Tag: Woke
Spielberg’s West Side Story Doubles Down on Tragedy of Prejudice
Perhaps one of 2021’s most anticipated big-budget Hollywood films will end up as the year’s biggest flop. Steven Spielberg’s update to West Side Story had enough buzz to rake in four Golden Globe Nominations just three days after it hit American theaters. Yet, even without streaming services to siphon off audiences, the movie tanked—generating just...
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Congress Institutionalizes Dangerous Distortions of Language
The rules package for the 117th Congress requires pronouns to “to be gender neutral or removes references to gender, as appropriate, to ensure we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families—including those who are nonbinary.” The rules banish words like father, mother, son, daughter, uncle, or aunt. In strict compliance,...
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Election Subtext: Most Voters Still Love American Liberty
Are you dissatisfied with the November 2020 elections? If you value constitutional liberty, the results may actually give reason for hope. I don’t care much about party labels, but during the campaign season one of our major parties seemed to embrace large doses of socialism in practice if not in name: Medicare for all,...
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Identity Issues: Probing Woke Culture
We are all different and all unique, and I try to treat everybody as an individual rather than stereotyping them as belonging to some group. I do my best to treat everyone with the same respect I’d like them to extend to me. But I confess to being un-woke and not understanding the logic...
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Cancel Culture as Collectivist Fragility
A conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the celebrated Somali-born writer and activist based in the United States, has convinced me that “cancel culture” is not just a fleeting academic perversion or a fad for silly Millennials, but the new ideology that threatens liberal democracies. Cancel culture also takes other names: identity politics, critical race...
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