We Don’t Want Your Kind of Books Here

An open letter was recently published on a site dedicated to news and links for children’s literature.  It’s author was a young school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, head held slouched with ideas of social justice and community programming oriented toward children.  That’s hardly newsworthy.  What is worth a mention, however, is the content of her letter: a seemingly polite letter in reaction to the First Lady’s decision to send a bundle of Dr. Seuss books out to the highest-achieving schools in each state. Continue reading “We Don’t Want Your Kind of Books Here”

SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)

Released seventy years ago, renowned 20th century sociologist Carle Zimmerman’s book Family and Civilization studied and anticipated the breakdown of the Western family as we know it.  Written before the explosion of no-fault divorce, proliferation of same-sex relationships, and the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision, his work already painted a grim look at the future of Western family development.  While many of us on the Right attribute the disintegration of family bonds to the neo-Marxist ideologies that have permeated our culture, in addition to the radicalized individualism put forward by the Enlightenment, Zimmerman points out the general cycle that Western familism existed in pretty much the same format long before the early-Modern thinkers ever came to the scene. Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT: Family & Civilization (Carle C. Zimmerman, 1947 – Harper, 2008 – ISI Books)”

A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia

In the coming months, I will be uploading a series of pieces on the landmark 1835 & 1840 works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.  This project is a bit of a lengthy one that I’ve been ruminating on for quite some time.  These works will be something of an unprofessional guidebook to help synthesize Tocqueville’s ideas and truncate his study using chapter summaries.  His body of work remains fascinating both in thought and in writing style, so I highly encourage everyone to go out and read his magnum opus at some point.  But for those of you who have actual lives and can’t commit to a sixteen hundred-some page long tome, there will be instead QNUW. Continue reading “A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia”

Political Centrism Is Not A Thing

“Nah, dude, I’m a centrist.”  The unamusing smugness of the statement belched out of your friend’s lips is enough to put anyone who’s invested an inkling of time into researching the topics at hand into a state of simmering rage.  “Everything in moderation.  Live and let live.  It is what it is.”  This is the type of person, you remind yourself, that smokes pot while tripping on psilocybin and compares it to religious experiences he admits to have never actually had.  This is the type of person, you remind yourself, who has trouble reading books and didn’t finish high school, smells of patchouli and marijuana, and claims to be “his own kind of Buddhist,” though he doesn’t seem to know what the eightfold path is when you ask about it.  This is the type of person, you remind yourself, that you shouldn’t be discussing politics with. Continue reading “Political Centrism Is Not A Thing”

After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)

The last ten years has seen the publication of a plethora of neo-scholastic thought made accessible and available to the minds of non-academic laymen.  The surge in best-selling books on godlessness, riding the wave of the short-lived New Atheism movement, helped stoke the fires of the more intellectually-inclined Christians around the world.  While the New Atheism movement—classified as a movement only by the handful of know-it-alls who considered taking it seriously—only seemed to gain significant traction among internet denizens of video game forums, a slower buildup of interest in medieval scholastic thought is beginning to make larger waves among more important contributors to the present culture-wide philosophical dialogue.  And John Lawrence Hill’s 2016 book, After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports our Modern Moral and Political Values, fits into this dialogue extremely well. Continue reading “After the Natural Law (John Lawrence Hill – 2016 Ignatius Press)”

Korn’s Lyrics Are Better Than Slam Poetry

So let’s say you’re fourteen, bullied in school, have a relatively easy home life, don’t have much need to work yet, and your biggest worries include how to get that one girl to notice you in class, how to get a passing grade in the gym class you keep skipping, and how you’re going to afford the next Call of Duty game when it comes out.  You’re probably a nerd, and if the year is 2003, then you’re a nerd that might be listening to nu metal as a form of adolescent rebellion. Continue reading “Korn’s Lyrics Are Better Than Slam Poetry”

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