Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In defense of an openly-racist magazine

Dear Hannah,

One nearly universal fact of human nature is that if you tell people not to read something, they'll begin to want to read it.  Another fact is that if a man begins to feel like the "good guys" are hiding something from him, he'll wonder whether the "bad guys" are going to give it to him straight.  The unfortunate but expectable result of these is that if you have a kid spend his childhood watching movies with "anti-racist" themes (with whites as the racists, naturally), and send him to a leftist college, and he hears little-to-nothing in the media about atrocities committed by non-whites, and then suddenly encounters a website like American Renaissance, he's going to find it extremely interesting.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two tips to avoid being used by men

Dear Hannah,

So far as I can remember, there are really two kinds of advice: how you should do something you want to do, and whether or not you should do it.  The unfortunate thing about the latter kind is that it's almost completely useless.   I can't even remember the last time I listened to good advice about whether I should do something, and so it makes me a little bit uncomfortable expecting you to do the same -- especially when the advice concerns men.  I even have a difficult time following my own advice: my essay On Happiness was a very good idea with lots of practical suggestions.  That is, I thought it was practical until these last few months, when I've found myself wanting something outside what it suggested.  It turns out that happiness can be doing the right thing; but it is equally getting the right thing -- the thing that we want.  For those of us who are barred from getting what we want, it's misery.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

So you say you hate the Puritans

Dear Hannah,

Oliver Cromwell was way better than Charles the First, but I have yet to hear anyone praise Cromwell for killing him.  Many objections have been raised to his killing of Charles, chief among them that Charles's death immediately led to the instant popularity of Charles II -- one of the loosest and most useless kings England ever saw.  But people are more likely to complain about Cromwell and the Puritans, despite the fact that Cromwell ruled more honestly and rightly than both his predecessor and his successor.  King Charles I is almost forgotten in America, despite his tendency to mangle and murder his subjects.  My theory on why we hate the better man and forget the worse is simple.  Charles I offended the constitutional liberties of Englishmen.  The Puritans tried to get rid of dancing on Sundays.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Homeschoolers and gay lovers

Dear Hannah,

I heard someone say one time that Disney/Pixar films were trying to get kids to come out of the closet.  After seeing the number of gay people employed by Pixar, and considering the main gist of nearly all their films, I'm not so certain this person was being paranoid.