I’ve boasted about Jacobin a bunch on this page. Beyond narcissism, it’s rooted in the feeling that our improbable success is symbolic of a wider intellectual shift. Qualify that with sober acknowledgement of the Left’s marginality, include token slaps in the direction of a certain mainstream commentator, strategically add “ youthful” profanity, and there you have it – a successful editor’s note.
We asked a former West Point professor about teaching literature at the nation’s most prestigious military academy. What he told us revealed the truth behind the country’s most elite warrior caste – and how liberal heroes like Thoreau and the Beats inspire the next generation of “Runaway Generals.
In May, Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of sugary beverages over 16 ounces. If it passes, New Yorkers with an urge for a deluge of high-fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring will be forced to purchase multiple puny 12-ounce beverages.
Of far more legitimate concern than the impending subversion of world order by greenwashed commie terrorists is, of course, that the fabrication of such threats contributes to a blanket delegitimization of environmental activism.
While bad gentrifiers see themselves as having little impact on their environment – they are simply maximizing their own self-interest by getting a good deal in an up-and-coming neighborhood – good gentrifiers are supremely aware of their privileged place in the urban food chain, and sometimes even feel guilty about it.
Design plays a central role in cultural reproduction. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, for anyone.
Want to hear a really pretentious definition of design? Probably not, but I have to listen to this stuff almost constantly and misery loves company, so here it is: “Giving form to culture.
A leading Civil War historian challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America. On 6 November 1860, the six-year-old Republican Party elected its first president. During the tense crisis months that followed – the “secession winter” of 1860–61 – practically all observers believed that Lincoln and the Republicans would begin attacking slavery as soon as they took […]