Sand in the Gears

The lost conservative mind

Monday, August 19th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I recently read Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind, and composed a thought about it in relation to the state of this country, which perhaps more than ever before mirrors the state of man today—outwardly self-reliant, inwardly flailing. My thought is ...

Sodas and guns and minimum virtue

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

On the radio I heard a shill for some agglomeration of sugary drink manufacturers inveigh against NYC mayor Bloomberg's attempted regulation of soda sizes. "We believe New Yorkers are smart enough to make these decisions for themselves," he said. If you've ...

An open letter to the weeping conservative

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Look, it's not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night's loss. 1. Congressional ...

On Conservatives as Rapists

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

It used to be required, of an intellectual seeking to hold forth on an idea, that he define his terms. Words are slippery things, after all. But then so are intellectuals, and perhaps this is why they often play faster ...