Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?: the liberty tent should be open only to individualists. Leave the collectivists for the Democrats. The explicit comparison to Le Pen and implicit one to Tiberius are helpful. Trump and this election feel like an inflection point in American politics, generally, and the GOP, specifically. (But that might just be because of the immediacy of the present; I’ll have to think about historical analogies more.)
Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one has really impressed me. The caliber of guest is high, the conversation is high-minded, and the interviewer is incredible. So many of the interview-based podcasts are hosted by terrible interviewers (you know who I’m talking about) and the difference the host makes is stark by contrast.
I’m making my way through the archives—it’s that good.
Another Op’nin, Another Show: people don’t appreciate today’s fine art. You can blame the people or you can blame the art. John Podhoretz blames the people. I blame the artists: specifically, every form of art has degenerated for at least a generation into something that was basically unappreciable—except deontologically.
Parents several generations ago went to the opera, to plays, to art exhibits with their parents to see classics. Art degrades and people stop going. Those children grow up without a fondness for the power of art and can’t share it with their children. The needs that art serves don’t go away and pop culture takes up the baton. The range of choices become prodigious and “high” art just can’t compete.
The Coddling of the American Mind: this stuff terrifies me. Sure, they’ll get pummeled once they get in the workforce, where this isn’t tolerated. But what if the workplace caves also? Or what if they implement “safe spaces” once the current workforce retires and the next crop from college is more primed for it than ever? Idiocracy doesn’t seem as far fetched as theocracy does in this scenario.