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The U.S. Military Depends on Virtues that are Fading

Contrasting recruitment videos for the Marines and the Army are clues to difficulties in meeting quotas. The US military is facing a recruitment crisis. It is so severe that in September, Senator Thom Thillis referred to an “inflection point” for the voluntary-force model, threatening over a half century of precedent. In 2022, the Army failed to meet […]

LA Dodgers choose anti-Catholic drag queens over sanity

What do Major League Baseball and drag queens who dress as nuns have in common? It is a question that is yet to be answered. Even so, the two have been on a collision course this week as the Los Angeles Dodgers first invited, then disinvited, then re-invited the ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ — a […]

Class Warfare: Training The Next Generation of Childhood Red Gender-Guards

One of the most depressing stories of 2023 features a British teacher who claims to have been removed from her job in a prestigious, fee-paying English high school for the heinous crime of referring to her pupils as being female. This is despite the school in question being a girls’-only institution. Giving testimony to an independent enquiry into childhood gender dysphoria, […]

The World Health Organization has a message for parents: ‘sexuality education starts at birth’

The World Health Organisation has orchestrated a “framework for policy makers, educational and health authorities and specialists” titled, “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe”. Its purpose is to standardise (in other words override) the diverse teaching practices of each sovereign nation within Europe and the wider international community with regards to sexual education. Having all-but-forced […]

Meet GARM, the World Economic Forum’s Swiss army knife for woke-ifying Planet Earth

The Global Alliance for Responsible Media is attacking the problem of ‘harmful content’. Sales of Bud Light beer tanked by 21.4 percent in the fallout of the Dylan Mulvaney saga. Apparently frat boys don’t particularly relate to a creepy man prancing about in pink teenage girl costumes. While big brand Anheuser-Busch has claimed their Bud Light […]

Metaphors, ticking bombs and climate change

We should beware of allowing figures of speech to distort the debate. Since linguist George Lakoff and philosopher Mark Johnson published their monograph Metaphors We Live By in 1980, scholars have devoted considerable attention to the use of metaphor as a cognitive tool that enables people to apply what they know from their direct physical and social […]

An open secret: Social contagion is driving the astronomic rise in teen gender dysphoria

And adults are not immune either. Social contagion is at least partially responsible for the upsurge in gender dysphoria in the past three decades, but this is vehemently denied by most social institutions charged with the safeguarding of children and young people, including governments, universities and schools, human rights commissions, legal institutions, and sporting bodies. […]

The ‘Father of the Abortion Pill’ reveals it was always about death

From the beginning of his research Étienne-Émile Baulieu pretended that that the chemical abortion pill was not really abortion. In a recent profile in the New York Times, reporter Pam Belluck lays out the dark history of the chemical abortion pill. Meant as a glowing profile of Étienne-Émile Baulieu, known as the “Father of the Abortion Pill,” the […]

In a post-capitalist utopia, the family has been abolished

Is pregnancy really just an extreme sport with a high death rate? According to the famous assessment of Tolstoy in Anna Karenina, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This fundamentally unfair situation, it might be said, goes against the key socialist tenet of spreading all social assets around […]

Disney’s Obsession with ‘Woke Sexuality’ has Cost it Quarter of a Billion Dollars at the Box Office

Does Disney really believe that families enjoy LGBTQ+-affirmative lecturing in films? Growing up, there was nothing more magical to me than the opening credits of a Disney movie — even if I’d seen the film a dozen times. These days, however, Disney’s feature-length content is feeling less like a childhood dream and more like a […]

‘Theybies’: The Rise of ‘Gender-Creative’ Parenting [Video]

Activists abusing innocent childhood reading schemes to push gender ideology to infants make some parents feel queasy. The recent controversial feature on parents raising gender-neutral “Theybies” broadcast on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes documentary strand caused quite a stir. Ideologically motivated parents were seen declaring their belief in referring to their children purely via fashionable they/them pronouns, in the […]

The Great Historian Who Understood that Religion is the Key to Understanding History

A guide to making sense of two thousand years of Western civilization. The impact of Christopher Dawson’s thought has long reflected the boldness of his books and the modesty of his character. His books radiate the intellectual power of his historical vision, while his quiet personality has been apt to work at the personal rather […]

U.S. Judge Exposes the Reek of Politics in the FDA’s Approval of Medication Abortion

What is the future of mifepristone? The Supreme Court may be forced into making another tough decision. The drug mifepristone is currently responsible for more than half of all abortions in the United States. Now its legality is in doubt after two judges in different courts issued completely different rulings, both on April 7. The […]

The only climate change book you need to read

A combination of publish-or-perish pressure on scientists, desire for click-bait headlines on the part of the media, and a poorly-informed public may explain the hysteria. Say the phrase “climate change” to a certain class of generally well-educated and well-placed people, and you will hear how it is the most significant existential threat to humanity, how […]