Category Archives: Rhetoric

on Facebook and newness

I’ve been reviewing my Facebook time-line as an exercise in self-reflection, looking back on things I’ve found interesting or important or entertaining enough to post over the years. I’m feeling very ambivalent about Facebook these days; I think my departure … Continue reading

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on required readings and eternal things

Intellectuals in the West have long had an affinity for what C. S. Lewis referred to as “chronological snobbery,” the unreflective assumption that what is more recent and modern must be better than what went before. Our entertainment driven culture takes … Continue reading

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why language and thought matter

As amusing as this election cycle has been at times, largely due to the clever trolling that has accompanied the presence of Donald Trump, it does demonstrate that the society of the United States has weakened to the point that … Continue reading

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Why self-censorship matters

In a time when feelings seem to be the most important thing about a person, this article takes a very different line, but in light of the way attitudes of victimhood can lead to strong forms of censorship, it’s worth considering … Continue reading

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Communication in our culture

This political season is going to highlight some issues in our culture and the way we communicate with one another. Or don’t communicate, as the case may be. This was a thoughtful article on the subject.

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about those difficult conversations

There is a certain fetish among a segment of our population for the notion that if only there were a way to openly dialogue about difficult subjects where there is disagreement and differences, people would see the light and come … Continue reading

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A prediction for 2015

Welcome to the new year, by the way. I hope it’s off to a good start. And now the prediction, which is that in 2015 “tribalism” will become an increasingly prominent buzzword used in analyzing American society and the behaviors … Continue reading

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5 things I wish men would admit about the good life

or: Why you have to be careful about click bait lists. [What follows is a satirical parody of the sort of thing that seems useful at first, but which in fact relies on misrepresentation, assuming both bad faith and that … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

It’s astonishing. Could there be a better definition of racism, a better example of a purely racist concept, than this, the holding that all a person does and is springs from the colour of his skin? Rex Murphy, National Post

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on topics for debate

This is a seriously good plea for meaningful discussion of important topics at the heart of so much discord in our society. It would be nice to be able to weigh the issues and discuss the reasons for each point … Continue reading

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