Friday, September 22, 2017

Hmm …

… Does the Right Really Think a Sombrero is just a “Straw Hat”? | New Republic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I know Lionel Shriver. She will be amused to learn that she is now regarded as right-wing. But when did libertarianism become exclusively right-wing? I consider myself a libertarian. What all libertarians have in common is a suspicion of authority and the state. There are, after all, libertarian socialists (who I think have much in common with Chesterton's and Belloc's Distributism). Putting all that aside, though, how is it right-wing to object to the nonsense about cultural appropriation? Was it cultural appropriation for Denzel Washington to be cast as Don Pedro in Kenneth Branagh's film of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing? I don't think so. Just good acting. Cultures grow by cross-pollinating. They die by in-breeding.


  1. That New Republic writer doesn't seem to get that the silly stunts at the Reason magazine party were meant to provoke disproportionate handwringing by dour moralists just like her.

  2. Good point, Jeff. But that's what happens when you're humorless.