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Punching Up And Punching Down

One of the many flaws with contemporary leftist thought is the blind favoritism for underdog causes and the assumption that intersectionalism is a good way of accounting for where someone stands on a privilege chart that determines the legitimacy of … Continue reading

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On The Neglected Ironies Of Coercion Culture

For some time, I have found myself to be deeply troubled by the implications of the contemporary hostility towards coercion that has made itself plain in language and culture.  Few people would doubt, for example, that rape is a horrible … Continue reading

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On The Logistics Of The Chicken Wars

As I have made clear on several occasions, I am very fond of beefs between competing restaurants [1].  Earlier this week social media (or at least that portion of it I was paying attention to) was filled with a great … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empires And Barbarians

Empires And Barbarians:  The Fall Of Rome And The Birth Of Europe, by Peter Heather The period between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages has always been one where there has been a wide degree of controversy because of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Armies South, Armies North

Armies South, Armies North:  The Military Force Of The Civil War Compared And Contrasted, by Alan Axelrod This book attempts a difficult task, and that is attempting to quantify in some sort of rating the strengths and weaknesses of the … Continue reading

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In Between Times

Some time ago, I read a book that talked about the feminism of Afghanistan in the period before the rise of the Taliban, and the way that a progressive society in Kabul was wrecked by the rise of reactionary Islam … Continue reading

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On Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight

Recently, it came to my attention that there was an incident at the end of Eid where a Palestinian attempted to knife some Israelis only to end up shot themselves.  In trying to find the story, I found that this … Continue reading

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On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture

Opposing Viewpoints:  Popular Culture, edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser This book is apparently one of a large series of books that seek to combine opposing viewpoints on some subject of contention so that the reader can sort out … Continue reading

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On The Manichean Worldview Of Cannabis Enthusiasts

Quite appropriately, my thoughts on cannabis are similar to my thoughts on Canibus the rapper.  I think that they are good in some ways but that they have far too many enthusiastic fans who exaggerate their claims of greatness and … Continue reading

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