MCS1: Against Antisemitism

On what will hopefully be the first of many Saturday morning caffeine streams, I spoke with Kyle Broussard about circumcision, antisemitism, and Eric Clopper’s presentation on the subject of male genital cutting (and its relationship with Judaism). It’s a fascinating subject. I think one of the two biggest takeaways was Kyle’s explanation of hazing: …basically, ...

Culture of Consent

In 1922, Walter Lippmann coined the idea of “manufactured consent” in his book Public Opinion. The book seems to accept the premise that the social contract was predicated upon consent; that without the consent of the governed, the legitimacy of the government falls into question. But Lippmann argued that people are generally very bad at observing ...

Getting Back to Reading

YouTube has become the lazy-man’s library. It is easy to sit and do some menial task (dishes, laundry, even a video game) while listening to some decent “educational” channel on YouTube. I myself have become seriously guilty on this point; it’s impossible to guess how many hundreds of hours I have spent listening to Christopher ...

The Great Experiment?

I thought it would be appropriate to think a little bit about America on her 242nd birthday. My last post highlighted some of the challenges we face in keeping this beautiful nation over the coming decade, in whole or even in part. But to be able to gauge our success in that endeavor, or even ...

On the Coming Civil War

Dedicated to those of this community who, through the Rajneesh invasion and occupation of 1981-85, remained, resisted, and remembered. — Plaque beneath the post office flagpole, Antelope, OR You’d think that if you were being invaded, you would know it as it was happening. But often times this is not the case. In 1981, dozens ...

Identity and the Problem with Christianity

Originally published on Counter-Currents: Race is a large component of identity that has been neglected in recent decades, so naturally, identitarians ought to care about race. Identity is valuable because it gives coherence to our relationships with our ancestors and descendants, it builds social trust and solidarity in our communities, and it helps establish who ...

Is Arguing a Waste of Time?

“Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never time wasted.” — Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian I was told earlier today that “a debate for debate’s sake is masturbation with no happy ending.” The thread in question was, (coincidentally) not just a debate for the sake of a debate, but about politics and whether ...

Transgenerational Ethics [Sample]

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming essay-book Transgenerational Ethics. Keep an eye out for it on my Amazon author page, it will be out later this summer. The whole book is more or less a critique of liberal individualism and John Rawls in particular, but this is the section that deals with his theory ...

A Case-Study in Hatred

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a debate and come away with a stronger feeling of having just wasted time than after listening to the Munk Debate on Political Correctness. The motion — “What you call political correctness, I call progress” — went largely untouched, a point that Frye repeatedly pointed out, but to ...

Feminine Virtue

Some thoughts from yesterday: an acquaintance was asking what makes a woman feminine. The following was my initial response, in part derived from a mirroring of Jack Donovan’s explanation of what makes a man masculine. Masculinity is derived from what is expected of men. Biologically, men are expected to fight and to build; to establish ...

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