On the total banality of the Culture Wars

Between 1914 and 1918, World War I claimed the lives of over nine million soldiers and seven million civilians in one of the most devastating wastes of human potential in history. On the Western Front in particular, technological advances had progressed much faster than military tactics. Innovations in defensive weaponry, such as barbed wire, artillery, and machine guns forced the …

Lindsay Shepherd delivers a masterclass on standing up for freedom of inquiry on campus

The newest controversy to take place on a university campus has ended in an apology from the university. This is an important victory for the champions of free expression and free inquiry on campus, as it shows that postmodernist activist/administrators are not always able to hide behind university policies and wait for the fast-moving news cycle to direct the forgetful …

A (playful) response to Dr. Gad Saad on the merits of postmodernism

On September 23rd, Gad Saad posted the following challenge to postmodernists; Important challenge to all postmodernists. Please respond. pic.twitter.com/YiJrb3QQwp — Gad Saad (@GadSaad) September 24, 2017 Although I’m not a postmodernist (nor am I supportive of the philosophy and the various ideologies it has spawned), this seems like an interesting thought experiment. So, I figured I’d take a devil’s advocate …

Cultural Appropriation V – Actual solutions to real problems

The concept of “cultural appropriation” has been making headlines more often in recent years, as social justice ideology becomes more mainstream. What’s the big deal about cultural appropriation? Is it really as bad as social justice activists claim it is? And, if so, how can it be addressed? This is Part V of a six-part series (Part I, Part II, …

Cultural Appropriation IV – Bamboozled again (by postmodernism)

The concept of “cultural appropriation” has been making headlines more often in recent years, as social justice ideology becomes more mainstream. What’s the big deal about cultural appropriation? Is it really as bad as social justice activists claim it is? And, if so, how can it be addressed? This is Part IV of a six-part series (Part I, Part II, …

How can we hold university administrators accountable for abandoning intellectual diversity?

In what seems to be a never-ending stream of capitulation to groups of vocal (and sometimes violent) social justice activists, Canada’s Ryerson University recently cancelled an event featuring three university professors (Gad Saad, Jordan Peterson, Oren Amitay), and a right-wing activist named Faith Goldy*. Officially, Ryerson cited safety concerns following Charlottesville as its main reason for cancelling the event, although …

A brief note on defeating Nazis, white supremacists, and the Ku Klux Klan

As the whole world knows by now, several hundred members of various white supremacist groups gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a Confederate statue from a public park. The protests turned violent, and a truly disturbed individual drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring many others. This website …

Cultural Appropriation III: What social justice activists get wrong about culture

(Pictured above: Stanley Clarke and Stewart Copeland play jazz at the Bataclan in Paris. Merci rocknconcert.com) The concept of “cultural appropriation” has been making headlines more often in recent years, as social justice ideology becomes more mainstream. What’s the big deal about cultural appropriation? Is it really as bad as social justice activists claim it is? And, if so, how …

Cultural Appropriation II: The Postmodernist / Marxist roots of cultural appropriation

The concept of “cultural appropriation” has been making headlines more often in recent years, as social justice ideology becomes more mainstream. What’s the big deal about cultural appropriation? Is it really as bad as social justice activists claim it is? And, if so, how can it be addressed? This is Part II of a six-part series (Part I here). Underlying …