Idiots, incompetents, and monsters

The headline of this post is, as best as I can tell from the information available, a succinct and yet comprehensive taxonomy of our ruling class. This was brought home to me today by an article on DR’s website. The EU’s Mission in the Mediterranean hasn’t stopped a single human smugglerTine Toft, DR.dk, May 31…

Scarecrows and Tin Men

In a small New England town back in the early 1980s, a group of four high school students founded a group called “Youth for Communism.” One of those bright young idiots, it does not pain me to say, was myself. Some readers might find it surprising that a confession of such stupidity causes me no…

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…

Mette Frederiksen on CNN

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour yesterday. Frederiksen was in New Delhi on a state visit to India; Amanpour was back in CNN’s Atlanta studio. The 13-minute interview was ostensibly about the climate, and most of it was. Berlingske chose to focus on Amanpour’s having ambushed Frederiksen with an immigration question:…

Bordering Sanity

There’s an influential politician in Denmark who believes that Danish culture can only persist to the extent that we limit immigration and enforce Europe’s external borders.  He believes Europe was mistaken to ostracize Hungary’s Victor Orban back in 2015 for erecting razor wire fences on his nation’s borders with Serbia, and thinks we owe more…

No Country for Bad Ideas

Under which circumstances would you say it’s appropriate to stone a man to death? What conditions would have to be fulfilled? What if your ideas about circumstances and conditions differed from mine: how would we determine which of us was right? If neither of our answers conformed to the generally accepted definitions of when it…

A Whole New World

Like many other bloggers, I don’t always have something useful, funny, or interesting to say. Unlike many other bloggers, however, when I find myself with nothing useful, funny, or interesting to say, I remain silent. It’s a healthy practice, and one that I wish more bloggers observed, but it’s not very helpful for a little…

Boomerang Principle II

Back in January I wrote about the Boomerang Principle: “What you do to your adversaries today, they will do to you tomorrow.” (I even offered an alternative phrasing: “The most important teacher of your adversary is you.”) A newly released Campus Reform video helps to illustrate just how damaging the consequences of the Boomerang Principle can…

If You Unbuild It, They Will Come

In accordance with his campaign promises and the will of the American public, Donald Trump attempted during his time in office to shore up the nation’s southern border to reduce and discourage illegal immigration. I mention the support of the American people because you’d never know it from the media, but there is (and always…