American politics has devolved into emotivism. “I feel” has replaced “I think,” particularly for the ideologues on the Left, the fascists, communists, and socialists. They thrive on emotion, which is why they pick issues that will elicit an emotional response. But that is not who we are. The people I know who support monuments and symbols–across the United States–do so because they have a tangible …more
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Several people have asked me to respond to an Atlantic article about Robert E. Lee. I already did, over two years ago. Episode 102 republishes a talk I gave on Lee and the terrible book, Reading the Man by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, in January 2015, fully six months before the current pogrom on all things Southern began. Enjoy!
Neo-conservatives can’t decide why they hate Calhoun or the Southern tradition. Is it unwanted decentralization (secession) or unwanted centralization? In reality, the Southern tradition is just unwanted. The latest neo-conservative stooge to make a stupid claim about Calhoun drips from the pen of John Daniel Davidson at TheFederalist.com. Davidson contends that Calhoun’s political philosophy is at the heart of the modern progressive, bureaucratic state and …more