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Identity Cancels Reality

Identity Cancels Reality

By Philip Carl Salzman | Our current monomaniacal obsession with identity was midwifed by postmodern theory. In the past, students of society and culture emulated science in theory and methodology, striving to offer objective, disinterested, and impartial knowledge about human life. Postmodernism attacked science and rejected the goal of objective knowledge about people, arguing that objectivity was impossible and that only subjectivity was possible. In anthropology, the weasel word was “interpretation,” with research being reduced to… 

Why National Greatness Matters

Why National Greatness Matters

By Christopher M. England | As the United States muddles through a global pandemic and the aftermath of a contested election, it is hard to avoid a sense that the country is now suffused by a spirit of grievance and revenge. Donald Trump’s call to “make America great again” has given rise to the cynical response, voiced by Andrew Cuomo and…

What Does Back to Normal Mean?

What Does Back to Normal Mean?

By Peter J. Leithart | Modernization involves multiple accelerations, says the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa in his 2010 book, Acceleration and Alienation. Advanced technology speeds up movement and communication, and the rate of technological change increases with Moore’s-Law regularity. Social change happens faster, as fashions and fads come and…

Systemic Racism and Sexism Are Now Mandatory

Systemic Racism and Sexism Are Now Mandatory

By Philip Carl Salzman | I must apologize at the outset for offering to the reader what is by now a truism known to everybody who has had even short periods of sobriety during the last decade. Whatever imaginings the reader may have had during the twentieth century about being a unique individual and about treating others as individuals,…

Is the Wisdom of Homer Immune to Cancel Culture?

Is the Wisdom of Homer Immune to Cancel Culture?

By Victor Davis Hanson | Amid the current hysteria of toppling statues and renaming things, we keep mindlessly expanding the cancel culture. We are now seeing efforts to ban classics of Western and American literature. These hallowed texts are suddenly being declared racist or sexist by preening moralists. Or, as one Massachusetts high school teacher recently boasted on social media, “Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed…” 

A Young Farmer’s Journey

A Young Farmer’s Journey

By Malcolm Salovaara | Sometime during college, I decided to become a farmer. Upon graduating, I moved back in with my parents and began to farm their sixty-acre property. Although I did not know it at the time–indeed, I believed my unusual decision to be the consummation of my commitment to progressivism–this was the first step on my journey toward conservatism. During my years as a progressive, I did not realize to what extent my views… 

Why the Wokerati Are Cultural Marxists

Why the Wokerati Are Cultural Marxists

By Philip Carl Salzman|In an otherwise excellent article ridiculing another journalist who was “canceling” restauranteurs with the wrong ethnicity for the ethnic food they were producing, Jonathan Kay expressed his perplexity about the meaning of “cultural Marxism.” “These battles [such as those about ‘cultural appropriation’ of cultural features by people with incorrect genes] are often described in left- versus- right terms. Jordan Peterson, in particular,… 

Living In An Updated World

Living In An Updated World

By David Heddendorf| Mr. Munson owned a 1966 Mustang convertible that he bought after seeing an ad in the local paper. All his friends congratulated him on an excellent deal. He loved his Mustang for its looks and for the way it drove, but he didn’t know anything about vintage cars. He kept his Mustang in a special garage in his yard and took it out several times a year. He liked to drive ten or twenty miles into the country, just to enjoy the wind in his thinning hair… 

The Tragedy of Black Education is New

The Tragedy of Black Education is New

By Walter E. Williams | Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore’s school system. What it found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore’s high schools, not a single student scored proficient in math. In five Baltimore City high schools, not a single student scored proficient in math or reading….