American troops are being withdrawn from Afghanistan. As we will see, this is a bad idea.

Why are U.S. forces being removed from Afghanistan? A major reason seems to be that America’s elites think there is enormous popular support for the move, supposedly due to exhaustion with a protracted conflict. This reading of public opinion has been seriously challenged by Noah Rothman, who goes through some statistics in an article in “Commentary” to demonstrate that the American people are much less enthusiastic about withdrawal than many have assumed, and large segments of the population simply do not care strongly about…

Welcome back, loyal fans! Having previously taken two feminist analyses of Disney films to task, we now turn our attention to a more recent gem, namely the chapterMy Little Pony, Communalism and Feminist Politics”¹, written by someone named Kevin Fletcher. Once again, I will quote from the text in question and offer commentary.

Mr. Fletcher writes:

Last year, Anarchist YouTuber NonCompete published a video discussing neoliberalism which, though I am not a neoliberal, struck me as a cavalcade of foolishness. The worst part of the video, in my opinion, is the segment concerning Thomas Hobbes. It is unsurprising that an anarchist should take a dim view of a philosopher who developed one of history’s most popular legitimations of the state. Still, NonCompete does a poor job of criticising Hobbes, and mostly makes himself look silly in the process. …

Recently, there has been an orgy of anti-white racism in the USA. The following is an enumeration of some examples, accompanied by a brief commentary.

On 21 May 2021, USA Today reported that Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot had declared that

This seems a shockingly racialised way of choosing whom to grant an interview, especially coming from a mayor, who, as such, should represent all the inhabitants of her city. In justification, the mayor commented that Chicago’s journalists were disproportionately white. While this…

The general interest they garner has grown;
The papers debate their pretensions -
Deservedly so: these protesters have thrown
A tantrum of epic dimensions.

They claim to oppose some mysterious "fash",
Aid women’s and gays' liberation.
Their true aims are red as a furious rash,
The envy of every carnation.

To vent their resentment, their faces afoam,
At builders, producers, employers,
They go re-enacting the sacking of Rome;
They play the barbaric destroyers.

They swarm like mosquitoes, their faces effete,
Their writings pretentious and hokey,
Their speech a sententious and comical bleat,
Their patron saint blistering Loki.

Each rally can…

Cancel culture, having risen today to unexpected prominence, is nonetheless nothing new. As long ago as 1979, Joseph Epstein remarked:

This essay is an answer to an article in “War on the Rocks” by Arnold R. Isaacs claiming that “U.S. journalists didn’t lose the war, celebrate the enemy, or vilify American soldiers”.

In the article, Isaacs seeks to counter “[t]he common claim […] that Vietnam war reporters in general sympathized with the Communist side, saw U.S. troops as war criminals, and contributed to the American failure by critically undermining public support at home”. Of course, this amounts to immediately shifting the goalposts from a discussion of “U.S. journalists” in general to one of just war reporters, so let us avoid…

Recently, there was an article published in “Common Sense with Bari Weiss” in which Katie Herzog interviewed a psychologist named Aruna Khilanani. Dr. Khilanani had given a presentation at the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center titled “The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind”, in which she had discussed, inter alia, her longing to “unload[…] a revolver into the head of any white person that got in [her] way”. Reading the interview offered an enlightening glimpse into a deeply hateful way of thinking, and taught me some interesting things. Firstly, there was “a method to the madness”: there were…

A recent interest in Norse mythology has led me to the question how good the Old Norse religion, of which Norse mythology is, of course, an expression, is as a guide for individual and social life.

At first glance, the Old Norse religion seems fundamentally at odds with the modern world. Indeed, an unambiguously negative element in Norse religion, by modern standards at any rate, is its mysticism. It does not appear to encourage rational exploration or invention in any significant measure. Historian David Landes writes, in an attempt to discover the roots of the exceptional success of Western Civilisation:

“The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation” is a 2005 book by Political Scientist John Hobson. It presents a flawed and biased account of history in hopes of portraying Western Civilisation, and European civilisation in particular, as a sub-par product derived from the achievements of other cultures. I cannot hope to cover all the distortions in this book. Still, I hope that the examples which I do highlight here will persuade the reader either to avoid this book entirely, if he lacks the time to research the topics on which it touches for himself, or, having read it, to be aware…

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