Reading Roundup: 2014-01-20

Cleaning out my drafts folder.  For some reason, the scheduled post feature, which reads: “Publish on: Jan 20, 2014 @ 0:01” even as I type this note, didn’t trigger and push this post live.  So…here we go!

Why Duck Dynasty is on TV and MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is Not – Fox News – Juan Williams makes a good argument here; in the end it was probably money more than anything else that helped A&E make up their mind.  And I’m interested in reading his book as well to see how far I agree with him there.  I expect I may not go along with all his points, but its hard to argue that having a sincere and meaningful conversation has become all but impossible.  I wonder what he would think of the concept of the Cathedral.

Texas Public Schools are Teaching Creationism – Slate.com – I don’t disagree with very much here.  However, they raise (and then never re-address) one concept integrated into the NR understanding of modern gender roles:

They’ll read in a history textbook that feminism forced women to turn to the government as a “surrogate husband.”

It comes across as an interesting slight-of-hand to discredit reasonable social analysis by lumping it in with Young-Earth creationists.  But isn’t the surrogate husband exactly what the Story of Julia was all about? (WSJ article) (HumanEvents.com article)

Sabbaticals May Help Keep Military Women in Ranks – Navy Times – Military recognizes women prefer to take time off career to raise children and moves to accommodate.  Applies to men in attempt to gender-neutralize the issue.  Much like offering gynecology benefits to men…offering them something they won’t use to create the pretext of equality/sameness.

Politics Should Be Dirtier – Slate.com – Noticed an Orwellian bent to this from the get-go, but it doesn’t drop until the end:

Some political systems, such as the incorruptible and efficient  Scandinavian ones, can thrive without “dirty hands.” But ours can’t. In a country as diverse, unequal, and divided as the United States, citizens disagree about how to build roads, levy taxes, and educate children, and so do the people they elect to represent them. Legalized bribery—a judgeship for my low-IQ college roommate in exchange for a vote for your dumb charter school plan—helps keep it all going (and legalized punishment: Vote for my dumb charter school plan, or we start investigating your roommate’s “business”).

This is a novel and bold way of phrasing the grand scheme of the big-government-left: create as much diversity as possible, then claim such an unruly society can only be maintained by the heavy hand of corrupt government.  Manufacture a crisis and then swoop in to the rescue.  It’s ironic that his case for doing this is the same case as the Dark Enlightenment/Neoreaction case for fragmentation and separation of western nations along socio-cultural lines.

The Truth About Women in STEM – Return of Kings

Hey, Public Schools: It’s Time For a Separation of Sex and State – Matt Walsh – Saw this poster going around, linking to commentary rather than a cut-and-dry article.  I disagree with him and the other conservative outrage here.  I think a lot of the outrage comes from the prude delusion that these acts 1) don’t happen, 2) don’t happen at young ages,  3) don’t involve or affect my children, and 4) I will be the one to tell my children about these things.  The sad fact is though, that none of these things are true, and the parents who shout them the loudest are probably also the most incorrect.  The idea of childhood and adolescence is a very modern invention, and the idea that children should arrive at the age of 18 completely oblivious to sex (and nicotine and alcohol, while we’re at it) is an absurd one when viewed in context of history.  I’m with the schools on this one.

The Fading First Amendment – Vox

Weak Mean, Disorderly Women – Vox  – Americans love to quote de Tocqueville when he says nice things about us and the things we like.  How did this quote vanish?

Feminism is Fascism – M3 – Posted mostly for my own reference.  Just finished a book on sociopathy and I was struck by the realization that the Apex Fallacy and its consequences are related to sociopathy.  Something I hope to write about, eventually.

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