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Books in Brief: January 2024
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Books in Brief: January 2024

Short reviews of The Making of White American Identity by Ron Everyman, The Weaponization of Loneliness by Stella Morabito, and The Significance of the German Revolution by Edgar Julius Jung.

Against  ‘Progress’
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Against ‘Progress’

Is today’s life of convenience really better, more human, and more fulfilling than the kind of lives our forebears lived in which the struggle of everyday life pointed always to the sacred?

When the Cure Is the Poison
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When the Cure Is the Poison

John Agresto is full of ideas about what needs to be done to fix the broken liberal arts tradition. Unfortunately, his proposed plan won’t work—they're too liberal.

Down With Del Marxists
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Down With Del Marxists

Elites who live in wealthy communities like Del Mar pose as revolutionaries and preach fellowship with the disenfranchised while holding America’s underclass in contempt.

What We Are Reading: August 2023
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What We Are Reading: August 2023

Immigration proponents make obvious contradictory claims. They repeat endlessly that recent immigrants are integrating just as fully as earlier immigrants did. Yet they also want to turn the idea that “America is a melting pot” into a prohibited microaggression. If it really is happening, why is it a moral crime to mention it? They lose...

Why Wokeism Is Not Marxist
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Why Wokeism Is Not Marxist

At present, it is not a Marxian anti-capitalist left that most threatens our society. It is a wokeism perfectly happy to consolidate progressive business monopolies with massive economic power over individual lives.

Soldiers of Burden
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Soldiers of Burden

Outsourcing Duty tackles the issues that arise in countries where a large majority of citizens avoid military service and isolate themselves from the risks and moral responsibilities that soldiers face.

Marxism Misunderstood
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Marxism Misunderstood

In American Marxism, Mark Levin baldly misunderstands Marxism and tries to link it with woke totalitarianism and anarchism. But the term “Marxist anarchist” is an oxymoron and does nothing to help identify the real enemy.

Man of the West: An Interview with Glenn Loury
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Man of the West: An Interview with Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury has taught economics at numerous universities, including Northwestern, Michigan, Harvard, Boston, and presently Brown, where he has been a professor of economics since 2005. He is the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality (2002). The following conversation comes from an interview with Glenn earlier this year. Alex Riley (AR): What are your...

Labor Betrayed by the Progressive Left
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Labor Betrayed by the Progressive Left

The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America by Gabriel Winant Harvard University Press 368 pp., $35.00 Once upon a time, there were academic historians on whom the public could rely for help in accurately understanding the world in which we live. Scholars such as Samuel Eliot...

‘Woke’ Evolution
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‘Woke’ Evolution

A Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin’s Descent of Man Got Right and Wrong about Human Evolution Ed. Jeremy DeSilva Princeton Universtiy Press 288 pp., $27.95 The complex debate about the place of Darwinian theory in discussions about humankind’s nature has been further complicated by an academic left that has taken up trashing Darwin—who is, after...

The Political Hijacking of Science
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The Political Hijacking of Science

Science Under Fire: Challenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America by Andrew Jewett  Harvard University Press 368 pp., $41.00   I came of age intellectually during the academic science wars of the 1990s. I was just beginning my dissertation when physicist Alan Sokal created a scandal for leftist postmodernist enemies of science by getting his...

Vive la New Right
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Vive la New Right

Guillaume Faye: Truths and Tributes by Pierre Krebs, Robert Steuckers, and Pierre-Émile Blairon Arktos Media 210 pp., $27.50 La puissance et la foi: Essais de théologie politique by Alain de Benoist PG de Roux 336 pp., EUR$39.00 I stumbled upon the writing of Alain de Benoist more than a quarter century ago as a graduate...

Slavery as a Political Construct
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Slavery as a Political Construct

The New York Times’ 1619 Project and the Racialist Falsification of History by David North and Thomas Mackaman Mehring Books Inc. 378 pp., $24.95 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project by Peter W. Wood Encounter Books 272 pp., $28.99 Imagine a country in which the major newspaper of its most populous city launches...

The Deplorables’ Academics
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The Deplorables’ Academics

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life   by Jordan B. Peterson  Portfolio  432 pp., Hardcover $29.00   The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas are Killing Common Sense   by Gad Saad  Regnery Publishing  235 pp., $28.99   Walmart is for deplorables, the  left tells us. If that is so, then Jordan Peterson and Gad Saad must...

The Betrayal of the Spirit of Flight 93
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The Betrayal of the Spirit of Flight 93

We told ourselves we would never forget. We put bumper stickers bearing that slogan on our cars, we hung flags in front of our homes, and we repeated the names, deeds, and last words of the day’s heroes. We read books and watched movies about what happened. We gave the impression of a people grimly...

The Strongmen Straw Man
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The Strongmen Straw Man

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum Doubleday 224 pp., $25.00 Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat W. W. Norton & Company 384 pp., $28.95 For some among the chattering classes, the electoral defeat of Donald Trump in November must have been a mixed blessing, though they doubtless could...