September 11th, 2019


Victor Davis Hanson on the decline of higher education.

Overwhelmingly liberal and often hippish in appearance, American faculty of the early 1970s still only rarely indoctrinated students or bullied them to mimic their own progressivism. Rather, in both the humanities and sciences, students were taught the inductive method of evaluating evidence in hopes of finding some common explanation of natural and human phenomena.

Yes, we studied “mere” facts—dates, names, grammar, syntax, and formulae—but deliberately to ground or refute theories with evidence and to illustrate and enhance argumentation. Essays bled red by old masters of English prose style, whose efforts were aimed at ensuring students could communicate effectively but also with a sense of grace. ...

What went wrong? The former students of the 1970s came into power and gradually began to reject the very code of conduct and training of those who taught them. And in turn they taught a new generation who for the first time had little first-hand knowledge of the great campus scholars and icons of the past. ...'

Michael Weingrad on a science-fiction novel with shadows of anti-Semitism.

'In the alternate timestream of The Smoke, the United States never came to global dominance; instead, a volcanic eruption in the 19th century made parts of North America uninhabitable. Meanwhile, in Europe, World War I came to an early and decisive end in 1916 when a precociously invented atom bomb was dropped on Berlin. As for World War II and the Holocaust, they never happened. A passing comment informs us that, in the world of The Smoke, Adolf Hitler choked to death on a grape.

What, then, became of the Jews? Something much more consequential: in response to mass pogroms against the Jews in 1917, Lenin gave to the Jewish socialist Bundists a home in Soviet Birobidzhan, the bleak Siberian outpost that in real life was proclaimed by the Communists as a (rather unsuccessful) Jewish ethnic territory. There, a Jewish scientist affiliated with the Bund develops a new technology, dubbed the “Gurwitsch ray” after its inventor. In the novel, the “G-ray” enables the Bundists to leapfrog past the rest of the world in technological advancement.

The ray would seem to be Ings’s cipher for technological progress itself. ...'

Gay Republican Mauro Garza to challenge Rep. Joaquin Castro in San Antonio (TX-21).

Garza, who ran unsuccessfully for the nomination to the District 21 Congressional seat in 2018, said he was actually prompted to challenge Castro by the 'doxxing' of Trump supporters by the Congressman.

"No one has a right to incite violence against others or promote the destruction of private property held by others simply because of passionate political disagreements." Garza said. "Freedom cannot survive in an environment where one side thinks the other side is evil and not merely incorrect."'

'We wouldn’t be shooting it down.'

“Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States. Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie; these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America, binds us together in citizenship and community and brotherhood.”