Redefining “Violence”

When the “Violence” Isn’t Violent – Persuasion: This reconception of violence is more than another shift in the English language. It’s a series of deliberate word choices used to equate nonphysical offenses to physical harm. Too often,...

Revolutions and the Apocalypse

A conservative reviews the “Jericho March” and finds it disturbing. (Though “credit where it’s due: flogging a MyPillow discount between prayers for God to smite your enemies is the most American thing ever.”) The far right wing of...

The Joy of Appropriation

The Joy of Appropriation – Persuasion: I want to focus here on the kind of case that is now most frequently derided as “problematic”: freely adopting aspects of another culture simply because one values them as crystallizations of human excellence. Cultural...