Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot—essayist, poet, aphorist, and satirist—is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing appears regularly in New English Review, where he is a contributing editor, and occasionally in The Iconoclast, its daily blog. He has been published in The Imaginative Conservative, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, The Unz Review, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, and elsewhere. You can follow him at @CEGrotius.


Cultural Caviar

The Centrist Illusion

May 11 2018

Like many of us, Michael Shermer is troubled by America’s increasing polarization. In a recent article in Quillette, “How Classical Liberalism Can Heal the Bonds

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Pope Francis

Maxims for Life, an Antidote to Hope: Part Two

May 04 2018

Morality is a mixed thing. “Do we really want peace?” Pope Francis asks on Twitter. Believing the answer is yes, one of the most influential

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Maxims for Life, an Antidote to Hope: Part One

Apr 27 2018

Jordan Peterson has published a popular new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and the man is traveling the world to discuss

Commerce

The Truth About Progressive Companies

Apr 20 2018

Progressive companies are not only of rich sociological interest; they often provide wonderful unintended comedy. For close scrutiny shows that, on the whole, progressive companies

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Antagonism: The Overlooked Value

Apr 13 2018

“But I am DeGroot,” I objected with DeGrootesque dignity, “and what is more, I write for Taki’s Magazine!” “Taki’s Magazine!” the burly black bouncers parroted

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The Education America Needs

Apr 06 2018

It is easy for leftist intellectuals to condescend to President Trump; the man says he does not read books, and as we all know, he

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No Empathy for Men

Mar 30 2018

The editorial standards at The Atlantic, as I demonstrated a little while back in my essay for New English Review on contributing editor Ian Bogost,

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A Tale of Black Racism

Mar 23 2018

There is a lot to be learned from conceiving of people as vehicles of ideas. For ideas, whether right or wrong, good or bad, well

Cultural Caviar

The Age of Expert Ignorance

Mar 16 2018

Last year Tom Nichols, an ardent Never Trump Republican, published a popular book called The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Expertise and Why It

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The Sham of Equality

Mar 09 2018

Equality has become one of the most insidious ideas in the language. I do not mean, of course, equality before the law or equal pay

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Male Authority and the Decline of America

Mar 02 2018

Our elected representatives, including many judges, more and more refuse to comply with federal immigration law. They do not conceive of themselves as disinterested agents

Bravery Hurts

Gettysburg, PA

America Needs a Civil War

Feb 23 2018

If, as many geniuses have believed, civilization depends on individual restraint, then in order to maintain restraint, we require certain outlets for the primordial feelings

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Aly Raisman

The Delusion of Sexual Empowerment

Feb 16 2018

A few weeks ago, Aly Raisman came to public attention for doing a brave and noble thing: testifying in court against Larry Nassar, the USA

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Meek Mill

Perpetual Victims

Feb 09 2018

If you wanted to write a satire of leftist journalism, you could hardly do better than the sincere Sports Illustrated article on Meek Mill by

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The Loneliness Epidemic

Feb 02 2018

Nations throughout the West have come to view loneliness as an epidemic, for it is increasingly a source of anxiety and unhappiness, and is widely

#RESISTANCE

God Save Women From Other Women

Jan 26 2018

Last Saturday we saw women protest “gender inequality” throughout the nation. As ridiculous as they may have looked and behaved, all the carrying-on served a

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Illustration from Paradise Lost

Transgenderism Is an Intellectual Disease

Jan 19 2018

Far more than any other animal, the human being is able to gain some control over nature. It is an extraordinary accomplishment. Worship of the

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Immigration and the Tragic Sense of Life

Jan 12 2018

Like much of the world, El Salvador is an unhappy place. Poverty and gang violence abound. And Mother Nature can be cruel. The country was

Another Apology

Lewis Hamilton

Giving Offense, or How to Overcome Mass-Media Morality

Jan 05 2018

“How dare you say the truth—you must abide by our lies!” Such, in essence, was the recent plight of Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One race-car

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New Year’s Resolutions for Leftists

Dec 29 2017

Although religious in origin, New Year’s resolutions call believer and unbeliever alike to be honest with themselves concerning the value and character of how they

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Cowards Incorporated

Dec 22 2017

There is a strange class of beings, characterized chiefly by vanity and misery, known as writers. These persons, who are committed to saying the truth

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Children of the State

Dec 15 2017

As of this writing, there have been 298 homicide victims this year here in Philly, a 14% increase since 2016. That is consistent with the

Crime and Punishment

Kate Steinle

The Failed Democratic Experiment

Dec 08 2017

“Down with reason—up with feeling!” This sentimental motto might be the ruling principle of our failed democratic experiment. Where there is great wealth, there is

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Donald Trump: Satirist-in-Chief

Dec 01 2017

Joseph de Maistre, the great Catholic reactionary thinker, conceived of intellectuals as grotesque, loathsome beings, because their cleverness and ambition amount primarily to confusion and

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Conformity and Manipulation: The American Virtues

Nov 24 2017

“My biggest flaw and strength,” says James Damore, “may be that I see things very differently than normal.” This simple sentence reveals the essence of

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The Future of Black America

Nov 17 2017

Writing in the The New York Times, Ekow N. Yankah, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, tells a