Sow the Wind, Reap the Trump Whirlwind: The Perils of Our Videoized Society in Election 2016
Throughout his career, philosopher and social critic Neil Postman worried about the effect of television and other electronic media on people’s learning and thinking patterns and therefore on their behavior in general, and he was highly skeptical that the effect was positive. With over 60 years of television and other electronic media soaked into our society, our present campaign for the presidency, with the rise | Read More »
The Conquest of The West by A Thousand Scimitars
In The Western Tradition, television lectures by the late U.C.L.A. History Professor Eugen Weber, the century of barbarian invasions of Roman provinces is likened to “continual assaults by motorcycle gangs,” whose willingness to use violence and terror eventually wears down the local inhabitants and any law enforcement – or kills them off. Even though the barbarians were outnumbered by the civilized populace, it is the | Read More »
While You Slept III: Putin, Iran, and the Iranian Hijacking of American Military Vehicles
Circumstances of various kinds have prevented me from writing this for a while, but the silence of the general media on this topic for two months has forced me to alert RedState readers to this “behind the scenes” story, which is actually available to anyone with the time to follow it. I have not yet read anything connecting the dots to Putin. The American Public has | Read More »
Are We Entering The World of “24” ?
Fourteen years ago, conceived before the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 were hit by Islamic terrorists, a television show called 24 had debuted on the FOX network. The premise of this show’s alternative America was that terrorist attacks were becoming regular events. A special agency called the Counter-Terrorism Unit was desperately tracking as many suspects as possible in order to thwart them. The hero was an agent | Read More »
Putin, Philosophy, The Eastern Mediterranean, and Obama’s Arrogance
Earlier this year I wrote a diary on Putin and his courtship of Greece, and how this was quite predictable, if one knew that one of the main driving forces in Russian History is a quest to control the eastern Mediterranean, i.e. a quest to bring Russia access to a port which does not freeze. Putin’s annexation of the Crimea was part of that same | Read More »
While You Slept II: Russia Dominates the Eastern Mediterranean
While You Slept by John T. Flynn is a classic analysis from the “Who lost China?” debate of the Cold War. Flynn showed how “softness on Communism” in the Roosevelt-Truman State Department and how propaganda in the U.S. media prepared the way for Mao-Tse-Tung’s murderous Communist dictatorship. Today we are watching a similar story in Eastern Europe and in the Eastern Mediterranean: because of “softness on | Read More »
Your 2008-2016 Depression and Anger, St. Augustine, Oswald Spengler, A Host of Others, and Your Future
In the movie Ben-Hur, based on the book by Civil War General Lew Wallace, a book rarely if ever read in the schools these days, Balthasar (one of the Three Kings) witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus, and crushed by the madness he has seen in Jerusalem, he turns away and says: “I have lived too long.” After reading many things at assorted Conservative sites such | Read More »
The Crusades: Today’s Fictions vs. Yesterday’s Facts
Some members have requested that I compose an essay on the Crusades. I have been reluctant because of the size of such a subject, and for other reasons. Today, since I had some time, and because a few good people have asked, I have written the following. The History of the Crusades cannot possibly be addressed properly in an essay for a website. The purpose here | Read More »
Homosexuality, Transvestism, Macy’s, McDonald’s, and Thanksgiving!
When you wanted to watch Thanksgiving Day parades in the good ol’ days, networks used to have cameras which showed the parade. You would have to endure commentary full of terrible jokes from Level Z celebrities and news reporters who had drawn the short straw, but you could always turn down the sound. A good number of years ago, this began to change: promotions for | Read More »
Why Should the British Support BIG BRObama In Anything?
From the first moments after the inauguration in 2009, when BIG BRObama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House, the current resident of that domicile has practically looked for excuses to insult the British. Nile Gardiner of the British newspaper has been keeping a running list of MAObama’s insults. Since first taking office in 2009, the Obama presidency has displayed what can | Read More »