Goodbye, Intellectual Dork Web

This piece was prompted by one of this blogger’s favorite whipping posts: Jordan B. Peterson’s credibility and incomprehensibility.  Those of us waiting for the other shoe to drop have been vindicated, at least until the other-other shoe drops and the entire network of these clowns, Peterson included, are revealed to be part of the very machine they were organized to stand in opposition to.  I don’t think that has happened yet, but rest assured, it will soon enough. Continue reading “Goodbye, Intellectual Dork Web”

“The Writer is a Senior Official in the Trump Administration.”

Yesterday, The New York Times dropped a controversial anonymous op-ed piece which stated, in just under a thousand words, that there were persons within the Trump administration who were actively sabotaging or otherwise resisting the actions of the President.  The writer claimed to be a senior-ranking official of the administration, and his piece describes how the President doesn’t seem to be fully aware of the efforts to curb his intentions.  It also explains, humorlessly, the erraticism of Trump’s behavior so popularized by the mainstream media.  And the writer, eager to stand on credentials that he’s unwilling to actually bring to light, simultaneously presents this covert splinter cell of political resistance to be well-intentioned patriots who are, presumably, republican loyalists (both small ‘r’ and of the GOP, in this case) rather than agents of the opposition.  It is for the country’s own good, apparently, that the efforts of its President are sabotaged. Continue reading ““The Writer is a Senior Official in the Trump Administration.””

Censorship, Freedom, and Liberal Retardation

Free speech is back on the menu, apparently, this time with our favorite Texan, Alex Jones, thrust into the role of protagonist.  Again.

This time it was YouTube, Apple, and Spotify, at first.  Twitter’s founder came under attack by lefties because he hadn’t banned Jones yet, and he even had to issue short statement on his platform defending his decision to keep someone who had not violated the Code of Conduct from being ousted.  Until he gave Jones the boot, too.  And then InfoWars went down for a day or so.  Continue reading “Censorship, Freedom, and Liberal Retardation”

There’s A New Justice Headed to Town

With the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the left has predictably lost its mind.  Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement struck an ugly chord with the self-appointed defenders of civil liberties—at least those that enshrine the rights of infanticide, sodomy, and religious censorship.  It didn’t matter who Trump was willing to nominate, since after Gorsuch’s nomination, it was clear that Trump wasn’t the left wing New York liberal that his neocon detractors had predicted.  The left was going to protest anyone. Continue reading “There’s A New Justice Headed to Town”

How to Hijack Conservatism 101

At one time, the term “neocon” referred to a specific group of presumably-reformed Trotskyites who had migrated away from the anti-Stalinist left.  They had found dissatisfaction with the way the conflict in Vietnam was being handled in the 1960s, and using the Cold War as an impetus, sought to limit the expansion of the Soviet regime through extremely active foreign involvement.  This involvement could have taken the form of minor espionage operations, but don’t be fooled: the neocons of the time were no strangers to advocating for the intervention of foreign affairs with the full might of the United States military. Continue reading “How to Hijack Conservatism 101”

Left or Right – The Utopian Nightmare

In contemporary political discourse, the terms left and right are thrown around so often that they’ve nearly degraded to the point of being insubstantial memes.  “Right-Wing Extremists” has been a term swung like a baseball bat by the media and by academics since the New Left rose to prominence in the sixties, and it was an amusing enough rhetorical cudgel given the fact that almost none of the terrorist acts committed by Americans during those chaotic decades were even remotely ‘right-wing’ no matter how you defined it.  “The Left,” on the other hand, has become a lovable boogieman used by alt-media commentators since the internet became a usable media platform, but it’s devolved to resembling a word that simply means whatever I don’t like. Continue reading “Left or Right – The Utopian Nightmare”

REVIEW: Why Liberalism Failed – Patrick J. Deneen (Yale University Press, 2018)

It doesn’t take a genius to note the decrepit state of modernity (take, for example, this blog).  About as cliché, although slightly more respected, is the growing state of contemporary academia to take aim at liberalism—and not merely the liberalism of the clueless BernieBro bumper stickers and effete Starbucks-intoxicated opinions on veganism, but the legitimate roots of liberalism as characterized by Locke, Mill, Rousseau, and the rest.  The so-called classical liberalism of the nineteenth century, the brand contemporary ‘conservatives’ claim to embrace so well, is undergoing a well-deserved attack by what remains of the academic right. Continue reading “REVIEW: Why Liberalism Failed – Patrick J. Deneen (Yale University Press, 2018)”

The Political e-Celeb Menace

It’s no surprise that popularity breeds contempt, often from complete nobodies.  Envy is commonly assumed to be the primary driver of this contempt, and all too often, that seems to check out.  But that isn’t always the case.  All forms of popularity are not created equal—a Hollywood actor’s popularity is almost entirely arbitrary, and contempt for his face appearing on billboards across the nation could stem from the enviousness of countless other men failing to be in the right place at the right time and loaded up with the right connections like he was, or it could stem from countless tabloid-published moral failings as Hollywood pretends to operate according to the same moral compass that drives the sane segment of humanity. Continue reading “The Political e-Celeb Menace”

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