Grammatically incorrect

Propagandists in the classroom are a luxury that the poor can afford least of all. While a mastery of mathematics and English can be a ticket out of poverty, a highly cultivated sense of grievance and resentment is not.-Thomas Sowell Jeff Jacoby has a piece worth reading at Jewish World Review on the Rutgers English… Continue reading Grammatically incorrect

Bab’l, Towr of

Rutgers English Department to deemphasize traditional grammar ‘in solidarity with Black Lives Matter’ “Under a so-called critical grammar pedagogy, “This approach challenges the familiar dogma that writing instruction should limit emphasis on grammar/sentence-level issues so as to not put students from multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds at a disadvantage,” the email states. [So long as… Continue reading Bab’l, Towr of

Unified Grievance Theory

Intersectionality, (noun) in·​ter·​sec·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌsek-shə-ˈna-lə-tē 1. Selective, tribal conflation of every conceivable human grievance. 2. Creative categorization and augmentation of one's victimhood credentials. Example (links omitted): "The physics professor who argued “white empiricism” somehow creates a “barrier” to black women trying to enter the sciences field recently went on a Twitter rant about the… Continue reading Unified Grievance Theory

Rainbows everywhen

If Ye Break Faith With Us... -Mark Steyn on 11/11/2001[T]hough we can scarce grasp what they symbolize, this year the poppies are hard to find. Three Canadian provinces had sold out by last Monday, and by the time you read this the rest of the Royal Canadian Legion's entire stock of 14.8 million will likely… Continue reading Rainbows everywhen

Sexist, Transphobic, Excoriable, Misogynist

That's how progressive government schools define STEM these days. Let's use this look at the poet Robert Frost to expand the point: Rehabilitating Robert Frost: The Unity of his Literary, Cultural, and Political Thought[F]or about four decades Frost was “the necessary enemy” of both “the political left and the modernist literary elite,”... Frost perceived that… Continue reading Sexist, Transphobic, Excoriable, Misogynist

Little did I know…

...when I wrote Victimhood competence hierarchies that the College Board would so quickly compound the difficulty of picking the most oppressed group by applying "adversity scoring" modifiers to Scholastic Aptitude Test results. The College Board’s adversity score will give students a boost for coming from a high-crime, high-poverty school and neighborhood, according to the Wall… Continue reading Little did I know…

Emoticon debate

I asked some questions in my post of February 17th about a suggestion that conservative political philosophy needs emotional appeals rather than rational arguments: The writer [Gorka] makes a vital point that most people who support capitalism miss: we will never win the argument about capitalism being superior to socialism because many voters are only… Continue reading Emoticon debate

No rational arguments please, we’re Republicans

“Republicans can start by stopping trying to win rational arguments.” A friend recently shared that sentence (not his) in an email. It's in regard to an article at The Daily Signal by Sebastian Gorka. The idea of abandoning rational argument just keeps nagging at me. It’s a capitulation to the Know Nothings on the Right… Continue reading No rational arguments please, we’re Republicans