Tag Archives: Tough Love

Being Tough Enough

No one likes a whiner. Liberals whine. They’re delicate snowflakes, upset by everything. They melt. Everything offends them and they want it to stop. Conservatives never whine. They believe in “tough love” – brutal honesty as in Mexicans and maybe … Continue reading

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Direct Causation Everywhere

The world that everyone thought they knew may be falling apart – our allies are our enemies and our enemies are our friends now – but no one should have been surprised by Donald Trump. He promised to slap our … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children Well

Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh isn’t a porn novel – it’s just another bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist as he finally figures out how the world really works, which is always a long struggle full … Continue reading

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Selling Tough Love to the Masses

Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh isn’t a porn novel – it’s just another bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows the protagonist as he finally figures out how the world really works, which is always a long struggle full of dramatic … Continue reading

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Dead Week Warnings

It’s that dead week between Christmas and New Years Eve. People go back to work, sort of. Their hearts aren’t in it, and trading on Wall Street is so light that no one is paying much attention as things rise … Continue reading

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The Curious Absence of White-Hot Social Anger

A quiet Sunday evening in Hollywood, rain on the way, browsing the news and opinion sites, trying to get a sense of what seems to be going on in the world, or what people think is going on – with … Continue reading

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Survival of the Kindest and Least Righteous

Those of us of Czech heritage don’t exactly fit in – it’s that Middle European fatalism you might expect, but mixed with playful cynicism, with a dash of comic irreverence. We’re not all doom and gloom like the Scandinavians, or … Continue reading

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