Tag Archives | Progressives

There’s Nobody as Alt-Right as a “Progressive”

You would think that the National Museum of African American History and Culture would be dedicated to fighting the scourge of racism, particularly vicious caricatures and stereotypes of African Americans. Yet toward the end of May the institution posted one of the most racist documents I’ve ever seen, as part of a web page about […]

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“Lord of the Flies” Meets “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

Scenes from a Moral Panic, Part 1 If you’ve ever wondered about those scenes of mass hysteria from history—early Christian iconoclasm, witch trials, that thing in the 1980s when they thought preschools were being run by Satanic cults—if you’ve ever wondered how they could have happened and how they spread so quickly out of control, […]

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A Fascist System with Communist Slogans

The Search for Sanity, Part 2 How far out of hand has the Democratic Party’s nomination contest gotten? I think The Onion pretty much sums it up: “Media Urged Not to Release Names of Any More Presidential Candidates in Effort to Prevent Copycats.” “When a person launches a bid for president and then receives widespread […]

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What Is Socialism?

The rise of unapologetic, openly declared socialists in one of the two mainstream parties has made it necessary for Democrats to try to draw a line between a mere “progressive” welfare statist and an outright socialist. Yet this endeavor is running into trouble, because the dividing line turns out to be less clear than it […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I concluded that genuine political reforms have to be pursued almost in secret, outside of normal partisan lines. Actual activity certainly does not correlate with the degree of press coverage. The biggest non-story of the year, in that regard, was gun control. Shooting incidents are rare and—contrary to […]

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The Psycho-Epistemology of Pathological Altruism

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Psycho-Epistemology of Pathological Altruism By now, we all know what to expect on college campuses, right? Here’s the latest: an Indian-American comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer was shooed off the stage at Columbia University—they literally cut off his microphone—for telling jokes that were offensive […]

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The People Does Not Know What It Wills

A lot of my recent work—and your support—has come to fruition with the launch of my new video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused. You can follow links to both the video and the audio-only podcast of the first episode here. My first installment is an interview with Sean Trende, the main political horserace […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 1

The first episode of Salon of the Refused, my new podcast and video series, is now available. To listen to the audio via the podcast, click here: Or watch the video on YouTube: I’m also working on setting up a Patreon for Salon of the Refused and will post the link when available. In the […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Be Careful What You Wish For I vividly remember about two decades ago a lot of fevered talk about the “digital divide.” The idea was that only the well-off could afford computers, so only their children would be prepared for the new digital economy, while the poor […]

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New Kantian Man

Under the “Family” heading, The Atlantic recently carried a cheerful little piece titled, “How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism.” How is it that we are doing this horrible thing? The problem, it seems, is that we love our kids and want them to do well in life. Which is just the worst, right? From […]

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