Joe Biden’s “You Ain’t Black” Comment Is Deeply Concerning

(Youtube/The Breakfast Club)

“I can only hope that in this election African American voters cast their ballots on the basis of what each candidate proposes—and not on the basis of what they think their racial essence ought to be. That is what real liberation is all about.”

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To “The Last Dance’s” Critics, At Least Michael Jordan Isn’t a Hypocrite

(Andy Hayt)

“Basketball fans endlessly discuss whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all time. The jury may still be out on that one, but in my book, off-court James is definitely the lesser man.”

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Is the Recent Coup Attempt in Venezuela Just the Beginning?

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“So, it may seem as if the recent failed expedition against Maduro is a major blunder. However, I would like to think that this is only the beginning, and that those Rambo wannabes may have actually sparked a greater desire for liberation among Venezuelans.”

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The Book-Length Critique of Jordan Peterson Isn’t Perfect, Either

“The authors have done well in providing the substance for a critique of Jordan Peterson, but they need someone to spice up their style, which is precisely what Jordan Peterson, himself, did in his own career.”

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Review: Bart Ehrman’s “Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife”

Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights,

“Bart Ehrman, ever loyal to his engaging style, approaches this topic in Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. As expected, he delivers the goods, covering religious texts from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the writings of Augustine.”

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Palmar de Troya and a Broader Question: Cult or Religion?

A religion becomes mainstream simply because of its sheer demographic power—not because of the reasonableness of its beliefs and practices.”

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Herodotus and Long-Standing Problems in Anthropology

Regrettably, in more recent times, anthropology (and the humanities in general) has placed excessive, imbalanced value on emic.”

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The New York Times’ “1619 Project” Was a Long Time Coming

(Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer)

More recently, The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones has gone on an antiracism crusade by coming up with the 1619 Project.”

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A Good Friday Reflection: Who Killed Jesus?

Ecce Homo(Pontius Pilate Presenting Christ to the Crowd) by Tintoretto

“In telling their foundational story, the evangelists sought Rome’s favor by portraying Pilate and Roman authorities in a more benevolent light, thus representing Jews as the real culprits in Jesus’ death.”

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What Netflix’s “Tiger King” Teaches Us about Race and Class in America

The United States needs a reality check. Yes, race has been a major issue in the country’s history. But class matters, and we must never forget that.”

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On the Passing of Albert Uderzo (And What Postcolonialists Might Learn from Him)

Uderzo’s approach to postcolonial criticism was much more nuanced and effective. Perhaps it takes a simple comic book illustrator to accomplish the job that overly sophisticated scholars fail to do.”

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Glamorizing Disease: Then and Now

“In yet another display of his famous vanity, Lord Byron once wrote: ‘How pale I look!—I should like, I think, to die of consumption…because then the women would all say, ‘see that poor Byron—how interesting he looks in dying!’”

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The Fraught Relationship Between Religion and Epidemiology

(Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

“Recently, renowned essayist Thomas Chatterton Williams has taken some heat for mocking a prayer session headed by Vice President Mike Pence in the White House amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

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The Coronavirus and Modern Malthusians

(Guglielmo Mangiapane, REUTERS)

One important aspect in controlling the coronavirus and saving patients’ lives will be the use of ventilators in hospitals. How are these produced? They sure as hell cannot be produced in Unabomber-style cabins.”

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Bernie Sanders’ Cargo Cult Approach to Scandinavia

People do run the extra mile to leave something to their children, even if said children happen to be spoiled brats. Bernie fails to understand this.”

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