Charlottesville: One Year On Redux

Today we are reposting a Thermidor essay on Charlottesville from 2018. Everything looks even more prescient and right in the view of what occurred, why Charlottesville was an exclamation point to a bad run and what is coming. In July 2018, Northrop Grumman announced that it would investigate an employee for allegedly attending a political…

Marvel Trash Theater

Like clockwork the films roll out. The spring Marvel blockbuster. The summer Marvel blockbuster. The fall/winter Marvel blockbuster. If you attend the same theater, you may even see the same people opening night. There are five or so men resembling the Simpsons comic book guy. Your kid rattles off a bunch of Marvel trivia or…

Commercializing The Faustian Spirit

Everest experienced an awful year for deaths this climbing season. Over ten perished making the trek to the summit. This is not new, as Everest previously unleashed mass death in prior seasons. Famously, the 1996 tragedy on Everest was described in great detail by author Jon Krakauer in his book, Into Thin Air. What has…

The Creeping Danger of Memetically Stochastic Assassinations

The looming feeling in America is that conflict is coming. Social and political conflict is ever present. What matters is the level, frequency and whether conflict is physical or philosophical. America’s progressive ideology has allowed the elite to politicize everything, creating fault lines where none should exist. The next step is creating targeted violence with…

When Methodists Fought Back

Since the papacy of Francis, it seems there is not a month that passes without the Pope embarrassing himself or the entire church with his behavior or words. The Methodists decided to give him a break this winter and contributed to headlines across America. The United Methodist Church decided to not bend the rules of…

Immigrants Are Assimilating

The last week has seen the return of the liberal outrage over out of context, sharp and effective Trump team messaging. President Trump’s team took an old quote from Rep. Ilhan Omar about 9/11 and turned it into a viral advertisement correctly portraying her and by association the entire open borders left as against America….

The Benedict Option’s False Premise

Rod Dreher’s book proclaiming that Christians embrace a Benedict Option to separate from society and protect the faith is a wonderful idea. A review thoroughly examining it can be found here with a basic message of “Dreher’s not going far enough”. Dreher is an easy target, but the subject of this essay is the shaky…

The Pete Wilson Presidency

There is definitely a disappointment in the turn taken by the Donald Trump presidency. There are folks calling it the Jeb Bush presidency. The only downside is the inflammatory tweets and statements puff Trump up into an Orange Man Bad caricature. This is also the presidency that Ross Perot would have had, except he would…

UBI And Amazon Dorms

Threads of contemporary discourse are strange when viewed independently but if woven together with the right mind can create a wonderful tapestry. Even the most absurd or odd comment or news announcement can fit into the greater picture when connected. Our current media and education environment is planting the seeds for the implementation of the…

Marie Kondo & American Chaos

Sparks joy. Does that spark joy? Honey, maybe we can spark joy later tonight? It can be used straight or with a touch of sarcasm. What is sparks joy? It is the most memorable catchphrase from the tidying up expert from Japan and Netflix phenom Marie Kondo. Kondo has given Netflix the water cooler original…