Generational interloper Angela MacLeod Irons takes a look at P.J. O’Rourke’s new book on the baby boomers, finding that O’Rourke is as entertaining as ever, but betrays a certain amount of narcissism on behalf of his generation.
Without the luxury of reverting to evidence, statistics, or reason, much of political debate reverts to questions who feels more virtuous. However in this review Angela Macleod-Irons discovers an author who has applied reason even to that ephemeral question. Jonathan Haidt’s Righteous Mind argues that the statists among us are not responsible for their views, they simply lack some intrinsic moral tools.
Russia continues to criminalize homosexuality. In a recent national referendum, it voted overwhelmingly to define marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. This news isn’t new to Angela MacLeod Irons, who writes of how a toxic brew of historical influences have combined to create a culture of homophobia that is unique to Russia.