As the Word “Racism” Loses Its Meaning

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

Ambiguity, however, is the name of the game when it comes to defining racism, while Whiteness Studies is similarly plagued with ‘critical’ obfuscation.”

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A Few Questions for My Social Justice Colleagues

(Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh)

What I left out of that piece are the many questions my immersion has raised whose answers, if I could find them, might help what I’ll call the reasonable unwoke better assess SJ/DEI claims. I would like to air those questions here.”

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The Plague in New York, the Pox on America 

“With our political and cultural situation having deteriorated far beyond where it was two decades ago, it is my hope that the long-overdue national cleansing and cultural revitalization this pestilence brings in its wake will last.”

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To Stand up to China, the West Must First Re-Discover Itself

The lack of backbone displayed by Western leaders when dealing with China is symbolic of the malaise that has been gripping Western culture for decades.”

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The Many Problems with Marxism

(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

“I recently met up with an old friend, a staunch Marxist, at a traditional Viennese café to catch up and talk about our political differences. After hours of discussion, he admitted, ‘Well, ultimately, it’s a question of faith.'”

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Where Social Justice Activists Persuade Me—and Where They Don’t

(AP/Richard Drew)

What follows are examples of topics where SJ/DEI activists have persuaded me, where they haven’t, and where they have led me to fresh, if heterodox, insights.”

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Erdoğan and Taking Advantage of Europe’s “Pathological Altruism”

(AP/ Presidential Press Service)

For them, the feelings of guilt over Europe’s past seemed to require inviting in the world to redeem Europe of its sins. Erdoğan is playing on this fear by referring to the Greeks as Nazis, attempting to destabilize the collective psyche of the European leadership.”

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Going Deeper Than a Famous Quotation or Two

“By inviting further exploration of a quotation’s origin, we might re-discover great and complicated thinkers, who, it turns out, have far more to offer than a single phrase.”

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The Coronavirus: On Risk and Idiots

(Harvard University)

“As I have no skills to help with the virus, I would like to at least try to help in this small way instead. In any case, take precautions, stay calm, do not listen to dangerous idiots, keep yourself and your family safe, and good luck.”

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“People of Color” Do Not Exist

“Looking at the highest income Americans by ethnicity, we likewise find a hodgepodge of people of many colors, with peoples largely from East and South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East at the top.”

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Enough Empathy: the Case for Punching Down

(Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“…because heedless empathy for the worst among us is currently leading us on the downward-sloping path to mediocrity and beyond.”

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The Best Kept Secret of Our Political Divide

(Andrew Toth/WireImage)

“At present, each identity sees the other as its enemy and justifies its own excesses with the excesses of the other, but living in a diverse multi-ethnic democracy means tolerating a certain degree of difference.”

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Understanding the Great Divide in Our Politics

“How could a movement predicated on free expression and identity-blind principles come to be associated with the Right and described as reactionary by smart progressive critics like Vox’s Ezra Klein?”

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Why Karl Marx Is Wrong

(visitrhodeisland.com)

Running a profitable enterprise is not the same thing as Smaug guarding a pile of gold.”

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Why Everyone Is Talking about Josh Hawley

(hawley.senate.gov)

Hawley talks again and again about the importance of community and criticizes those on both sides of the political aisle who pay fealty to an individualism that puts the self-creating individual at the summit of what constitutes the good.

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