Rod Dreher: ‘I also realized that there is no reason at all for him to vote Republican.’

Meritocracy

There is a new blog post entitled, “Academic meritocracy and the U.S. presidential campaign.”

Oliver Traldi, “Why Academics Love to Hate Mayor Pete,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, 2020, https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Academics-Love-to-Hate/248101


Bernie Sanders

Rod Dreher, a traditionalist conservative, apparently took some flak for writing this:

It was an Uber ride, not a political debate. I felt like I should not argue with this young man, but rather just listen. He was really impressive, and idealistic, in the best sense. He explained that he felt that if he wanted things to change for him and his generation, that he needed to get involved in politics. I realized, listening to him, that the things he says he wants are perfectly normal (I would have said that anyway), but I also realized that there is no reason at all for him to vote Republican. Certainly not vote Trump. And again, this is not for any reasons of woke social policy; this is about economics.[1]

Rod Dreher, “Bernie & Solidarity,” American Conservative, February 24, 2020, https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/bernie-solidarity/


Speciesism

A few days ago, George Monbiot, an on-again, off-again vegan, advocated culls of deer, who lacking a natural predator, are destroying woodlands in Britain.[2] Today, the Telegraph offers a possible answer, reintroducing the lynx, absent from Britain for 1,300 years.[3]

Helena Horton, “Setting lynx wild in Britain could cut deer numbers, head of Natural England says,” Telegraph, February 24, 2020, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/24/setting-lynx-wild-britain-could-cut-deer-numbers-head-natural/


  1. [1]Rod Dreher, “Bernie & Solidarity,” American Conservative, February 24, 2020, https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/bernie-solidarity/
  2. [2]George Monbiot, “In Defence of Speciesism,” February 21, 2020, https://www.monbiot.com/2020/02/21/in-defence-of-speciesism/
  3. [3]Helena Horton, “Setting lynx wild in Britain could cut deer numbers, head of Natural England says,” Telegraph, February 24, 2020, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/24/setting-lynx-wild-britain-could-cut-deer-numbers-head-natural/

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