For the past fifty years, the left has steamrolled workplaces, schools and places of worship in the name of progressive ideology. Mark Bauerlein argues that conservatives are finally waking up to the nature of their opponents and the ultimate stakes in the culture wars. It is time, he says, for conservatives to assume a fighting stance.
Author: Kathleen Welsch
We are all troubled by the exploitation of children. Why is it, then, that children are so often used to promote political or environmental causes, the complexity of which no child could grasp? Melanie Phillips argues that the weaponization of children has become an appalling feature of contemporary political debate.
One of the abiding myths of the Second World War is the technological superiority of German armaments, particularly its tanks and rockets. Yet as Kevin Kallmes points out, the Nazi vision of a hi-tech war machine powered by a vast industrial empire and destined for world domination was a fatal delusion, and one which bore little relation to reality.
Science is based on skepticism, the demand that ideas be subjected to rigorous tests. Yet skepticism is notably absent from the climate change debate. Guy Sorkin, writing in City Journal, speaks to climatologist Judith Curry, who contends that “politics, money and fame” have corrupted climate science such that “independence of mind and climatology have become incompatible.”
The eminent American literary critic and professor Harold Bloom died on October 14. The ardent defender of the Western Canon warned that making literature subordinate to social justice – or any external cause — destroys intellectual and aesthetic standards. Writing in The Atlantic, Stanley Fish summarizes Bloom’s career, reminding us what we’ll lose by politicizing literary culture.
The noxious politics that vilifies and condemns all males as sexual oppressors has young men surreptitiously seeking alternatives. An anonymous manifesto known as Bronze Age Mindset is ripping through this cohort by rejecting the ideology of “toxic masculinity” and celebrating the masculine virtues. Still, warns Spencer Klavan, it espouses a dangerous doctrine rather than an ennobling philosophy.
The Swedish climate activist and perpetually-angry teenager Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta where, no doubt, she will deliver a stern lecture. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in The New English Review, argues that Greta’s transformation into a celebrity is the work of infantile adults who have turned her into the Ayatollah Thunberg, the Khomeini of climate change.
Back in 1841, Charles Mackay noted in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds that crowds are swayed not by facts but “emotional feedback loops” that confirm their delusion. He was onto something. Myron Ebell and Steven J. Milloy survey the past 50 years of scientifically predicted environmental apocalypses – none of which has materialized.
Britain’s large appetite for American imports has its limits. Writing in the inaugural issue of The Spectator, U.S.A, Rod Liddle pleads with America to take back Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. For Mr. Liddle, the departure of the virtue-signalling, sanctimonious Duchess of Sussex can’t come soon enough.