Category: Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Greta’s Nightmare

Armstrong Economics One crisp winter morning in Sweden, a cute little girl named Greta woke up to a perfect world, one where there were no petroleum products ruining the earth. She tossed aside her cotton sheet and wool blanket and stepped out onto a dirt floor covered with […]

A short history of wokeness

By Kevin Baldeosingh, Spiked What does it mean to be woke? Those who consider themselves woke, even if they don’t use the label, might see wokeness as an embrace of positive virtues, such as tolerance, fairness and awareness. The Oxford English Dictionary defines woke as meaning ‘alert to […]

Glenn Beck Says Dr. Seuss Ban Is FASCISM

It’s interesting how both sides in the “culture war” accuse each other of “fascism.” I guess that’s what happens when the discourse is dominated by neocons (right-wing Trotskyists) and neoliberals (right-wing Marcuseans). Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to the “cancelling” of Dr. Seuss.

Immigration Has Winners and Losers

A very balanced treatment of this issue from Michael Lind. As a general rule, I currently find Lind and Joel Kotkin to be the best writers on socioeconomic issues and their relationship to culture. By Michael Lind, Tablet It’s way more complicated than left versus right. olitics often […]

Who Are the Real Radicals?

By Brad Littlejohn, The American Conservative Especially since the events of January 6, “Christian nationalism” has become all the rage among the chattering classes, promising to join such hallowed terms as “white nationalism,” “alt-right,” and “religious Right” as a catch-all for everything that is putatively wrong with American […]

The Two Middle Classes

By Joel Kotkin, Quillette Politicians across the Western world like to speak fondly of the “middle class” as if it is one large constituency with common interests and aspirations. But, as Karl Marx observed, the middle class has always been divided by sources of wealth and worldview. Today, […]

The Five Factions of Totalitarian Humanism

From what I can gather “wokesters” come in at least five basic categories: ruling class elements seeking to incorporate progressive movements from recent decades into their self-legitimating ideology; professional class ladder-climbers engaged in virtue-signaling; quasi-religious zealots bent on moral purity akin to the Mormons and their “words of […]