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The most influential chat show you’ve never heard of

We live in a time when being dumb is reward and being smart is counter-culture. If one makes a claim for harbouring a disinterested approach to truth, then one needs to explore ideas beyond one’s ideological reservation, most of which have long since become barren and infertile through infelicitous activity. It used to be that being liberal was punkishly…

Remembering Robert E. Haskell

Decency was his hallmark Today marks six years since my chum Rob Haskell’s death — his obit here. Rob was at the forefront of academic freedom/free speech 20 years ago. Not surprisingly, this kind, generous and open-minded academic was treated very shabbily by the lily–livered and bulling commissar regressives — they were out to get…

Why Concepts Creep to the Left

She asked for my love and I gave her a dangerous mind Now she’s stupid in the street and she can’t socialise — Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) One really has to be skeptical of the extensional and intensional adequacy of the concepts under discussion (this over and above the standard political labels of mutual…

Performance

Though it’s going on 40 years since Performance was made (1968, released in 1970) it is still the most modern of films with “adult themes” (philosophical and otherwise) from an age when films weren’t primarily made for fuckwits. The themes of social, sexual and gender identity make the fuss being made about these issues now seem so tired…

Williams on Wagner & Politics

New York Review of Books November 2, 2000. My point here is not to reinstate the distinction between the work and the man, which I have already said is not a helpful device in Wagner’s case. The point is just that one cannot decide in advance, either positively or negatively, what facts about the man,…

The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia

Always refreshing to hear CP’s provocations  I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art “teaches” us anything. Medieval theology is far more complex and challenging than anything offered…