The Grand Bargain

The corona crisis offers America a unique opportunity to reform, remold or destroy old ways. That is the pitch from optimistic observers. There is a debate of the American situation is which is closer: late Imperial Rome or late Republican Rome? As the elected officials use this opportunity as a means to more looting, funding…

CRISPR Children

CRISPR babies! Oh no it’s Gattaca! Oh no the rich will get a huge leg up! Oh no it is eugenics! These fears are actually horribly misplaced and reflect the poor politics of our time. These fears also completely misread the idea that technology and science is downstream of politics. What is our dominant ideology?…

Modeling Masculinity

Last week’s links sent readers to a piece on Houellebecq by Caldwell, which is a glance at the tragic state of Western masculinity. People can focus on the fictional character Bruno Clement from Houellebecq’s “The Elementary Particles” as the poster boy for what we see around us today. This might sound off using a character…

Bloomberg’s Slush Fund

Michael Bloomberg has entered the spotlight for this year’s Democrat nomination race without being in a single race or speaking at a single debate. As Biden crumbles, his supporters go looking for a new old man of the middle. Bloomberg himself has spent $200 million on his campaign so far. Out of the woodwork, journalists,…

The New Model, Same As The Old Model

As if conjured up by Hollywood to reveal all that is wrong with our system, Pete Buttigieg now has his moment in the spotlight in the election 2020 season. Being the front man for a web of billionaires, operatives and consultants, Mayor Pete was the beneficiary of an effort to deny Bernie Sanders an outright…

A Test Of Narratives

I asked if I could write on the coronavirus outbreak, but was told that the Sun tries to avoid hot takes. I did not want to write a hot take on what we see and ring the bell that millions could die. This is not about the curious coincidences of bioweapons arrests and corrupt Chinese…

Cultural Content Opportunity: Book Publishing

The world of fiction has grown to become a game of bingo. An author must be from in an usual ethnicity and the subject matter must play to a progressive narrative. The formula of all stories now of white is bad and new/diverse is good has become so widespread that even television advertisements use it….

The Obsession With Work

Andrew Yang is the last minority standing in the DNC field. His success is a mix of his reddit appeal, his genuine charm and UBI. The UBI idea is one to watch as this will gain traction with each election cycle. It is a cope for our economic issues not a solution to root problems….

Spies Like Us

A few illusions have been shattered in the Trump era. The illusion of pundit expertise melted in the election cycle. The illusion or hope that the media would get anything right evaporated. A major illusion that has not stood the test of the Trump era is that our intelligence community is competent. Like the other…

So You Want To Build A Mannerbund

It is one of the most used terms in our sphere. It is something that frightens the left. It is a means to build a tribe, develop a society and seed a civilization. It is a way for men to raid, control or dominate a territory. It is something many segments of the dissident right…