Political correctness is the enemy of freedom because it rejects honesty and authenticity. We have to tackle it as the distortion of the truth. – Mario Vargas Llosa

EL PAÍS Seminal has an excellent interview with author Mario Vargas Llosa discussing liberal thought and threats to its existence.  Vargas Llosa has evolved from a young communist to a classical liberal influenced by Hayak, Popper and Adam Smith. Note: This interview has been translated into English.



Melissa Mackenzie of the American Spectator has an excellent essay discussing “Twenty Reasons Mass Killings Happen.”  Her article includes links to several other discussions all arguing basically the same thing (albeit each with a different focus).  Our society is bent on destroying the individual through voluntary moral decay.  We choose evil over good with disastrous consequences.


In progressive states across the nation, lawmakers have been neutering themselves.  Illicit drugs are legalized – marijuana, of course.  But Oregon and California have both downgraded possession and use of small quantities of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin and even meth to a misdemeanor charge.  Panhandling, loitering, public nuisance, disorderly conduct and littering laws are routinely ignored in order to “support” the homeless.  Federal immigration laws are countered by the “sanctuary movement” seen in municipalities and even states.  Colleges and other public institutions regularly shut down the fundamental freedoms of free speech and assembly.

However, is this merely a shift in values, a change in how we judge our social behavior?  Or are there real consequences to this acceptance of lawlessness?

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If you’d like to learn more about the “Googley Way,”  a political filter applied by Google to its workplace culture, you should read the formal complaint, Damore and Gudeman v Google LLC.  The evidentiary part of the complaint is fascinating and includes internal communications from managers and staff to support the suit.  My personal favorite calls for Damore’s firing to …

“… send a message that we have zero tolerance for intolerance.”




David Solway writes, “The displacement of the “individual” as a primary category of social and political thought — a distinctly observable trend in the contemporary West — is an infallible sign of civilizational despair.”  You can read his full argument in “The Death of the Individual.”  While Solway concentrates on the philosophical sources of this trend, Franklin Foer points to the effects technology has on culture to demonstrate “How Silicon Valley Is Erasing Your individuality.”  Of course, the observation that the modern is “erasing” the individual is nothing new.  Aldous Huxley wrote about this in his dystopian novel, “Brave New World.”  You can hear the author discuss his predictions in this interview (from 1958):