism reveals itself through the latest ecstasy of outrage provoked by the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Across Europe, people declare “I am Charlie” and “Not Afraid.” This behavior shows an instinct for drama and social activity, not a political response, and its real purpose is to conceal what we fear: that our…

Don’t blame Islam for Charlie Hebdo massacre

The media pundits and protesters in Paris want a target, so they will blame “extremism” which is a code word for “Muslim extremism,” ignoring the underlying issue which is that diversity does not work, has never worked throughout history, and cannot work because it creates paradoxical goals. A population — any population — in a…

Start the war

“We are threatened because we are a country of freedom.” — Francois Hollande Opening the newspaper this morning, I experienced the feeling of a Franz Ferdinand moment: the instant that after years of tension, a triggering event occurs. These events are rarely important in the big picture but are always visually impressive and force the…

Stages of Decay I: Learning to distrust “good”

The average person remains entirely unprepared for the seduction of language. We used to teach liberal arts including rigorous logic so that people understood arguments at their core and could discern when the meanings behind language were being distorted. For this reason, we also taught the basics of our language, including Greek, Latin and German….

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