Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of a trans model hurts anyone who has been boxed in by statements such as ‘men don’t cry’ or ‘women are nurturing’. Gender is a prison we all live in.
‘Marco Rubio struck a nerve with his welders comment because he challenged the core from which liberalism draws strength: higher education’
James E. Miller writes:
As economist F.A. Hayek points out in his illuminating essay “The Intellectuals and Socialism,” Western, democratic countries are heavily influenced by intellectuals who “wield” their power “by shaping public opinion.” During the 20th century, socialism as a movement grew primarily in intellectual circles before it trickled down to the masses. “Socialism,” Hayek wrote, “has never and nowhere been at first a working-class movement.”
Joseph Epstein needs to hang around with smarter people:
For many years I taught an undergraduate course in prose style to would-be writers. At one point in the course I used to present my students with a list of 15 or so items that included such names and events as the Peloponnesian War, Leon Trotsky, Serge Diaghilev, the 1913 Armory Show, the Spanish Civil War, Nicolas Chamfort, Boris Chaliapin, C. P. Cavafy, the Dreyfus Affair, and a few others. I asked how many knew who or what these items were. A few among them knew one or two of the names and events listed. I said that, at 20 years old, I myself could not have done better than they. I then added that, if one wanted to pass oneself off as a cultured person one had to know such things and a great deal more. My sense is that these students were, as I hoped they would be, as I myself as an undergraduate was, properly cowed by their own ignorance.
I was talking over the phone one day with another friend, Samuel Lipman, who as a child was a piano prodigy and later a powerful music critic and with Hilton Kramer a founder of the New Criterion. Sam was dying of leukemia. I told him I had heard that Steve McQueen had gone to Mexico for laetrile treatment for his cancer. Following a pause, Sam, who was then 58 and had spent his entire life in the United States, asked, “Who is Steve McQueen?”
At 20 — hell, at 16 — I would have done quite well on Epstein’s undergrad quiz, from the looks of it.
And I know who Steve McQueen is, to boot.
Some of us do manage.
Five defenders of marriage and family in Germany were portrayed in a Berlin theater last month as zombies that can only die by receiving a bullet to the head. Within hours of the premiere, one of the women portrayed had her vehicle torched and destroyed by arsonists. A week after that, another woman portrayed also had her vehicle torched, with the fire spreading to her pro-family business, gutting it completely.
On October 24, Berlin theater Schaubühne premiered “Fear,” a play by homosexual Falk Richter that literally demonizes what he calls “proponents of simplistic world views” who advocate for defining what it “means to be a man, a woman or a family…in the most one- dimensional terms.”
In “Fear,” actors appear on stage wearing facial blowups of pro-family activists taped to their heads. They read portions of speeches given by the people they represent, which are then mocked and derided. At various points in the play, the pro-family activists are portrayed as Nazis as well as zombies risen from the grave. At another point, actors viciously poke out the eyes from the images of the protagonists, leaving gaping black sockets.
Ann Coulter writes:
Instead of imprisoning criminals, liberal judges in the 1960s decided that we must tackle the “root causes” of crime by addressing PID: poverty, ignorance and disease. To fight crime, we’d deploy welfare, Head Start and school lunch programs!
For the next two decades our streets ran with blood. Americans finally rose up in a blind rage and demanded that criminals be separated from the law-abiding.
Similarly, we wish the best for all the barbaric, misogynistic, pedophilic, illiterate nations of the world. But the main thing we want is for our government to keep them away from us.
Isn’t keeping murderers out of the country literally the least our government can do? America has been pretty generous to the rest of the world, taking in more than twice as many refugees as the rest of the world combined. As Donald Trump says, now we need a “pause.”
Very “JOOOOOO!!!!!”-y comments this week. I don’t even have to look…
We were told Parisians’ rapid return to their sidewalk cafés and like amusements was “a show of resilience.” So too, we heard, was Charlie Hebdo’s greatly anticipated first cover, post-attack: a dancing man riddled with bullet holes, and the caption “They have weapons. F—- them. We have champagne!”
“You know, you can have both, guys,” said the friend who posted the cover in my Facebook timeline. Indeed. See: well, Israel. “Rough men” and all that.
But again: Gavin McInnes reports that this elementary concept is utterly foreign to the supposedly formidable French mind, right wing or left.
Note bien: The same race that gave us the phrase “joie de vivre” also came up with “ennui.” When does the celebration of life become its sinister shadow—that is: decadence, with all that word’s etymology implies? I’d say, “Ask the denizens of any Weimar cabaret,” but of course, they’ve been dead a long time…
Because everybody always says that travelling to different countries makes you a better person, I always figured that was bullshit.
Having done a tiny bit of travelling in adulthood, I now believe that about 50% of that “eye opening” sensation you get from travel is a sort of optical illusion:
They have slightly different mailboxes and street signs but your brain makes that out to be A Very Big Deal.
Some of it is reverse class snobbery, too. “Ooooh, life must be nice. I was too busy working for a living…”
I also thought my indifference/hostility to travel went to my introversion, but Penelope Trunk is an extrovert.
Anyhow, I love being right. This time it only took, what, 35 years?
You can try to talk your way out of this revelation in an interview, but you will always look like you couldn’t handle getting a job so you decided to travel. Which is why people who travel always look like they are running from something. (…)
The Independent just published research that shows people who fulfill career goals before age 27 are happier throughout their adult life. That rings true to me based on the lives of the hundreds of people I’ve coached.
That was me. I certainly wouldn’t call myself “happy” for much of that time, but, well, “smug”? “Smug” is my “happy.” Also? “Vengeance.”
Travel wastes your time. If you want to learn about other cultures, sleep in a homeless shelter in Chicago for a week. I’m sure you’ll have more culture-shock there than you will in a Marriott in Prague.
Jim Goad writes:
Some bugchasers say they merely operate from a sort of suicidal impatience and simply want to “empower” themselves by taking their HIV infection into their own hands—to be precise, their own asses—because it’d be a relief to just go ahead and “get it over with” since they’re not going to stop having sex with bajillions of partners anyway. Some say they feel it’d be a relief to actually know you’re HIV-positive than having to, you know, worry about it.
Others eroticize the act of getting infected—or, as they call it, “charged” or “pozzed”—framing it as the ultimate sexual taboo, and who wouldn’t be thrilled by that?
Still others say that by purposely allowing their HIV-positive partners to infect them, they are choosing to enter a quasi-mystical “brotherhood” of gay men, a spiritual fraternity dedicated to fight a hatefully straight society that stigmatizes and is bigoted against the act of infecting yourself with a fatal disease by asking someone to squirt his HIV-positive cum up your rectum. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!