The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Way to Blow It, Ta-Nehisi Coates

The headline on the Atlantic column is intriguing: Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind It’s one of those intra-liberal feuds about something “controversial” Paul Ryan said 10 days ago, which of course was controversial only because Paul Ryan is a prominent Republican. But the feud among liberals is actually rather interesting in […]

Get ‘Empowered,’ Duke-Style!

The expression on the face of Duke University freshman Women’s Studies major Miriam Weeks (“Belle Knox”) represents . . . A. Her disappointment that the #4-ranked Blue Devils lost to Wake Forest by 10 points on Wednesday; B. Her disgust over recent claims that Thomas Bagby, her fellow Duke freshman who told everybody on campus […]

How to Hate Your Parents

Too many people go through life in a search for scapegoats, seeking someone to blame for their unhappiness, so as to avoid having to confront the fact that they are responsible for their own problems. Whatever their problem is, someone must be blamed, and that someone cannot be themselves, because if they ever were to […]

‘The Second Time as Farce’: @sandraylk’s Recycled Marcusean Marxism

Sandra Korn: Feminist socialist lesbian — but I repeat myself. “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’? “Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of ‘academic justice.’ When an academic community […]

Liberals Hate Books They Don’t Read

Eugene Volokh: Last week, E.J. Dionne Jr. penned a column in the Washington Post that blamed adherence to the tenets of the Austrian school of economics for gridlock in Washington. Well, sort of. He seemed to say that Austrian economics simultaneously was an obscure set of ideas of which no one has heard (except Ron […]

Intellectuals and the Total State: @JAMyerson’s Dilettante Marxism

Left to right: Leon Trotsky, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Lavrenti Beria. “Lenin, at every passing opportunity, emphasized the absolute necessity of the terror. . . . “We heard such tirades from him a dozen times a day and they were always aimed at some one among those present who was suspected of ‘pacifism.’” – Leon Trotsky, Lenin […]

How @JAMyerson Blamed @SarahPalinUSA for Tucson

While the beatdown on Jesse Myerson’s communist advocacy will continue — compelled by the impersonal forces of history — we can take a brief detour to examine what he wrote after Jared Loughner’s deadly January 2011 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona. Beyond Blood Libel: A Refudiation of Sarah Palin’s Lone Gunman Theory You can read […]

The Renegade Jesse Myerson

Jesse Myerson (@JAMyerson) in a March 2012 cable TV appearance. “Dictatorship is rule based directly upon force and unrestricted by any laws. “The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat is rule won and maintained by the use of violence by the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, rule that is unrestricted by any laws. . . . “One […]

Teach Your Children Well

Jesse Myerson (@JAMyerson) seems to believe he is so clever that the “points” he makes in advocating communism deserve a detailed rebuttal, and I suppose there may be people who have nothing better to do with their time than to supply such a response. In which communist @JAMyerson briefly demonstrates his deficiency of reading comprehension. […]

‘Discrimination,’ Arguing by Exceptions, and the Obvious Insanity of Androgyny

Liberalism’s obsession with equality requires us to pretend that such distinctions as “male” and “female” are ultimately meaningless, and that any policy which recognizes these categories as significant must be abolished in order to prevent discrimination. This is where the rhetoric of liberalism is exposed as a species of madness. While proclaiming their devotion to […]

Where We’re Heading

If you don’t want to be accused of homophobia . . . The director of a new film featuring gay themes and characters is blasting the movie ratings board for giving the comedy an R rating. G.B.F., set for a Jan. 14 debut, earned the rating for “sexual references.” Director Darren Stein feels the film should […]

Homophobia: Pathology or Tautology?

A good friend, who spent many years as an active lesbian, but then met and married a man, becoming a Christian wife and mother, absolutely hates the word “homophobia.” The implied psychiatric diagnosis — that the person so labeled has an irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals — is absurd, and can probably be best […]

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