Category Archives: Culture

Jermaine Himmelstein and the 80-20 Rule

Everyone knows that New York City is a great place for people watching. Its buskers, immigrants, and various eccentric characters of local legend can enable tourists to have a truly exciting visit without requiring them to pay extra at the … Continue reading

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Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 3, Corporatist Economic Policy

  In the first post of this series, I defined fascism as: a political system distinguished by an emphasis on patriarchal, rural values; corporatist economic policy; extreme nationalism and patriotism, often involving extreme xenophobia and/or racism; and militant authoritarianism in … Continue reading

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Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 1, Introduction and Defining Fascism

  Of the world’s many great civilizations throughout history, few have generated the same amount of fascination as China. Among the reasons for Sinophilia are a history spanning over four thousand years, a rich culture and literary tradition, and a … Continue reading

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Why I Hate Moral Relativism

As most of my veteran readers are probably aware (and all of my new readers should know,) I’m a product of the political Left. However, I am more than willing to stand by the political Right on the handful of … Continue reading

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Why the Illiberal Left Lost the Culture War

Over the past few years, a new strain of left-wing politics has become increasingly influential in American society, particularly among younger millennials. Though clearly a product of the left, it can hardly be considered “liberal” in the traditional sense of … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. the Solution to the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Over the past week, the media has drawn a great deal of attention to the influx of refugees from Syria desperately traveling to European and other Middle Eastern nations in order to escape the horrors of a brutal, seemingly endless … Continue reading

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“Arabian Nights” from Disney’s Aladdin: Copy or Coincidence?

Of the many American film companies, none have produced animated musicals that have achieved the acclaim, popularity, and influence of Disney’s. One of their most famous animated musicals, the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin, was praised not only for the late Robin Williams’ … Continue reading

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A Boost for Bernie from #BlackLivesMatter?

On Saturday afternoon, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was interrupted at a rally in Seattle by a group of black women. The women took the stage from Senator Sanders and proceeded to accuse him of not … Continue reading

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The Jews and the Chinese: An Anthropological Comparison

Out of the many ethnic groups in the world today, there are few whose longevity is greater than or equal to that of the Jews and Han Chinese. Over millennia, both groups have made vast contributions to world history. Although … Continue reading

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A Fourth Rome: Is Russia the New Seat of Christendom?

In the history of Western civilization, (or Greco-Roman Christendom, as I prefer to call it,) perhaps no development is as important as the rise of the Roman Empire.  Its transition from a tiny city-state in central Italy to vast empire … Continue reading

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