The New Jim Crow Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste

March 6, 2017 AR-15 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]

On Freedom, Excellence, Liberals and Minorities

November 5, 2016 Catholic Hulk 58

Freedom is tricky thing to understand, for there are many different kinds. Here’s a short list: 1. Freedom from external restraint. For example, I am free in the sense that I am not imprisoned by steel bars, shackles, nor bound by rope. Those guys at Guantanamo Bay? Not so much. 2. Freedom from internal necessity—our choices are not determined by any internal necessity. 3. Freedom from moral bind. For example, if married, I am not [Continue reading]

Did Columbus Commit Genocide?

October 12, 2016 Ragnar 13

Although the official holiday commemorating the event was celebrated this past Monday, Christopher Columbus in fact landed in the Americas today, October 12th. Each year the usual leftist memes and narratives about evil white people inflicting genocide on peaceful natives are wheeled out, and this year was no exception. Very typical is this article on Salon, for example, where we read: The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most [Continue reading]

Blacks in Philosophy

September 22, 2016 Walter Montgomery 34

Recently at Daily Nous, Justin W. posted on the fact that the percentage of blacks in professional philosophy lags behind the percentage of blacks that make up the American population. In the title of the post, he calls this a problem—‘Diversity in Philosophy: Is the Problem Lack of Pre-College Exposure?’. Justin W. summarizes the situation succinctly (and the study from which he pulls the data is here): …though blacks in the U.S. make up over [Continue reading]

Identity Politics: Sensible and Inescapable

September 20, 2016 Criticus Ferox 19

For a long time, the right has complained that the left engages in “identity politics”. They are referring to the practice of appealing to Americans as not simply or even primarily Americans, but as blacks, Latinos, women, homosexual, etc. This divides us and pits us against each other. And that’s very bad. So, we should not practice identity politics. That’s at least what many on the right say. And the answer to identity politics is a politics of individualism. [Continue reading]

Transgenderism’s can of worms: age, race, and species

September 9, 2016 The Oxonian 6

One set of popular theses in contemporary political discourse is connected to the recognition and rights of transgender persons: persons who, in some sense, feel either that they are of a different gender to that assigned to them at birth, or to that of their biological sex †. While, as conservatives, we are crucially committed to the equality and dignity of transgender persons, we here cast doubt on what we take to be some of [Continue reading]