Addison Del Mastro is assistant editor for The American Conservative. He tweets at @ad_mastro.
Perhaps ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is just a song. But it’s a remarkable one in a way, and if we were still writing Christmas songs these days, we probably wouldn’t write it again.
Expressways, neon lights, and concrete slabs might have a thing or two in common with our rising digital wasteland, littered with ads and pointless content.
The language of human rights has come describe everything from domestic violence prevention to food and health care payments to employment to environmental stewardship.
If ‘respectability politics’ is naively misguided, then so is the belief that professionalism and its attendant rules are a form of oppression or social injustice.
Faced with the possibility that bigotry as previously defined is largely eradicated, the machinery of activism is under quite a strong incentive to remain in business.
It takes an enormous amount of mental effort to navigate an uncertain and arbitrary set of pieties, and it raises the costs of engaging in frank, forthright, human conversation.
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