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The Opium of the Intellectuals

What with the “communisants” (the priesthood and their bureaucratic Stasi-like enforcers) in charge of the academy, Raymond Aron’s classic The Opium of the Intellectuals (the original English translation freely available here), still has resonance. (Want to know more about Aron? — a good place to start is here and here and I’d highly recommend Aron’s wonderfully lucid two-volume Main Currents of Sociological Thought).…

The Strange Death of Europe

The eminently sensible, sane, humane, informed, analytical, eloquent, cultured, honest and ballsy Douglas Murray has a very timely and important book about to hit the shelves. The mass self-delusion of the regressive left and their feckless fellow-travelers (you know, the Sarsourian-type zombies from middle-class families) is the most astonishing and perverse of herd instincts. While they (and their intersectional pseudo-theorists) fetishize…

Hall and Oats Speak

First, revisiting Daryl Hall in Salon on the incoherence and idiocy of “cultural appropriation” (nothing more than a species of crude rationalistic fundamentalism, a classic marker of the authoritarian mindset, arrogant enough to think that the mercurial nature of a healthy culture should/could be controlled); and second, John Oats has a memoir about to appear. daryl hallhall and…

Camille Paglia: interviews and reviews

A voice of sanity, real scholarship, wit and class plugging her latest book in Broadly along with other interviews and reviews in Tablet (Jews and feminism); NYMag (predicting 2017); and Philly.com (politics, art, spirituality). It is an absolute outrage how so many pampered, affluent, upper-middle-class professional women chronically spout snide anti-male feminist rhetoric, while they remain completely blind to the constant…

Canada’s Greatest Public Intellectual

Jordan Peterson is Canada’s greatest public intellectual, not by design (he doesn’t have the self-aggrandizing tendencies of other “academics”), but has had to assume this mantle merely by being thrust into the spotlight by the PC fuckwittery at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Well they fucked with the wrong guy; someone who…