The Right’s Having All the Fun While the Left Tortures Itself Trying to Redefine Fun in a Way That Proves the Right Isn’t Having Fun

Politico sends one of its intrepid explorers to the very edge of civilization, where he meets two even more intrepid explorers who have in fact pressed beyond the edge and into the darkness beyond—whence they have returned (alive!) to tell their tales of wonderment from the world of the political right. One wonderment in particular…

Book Notes: Rationality

Reflecting on his 1912 defeat as a third party presidential candidate, Teddy Roosevelt lamented that “the average American in his party affiliations is largely influenced by a feeling quite as unreasoning as that which makes the average fan depressed or exultant over the victory of a professional baseball team.” That’s from TR: The Last Romantic,…

Now What?

I’m just gonna riff here, if that’s okay, because the Danish and American media aren’t occupying my mind right now: I’ve got my wartime goggles on and don’t believe anything I read anyway, so there’s no point trying to make sense of it. And because this is a riff that represents nothing more than my…

Rejectivism and Done-With-It-ism

From Ace of Spades, Sunday: I find some of the vaccine takes and Putin takes to go too far, as some of you might know (and as some of you might find annoying). What all of this has in common, of course, is that people have been lied to too often, too many times, about…

Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?

Henry Higgins, call your office. Over the past few years there’s been a slow but steady drumbeat on an amorphous issue, or set of issues, that seem finally to have congealed into something covered under the rubric of “the feminization of politics” (or of culture). A single writer has finally, in a single column, pulled…

On Cussin’

I’m a Boston driver by nature and nurture, seasoned with additional experience on the expressways of Chicago, the freeways of Los Angeles, and the gridlock of New York, so I tend to mutter a lot while I drive, addressing all the many shortcomings of the drivers with whom I’m forced to share the roads. It…

The Ethically Retarded

Late Saturday night (European time), already suspended anchor Chris Cuomo was officially terminated by CNN. CNN confirmed the firing and said that Cuomo had been “terminated … effective immediately” as an outside law firm continues to investigate “his involvement with his brother’s defense.” But wait, there’s more: The station was notified by an attorney representing an…

Bordering on Insanity on Bordering

It’s difficult, maybe impossible, to identify the historical moment one occupies. We’re all caught in the swirl of a thousand different currents at any given moment; the idea that we can somehow lift ourselves outside of it seems almost hubristic. But it’s worth a shot. So: in which age of man do we live? That…

A Clash of Symbols

There’s a lot going on in the world these days.  The Danish media are bubbling over with stories about the upcoming election, the continuing mink scandal, and reactions to the COP26 summit.  The prime minister has called a press conference for this very evening to discuss “the corona situation,” and her remarks will surely dominate…