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Every day seems to bring to public awareness some new offense against common decency, against the life of the mind, against the spirit of man on a quest for truth and beauty and goodness, and against the possibility that he can come together with others to see what they have seen, and to show them what he has seen. In other words, every day comes a new story from the nation’s second biggest swindle, higher education.
Today I came upon an academic discussion of someone’s mad thesis, that Pliny the Younger wrote the letters of Saint Paul, and that the Romans in general wrote the New Testament to protect their institution of slavery. The author says that they employed a “royal language,” opaque to the commons and so secret that not one iota of evidence for it has survived to our time. Of course the target is Christianity. Then there’s the foul-mouthed and immensely vicious professor of creative writing who danced on the grave of Barbara Bush. And the new course at the University of Texas—note well, Texas, not Vermont—that purports to relieve young men of their “toxic masculinity,” clippers and nippers to be purchased by the patients themselves. And a staging of Romeo and Juliet, held at a college in Colorado—note, Colorado, not California—which distinguished itself by having everybody except Juliet cross-dress; I was not sure whether that meant that a soprano Romea was dressed as Romeo in tights with cotton wadding, or a baritone Romeo was dressed as Romea, with pretty pink flounces.
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I do not believe that such things are properly to be regarded as exceptions. The mafioso who shows up at your grocery to demand your monthly protection money is not an exception, even if the great majority of people in your neighborhood are not mafiosi. He is...
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