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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

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The Incompatibility of Islam with the West

From an astute correspondent: So we come back to the concept of Sharia, which you rightly mentioned in one of your posts. This is really the thing where Islam stands out from other religions, the idea that religious belief should...

The Rosenbergs: Still Guilty After All These Years

On this date in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death as atomic spies for the Soviet Union. They were most certainly guilty as we now know. But no amount of proof of their guilt will stop the...

Moral Narcissism

As defined by Roger L. Simon1: Briefly stated, moral narcissism is this: What you say you believe or claim you believe — not how you actually behave — defines who you are and makes you “virtuous” in your own eyes...

Three Defining Features of Contemporary Liberalism

Here: The three defining features of modern liberalism are an intense aversion to the Constitution, a denial of objective truth, and a penchant for intentionally abusing the English language with an aim to mislead the public. No issue exemplifies these...

I Pity the Poor Activist

I pity the poor activist for whom the real is exhausted by the political. But I detest these totalitarians as well since they seek to elide the boundary between the private and the public. We need to battle them in...

'Homegrown Terrorist'

An obfuscatory leftist phrase. And therefore used by Obama the Mendacious. Why obfuscatory? Because it elides an important distinction between those terrorists who are truly homegrown such as Timothy McVey and those who, while born in the USA, such as...

Name the Trope!

In the following entries I engage in a form of creative anachronism: Epictetus Advises Imelda Marcos Camus on Crybullies, Safe Spaces, and Trigger Warnings Martin Heidegger on Muhammad Ali. With respect to the third entry, a young man with an...

Apophasis

I wrote recently, "Fear not, I shall not report on the state of my bowels, which is excellent, nor pull a Trump and crow about the efficacy of my schlong." The sentence illustrates the literary trope called apophasis. Wikipedia: Apophasis...

Epictetus Advises Imelda Marcos

Epictetus, Enchiridion, tr. E. Carter, XXXIX: The body is to everyone the measure of the possessions proper for it, as the foot is of the shoe. If, therefore, you stop at this, you will keep the measure; but if you...

Camus on Crybullies, Safe Spaces, and Trigger Warnings

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, p. 73: Too much security for the child's heart, and the adult will spend his life demanding this security from people -- even though people are only opportunities for risk and freedom. Related articles Remembering Albert...

Of Socialism, Violets, and Asphalt

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 61: Socialism, according to Zochtchenko, will be when violets grow on asphalt. Bernie Sanders take note. Translator's footnote: Mikhail Zochtchenko (1895-1962), Soviet writer and humorist persecuted by...

How Responsible is Sartre for the Decline of Continental Philosophy?

A London philosopher sends the following along which I take to be a quotation from Jasbir Puar: One, I examine discourses of queerness where problematic conceptualizations of queer corporealities, especially via Muslim sexualities, are reproduced in the service of discourses...

List of Islamist Terror Attacks

From the 1980s to the present. Some lists are 'static,' some 'dynamic.' The Ten Commandments is static whereas the list of Islamist outrages is unfortunately dynamic, highly dynamic. Exercise for the reader. Compile a list of Christian terror attacks from...

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959

This is one of the books I am reading at the moment. Tr. Ryan Bloom. First appeared in French in 1989 by Editions Gallimard, Paris, English translation 2008, first paperback edition 2010 (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago). Some good stuff here,...

Keep Your Own Counsel

That is my advice. Now apply it to what I have just advised.

Libel?

Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 13 June: "Omar Mateen despised gays in the same way that Donald Trump and too many of his supporters despise Muslims." Why isn't this libel? 'Libel' as defined in the law: 1) n. to publish in...

Is Diversity Our Strength?

Thomas Sowell poses the question: Is diversity our strength? Or anybody's strength, anywhere in the world? Does Japan's homogeneous population cause the Japanese to suffer? Have the Balkans been blessed by their heterogeneity -- or does the very word "Balkanization"...

The Problem: Gun Culture or Liberal Culture?

This is a repost, slightly redacted, from 2012 to help stem the tsunami of folderol sure to wash over us from the orifices of the mindless gun-grabbing Left in the wake of the Islamist Orlando rampage................. Without wanting to...

Victor Davis Hanson Takes a Trumpian Line on Muslim Immigration

It's about time these establishment types began wising up: [...] Immigration to the U.S., and citizenship itself, should be seen, again, as a privilege, not a right—and assimilation and integration, not multicultural separatism and ethnic and religious chauvinism,...

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