There must be a new degree program at university called The Insanities, and it must be the most popular major nationwide. The curriculum must include striving for ignorance in history, economics, and psychology. And yet, at once, feeling as if you have … Continue reading The Insanities: The Most Popular College Major in America
What’s in a name? The Right has had an enormous fit about President Obama’s reluctance to use the term “Islamic terrorism.” Whether it is appropriate or not comes down to what his advisors are telling him. And by his advisors, I mean people around him … Continue reading The “New Acts of God”
So much for respecting the will of the people and democracy. Why are those who most championed the power of the people so angry that the people used that power? It is sort of funny to watch the flailing of the … Continue reading Brexit and Trump: Two Middle Fingers to the Left
Emotional hypocrisy today is epidemic and shameful. We see extravagances of rage over relatively minor societal disturbances; and conversely, frugal indignation concerning actual evil and idiocy. We watch people go berserk over dubious accusations of “racially charged” language, and then observe the calm manner in which they … Continue reading Emotional Hypocrisy
When it is said that the Right has the “uneducated vote,” do those who say it mean to imply that a person who went to college is, just for the going, educated? Or for that matter, brighter than someone who didn’t attend? That’s a magnificently … Continue reading The “Educated” Vote
Many soi-distant intellectuals and upstart concerned citizens are condoning inaction in Iraq and Syria after several chemical attacks by soberly saying, “both sides are wicked.” Other realpolitik-Machiavellian souls are averring much the same in a different way: let them fight each … Continue reading Under-reactionary
A person I know recently emptied perhaps the entire contents of his brain on social media: “I like that Trump supporters wear those red hats – it makes it easier to know who the racists are.” It never fails that those most … Continue reading Trump’s Ordinary Followers
Poor, white Americans feel as if they are under attack.
I follow the discussion boards of conservative blogs and magazines and read what they say. I also talk to poor whites. And for the first time in my life I am starting to see normal white people (to differentiate from the David Duke ilk) identify as white, that is, they are starting to see whites as a politically, aggrieved entity. And I have been talking about this before Trump ran for President.
After World War I, Marxists panicked: the workers of the world had not unified; instead they draped on the uniforms of their homelands and slaughtered each other.
How had the infallible Godhead Marx gone wrong? Why hadn’t the workers aimed the guns at the oppressive plutocrats?
Hijacked? It is common to hear that Islam is “hijacked” by certain fringe groups, and just after that is said, to hear that radical Muslims do not represent their religion. But when hijackers take a plane or ship, they are instantly in command and in charge of that vehicle. By extension, if a group “hijacks” a religion, for all intents and purposes, they then represent that religion. One cannot say radicals hijack Islam, but do not represent it. (cf. how the pedophiliac priests became the face of Catholicism, and usually the first thing that will come to mind if you summon up anything about the Catholic … Continue reading Imagination of Failure: Thoughts on Islamic Radicalism by Dillon Freed
When certain people call for a “dialogue on race”, or to have a”national conversation about prejudice” what they are actually telling you is that you are invited to be insulted as a racist and/or bigot if you disagree with what they have to say. A “dialogue” can also mean you are going to hear a monologue. “Come to an understanding” or “a compromise” means you must come to think exactly as those certain people do. Currently, to say “all lives matter” means you are really saying you don’t care about black lives. “Hard work” and “success” means you were actually just privileged. “Respecting the freedom … Continue reading What Things Really Mean by Dillon Freed
If you walk around Manhattan regularly – which I do – you often spot various slogans, tags, messages, mottos, and even public awareness campaign catch-phrases scrawled and plastered on telephone poles, walls, and displayed in windows. Several of these posted things recently caught my attention because they seemed to capture how a lot of young Americans currently look at the world as well as behave. Just the other day, for example, written on the wall in a subway was: “feed the poor, eat the rich.” This, of course, seems to describe rather well the current appetite of twenty somethings, who … Continue reading ‘Signs of the Times’ by Dillon Freed
Most of the time, political language fails in terms of accuracy and grammar. Consider: “collateral damage” which actually describes innocents incidentally lapped up into the mouth of death during war, but the sound of the words seem only to remind one of a shaky tailpipe after a fender-bender. Or try: “man-made disasters” which are what terrorist attacks have been (ironically) labeled by the gender-neutral obsessed ruling class – these words are sophoric and veer close to Charlie Brown teacher’s style of speech. And even when the phrases are not altogether dysphonic, they retain their Orwellian (in the negative aspect) mien. To adduce: “honor killings” … Continue reading Scary Terms and Phrases, When Language Works: Part I by Dillon Freed