Inside Chomsky-World

Some 35 years ago I attended a party in honor of Noam Chomsky. A group of us stood around him, hearing his thoughts on the relevance of psychology to linguistic theory. Inevitably, conversation flagged—not least because he didn’t see much relevance in it—so I piped in. I had just seen an ad in

By | 2017-07-13T14:48:59+00:00 July 9th, 2017|

Bet on Palin: Why Her Libel Suit Against the New York Times Has Merit

Conventional opinion is that Sarah Palin must climb a steep hill in her fight with the New York Times. For a person of prominence to win a libel action against a big media company is so difficult that few are willing to try, and the nastiness of litigation discourages even the most intrepid,

By | 2017-07-09T12:40:19+00:00 July 6th, 2017|

CNN’s Maoism Should Be a Wakeup Call on Leftist Intolerance

In the ultimate display of irony-averse stupidity, Fraud News Network CNN threatened an American citizen on this fourth of July. The occasion was the now-infamous GIF tweeted out by President Trump, which shows Trump tackling and beating a wrestler on Wrestlemania. Except instead of showing the wrestler’s face, CNN’s corporate logo is substituted.

By | 2017-07-07T13:36:32+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

Trump Provokes CNN’s Self-Immolation, America Relieved

A couple of weeks ago in this space, I speculated that CNN, the Crackpot News Network, had reached the terminal stage of malevolent implausibility. “[I]t would be a good thing,” I wrote, “were CNN humiliated and sued out of existence. It performs no journalistic function, merely a destructively partisan one.” As usual, I

By | 2017-07-12T14:32:32+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

Potemkin Progressivism

It often has been observed that philosophy really got going when people started thinking seriously about the distinction between appearance, on the one hand, and reality, on the other. Plato is full of meditations on this theme, from the stick that appears bent when half submerged in a bowl of water to the

By | 2017-07-12T14:32:50+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|

Trump’s Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth

In every single week of the Trump presidency, the investigators and attorneys of FBI Director James Comey or, subsequently, of special counsel Robert Mueller, have leaked information that President Donald Trump was under investigation for either colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice—allegations so far without any substantiating evidence. In the case of

By | 2017-07-12T14:20:01+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

Democrat Violence was Predictable

The attempted mass murder of several Republican members of Congress by a lone Bernie Sanders Democrat was the foreseeable fruit of the “Resist!” movement. I know: I predicted it. Barring a change of approach on the anti-Trump side, more such extremism is likely. Anomalous response to President Trump has been the Democrats’ strategy

By | 2017-06-22T02:41:25+00:00 June 18th, 2017|