The Conservative's Guide to Socialism

August 31, 2018

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July 10, 2020

During World War II, C. S. Lewis gave a series of lectures about the essential doctrines of Christianity that united Christians. These lectures laid the groundwork for his famous book, Mere Christianity. Today, we are in the midst of a new war, a cultural war. And, although they fight against a common enemy, Republicans are divided. They need a Mere Conservatism.

The radical left has become a cult of perversion, mutilation...

April 25, 2019

Earlier this week, at a CNN Town Hall event, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders opined that criminals serving prison sentences should have the right to vote from prison. Chris Cuomo who moderated the discussion, pointed out to Sanders that he was stepping on a political land-mine. But Sanders was undeterred. He responded by re-asserting his complete commitment to the idea that every American citizen’s right to vote should n...

March 7, 2019

Are Liberals more tolerant than Conservatives? Or is it the other way around? Are rural Trump-supporters more tolerant than Democratic urban elites? Or does tolerance positively correlate with metropolitanism? An article in the Atlantic purports to give a scientific breakdown of political partisanship across America. At least one mainstream conservative pundit latched onto the results of the study in order to assert that "educ...

January 14, 2019

David French thinks he understands masculinity. Yesterday, in a piece on the Atlantic, French described himself and the rest of the #NeverTrump brigade as sheepdogs nipping at the heels of Donald Trump, with Robert Mueller as the pack leader. His metaphor, which was intended to portray the virility of the resistance movement, had the unintended incidental effect of accurately capturing the movement’s impotence.

Donald Trump i...

January 12, 2019

1 minute, 30 seconds. That is approximately the amount of time it takes before Hitler is mentioned during a conversation with anyone on the far Left. There is a sharp irony in this fact, given that that same Left openly supports a socialist platform and even has a masked paramilitary arm in “Antifa.” What’s more, most of these Left-wing extremists seem quite comfortable with the systematic and clinical extermination of unborn...

January 9, 2019

On his podcast, yesterday, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro took aim at a rival conservative pundit Tucker Carlson. Ben claimed that Tucker is part of a populist movement springing up in the Republican Party which needs to be nipped in the bud. What sparked Ben’s ire was a Carlson monologue which discussed Mitt Romney and the failure of political elites to address the concerns of working people. According to Shapiro,...

December 18, 2018

Over a month ago, I predicted in this space that the end of the neoconservative Never-Trump movement was near. Last Friday, The Weekly Standard—a magazine that served as the intellectual hub of neoconservativism for over 20 years and has led the right-wing "resistance" movement against President Trump—went under. President Trump, the instrument of neoconservatism's internment, was understandably elated, and took to Twitter to...

October 29, 2018

Left-leaning politicians and pundits tend to be squeamish about the Bible. Whenever a right-wing opponent appeals to the Bible as a moral authority, their typical knee-jerk response is to yell "theocracy!" However, as a caravan of thousands of migrants approaches the southern border of the United States, we should expect to see a sudden resurgence of piety on the Left. Biblical commands aimed at Christian communities (share re...

October 6, 2018

The Senate is moving forward. In just a few hours, Senators will decide whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice. While Republican political pundits have the option to reserve judgment until after the political dust settles, Senators have no such luxury. They must decide. And even indecision is a decision. Many "never-Trump" media figures are staying out of it. Some avoided the uncomf...

August 31, 2018

Political words are notoriously slippery. The project of defining them can sometimes feel like stapling Jello to the wall. This is especially true of words that develop strong positive or negative connotations. Connotation can attach itself to the meaning of words if the connotative use becomes common enough.

The word "socialism" has taken on a life of its own over the last few months. The variety of uses of the term...

August 28, 2018

Today, Donald Trump joined the chorus of conservatives who complain about their mistreatment by Big Tech and social media mega-corporations. Some of these complaints are valid. Blatant viewpoint discrimination does exist, and such cases seem to disproportionately affect the Right. But corporations are not really at fault for this. Corporations, like democratic governments, are reflections of the people. The source of problemat...

May 27, 2018

In Proverbs 6:6-8, the wise King Solomon exhorts his listeners to go to the ant and consider its ways. In the first chapter of 12 Rules for Life, saintly professor Jordan Peterson exhorts us to consider another arthropod: the lobster. Not just any lobster, mind you, but the cock who successfully claws its way to the top of a status hierarchy and now dominates a whole community of lobsters.

You have heard professor Peterson say:...

May 6, 2018

North America's Most Popular Clinical Psychologist Is Better Than His Own Philosophy

Peterson's Project

For Jordan Peterson, truths about the objective world are the purview of science; phenomenological truths about our subjective valuation of the world are the purview of myth. This is an absolutist fact/value dichotomy which could easily lead to cultural relativism. But Peterson avoids relativism by means of Darwinism. “True” v...

October 19, 2017

White Nationalism is national news once again, as Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida. This is his first campus event since the Charlottesville tragedy, and emotions are running high. The costs of adequate security were estimated to be as high as $600,000 dollars, and Governor Rick Scott stepped in to declare a state of emergency.

Reactions to this event seem to fall broadly into two categories. On the Left...

October 3, 2017

You might remember, two years ago, when well-known comedians announced that they would no longer perform on college campuses because of the problematic political-correctness of easily offended students. You’ll likely remember, last year, when the cast of the comedy show “Hamilton” lectured one of America’s most decent politicians about civility. You may also be aware that, less than two weeks ago, comedian Jimmy Kimmel began u...

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