Category: Culture Wars/Current Controversies

The Free Speech Facade

By Paul Gottfried, American Mind The Left’s support for civil liberties has always been contingent on its own relative strength or weakness. In a thoughtful commentary on “The New Normal and the Assault on Reason,” Glenn Ellmers makes this historical observation: For several centuries, at least since John […]


This is an interesting article about a contemporary moral panic. Underage sex is one of America’s latest hysterias. Nowadays, we’ve got not only the Pizzagate/QAnon “pedophile under every bed” hysteria, but there is increasingly an effort to equate sexual relations between adults and postpubescent minors with pedophilia. An […]

Hard Questions About January 6

By Peter Van Buren, The American Conservative Hard questions about January 6 are being left unanswered because they might disturb the Democratic narrative. Let’s ask some. Hard questions about January 6 are being left unanswered because they might disturb the Democratic narrative. So let’s ask some. Like the […]

The Shifting Nexus of the US Culture War

Recent research by Pew shows that the perspective depicted in the meme below (so-called “faith and flag conservatives”) only represents about 10% of the US population. Most of the US right-wing nowadays are business conservatives, pro-labor populists, and socially moderate to liberal center-right or quasi-libertarian types. One thing […]

Brazen Drug Dealing & Fentanyl Use Witnessed At Official But Illegal San Francisco Homeless “Linkage Center”

I don’t generally agree with Michael Shellenberger on these issues (although he is interesting in his advocacy of nuclear power), but his ongoing reporting on the conflict between bourgie-normie liberal-yuppie-gentrifiers and the woke Left in the Bay Area is unintentionally hilarious. His writing reminds me of the 1970s […]

The deep state is no conspiracy theory

By Gilbert T. Sewall  Spectator World In 1958, Aldous Huxley foresaw a congestion of power able to shape and defy popular will. “Under the relentless thrust of accelerating over-population and increasing over-organization, and by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature,” […]

What Crime Surge?

LA Progressive Sacramento News & Review, one of the last supposedly “lefty” publications in the region just published an article (A winter of worry: Sacramento’s violent crime rate in January puts a chill on the community) decrying a recent “crime surge”–a constant worry among conservatives. Among other things, […]

Why Wokeism Is A Religion

By Michael Shellenberger Introducing the Taxonomy of Woke Religion Over the last year, a growing number of progressives and liberals have pointed to police killings of unarmed black men, rising carbon emissions and extreme weather events, and the killing of trans people as proof that the United States […]

Taking on Progressive Prosecutors

The main problem I see with these critics is that much of their objection to “progressive prosecutors” seems rooted in their disdain for the non-prosecution of “quality of life” offenses, i.e. things that conflict with bourgeois aesthetics, lifestyle, or class interests. That may not be the whole story […]