Winston Smith

Winston

Winston Smith is a pseudonym for a victim of the thought police who was recently put on the anti-black list.


Cultural Caviar

Ending White Privilege: Tax It

May 15 2017

Ed Murray, Seattle's überliberal mayor, proposed a 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on all sugary drinks sold in the city. This would include the sodas plus energy drinks

Commerce

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio, Conservative Hero

Jun 20 2014

When Bill de Blasio crushed his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, by 49 points in 2013, more than a few New Yorkers were worried. De Blasio

Modest Proposals

Vladimir Putin

Mr. Putin Goes to Motown

May 21 2014

Regardless of what dog you have in the Ukrainian turmoil, it is clear that Putin's plan is crude, transparent, and guaranteed to anger nearly everyone.

Modern Weapons

Leonard Nimoy

Donald Sterling, Brain Leper

May 09 2014

If a curious Martian were to suddenly visit Earth, the brouhaha surrounding Donald Sterling's racist rant would be deeply perplexing. You see, Martians are like

Education

Doublethink v. SCOTUS

May 01 2014

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided by a 6-2 margin that the 2006 Michigan voter-initiated ban on racial preferences in college admission was constitutional.

Education

The War on Discipline

Mar 11 2014

Since the 1960s we have spent trillions to uplift the bottom. All nostrums, whether liberal or conservative, free market or statist, have failed and there

Idiocracy

Self-Esteem Über Alles

Jan 28 2014

As the civil-rights movement settles into stagnation and one nostrum after the next fails to move the needle, public rituals celebrating the faith have become

Commerce

Escaping America’s Youf

Jan 07 2014

American has a "€œyouth"€ problem or, as sometimes put, a problem with “youfs” or “teens” or even “thugs.” Most people correctly understand this as underclass

Cultural Caviar

The War Against Offensive Team Nicknames

Oct 17 2013

Offensive sports team nicknames are yet again in the news and, as usual, the Washington Redskins are the target of attention. Slate.com (owned by the

Cultural Caviar

Drunks Gone Wild

Aug 30 2013

The PC suppression of heretical thinking seemingly grows stronger by the day. Innocuous comments and the "€œwrong"€ scientific research findings are now often taboo. Not

Commerce

There’s a Pill for That

Jul 10 2013

Aldous Huxley's 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World depicts an ideal pleasure drug, a hangover-free tranquilizer called soma that the totalitarian government freely distributed daily.

Uncategorized

The Gay Solution to Urban Blight

Feb 13 2013

Since the 1950s a multitude of solutions to revitalize decaying inner cities have come and gone. If anything, matters have grown worse"€”brave souls should visit

Commerce

How to Wean the Dependent

Dec 12 2012

Can the millions of Americans now accustomed to food stamps, subsidized housing, and free school lunches be weaned from this dependency? In principle the answer

Commerce

The Care and Breeding of Docile Students

Nov 19 2012

The American people have increasingly become docile and reliant on government largess. I see a parallel between this burgeoning dependency and the breeding of dachshunds. 

Cultural Caviar

How Bimbos Saved the American Republic

Nov 10 2012

Another American election has come and gone, this one noteworthy for its complete absence of candidates from America's richest, most famous family dynasties. As far

Deep Thoughts

Reducing Hate by Restoring Tolerance

Aug 22 2012

Though I cannot demonstrate it statistically, I believe the US is inching toward coercive, state-directed thought control. On such "€œcontroversial"€ topics as immigration and race,

Cultural Caviar

Swine Control

Jul 01 2012

Whatever one's views on today's Middle Eastern regimes, we can all agree that violent rioting is not a system of governance. But how can raucous

Modest Proposals

Slimming Down the System

Jun 05 2012

Conservatives have long waged a seemingly futile campaign to slim down the federal government. Even "€œconservative"€ presidents such as George W. Bush fed the monster.

Cultural Caviar

Harnessing Feminist Energy

May 26 2012

America's energy policy is in shambles. Current green solutions of solar and wind power, like tidal and geothermal power before them, have proved inadequate. We

Modest Proposals

Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid, 1984.

Deterring Bullies: The “€œKarate Kid”€ Program

May 05 2012

The Obama Administration has declared war on school bullies. The Department of Education recently issued guidelines to prevent what Secretary Arne Duncan called bullying's devastating

Crime

Black on Black

Black on Black

Sep 14 2009

The flap over Henry Lewis Gates and arresting officer James Crowley was supposed to be a "€œteachable moment,"€ but other than the predictable outcries of

Diversity

Is She Good for the Latinos? (Really)

Is She Good for the Latinos? (Really)

Jul 12 2009

The debate over Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court has generated millions of words but nearly all of it comes down to two opposing

Uncategorized

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Mar 30 2009

Which of these four things is inherently incompatible with the other three? a) Egalitarianism, b) Self-esteem, c) Equal Outcomes d) Academic Excellence  President Obama recently

Uncategorized

A Kinder, Gentler Totalitarianism

A Kinder, Gentler Totalitarianism

Mar 03 2009

Eric Holder's "€œnation of cowards"€ comment wasn"€™t simply a roundabout way of making the tired old accusation of "€œinstitutional racism."€ It signaled the acceleration of

Uncategorized

Dumb is the New Smart: The Perversions of American Education

Dumb is the New Smart: The Perversions of American Education

Jan 06 2009

An earlier version of this essay was delivered at the H.L. Mencken Club's Annual Meeting; November 21-23, 2008. Under the general topic of malevolence, wickedness,