In praise of predation

Nature, “red in tooth and claw” (but not destructive like Reds), often shocks us because its most beautiful creatures are violent and seemingly cruel predators. For example, the elegant raptor that glides so gracefully on the wind will with almost demonic glee seize a small cute mouse and tear it apart. Similarly, the common house...Read more

On the importance of doing nothing

Among the vast tomes of hidden agenda behind this blog lurks a simple commandment: thou shalt spend more time doing nothing. Much of my conversion to conservatism came through the realization that conservatives eliminate unnecessary labor and activity while liberalism increases it. People in our society have forgotten the importance of doing nothing. While we...Read more

Binary decisions

Our minds rebel against the idea, but some decisions are binary: choosing one excludes the other forevermore. For example, you cannot be both tattooed and non-tattooed; you cannot both be a veteran and know the world of not having faced combat. Experience changes us. The same is true of innocence. You cannot both be innocent...Read more


Has anyone else noticed the fall of eccentricity in the West? We used to have more eccentrics: people who were harmlessly, idiosyncratically but purposefully out of step with whatever everyone else seemed to be doing. In fact, in many ways we cherished this tradition of eccentricity because from it many of our greatest innovations were...Read more

What afflicts us

Let us not focus on conservatives, but on a new group: anyone but leftists. Leftists have an ideology that knows no stopping point and refuses to check itself with reality, so as in France and Russia, leftists push societies into increasingly insane plans and eventually totalitarianism, precipitating collapse. All of us out here are varying...Read more

Book fetishism

Among the denizens of this wild planet, minds seize on the popular notion of the importance of books. People who read are good people, we are told, and people who do not are ignorant, bad, stupid and wrong. The common refrain of “read a book” or “educate yourself” rings out across the land, from internet...Read more

Our era is doomed to ignorance

The truth is never completely pleasant, and therefore is socially unacceptable. Leaders embrace truth and rush at it whenever we find it. This includes scientific and historical truths which are taboo at this time, psychological truths which unnerve us, and most of all, the idea that “other worlds” whether religious (heaven) or secular (morality, “progress”)...Read more

There is only one human problem

Humanity doesn’t have problems. It has one problem: incompetence. Stupidity, laziness, and denial go together. Wherever there are stupid people, these problems spread. Stupid people inherently have these problems, and enough stupid people together make them into a norm. The solution is obvious but not simple. We need more smart people. We need fewer incompetent...Read more

National Cheeseburger Day

Today is National Cheeseburger Day, reminding us that if nothing else democracies show effectiveness at naming commemorative holidays. And yet, the cheeseburger looms over us as a mighty symbol. When our forefathers crept out of caves the word “food” meant a process of hunting, gathering or growing raw materials and then cooking them. As specialization...Read more

They will cut you out

Let me explain a painful realism for the herd out there: all of our policy since 1789 has been based on the idea that society owes each of you survival. In other words, because you are human, society should provide for you to have a job, income, safe housing and so on. Liberal politics arose...Read more

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