Browsing All posts tagged under »intolerance«

Why We’re Stuck with Polarization

March 3, 2019


I will now perform a magic trick using only words. They will appear on your screen as a complete, grammatically correct sentence with proper syntax and a clear meaning. AND YET … You will be unable to remember it! First, some background: Deep in the ancient past, humans lived in small tribal groups, hunting and […]

Political Discussion Pitfalls

April 15, 2018


  People suppose they have the right way, and it is the only way. — Jeffrey Tucker “Political discussion” is an oxymoron. — Quippy Have you noticed how people in political discussions never, ever change their minds? You’d think public controversies ought to be talked out reasonably by the citizens — that’s the responsible thing […]

The New Conservatives

December 3, 2017


             The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. ― Hannah Arendt It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. — Robert Anton Wilson Lately the Left has discovered that many of its powerful men — film producers, movie […]

So Don’t Apologize

January 3, 2016


Let’s say you’re at a party or a luncheon or a night club and you strike up a conversation with some people. At one point you manage inadvertently to say something that annoys one of them — a curse word, a compliment to a politician they despise, a cheer for a sports team they happen […]

Marketing the Jihad

October 9, 2014


ISIS, a radical Islamist movement with its own army, has ramped across Iraq, conquering large swaths of territory in a kind of blitzkrieg, removing the heads from captured Westerners, fashioning itself as the revival of the medieval Caliphate, and generally scaring the crap out of everybody. Originally a small rebel group fighting in the Syrian […]


August 21, 2014


A barbarian isn’t someone from a society you find distasteful. A barbarian is someone who forces you to belong to that society. The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices. — William Hazlitt It’s not how you dress or what you believe that makes you civilized; it’s how […]

Enemies or Allies?

September 10, 2012


There are a lot of simmering conflicts out there: Catholics versus Protestants; capitalists versus socialists; East versus West; industrialized versus non-aligned; Muslim versus Christian; China versus the world. Everybody versus the Jews. And let’s not forget Black versus White, conservative versus liberal, the battle of the sexes, technology versus Old School. And, most crucial of […]