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The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

If you think political correctness is disturbing, you probably aren’t fully aware of how deeply entrenched it is in American culture. But it is such an immutable characteristic of the Left that it can never be satisfied, and must always push on to the next frontier to satisfy its grievances. And the Left has already … Continued

Culture


The Real Motivation Behind the Left’s “Niceness”

It might be difficult to believe in the wake of the recent election, but if there is a guiding principle to today’s left-leaning bourgeoisie, it is niceness. The votes of this group depend largely on which party is seen as being nicer to those most in need. Being nice to minorities, women, the disabled, gay … Continued

Culture



Hey, ‘Hamilton’ Stars: Stop Your Ridiculous Liberal Grandstanding

To understand how conservatives feel about the disgraceful decision of a Broadway actor to single out Vice-President-elect Mike Pence from the stage following a performance of Hamilton and lecture him, picture a young black man walking into a jewelry store to buy a present for his mother. He’s never been in the store before, but … Continued

Culture

The Great Celebrity Freak-Out Over Trump

Take a deep breath, celebrities. When oxygen returns to your brains, you’ll realize a few things. You want to sell tickets to the 52 percent of Americans who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. You want your shows to be watched by people who live between the coasts. Maybe (and this is going out on a … Continued

Politics

Why Movies Like ‘Moonlight’ Favor Pity Over Storytelling

According to the review aggregator Metacritic.com, this year’s best movie is Moonlight, which on its initial day of release sported a near-perfect score of 99 percent on the site, meaning that it is receiving virtually the highest possible marks from critics across the board. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the movie is a sensitive, poetically realized … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Why Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Have Won a Nobel Prize

  Bob Dylan is one of the most beguiling and vital artists in the history of American popular music, but he doesn’t deserve a Nobel prize in literature, because what he does is not literary. Literature is something that exists to be read. To be blunt about it, Dylan’s lyrics are close to being unreadable. … Continued

Celebrities

‘Deepwater Horizon’ and Everyday Heroes

The climactic images of an American flag rippling against darkness and fire in the brilliant new film Deepwater Horizon recall many a war film, or indeed the writing of The Star Spangled Banner itself, near Fort McHenry as the War of 1812 raged. But this is not a war film. Or is it? The civilians … Continued

Entertainment, Movies