Glenn Ellmers

About Glenn Ellmers

Glenn Ellmers is a writer living in Washington, D.C.. He studied political philosophy at Claremont Graduate University.

Whiteness is All – Pt 2

The very thoughtful Thomas Chatterton Williams,  who I quoted in yesterday’s post about Ta-Nehisi Coates, has his own response to Coates’ Atlantic essay in The American Scholar.  It’s worth reading the whole, relatively short, article.  But two passages stand out: Coates “claims for himself, here and elsewhere, a Mullah-like authority to assert communal possession of

By |2018-05-09T06:07:58-07:00May 9th, 2018|

Whiteness is All?

The latest installment of The Confessions of Saint Ta-Nehisi Coates, appearing yesterday in The Atlantic, takes the form of a jeremiad against the iniquities of Kanye West.  Embedded in lengthy autobiographical ruminations that have become his trademark, Coates reflects on his memories of Michael Jackson, and how Jackson "had always been dying—dying to be white.

By |2018-05-08T08:02:28-07:00May 8th, 2018|

Jordan Peterson Gives Scary Talk to Secret Meeting of 1,800 Extremists

Last night, I got to hear Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, author of the best-selling 12 Rules for Life, speak at the Warner Theater in downtown Washington, DC.  Before a packed house, he gave a 90-minute extemporaneous lecture on consciousness, honesty, setting goals, empathy, self-discipline, and the problem of not seeing gorillas. Peterson is on a worldwide

By |2018-05-05T09:28:23-07:00May 5th, 2018|

Journalism 0-1

Journalism—the "professional" kind, the sort taught at the Columbia School of Journalism—is dead.  Yet, zombie-like, it shambles on, eating the brains of both its consumers and its practitioners. There is a short but brutal chapter on journalists in Nassim Taleb's Skin in the Game. You can trust Taleb's judgment for the most part because he

By |2018-05-03T16:19:35-07:00May 3rd, 2018|

Looking Without Seeing

Fans of the fantastic HBO series "Westworld" (the second season of which just started) will know that when one of the cyborg "hosts" encounters something that conflicts with its programming it will intone, "Doesn't look like anything to me."  This response bears an uncanny resemblance to how the leftist collective deals with any news it can't

By |2018-05-01T16:59:26-07:00May 1st, 2018|

Hear ‘Ye, Hear ‘Ye

A few months ago, Dave Rubin (one of the best podcast interviewers on YouTube ) spoke with the African-American writer and producer Candace Owens about how she was "red-pilled" and became a conservative.  Last week, Owens spoke at UCLA where she responded to the Black Lives Matters hecklers in the audience by rejecting the victim

By |2018-04-25T04:09:02-07:00April 25th, 2018|

Greatness of Sowell

The amazing Thomas Sowell influenced me deeply when I was a young man, and at 87 he is still going strong. The first part of his new interview with Dave Rubin was just posted today. You won’t regret it.

By |2018-04-16T18:31:50-07:00April 16th, 2018|Tags: |

Shovel-Ready

A few weeks ago, in my northwest Washington D.C. neighborhood, I witnessed a most curious motorcade driving down Connecticut Avenue, transporting what appeared to be a very large crate. It turns out that “Spike,” the National Zoo’s new Asian elephant, was being delivered to his new home Today, instead of a zoo, the nation will

By |2018-04-10T09:43:37-07:00April 10th, 2018|

Chinese Checkmate

I’m not the first to observe that those on the left who seem to want open war with their domestic enemies are slightly mad.  Among other considerations, which side has all the guns? The always insightful Richard Fernandez (who seems to have concluded that the cold civil war is doomed to become hot) notes that

By |2018-04-08T09:29:33-07:00April 8th, 2018|