The article below the line appeared this week in Intellectual Takeout. The standardized test scandal extends far beyond the families who paid big bucks to bribe officials and coaches and so secure their children places in uppity-up universities.
The article below appeared this week in Intellectual Takeout. You can link to the site here: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/seven-ways-remain-sane-age-insanity.
As society becomes more and more radicalized—some might say more demented—advocating ever-greater government control, denigrating the Bill of Rights, calling for the abolition of the Electoral College, and touting a Green New Deal that would impoverish millions, some commentators fear that the country will soon be in the hands of extremists intent on its destruction. How, many are asking, do we recall the population to sanity when so many have been indoctrinated by education and the media?
Let me suggest seven useful tactics.
Though I am not much these days on historical novels, That Churchill Woman captured my interest. Jennie Churchill, an American and mother of Winston, was a passionate woman--passionate is an understatement--a bright star and controversial figure among the English upper class. You'll find the review and the link to the Smoky Mountain News below the line.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." We're ignoring the best while wallowing in the worst. Below the fold you'll find my latest column from Intellectual Takeout. Please cut and paste.
The review below appeared this week in the Smoky Mountain News. (See the link to the SMN at the end of the review.)
Yes! YES! YES!
Lest you think I am wallowing in some bed of literoticism or celebrating Molly Bloom from James Joyce’s Ulysses, let me clarify. I am celebrating the return of one of the great bibliophiles of our age to the public square, by which I mean the world of print. It’s an occasion that calls for little black dresses and tuxedos, a platter of Brie and baguettes, fireworks, some lively chamber music, magnums of champagne, and hands raw with applause.
I am talking about James Mustich and his 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman Publishing Co, Inc., 2018, 948 pages).
You're either for 'em or against 'em.
But both sides on the gun control debate would probably agree that we are more civilized than our ancestors living a century or so ago. We are more peace-loving, more kind, more gentle than those ignorant, violent bumpkins. We are their moral superiors and much less apt to murder someone with a firearm.
Or are we?
Please cut and past to see the piece below published on Intellectual Takeout this week.
I always smile, a little bitterly, a little cynically, when someone proclaims that "We must be on the right side of history."
The Nazis thought they were on the right side of history. The Communists in Russia thought the same.
Today some of our politicians and celebrities think the same. They claim to be on the right side of history with all the assurance of a poker player with cards up the sleeve and a straight flush in the hand.
History is complicated. It becomes more so when we stand in a pulpit and proclaim ourselves the moral superiors of our ancestors.
Below the fold you'll find a piece that appeared in last week's Intellectual Takeout.
The article below appeared this week in Intellectual Takeout and appears here with permission. The link to that site is below. The article is below the fold.
Another article that appeared on intellectualtakeout.com this week.
Over the past two decades, the liberal arts have taken a beating. University students in droves have backed away from taking degrees in English literature, history, and philosophy, turning instead to what they regard as more marketable majors such as business, mathematics, computer science, and even fitness training.
In many cases, professors and entire academic departments have accelerated this precipitous decline in the humanities. If you love literature and reading, why take a degree that deconstructs Shakespeare into a rabid misogynist? If you want a well-rounded sense of history, why study with teachers who portray the United States as a bastion of racism, sexism, and inequality?
Given the right circumstances, however, liberal arts majors can graduate from college learned in their field of study and able to win a satisfying job in the work force.
Two books about books. Both good. This review just appeared in the Smoky Mountain News. Enjoy.