Author Archives: Wordsson

on discourse about disagreements

One of the more significant features of the current moment is the extent to which political allegiance has become for so many an all or nothing proposition. It is impossible for some to even acknowledge a weakness in their own … Continue reading

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on finding common ground

There is a marvelous profile of a Democrat in Iowa that underscores much of the problem in our politics today. The problem is the polarization on certain issues that have come to define Left and Right when many people in … Continue reading

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on avoiding the division that exists

Mark Steyn observes the monotonous response to the bombing in Manchester, the mantra of refusing to allow terrorists to sow division, which ignores the sharp division that exists in Western countries between those who wish them to continue in their … Continue reading

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on unintended consequences

Walter Russell Mead has been a keen observer of society and its arrangements and structures, especially what he calls the “Blue model” of government, where public spending becomes a key support of economic support for certain demographic groups. Notably in … Continue reading

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on privilege

Last night after a senior vocal recital, after chatting for awhile with some colleagues I walked to the front of the auditorium to greet the student and wish her well, which she gratefully received. As I turned to go it … Continue reading

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Internet outrage

Early this morning as I was beginning to wake up, for some reason it occurred to me that I had given a lot of time the evening before, time that would have been better spent on just about anything else, … Continue reading

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Spiritualism and secular society

The religious fervor with which some groups in our society attack those who seem to advance an opposing point of view has become noteworthy. Civil disagreement and discourse has become the exception rather than the rule. This essay by Joseph … Continue reading

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anti-Semitism, the DNC, and Donald Trump

One of the more puzzling accusations underlying a lot of recent talk about President Trump is that he harbors anti-Semitic animus. At the same time, the support for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) among many on the left as the new … Continue reading

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on the press in the age of Trump

It’s been difficult to sort out what’s happening in the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as President. One of the main consequences has been a pretty dramatic reassessment of journalism as it’s been practiced. It will … Continue reading

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why I’m wary about getting another cat

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