Ferguson and Social Justice: The Thedish Logic of Political Coalitions

August 18, 2014

At #ClivenBundy's ranch the #progressives took joy in the gov't's show of force. But now after the #FergusonRiot it's oppressive and racist....


NY Times Misses the Point About ISIS

August 20, 2014

The NY Times has a fantastic piece out about ISIS and Al-Baghdadi. It is a tremendous look at the myths that are woven around this man. It is also a steady...


The Wisdom of Anti-Intellectualism

August 20, 2014

A lot of folks from the South (and from some of the other redder, more rural regions of the country as well) nurse a longstanding distrust of intellectuals....


Hidden History: The Last Supreme Court Nominees to Be Discriminated Against

August 23, 2014

A statement this month by President Obama centered around his thought that he would get to appoint one more Supreme Court justice. Are there any firsts, any...

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    The Allendale Tar Barrel Festival

    July 30, 2014 • Folkways

    The Allendale Tar Barrel Festival, or the Baal fire (or Barl fire), is a pagan ceremony that takes place every year on 31st December in Allendale, Northumberland, England. The ceremony is a farewell to the past 12 months, and comes from a tradition that has been in existence since ancient times. On New Year’s Eve, [&hellip...

  • Redneck Authenticity and Its Ironic Enemies

    June 21, 2014 • Folkways

    Progressives hate country folk. This is isn’t news, of course—they remind us of it with every Phil Robertson or Cliven Bundy they can find—but it is worth examining. I’ve got an article here discussing the deredneckization measures put in place by the present US political superstructure—we’ll call it the Fourth Union—and the laughably unrevolutionary quality [&hellip...

  • Chicago: Two Portraits

    May 18, 2014 • Chronicle, Folkways

    English war journalist G.W. Steevens visited the United States in the 1890s and had much to say of it. In this selection from his Land of the Dollar, he describes Chicago, the Midwestern melting-pot, in what can only be called vivid terms: CHICAGO! Chicago, queen and guttersnipe of cities, cynosure and cesspool of the world [&hellip...

  • The Degeneration of American Evangelicalism

    March 16, 2014 • Folkways, Video

    For an American, one of the most striking signs of decline is the state of American evangelical Protestantism. Twelve generations ago, it gave us such figures as theologian Jonathan Edwards. Read—or listen to—Edwards’ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and you’ll see a faith far more robust in its knowledge and its passion [&hellip...