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The Anti-Climax of Kantianism

I just came across such a comically grotesque philosophical expression of everything that’s wrong with our culture that I had to write a piece on it for The Federalist. I’m going to include that piece here, but afterwards I have some additional comments I want to make, just for this newsletter, that take it down […]

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The Anti-Climax of Feminism

Cosmopolitan has a long history of giving young women bad advice about how to deal with the young men in their lives, but they really outdid themselves with this spectacularly bad advice: “Why Guys Get Turned on When You Orgasm—and Why That’s a Bad Thing.” Wait, what? Hannah Smothers writes: It’s not enough that men […]

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Systemic, Institutionalized Brophobia

I wrote recently about the virulent new campus threat of “brophobia.” This is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek borrowing of the style and terminology of campus crusades against “homophobia,” but it serves to underscore the hypocrisy. The same people who plead for “tolerance” have adopted the practice of taking a large minority of the population—biological males who […]

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The Liberal Condescension Hall of Fame

I try not to pay too much attention to Lena Dunham, because she’s kind of the highfalutin’ equivalent of someone who is famous for being famous—by which I mean that she has a television show that a lot of middlebrow intellectuals talk about, but which not many people actually watch. Odell Beckham, Jr., a young […]

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If Democrats Don’t Have Jefferson and Jackson, Who’s Left?

Last week, the organizers of the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner in Connecticut (Bailey was a local machine politician) voted to drop the two former presidents from the event’s name, on the grounds that they were slave owners and therefore unworthy of the honor. There was no debate, and the decision took all of two minutes. […]

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Seven Liberal Pieties Only the Right Still Believes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve increasingly had the experience of saying things that would have been considered pieties in the liberal catechism when I was young—and which now will get you labeled as a howling reactionary. In retrospect, this is partly because the left didn’t always mean some of the ideals it used to pronounce […]

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The Paradox of Dogma

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The question seems relevant today, because the most remarkable characteristic of our current national debate is that one side wants desperately to stamp it out whenever it occurs. Recently, for example, […]

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Social Realist Sex

Editor’s Note: The article below was published as part of the first annual Sex Week at The Federalist, which was apparently something of a first for a prominent conservative publication. The other articles were from a conservative perspective and ranged from better to worse. I took the opportunity to present, as I put it below, […]

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Feminism’s Sexual Exploitation of Women

Cathy Young has an in-depth report in The Daily Beast exposing the latest highly publicized dubious accusation of rape—following quickly on the heels of the University of Virginia saga and Lena Dunham’s tale about being taken advantage of by a mystery campus Republican who seems to have no counterpart in the real world. You may also […]

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Confessions of a Reluctant Culture Warrior

Top Stories of the Year: #3 For most of my career as a writer, I have been reluctant to join in the “culture wars,” mostly because I don’t fit into either of the two opposing camps. As an atheist, I’m not longing for a return to traditional religious morality. As an individualist, I’ve never supported […]

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