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You Cannot Boycott a Nobody

Posted October 21, 2014 By John C Wright

By definition, one can only boycott a vendor one patronizes, perhaps even patronizes on a regular basis. So, one cannot boycott someone of whom one has never heard, or someone one already avoids as a matter of course. That said, I know nothing of Gamergate, aside from dim echos and third-hand accounts from partisans involved […]

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Snap Out of It

Posted October 17, 2014 By John C Wright

The proponents of what is called (with unintentional hilarity) gay marriage express the gaiety for which they are named by crowing and gamboling with delight that the Supreme Court has declined to do its core Constitutional mission of interpreting the law, and chastise and check the abuses of activist judges overruling the sovereign votes of […]

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Purple Penguins and Black Sheep

Posted October 17, 2014 By John C Wright

This is not a parody: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/racial-connotations-over-black-sheep-prompts-changes-to-baa-baa-black-sheep-at-victorian-kinders/story-fni0fit3-1227093091674?nk=29afdb5129fd7e153c6e35b08c4b869b Staff at childcare centres in the south-eastern suburbs told the Herald Sun the lyric was being changed because of concerns over the racial connotations of “black”, and to reflect a multicultural community. Kindergarten teachers have told the Herald Sun a centre in Melbourne’s east had also considered changing the […]

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Oceania Has Always Been at War with Eastasia

Posted October 15, 2014 By John C Wright

Bush, and all Republicans, have been vindicated in everything we said about the Iraq War. Lest I be accused of cherry picking my sources, allow me to quote from an ardent sufferer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Any reader reading these words can tell they mean the exact opposite of what the writer is saying, and […]

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Darwinian Blithering

Posted October 14, 2014 By John C Wright

One Mr. David P Barash wrote a bit of typical Hitchens-style Christ-bashing, but without the stylistic wit of Hitchens. Also without the manly courage: Unlike Hitchens, Mr. Barash never actually finds the fortitude to come out and say what he means to say. This affords him wide avenues of retreat, as well as a mask […]

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Othering the Cis

Posted October 13, 2014 By John C Wright

CPE Gabler asks: [Quoting me] “The difference is that the Puritan moral code was actually moral, if excessive. They were trying to be holier than God, and to be meek, chaste, modest and humble. These modern Puritans express the same degree of zeal and mouth-foaming fervor by trying to kill more children than Moloch, screw […]

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Beyond Binary Sanity — and a call to arms by Hoyt

Posted October 9, 2014 By John C Wright

Back when I was a Libertarian, we would ask each other when it was time to stop talking and to shoot the bastards. Myself, I would like to have conservatives ask each other when it was time to stop apologizing to the Left, being nice to the Left, petting the Left, and bending over and […]

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Mohammedanism and Science Fiction

Posted October 7, 2014 By John C Wright

Brother Paul writes and asks: Wonderful talk – Christendom is a great place. You didn’t mention the influence of Islam. I’ve always been struck by the fascination of many sci-fi authors with Islamic culture, e.g. Dune, Riddick, Star Wars, etc. I’m sure with your encyclopedic knowledge you can think of more. I notice you mention […]

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Theology and Science Fiction — Conclusion

Posted October 6, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader named Stephen J added a conclusion to my essay on Theology and Science Fiction sufficiently insightful and lucid that I thought it deserved its own spotlight as a short guest column THE SHATTERED AND THE UNSHATTERED: Science fiction is about the shock experienced when a certitude is shattered, followed by the realization of […]

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These are the notes that formed the basis of the talk given Saturday October 4th 2014 at Christendom College, St John the Evangelist Library: It is always fitting at the beginning of any speculative enterprise to state the position one supports and to define one’s terms. It is particularly fitting at the beginning of this […]

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