Tag Archives: Censorship

Notes from a Millennial: In Defense of Decency

A state religion is nothing out of the ordinary in human history, and even if a nation does not have a state religion de jure, they will almost certainly have one in practice. This applies even to supposedly secular societies, even the society administered to by the “world’s first secular government.” In America, however, a different worship took root: in a land made secular in order to accommodate all the religious beliefs of its populace, many of them religious refugees, a unified religion came to be understood by Americans, one defined by indulgences specifically proscribed against by their “true” religions.

Free Speech Extremism and the New Neo-Nazis

The foundations of liberal (small R) republican (small d) democracy depend on a variety of presumptions. Some of these were never actually in place, but we were hopeful they’d eventually come together. Some of these were in place but have unraveled. And some of these are suspiciously similar to the presumptions undergirding the largely theological […]

Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives Pt. 5: The Living Room

Thoughts on Part 5 of Robert Ashley’s spoken word opera, God, the end of meaning, and hip hop records.

1776 (1972)

Back in middle-school, during the Cold War, my seventh grade “social studies” teacher, a liberal but a still patriotic liberal, was always fond of telling us that the United States, whatever its faults, was still better than the Soviet Union. That Spring we went to see the film version of 1776, which a local theater […]