Contra Review #2
The culture war rolls on, Middle American Machiavelli, mass shootings and modernity, groomers grooming, Soros' $40 million war on law and order, transgenderism and its consequences.
Reddit is in complete and total meltdown over the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade. Some of the most entertaining seizuring can be found posted in that den of scum, r/neoliberal.
“Buckle up,” wrote bleachinjection. “However toxic and horrible American politics has been, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.”
But what Mr. Bleach is actually witnessing is a long-overdue revolt against the modern order, which is the root cause of those “toxic” and “horrible” things that have sent him into spasms. He is right about one thing, though, and that is that this is just the beginning.
I’ve just finished a research project on transgenderism, so I hope I’ll be able to share that with readers in the near future. It consumed most of my time during June, but I think it came out really well.
Below is everything else that I’ve been up to for the last month apart, plus the latest guest post by Katherine Dee on mass shootings.
by Pedro Gonzalez
Won’t someone shed a tear for the corruptors of the youth? That is the cry emanating from National Review now that Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans have turned Disney’s world upside down. The debate playing out over politics in the Sunshine State is part of the growing divide between a conservatism that has conserved little more than sinecures and a new, far more combative species of the right.
by Pedro Gonzalez
I recently completed a chapter for a forthcoming book on the political thought of Samuel T. Francis, a maligned but insightful theorist who remains highly relevant today. Francis now enjoys a similar reputation as his muse Machiavelli did in his day: assailed by critics who nevertheless acknowledge the power of his mind.
In an essay entitled, “The view from MARS: US paleoconservatism and ideological challenges to the liberal world order,” published in International Journal, the authors regard Francis as “one of [paleoconservatism’s] most theoretically sophisticated and influential figures.” They add that “Francis developed distinctive and systematic accounts of the sociological and political foundations and dynamics of the liberal order designed to provide their followers with an analytic framework, a coherent ideological vision, and a practical political strategy for attacking that order.”
by Katherine Dee
The debate over more or less gun control completely misses the horrifying heart of the matter: the modern world breeds the nihilism behind mass shootings.
by Pedro Gonzalez
Last week, Hawaii high school teacher Alden Bunag was arrested and made his initial court appearance on June 16. Among other things, he admitted to prosecutors that he made a sex video with a 13-year-old boy who was a former student and sent it to others, including another teacher in Philadelphia.
This sordid case has brought to the fore of the culture war the terms "grooming" and "groomer" to describe efforts to sexualize children. The controversy around them stems from the fact that they cut to an uncomfortable truth: those championing the latest sexual revolution often have sexual improprieties they project onto others, as was the case with Bunag, whose social media posts display outspoken opposition to the use of the word "groomer."
The Washington Examiner: Federal prosecutors are quietly dismissing stacks of cases against illegal immigrants under a Biden administration mandate that could be on pace to effectively pardon 1 million people by 2024.
Bloomberg: Nineteen of the world’s 20 fastest-growing chip industry firms over the past four quarters, on average, are from China.
Fox News: Law enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to break up a sizable group of protesters outside the state’s Senate building following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade.
MacIntyre: Leftists promote political violence after Roe v. Wade decision.
A new report by the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund reveals George Soros’ influence over the American criminal justice system: $40 million spent to elect 75 progressive prosecutors. They represent more than 1 in 5 Americans or more than 72 million people, including half of America's 50 most populous cities and counties. Moreover, Soros-tied prosecutors oversee about 40 percent of U.S. homicides.
I joined the Charlie Kirk Show to discuss my Chronicles column, “The Meaning of Juneteenth.” Kirk was particular fond of this line: “Juneteenth, in truth, marks the death of the old American nation and the birth of a new one, clawing out from the chest of the Republic in a nightmarish vision that would make Ridley Scott squirm.”
I talked with Jenna Ellis about transgenderism. Specifically, we touched on how a new ruling about women’s sports actually incentivizes people to transition faster and at a younger age.