‘Politics’ Category Archives

2
Sep

A Tribute to Labor

by Nicholas Pell in Personal, Politics, Writing

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The worst quality of the aristocracy is their disdain for good, honest labor. The converse may also be true: The worst quality of the proletariat is its near-religious reverence for drudgery. I’ve been a worker bee and I’ve been a petty bourgeois intellectual “worker” and let me tell you, the latter is much, much better.

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23
Aug

On the Academy

by Nicholas Pell in Politics, Secularism

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“…school teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of menial workers.”

 

The priesthood of the modern, secular, universalist and equalitarian United States is academia. Particularly when it comes to the “social sciences,” (which, without being too obvious, seem to be neither) rigorous study is eschewed in favor of rote memorization of catechisms. While it’s not surprising that every university in the world has come to the same conclusion with regard to the atomic weight of cobalt, one might take a second and reflect on the fact that every university worth mentioning has decided that Women’s Studies is an actual thing.

For the new arrivals, let me lay it out briefly and bluntly: I don’t like priests, particularly when they run around pretending to be scientists. Don’t piss in my face and tell me it’s raining.

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8
Feb

Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

by Nicholas Pell in Politics

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So I was meant to write a post this morning for Pop The Left, a podcast that I do with a couple guys I know via Internets. Instead, I’m just going to refer my cohorts here and write a bit about what we’ll be talking about tomorrow night.

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15
Jan

Hippies Are Still Boring

by Nicholas Pell in Personal, Politics

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Hippies are still boring.

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9
Jan

Is Leftist Ideology a Maladaptive Coping Technique?

by Nicholas Pell in Politics

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Throughout the presidential election I put forward a simple thesis: Party affiliation in the United States is a function of tribal affiliation, not ideology. If you’re from the suburbs or the countryside and / or a WASP, you’re most likely a Republican. If you’re from the cities or the exurbs, Catholic and / or an ethnic white or person of color, you’re most likely a Democrat. Even if you don’t fall into any of the aforementioned groups (which would be strange, as the categories are so broad as to include the overwhelming majority of Americans), you share their cultural values and thus a sense of tribal identity.

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