The Statue of Liberty and U.S. Flag

Do American teachers’ unions love (or even like) their country?

By Justin Katz | July 8, 2021 |

In fairness, it’s possible that GoLocalProv didn’t quote part of a statement from Frank Flynn, the president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, which is the Ocean State’s branch of the national American Federation of Teachers, and I couldn’t find it in full on the labor union’s website or anywhere else. As…

Timeline of abolitions

It’s time for the U.S.A. to transcend Enlightenment propaganda.

By Justin Katz | July 5, 2021 |

Independence Day was the perfect day for me to listen to Jordan Peterson’s conversation with Iain McGilchrist on the former’s podcast as I mowed the lawn, because it completed a few more pieces of the puzzle I’ve been working out recently.  I’ll surely write much more about it in the future, but the relevant proposition…

Map of states' civics and history standards

A Fordham study of states’ civics and U.S. history standards flunks Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | June 25, 2021 |

As Rhode Island’s progressive and education establishments go to war with parents over their plan to indoctrinate children with critical race theory (CRT), a study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute gives Rhode Island a D for civics and an F for U.S. History, with five pages of blistering analysis, summarized thus: Rhode Island’s civics…

Old map of RI

Today marks the 369th anniversary of RI’s first-in-the-colonies ban on slavery.

By Justin Katz | May 18, 2021 |

Ken Abrams provides the language of the law on What’s Up Newport: Whereas, it is a common course practiced amongst English men to buy negroes, to that end they have them for service or slave forever: let it be ordered, no blacke mankind or white being forced by covenant bond, or otherwise, to serve any man…

Mother touching baby's hand

If your life can be upended for saying “men cannot get pregnant,” they can enforce any religious dogma at all.

By Justin Katz | May 18, 2021 |

We’ve been seeing more and more stories like this, which Matt Margolis posted on PJ Media: Francisco José Contreras, a politician in Spain, was temporarily suspended from Twitter last week after declaring that “a man cannot get pregnant” because he has “no uterus or eggs,” in response to an article he shared about a transgender “male”…

Battle of Altenesch

An Antecedent of Our Modern Witch Hunts

By Justin Katz | April 27, 2021 |

The extermination of the Stedinger in 1234 provides an historical analogy by which we “deplorables” can understand our predicament… hopefully producing a different outcome.

Walter Russell Mead: “Two hundred years ago people thought that the only real jobs involved growing food”

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 31, 2013 |

Walter Russell Mead, on the relationship between American politics and American society…Does the American middle class (and by extension, the middle class in other advanced democracies) have a future in a post-blue world? That is the basic question at the heart of American politics;. As I’ve noted, 4.0 liberals think that it doesn’t, and think…

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Marc Comtois | November 22, 2012 |

Given the contemporaneous release of Lincoln, I figured posting our 16th President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation seemed appropriate this year: October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States A Proclamation The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are…

The Messiah May Have Used the Word “Wife”

By Justin Katz | September 29, 2012 |

Of one thing, we can be reasonably confident: Coverage of proof and arguments against that sliver of papyrus purporting to prove that Jesus had a wife will have a far smaller profile than the initial boom of proclamations that it had been discovered. Not surprisingly, the Vatican has stated its opinion that the artifact is…

U.S. Grant and the Left-Right Lines

By Justin Katz | September 29, 2012 |

Two lines of debate in the battle of Left versus Right cross frequently. One is the question of whether history has an inexorable pull toward which it progresses, making it possible for there to be a “right side” of history that one can predict beforehand for a given issue.  The other is whether one’s side…

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