Dangerous Political Fantasies: The Left Wing and Virgil’s Ivory Gates

My favorite author of all time, Virgil, raised quite a bit of mischief over the years. Not only did he scandalize readers by describing in graphic (and poetic) detail the experience of surviving urban warfare in Book II of the Aeneid; he also brought readers into hysterical tears with the epic romance and breakup of…

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Conspiracy as theory and practice: How much of 2020 has been pure coincidence?

“Conspiracy theorist!” Like the now-banned words “retard” and “lunatic,” the charge of conspiracy theorist is a classically Soviet slur. It is designed to make you think that your judgement is so distorted that nothing you conclude about the world could possibly be real. “Conspiracy theorist” is akin to calling someone an enemy of peace and…

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On Racism

I’ve seen a lot of people posting about the killing of a black man by vigilantes. It seems always that racial strife comes back each time we think we may have moved past it. Each generation alive, it seems, has to experience racial conflict as a new and shocking betrayal when we are youths, then…

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