English teacher: why study Shakespeare? He’s a dead white guy

    English teacher: why study Shakespeare? He's a dead white guy

    One of the bywords of the cultural revolution of the late 1960s when it his college campuses was “relevance.” Students, it was claimed, had the ability to decide what was “relevant” to them and to disregard the rest. What it boiled down to was two generations of history majors who never had to memorize dates and English majors who were never required to learn grammar. | Read More »

    Living and Dying the Theology of Sartre

    “pas besoin de gril: l’enfer, c’est les autres – You don’t need red-hot pokers: Hell is—other people!” (HT –Jean Paul Sartre) Sartre had the diabolical and petty Garcin, from his play No Exit speak those lines which summed up much of his worldview with respect to others. If you’ve ever blown $10 and enjoyed watching The Matrix at your local theatre, you could see this | Read More »

    What Provokes Outrage On The Online Left

    A few weeks ago, the Washington Post decided to once again insert itself into Virginia’s elections with its vaunted “macaca” maneuver and help its chosen candidate over the finish line. For those who don’t know, to  “macaca” (.verb) is when a news outlet seizes upon a gaffe by a politician it doesn’t like and then repeatedly pounds on it day after day, week after week | Read More »

    Liberals to be phased out by the 24th Century

    Star Trek is in the news.  But nobody’s talking about this.  The following comes from the Prime Directive of Star Fleet: As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution is considered sacred, no Starfleet personnel may interfere with the normal and healthy development of alien life and culture. Such interference includes introducing superior knowledge, strength, or technology | Read More »

    The spectre of political nihilism raises its head

    Expanding on an comment of mine earlier today… Viewing the brinkmanship going on in Washington reminds me of this strictly apocryphal tale that I recall hearing years ago. When once asked if he feared a nuclear war, a Soviet offical responded no. But, the questioner continued, a full-scale nuclear war between the U.S. and the USSR will leave both nations totally devasted, the cities in | Read More »