Monthly Archives: January 2017

On Being An Uncharismatic Christian…

For some people, growing up as a Catholic makes one feel bad for enjoying oneself. Growing up as a Charismatic Christian can make one feel bad for not enjoying oneself. I hate people exaggerating the trials of their youth. Sometimes … Continue reading

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O’Neill Again…

What is one to say about this ludicrous post? If O’Neill sincerely thinks that the Nazis invading Poland, killing millions of its people and razing its cities is equivalent to strengthening its army then he is unhinged. If he is attempting … Continue reading

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The Blank Slateism of the Right…

My new essay for Quillette… “What a piece of work is a man!” Hamlet exclaimed. What indeed? Something less than God. Something more than dust. But what else can be said has remained controversial. There is an idea that human … Continue reading

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Projecting Liberalism Backwards…

An article in the Economist, objecting to the Alt-Right’s appropriation of medieval history, implies that European societies were multicultural… Academics are placing a new emphasis on the ways in which medieval societies differed from the homogeneous world imagined by the … Continue reading

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Poem For A Dead Ideologue…

Hindsight, that old master, Helps me size you up and lecture On your faults and on your sins And everything you should have been. I know every mistake: The chances that you didn’t take; The doomed hypotheses; The errors and … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens Remembered…

How, five years after his sad, untimely death aged 61, should we explain the phenomenon of Christopher Hitchens? He was more loved, and more hated, than any journalist, and inspired devotion unseen since, perhaps, Henry Louis Mencken. He inspired countless … Continue reading

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