Gender Identity and the Panopticon State

Michel Foucault, the first public intellectual in France to die of AIDS, was arguably the most innovative and influential thinker of the Sexual Revolution.  As the left-leaning The Guardian put it, Foucault’s ‘work explored the ways in which modern societies imposed various forms of intellectual and physical control on their citizens, ranging from dominant norms and coercive state controls to medical and sexual practices.’ In his 1975 book Discipline and Punish, Foucault applied Jeremy Bentham’s idea of a ‘panopticon’ (an… Read more

Do We Live in a Rape Culture?

Failure to obtain consent is the only taboo left in an egalitarian culture. And that’s not good enough. Read more

The Revolting Elites: Reflections on Harvey Weinstein

Christopher Lasch used his 1995 book The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy to sound the alarm about a growing democratic deficit in America.  The danger to democracy wasn’t caused by a revolt of the masses, Communist style; it was caused by a revolt of the elites, cultural Marxist style. “In effect, identity group politics has come to serve as a substitute for religion – or at least for the feeling of self-righteousness that is so commonly… Read more

The Convenient Untruth of Al Gore’s Posthumanism

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power just appeared in theatres.  Given the prominence of the first film, whose title the sequel evokes, and the advance of the environmental movement throughout the globe, it is sure to garner huge attention. Whether one decries it as a reheated version of the Oscar-winning fare he first served up to the public, praises it as a theme worthy of  recycling, or objects to the use of the documentary format for propaganda, probably… Read more

What Happens to a Culture When Christianity Becomes the Villain of History?

In the Cultural Marxist account of history that has been growing in popularity and influence since the 1960s, Christianity is the villain. This is actually a new phenomenon, and because it is an anti-establishment narrative that has arisen from within the academic establishment, people have yet to come to terms with just how radical it is.  It is a product of the Sexual Revolution and the moral transvaluation of all value in the sexual realm. To be sure, Christianity has… Read more

Bill 89 and the legal assault on the family in Canada

The family is what God intended as a person’s birthright. Read more

On Easter Sunday the Buried Question Remains Did Jesus Die and Live?

The news of Easter Sunday does not hinge upon vain speculation of whether Jesus lived and died, but the vital matter of whether he died and lived. Read more

Tolkien’s footnote to the cross in The Lord of the Rings

For many people, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is their favourite book.  It was voted the greatest book of the twentieth century by the British public.  Since then, it also became an Academy award winning film trilogy. Tolkien’s works of fantasy are famously intricate, with a whole world of languages and creatures and cultures and history.  Some of his legendarium makes it into the story proper, but much of the rich complexity must be gleaned from Tolkien’s other tales… Read more

Orphans: the Superheroes of a Romantic Culture, part 2

All human beings secretly wish they could be orphans. An absurd statement?  However improbable it might initially appear, if like Superman you were to come to earth from another planet, you would certainly be forgiven for drawing that conclusion. It would be hard to do otherwise if you were to scan the fiction written since the early nineteenth century.  You would have to conclude that orphans – like Superman – are our idols. Before I substantiate the point, we should note… Read more

Orphans: A Tragic State transformed into a Cultural Ideal, part 1

‘Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; Look, and see our reproach! Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, Our houses to aliens. We have become orphans without a father, Our mothers are like widows.’  (Lamentations 5:1-3) The Bible regularly speaks of the Lord’s particular care and concern for the plight of the widow and the orphan.  The reason why is obvious: neither has a family to help them in their distress.  They are vulnerable to predators.  There are countless charges… Read more

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