Adolescence: A Heresy

Adolescence: A Heresy

For about the last 150 years, American parents have infantilized teenagers by refusing to let them make decisions. As is usual when society turns in the wrong direction, it wasn’t average Americans who created the problem. Rather, the experts created it—and the problem is the imaginary psychological construct called adolescence. While we consider it a given of human maturation, and read back into history the notion of teenage rebellion, the very concept was only defined and given a name in 1904, when psychologist G. Stanley Hall, a biological determinist, coined the word.

Media

Who is “Banned in DC”? (A Sycophancy so Immense…)

Who is “Banned in DC”? (A Sycophancy so Immense…)

A few days ago, I began receiving multiple Google alerts about something called...

Grover Norquist vs. Walter Jones

Grover Norquist vs. Walter Jones

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, recently went down to North...

Confederates and Catholics, Unite!

Confederates and Catholics, Unite!

As Walker Percy, Margaret Mitchell and Flannery O’Connor perceived, in the current struggle between the “Modernity” foisted on us by our elites and those who hold to the traditions they brought to this country--religious and cultural--Protestant Southerners and Catholic Midwesterners and Yankees are natural allies. Both sides must realize this.

High Life

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

Have you ever thought about freezing your eggs? When are you going to get married? ...

Culture

Olympic Glory

Olympic Glory

Just after the Berlin wall came down, I flew to Berlin with my German-Austrian wife and...

The Pope’s Kitchen Cabinet

The Pope’s Kitchen Cabinet

It is pointless to be obsessed with foreign policy or domestic politics when it is the whole culture that is sick, sick unto death, our own death and the death of the world, and when our sickness is a sickness of the spirit that is not of today or of yesterday, but a progression measured in decades, nay in centuries.

Religion

Brooks and the Fallacy of the Misplaced Concrete

Brooks and the Fallacy of the Misplaced Concrete

Yesterday, in an already much remarked upon column, David Brooks reviewed the state of...

Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Like Count Dracula, I used to love the night, hence nightclubs and late-night parties...

Generation 911

It’s easy, in the wake of the Iraq invasion, to forget what else was going on at the time—for instance, the bloodiest period of the Palestinian Intifada, in the spring of 2002. For a time, it should be recalled, Bush actually appeared to promote negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians—but by the summer of that year, he dramatically reversed course and essentially declared himself a Likud partisan. That helped set the stage for his aggression against Iraq. It is significant that in several interviews John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have stated that their interest in the Israel Lobby originated not with the beginnings of the war in Iraq but with the dramatic reversal by the Bush regime that occurred in summer 2002—which proved the turning point in his presidency.

Knock Off

Cultural Caviar

Cultural Caviar

10 Picks for the Week RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, May 25 - May 29 Gardeners and...

On Loving to Hate the South

On Loving to Hate the South

The Confederate flag has become identified not only with a lost cause but with a now...

Cultural Caviar

Gilbert & George go to The Netherlands, Mad Men Returns

Gilbert & George go to The Netherlands, Mad Men Returns

Plus, Olivia Munn makes you laugh (until you cry), Pitchfork launches a new music blog,...

Creep

The Trouble With Ted

The Trouble With Ted

On the day after Ted Kennedy’s death, the American Spectator’s James Antle wrote the...

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