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Walter Devereux

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Action Movies, Patriarchy, & Dragons: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (2018)

Spoilers, obviously. The horror story is driven by an intersection of heroism and victimhood; roles alternate, and the characters find themselves either perpetual victims or hopeless heroes facing the supernatural or at least the scientifically fantastical. Most of the science fiction films of the 1980s and 1990s follow this pattern—it was rather neatly summed up, in fact, in Jurassic World (2015) by the amoral Asian genius who runs the genetic labs—“to a canary, a cat is a monster; we’re just u

A German Mind in the Russian Academe: Ethnos & Society

Alexander Dugin. Ethnos and Society. Arktos, 2018. Sociologists, as a rule, consider themselves free from the demands of historical study in that they may make assertions that have no reference to human experience as though they were empirically verified facts. It is the principal failing of the discipline—and ironic, too, since the founders of sociological study populated their works with direct references to observations of human experience and eschewed groundless theorizing insofar as possibl

“A Father of the Fatherless”: The Implications of Clerical Celibacy (Part III)

The following is the third part of a series dealing with clerical celibacy and its dangers; for those following the argument, it ought to be clear that the author is not a confessing member of the Roman Catholic Church, and so it must be clearly stated: this is not meant to be an anti-Catholic polemic. Rather, it is an examination of the practice of clerical celibacy and the problems it creates in current—and any—conditions. Parts I & II have “primed the pump” in this regard by tracing the h

“A Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness”: The Implications of Clerical Celibacy (Part II)

One of the great benefits of writing in serial format is the ability to receive and respond to criticism as the essay forms. One critique in particular, however, demands an answer before we can continue with our discussion of celibacy’s historic place in human society. Your author has been accused of making a very grave error as regards the model and theological basis for Christian priesthood. This is indeed a terrible accusation since it implies a rejection of a fundamental teaching of Christia

"Call None Father upon Earth": The Implications of Clerical Celibacy

This article was originally composed to be part of a three-part series on the dangers of clerical celibacy to the preservation of a Christian society. It will be clear from the structure of the argument that the author is not a confessing member of the Roman Catholic Church, and so it is necessary to clearly state here at the beginning that this is meant to be an analysis solely of the practice of clerical celibacy based on a biblical, historical, and sociological basis, and is in no way meant t

Back to Ch'ang-an: The Twilight of Chinese Civilization

Pits of ash not yet cold; rebellion broke out east of Hsiao Mountains: Liu Bang and Hsiang Yü’s illiteracy was revealed -Chang Chieh, Early T'ang Dynasty Comparisons between the Ch‘in Shih Hwang-ti and Mao Tsê-tung are not original—critics of Mao have drawn comparisons to the close-minded and dictatorial fashion of rule of the first emperor and the Cultural Revolution already. Usually, though, these rhetorical attacks are limited to just that: political rhetoric directed against the memory of C

Driving Old Dixie Down: The Fragility of Nationhood

A group of men gather near the park square, their faces covered by bandanas and balaclavas; the police have been warned of what is going to happen and have taken necessary precautions. As the night falls, they move in and begin their destructive work. The police offer no resistance, and in a few hours, their coordinated attack has felled another emblem of a bygone era. No, this is not a mob or even a vigilante gang; they are contractors hired by the city government to remove—over against the pro

Reihan Salam: Decolonizer Of The American Right

In July of last year, our Dear Leader penned a piece asking the question, “Is there a more notable Conservative Wunderkind than Ross Douthat?” Your author has risen to answer this challenge and present for your reading pleasure, none other than Douthat’s own co-author, co-liberal, and we’re-just-chums-I-swear guy friend Reihan Morshed Salam. Salam has had something of a more illustrious career in the last year than Douthat—a nimble Abbott to Douthat’s bumbling Costello, he has somehow managed to