The New Jim Crow Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste

March 6, 2017 Jack Burton 5

Several months ago, Rightly Considered began the task of reviewing one of the sacred texts of contemporary leftism, The New Jim Crow. We have returned during this Lenten season to chastise ourselves by reading and reviewing Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste. Alexander’s first chapter waffles between two goals, both of which are seemingly intertwined: (1) to present a brief catalog of black subjugation at the hands of slavers in the antebellum United States, the [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part V)

February 27, 2017 Jack Burton 2

And so our series concludes (finally)…Thus far we have rehearsed themes associated with honor and defense of the same, the necessity of Rational Violence coupled with its associated constraints,  justifications for violent individual reprisal to insults (and the like), as well as parallels between warring states and warring pissed-off individuals. Now it’s time to ask the all-important (and yet thus-far-studiously-avoided) question: how in God’s sweet name could a “barbarous”, “bloodthirsty,” “disgusting” practice such as dueling [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part IV)

February 4, 2017 Jack Burton 4

The term “duel” derives from the Latin duellum – duo (two) and bellum (war) – such that we get “a war between two men.” In her book Gentlemen’s Blood (which I heartily recommend), Barbara Holland reports on then governor of South Carolina, John Lyde Wilson, who wrote in his The American Code; or Rules for the Government of Principals & Seconds in Dueling: “If an oppressed nation has a right to appeal to arms in [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part III)

January 22, 2017 Jack Burton 10

In the last post, I referenced a social practice that I referred to as Rational Violence by Duel, a practice underscored by the recognition that human beings do not (and in some circumstances, cannot) always get along. In certain disputes, violence may be the best (perhaps even the only) recourse. Naturally, as with most any social practice, Rational Violence by Duel would be circumscribed by rules, rules the following of which would guarantee (to some [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part II)

January 6, 2017 Jack Burton 5

So, where were we? Ah yes, Jack has been baited by Seedy Gang Member #1 …few better ways to ruffle a feller’s feathers, to by God chap his ass raw, than to insult both his girl AND his manhood simultaneously. Too true. And, reasonable guy that Jack is, somewhere in the back of his mind is the recognition of the truth of the principle proposed last time: “Uncontrolled violence is seldom the answer.” What courses [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part I)

December 29, 2016 Jack Burton 20

Honor is, in our day, a forgotten virtue. Hell, some deny that it was ever really a virtue at all. But it behooves us to recognize this to be a fairly recent sentiment. Throughout history, East and West alike, a man’s honor was reckoned a considerably precious achievement. And should he be put into a position whereby he is forced to protect it, then well, he most certainly would do so.* Such was “the duel” [Continue reading]

The New Jim Crow: Introduction

October 20, 2016 Jack Burton 2

Leftists, particularly those race-obsessed experts in the righteous (though admittedly mysterious) discipline of victimology, have of late been trumpeting the cause of one Michelle Alexander, full-time attorney, “advocate” (whatever that means), and part-time legal professor at several notable universities. The “cause” is set forth in her recent best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York: The New Press, 2012).  In the Foreword, Cornel West says that it is “an [Continue reading]

The (Oh Too) Common Assumption

October 9, 2016 Jack Burton 16

Jack Burton: You know what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like this? Thunder: Who? Jack Burton: Jack Burton. ME! We refer to it as “the common assumption”. Strictly speaking, it is this: the assumption that within the hallowed halls of Academia the default political position is – because it ought to be – far left. Over a decade ago, Mark Bauerlein referred to it as follows: “The assumption is that all the [Continue reading]