politics – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 On the barricade http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2018/03/02/on-the-barricade/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:52:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5557 I’m not accustomed to being called a Nazi, at least not before 7 a.m. on a Monday. I was standing in front of the Supreme Court when it happened, holding a sign. My interlocutor was an administrator from the City University of New York. He held a different sign, along with the conviction that people …

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The unlovable http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:56:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4720 I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders look like Milton Friedman and whose name I’ve already forgotten. I voted in every other …

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The dividing line http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/02/the-dividing-line-2/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:05:22 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4682 Look, maybe it’s time we cash in our chips. Blow this popsicle stand and buy that cabin in the hills we’ve always talked about. Sink a well, set out the rabbit traps, and settle in for a long-ass winter. Don’t get me wrong—our republic has had a fine run. Not so long as some of …

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Backwards in a sideways world http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/04/13/backwards-in-a-sideways-world/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/04/13/backwards-in-a-sideways-world/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:24:12 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4673 When I was twelve, we were evicted from our house in Florida, a consequence either of Reaganomics or our failure to pay rent for three months, depending on whose story you wanted to believe. We faced a long, hungry drive back to North Carolina. A neighbor, also from our home state, called me over and …

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The Casserole Dish Manifesto http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/01/31/the-casserole-dish-manifesto/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/01/31/the-casserole-dish-manifesto/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:46:13 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3800 Well, I’d intended for any manifestos I write to be published well after my death, if not to spare my children the embarrassment, then to avert desecration of my grave. In grad school I learned, by way of a miserable course of study in econometrics, the word “orthogonal.” In two-dimensional space, it refers to lines …

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The lost conservative mind http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/08/19/the-lost-conservative-mind/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/08/19/the-lost-conservative-mind/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:21:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3703 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 that we are yanking free the anchors, worrying loose the cables, and where once this …

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The lies in truth http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/10/the-lies-in-truth/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/04/10/the-lies-in-truth/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:37:03 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3669 Michelle Obama called herself a “single mother” last week and we’ll probably be hearing about it years from now. Some Obama opponents consider it evidence the president is an absentee father, others that he’s gay, others simply that the Obamas don’t understand the plight of single mothers. Here’s proof, thousands told themselves, of what Obama …

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On the vice of chimps with shotguns http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/10/on-the-vice-of-chimps-with-shotguns/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/10/on-the-vice-of-chimps-with-shotguns/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:14:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3361 “Voting is a universal right.” This wisdom from Victor Sanchez, president of the United States Student Association, explaining his efforts to get more college students to vote. Mr. Sanchez is himself a recent college graduate, and a fine illustration of why marching columns of students to the polls is not inherently virtuous. A vote cast …

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On Conservatives as Rapists http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:10:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3336 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 and looser with terms than a backwoods car salesman. Corey Robin doesn’t have a car …

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Maybe we get what we deserve http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/10/maybe-we-get-what-we-deserve/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/10/maybe-we-get-what-we-deserve/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:59:19 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1440 I can’t abide people who are already salivating at the prospect of Obama’s failure, who are convinced that he is a godless Marxist with a secret plan to steal our guns, open our borders, and make us all work like slaves on wind-energy farms while turning our daughters into lesbians with kindergarten sex-education seminars. The reality is that …

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