Topic: Art and Culture

If Bernard Mandeville Is Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld Is Adam Smith

– March 9, 2022

“The relationship between Seinfeld and David has received more ink and attention than the one between Mandeville and Smith. That said, we would not have had a ‘Seinfeld’ without a Larry David. Would we have had a Smith without a Mandeville?” ~ Garret Edwards


Tolkien’s Nuanced View of Government

– March 8, 2022

“Tolkien admitted late in life–after serving in the infantry in WWI, anxiously seeing his son fly for the Royal Air Forces in WWII, witnessing the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and watching the rise of communism–that he had almost become an anarchist.” ~ Henry T. Edmondson III


Newsweek Discovers Black Conservatives

– March 6, 2022

“Conservatives honor their heritage, but when they look in the mirror they see a person, not a black person or a white person. But how does this work when you’re the only black person in a group?” ~ Clifford F. Thies


Beauty Transcends Outrage

– March 3, 2022

“Strength of emotion cannot by itself justify moral outrage. We have a duty not to offend others without good reason, but we also have a duty not to be offended by others without good reason.” ~ Theodore Dalrymple


Discovering Masculinity in a Woke World

– March 2, 2022

“The White Lotus, a new HBO series, throws bright sunlight on the dark mores of America’s elite. In the show, a debased, solitary, fake masculinity is transformed into one rooted in friendship forged by shared undertaking.” ~ Natalie Taylor


American Law Schools: Becoming More and More Dysfunctional

– February 27, 2022

“From law school professors to the ABA, the legal profession in this country is actively promoting leftist ideology. This will only further inflame radical law students and eventually undermine the neutrality of the judiciary.” ~ George Leef


Reading: Feeding the Mind and Soul

– February 25, 2022

“DiYanni’s subtitle says it all: ‘A Practical Guide to Reading Well.’ He doesn’t intend these chapters to substitute for great literature itself. DiYanni means, rather, to steer readers in constructive directions.” ~ Allen Mendenhall


Book Review: Chris Herring’s ‘Blood In the Garden’

– February 17, 2022

“Hopefully Chris Herring follows up his book with one that covers the Knicks teams that came after the ones of the 1990s; that, or Herring’s book inspires a look by someone else into what became of what was once so great, and such a joy to watch.” ~ John Tamny


The Other Side

– February 13, 2022

“The fine arts improve our lives. They uplift the spirit, and can help alleviate the problems intrinsic to material and monetary life. But a desire for beauty and elevation should not be conflated with the desire for money.” ~ Robert Edward Gordon


Princeton and the Woke Ballet

– February 4, 2022

“It takes Ivy Leaguers from Princeton to somehow place the desire for goodness, truth, and beauty in the realm of ideological wokeness, and not comprehend it as a simple and beautiful ontological truth and necessity available to all.” ~ Daniel Asia


Book Review: Charles Moss and Jonathan Kay’s ‘Magic In the Dark’

– January 26, 2022

“Movie theatres will survive and thrive because we movie lovers want them, and because theater chains are well aware that survival will be rooted in relentless improvement meant to please the customer.” ~ John Tamny


Freedom and Whisky Go Together Like Tyranny and Oppression

– January 25, 2022

“Burns hails whisky as the drink of the ‘freeborn, martial boys’ of Scotland, and he readily sees the ‘foe’ as government: ‘royal George’s will.’ His final lines are well founded. If tyranny is linked to the oppression of distilling, then it follows that ‘Freedom and whisky go together'” ~ Jon Sanders