This week’s links:
- The New Boeing 787 & the history of commercial aviation: What \'s all this â€œrevolutionaryâ€™ stuff?
- Postmodern war in the media age: How Al Qaeda is Winning Even as it is Losing
- The Middle East Tinderbox: Slouching Toward Bethlehem
And a related post: Dark Ages Redux?
- VDH on Education: Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most insightful writers out there on our current culture and the war with the Islamists. Here’s a great example of his insights: Blissfully Uneducated. Key graph:
The theme of all such therapeutic curricula is relativism. There are no eternal truths, only passing assertions that gain credence through power and authority. Once students understand how gender, race, and class distinctions are used to oppress others, they are then free to ignore absolute â€œtruth,â€ since it is only a reflection of one \'s own privilege.
By contrast, the aim of traditional education was to prepare a student in two very different ways. First, classes offered information drawn from the ages --the significance of Gettysburg, the characters in a Shakespeare play, or the nature of the subjunctive mood. Integral to this acquisition were key dates, facts, names, and terms by which students, in a focused manner in conversation and speech, could refer to the broad knowledge that they had gathered.
(HT: Maggie’s Farm)
- From the Cultural Cuisinart: VDH (again) takes down the NYT editorial on Iraq: The New York Times Surrenders. He takes down as well, by proxy, virtually every “fact” espoused by the media, most politicians in D.C., and increasingly, American public opinion swayed by these organs. Is anyone listening?
- A Hard Decision: Residents of Oregon town say shape of traffic posts is offensive. One trembles to think how the public trash bins are designed.
- Fishocrites strike again: Joe Carter over at Evangelical Outpost takes on a favorite topic of mine: the accusation of “hypocrisy” against Christians — by those who have no principles to violate: Larry Flynt vs. David Vitter
- David Warren nails it: why reason and negotiation won’t work with Islamists: True to Reason
- Family Facts: Go-to place for factual information on the effects of cultural change on families: Family Facts (HT: Evangelical Outpost)
- Immigration and its corrupting nature: First Things must-read on an aspect of illegal immigration not often considered: Illegal Immigration and Our Corruption
That’s all for now. God bless, have a great week.