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A Manifesto Against the Enemies of Modernity

This document is very long and detailed so a brief bulleted summary is provided below for those who don’t have the hour it takes for a careful read. Modernity, in terms of the views and values that have brought us out of the feudalism of the Medieval period and led us to the relative richness […]

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Religion | Politics

A Lifelong Leftist’s Cri De Coeur

“Iona is no leftist,” a Twitter acquaintance recently asserted. It’s left me pensive as to what it means to be on the left (or not) and why so many of us lifelong left-leaning voters find ourselves described by our fellow lefties as, bafflingly, “right-wing.” I think of myself as left-leaning primarily because of my belief […]

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Religion | Politics

After Barcelona: Let the Denial and Excuses Begin

In the aftermath of yet another Islamist attack in Europe, this time in Barcelona, the usual excuse makers will still be trying to blame the Iraq war, or the Crusades, or the fact the perpetrator may have been unemployed as the motivations for the atrocity. I worked for several years as a youth worker with […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

Why Bruce Lee’s Legacy Should Inspire Us to Revolutionize  —  and Modernize  — American Political Discourse

I am in a particularly creative mood, so I’ll write a bit about something I discussed in a recent public debate in NYC on Political Correctness: Martial arts has greatly evolved and moved forward, including many traditional ones. American political beliefs and conversation, however, have greatly devolved and moved backwards. They have literally undergone the […]

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Some Dad Advice for the Youth of Today

“Do you remember, when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?” sings Laura Jane Grace fiercely on her track I Was a Teenage Anarchist, grasping an emotional nerve many a former youth know and giving it a concise squeeze. The potent chemical soup of the teenage brain and the potentially large […]

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The Trouble with Linda Sarsour

Imagine I believed these things: A conservative religious law is “only misunderstood,” so we shouldn’t worry about the millions living under it in abject oppression due to their homosexuality, lack of faith, and sex because our “loans and credits will become interest free”; we needn’t focus on women in Saudi Arabia not being allowed to drive under […]

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A Theory for Understanding the Regressive Left

I‘m going to start by introducing a term that sounds funny but isn’t. Ophobophobia. Ophobophobia is the irrational fear of being perceived a bigot (by self or others) by being deemed insufficiently sensitive to the experience of some identifiable group of others. Ophobophobia is the strongest motivating animus in what we might call the Religion of Identity Politics, […]

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