Month: February 2019

Rhetoric, Politics

Gloria Steinem is an Idiot

Steinem argued in the 1980s that opposing abortion is actually a secret form of Nazism, and she repeats the argument in an interview below: Well, the new generation of reader is instructing me by saying that these essays are still relevant …. on a more serious note, to put it mildly, is why Hitler was …

Economics, Culture

The Digital Tribe

No man is an island, even conceptually. We see ourselves enmeshed in multple layers reality: Family City Nation Sport teams Religious groups The physical world Etc There are certainly more elements to this and many of our social selves instantiate precisely to fit into these groups. So we behave differently at work than at home, …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Just Once

More and more articles on the standard Christian websites and highly read blogs have articles that follow this pattern: I used to believe idea ‘X.’ After agonizing, recognizing how bigoted the church was, and really following the Holy Spirit [God told me!], I realized I was wrong about ‘X.’ Now that I believe ‘Not X,’ …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

The Rabbis and Biblical Interpretation

Mike Heiser makes a compelling case against referring to the rabbinical authors uncritically when trying to understand the Bible: You have to realize appealing to rabbis means nothing. Rabbinic thought and biblical thought (and academic work) are miles apart. Hey Christians enamored with rabbis: The rabbis can’t even get the messiah right (or, to be …

Philosophy

Were the Spartans Pederasts?

A great deal of “the literature” about ancient Sparta includes the citizens of that great city in the numbers of those ancient Greek perverts who practiced pederasty. Paul Cartledge is among the many academicians who have accepted this myth: One particularly striking instance of this displaced or surrogate fathering was the institution of ritualized pederasty. …

Culture, Philosophy, Politics

The Parody of Modern Conservative Ideology

Conservatives rarely conserve anything. This is well known. What they like to do is make conservative cases for making society worse. For instance: henever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case” for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an …

Culture, Education

Why do Academics believe stupid ideas?

I’ve wondered this for a while. Why do folks with doctoral degrees, who look down on others for their stupidity, nevertheless reject the value of IQ tests? Why do academics who believe in the power of ethnic solidarity and identity politics also believe that human beings are born as blank slates? Why do academics who …

Rhetoric, Dialectic, Culture, Education

Words and Rhetoric

When using rhetoric or dialectic, your currency is words, they’re backed by definitions which reflect concepts or terms, and they’re used to buy emotions and thoughts. When you’re using dialectic, you want to be sure that you and your conversation partners agree about definitions. For instance, I was a part of a classroom management discussion …

Contemporary Trends

Sex Laws: Do They Pass the Reality Test?

If you know me, you know I’ve got an anti-authoritarian side. This is temperamental first and only then morphs into ideology. I noticed this about myself in my late teens. Because of that, I typically found myself siding w/libertarian in most areas of political theory. But I knew, even in high school, that pure anarchy …

Basics, Education

Learning to Read

The abysmal truth is that few read before or during college: “The desire to appeal to incoming students who have rarely if ever read an adult book on their own also leads selection committees to choose low-grade “accessible” works that are presumed to appeal to “book virgins” who will flee actual college-level reading. Since common …