In ancient Republican Rome a dictator was appointed for a fixed time for a fixed task. Lucius Cornelius Sulla was one of those dictators. If you haven’t, I recommend Sulla: The Last Republican.
Their Campaign Jobs Just Dried Up. And on Venmo, the Drinks Are Flowing. This is interesting because of who writes ane edits at The New York Times.
Being Called a Cult Is One Thing, Being Blamed for an Epidemic Is Quite Another. 50% of people in South Korea are not religious (no religious affiliation).
Top Saudi Royal Family Members Detained. MBS is a high-roller, risking the wrath of his extended family.
I Helped Fact-Check the 1619 Project. The Times Ignored Me. If you read some American history this is patently obvious through any casual reading of the 1619 Project. It’s a piece of propaganda with factual themes.
Neglected Quaternary legacy of biodiversity for the Mountains of Southwest China. Important for paleoanthropology.
I blurbed Libby Copeland’s The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are. It’s a good read, and I do recommend it sincerely if you are interested in this topic.
I’ve Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You. The headline reminds me of a Neoplatonic philosopher in 500 A.D. writing “I’ve been persecuted. If you value the old gods that should worry you.” “Academic freedom” is a 20th-century concept that persists as a shadow. It is basically a dead-letter. The intellectual project exists to serve power, so power one must become for it to serve you. You will never out-argue your jailer, they are always correct. Make them your prisoner, that is the only way to freedom and liberty.
The Pied Pipers of the Dirtbag Left Want to Lead Everyone to Bernie Sanders. I listen to Chapo. They’re funny, if a bit repetitive and unfair. The author of the piece, Nellie Bowles, is a scion of California’s landed aristocracy. There is a class war going on. Just know which side everyone is on…
Worse Than a Crime, a Bumble. tfw IRL friend falls into the Claremont circle…