Author: Austin Bramwell

I am a freelance opinion-monger living in New York City.
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The Wall Street Journal’s Darwin-Free Zone

The Bookshelf column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday (I know, ancient history in blogging time) featured an essay so typical you normally wouldn’t even notice it. Reviewing a new book entitled Fame, Toby...

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Virginia Postrel on the Allure of Having Friends and Enemies

(Cross-posted from @TAC.) Virginia Postrel argues this weekend that environmentalists favor high-speed rail and wind power not because they reduce carbon emissions but simply because they look good. “These technologies,” she writes, aren’t just about getting from...

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Mayor Bloomberg Rightly Says We’re Part of the Problem

I confess: We are alternate side parkers.  To make way for “Mechanical Brooms,” New York City prohibits parking for 1.5 hours on one side of the street on Mondays and Thursdays and the other...

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Election Day Reactions (Warning: Non Sequitur Ahead)

Here’s my post-election reaction.  The public school where I voted on Tuesday was giving books away from its library. I spotted an Important Book lying on the table — Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch —swiped it...

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Defiling Our Beloved G.K. Chesterton

I’ve just never liked G.K. Chesterton — which, among the conservative Christians with whom I sometimes (though, as an Episcopalian, not often) travel, is almost enough to make me a Bad Person. Yet by the time...

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The Man Who Pretended to Know Too Much

[Update: In response to comments, I have toned this post down a bit. It was unduly harsh in relation to the fault I am identifying.] NR‘s Jason Steorts, responding to Whitaker Chambers scholar Richard Reinsch, writes: I think Reinsch mischaracterizes...

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Snow’s Two Cultures: More Evidence of a Divide

I highly recommend this BBC documentary about Andrew Wiles, the mathematician who solved Fermat’s last theorem. In one scene, Wiles leads a course wherein he lays the groundwork for what would ultimately become his...

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What’s So Bad About Trig Trutherism?

I just don’t get the hostility to Trig Trutherism.  Over on Volokh, Dave Kopel takes Human Events to task for publishing a column arguing that Obama is a Muslim.  Kopel quite properly warns that...

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The Shallow Drafts of Charles Hill

In my first post in this series, I claimed that Charles Hill, Yale’s “Diplomat in Residence,” had won “uncritical, almost fulsome praise.” You can strike the “almost.”  According to Edward Luttwak’s review, Hill’s book...

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Charles Hill and the Greening of American Diplomacy

So I had planned a running critique of Charles Hill’s appearance on Peter Robinson’s webTV program, Uncommon Knowledge.  Alas, I got through just one chapter before getting rudely sidetracked by the need to make...

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The Grand Ideology of Charles Hill: Episode 1

The cult of Charles Hill, of which I was not a member, was just beginning when I graduated from college 10 years ago.  Hill, a former foreign service officer, began teaching at Yale in...

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Seduction as an Ascetic Discipline

The delightfully impious Roissy in DC is going after blogging superstar Megan McCardle, who evidently isn’t impressed by the so-called “seduction community.”  As usual, Roissy has some brilliant insights — for example: Ultimately, women...

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The Humanitarian Case for Immigration

Over at TAC, I blogged earlier this week on a particularly bad study calling for a more open immigration policy.  One commentator, addressing my points that immigration (of low-skill workers) depresses wages and increases...

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More On Intellectual Decline

The friend who pointed me to Joseph Epstein’s essay in the first place takes exception to some of what I wrote earlier on Epstein and the (non)decline of intellectual life: I’m glad you posted...

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Jacobites Vindicated

Andrew Manshel of an outfit called the Greater Jamaica Development Corp takes aim today at sainted urbanist Jane Jacobs. I yield to no one in my admiration for Jacobs. Still, she has become something of...