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The Coddling of the Western Mind

Forthcoming. Though the American context is specified, this book would be of salience across the Anglophonic world. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to support the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a vital and most effective bulwark against the inquisitors, their complicitous bloated bureaucrapcy and their zombie swarm…

Michael Joseph Oakeshott

Born on this day, that most subtle, civilized, cultivated, elegant, insightful, humane and liberal quality of mind. For all things Oakeshottian check out the Michael Oakeshott Association, the unaffiliated Michael Oakeshott Society, loads of stuff on this site including a very rare BBC recording of Oakeshott on the philosophy of history, and last, but no means least, A Companion to…

The Fordist Academic

Scathing assessment of prevailing academia by Binoy Kampmark, well and truly caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, higher education institutions are encouraged to be functional to market requirements (ROI, translational research); while on the other hand, so much of the university is given over to ideological indoctrination, activism masquerading as disinterested inquiry—i.e.…

The Voice of Liberal Learning

Judging by the numbers “in” class today (not to mention the hundreds of thousands that will view the podcast over the next few weeks), it is clear that the post-modern marxist monopoly on education is being severely corroded. The authoritarian priesthood are increasingly behaving like monomaniacal Aguirres adrift on a raft . . . with the…

First Church of Intersectionality

The always insightful and elegant Elizabeth Corey in First Things. Individuality is secondary to group identity. Soon the church-like atmosphere evolved into a political rally. Intersectional scholars are, by definition, unhappy with their situations in life. Gender, sexuality, family, ­hierarchy, capitalism, and, most of all, the university and its “pretense” to objective knowledge must be…

The Cultured Life and why it is worth pursuing

Joseph Epstein, still as sharp as a whistle, in The Weekly Standard. JE’s coinage “virtucrat”  (“any man or woman who is certain that his or her political views are not merely correct but deeply, morally righteous in the bargain”) is the precursor to the term “virtue-signaling”, the condition befalling many academics, politicians and in all probability many…