Wokeness, Free Speech, and the Role of Education

Back in New York, we have recently started an informal reading group at The New Criterion and Encounter Books. If that sounds dull, let me add that I have combined the reading with a little seminar on wine appreciation. At the moment, our palettes are padding around Bordeaux, learning to discriminate reliably among Paulliac, Saint-Estèphe,

By | 2020-02-15T06:42:50-07:00 February 14th, 2020|Tags: |

The Undifferentiated Human Matter of Replacism

Just over a year ago, an English translation was published of the 2012 book You Will Not Replace Us. Written by Renaud Camus, a French author and political thinker, it was intended as a condensed summary of lengthier volumes he’d already published on the subject of culture and demographics. The phrase “you will not replace

By | 2020-02-17T16:16:16-07:00 February 1st, 2020|Tags: |

Davos: Peering Behind the Elite Curiosity Curtain

Thomas Mann, the German Nobel laureate and author of The Magic Mountain, made Davos famous for its mystical and curative powers. For him, it was a sanatorium to overcome the disease, psychological stress, and damage inflicted by modern life. In some ways, it remains so. These are my personal impressions as a former executive board

By | 2020-01-19T22:21:10-07:00 January 19th, 2020|Tags: |

There Are Great Books

Those classics that are called the Great Books are most closely associated with Mortimer J. Adler and Robert Hutchins.1 When Hutchins became president of the University of Chicago in 1929, he hired Adler to teach philosophy in the law school and the psychology department. Upon arriving, Adler, rather brashly he admits, recommended to Hutchins a

By | 2020-01-04T00:52:56-07:00 January 4th, 2020|Tags: |

Americanism and the Spirit of American Liberty

In 1782, just as the American War of Independence was coming to an end, Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, who had come to North America from France in 1755 and by 1765 had settled in New York, published Letters from an American Farmer. In it, he asked a fascinating and enduring question: “What then is

By | 2019-12-20T21:20:44-07:00 December 20th, 2019|Tags: |

A Science-Based Case for Ending the Porn Epidemic

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. I think many readers of this article will respond with outrage, and many will see it says things they already knew to be true—and I think these two groups will largely overlap. The most powerful obstacle to confronting a destructive addiction is denial, and

By | 2020-01-13T15:38:06-07:00 December 15th, 2019|Tags: |

The Tortoise and the Hare of Modernity Reconsidered

Not to be overly paradoxical about it, but the names Donald Trump, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler will not appear in this essay. Like you, I am weary of that shrill and unproductive static. Let us, then, take a brief holiday and consider a different sort of problem, a problem that stands behind—admittedly pretty far

By | 2019-12-07T19:14:52-07:00 December 7th, 2019|Tags: |

The YouTube Channel That Never Happened

“Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great—so-called—told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they

By | 2019-11-16T14:35:09-07:00 November 16th, 2019|Tags: |

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