Jim Windham, Publisher
January 2020

In This Issue:

Jan 02, 2020 04:44 pm | James Windham

Impeachment Update: I Told You So

Filed Under: Politics

I closed the December issue by responding to a correspondent that, in the immediate aftermath of the impending House vote on two very weak articles of impeachment he should watch Nancy Pelosi’s next moves very closely and I suggested to readers that they consider this: Does Speaker Pelosi really want to preside over an impeachment […]

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Jan 02, 2020 04:43 pm | James Windham

Weaver Wisdom Revisited

Filed Under: Philosophy

From the outset, one of the underlying themes of The Texas Pilgrim has been the notion that “ideas have consequences”, and  one of the thinkers who inspired that notion in me is Richard M. Weaver, whose 1948 book of that name has been an invaluable source of the wisdom of that aphorism.  Periodically I like […]

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Jan 02, 2020 04:43 pm | James Windham

“The Autocracy of Feelings”

Filed Under: Social Issues

In revisiting Richard Weaver it occurred to me that a significant by-product of the relativism sparked by the evolution of the philosophy of nominalism that he explains is a pervasive subjectivism that colors every issue in the public realm.  As a society it seems we have dumped objectivism and adopted an attitude totally driven by […]

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Jan 02, 2020 04:41 pm | James Windham

The “Humanities Wars” Continue

Filed Under: Higher Education

Some years ago I led an essay with this opening: “We continue to be besieged by commentary in the battle over the humanities in higher education–do we need more emphasis?, do we need less?, is it all about jobs?, is it all about competency in a skill set?, what about critical thinking?, what about making […]

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Jan 02, 2020 04:41 pm | James Windham

Finally, Brexit Means Brexit

Filed Under: Politics

It was a long, bitter, and high risk fight, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson deserves a lot of credit for his dice roll in the UK in an election that will have implications far and wide.  This is a big deal in many more ways than Brexit.  Anyone who looks at these results in Britain […]

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Jan 02, 2020 04:40 pm | James Windham

A Major Setback for “Settled Science”

Filed Under: Environmentalism

In a decision that could have much more impact than has been reported, a state court has thrown out New York’s case against ExxonMobil for securities fraud allegedly perpetrated in the company’s misrepresentation of the threat of climate change, a charge the investigation of which the judge in the case described as “politically motivated”.  No […]

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