Category: Politics

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to School Shootings

Two things were lodged in the trending corner of my Twitter feed all day yesterday. One was Jordan B Peterson, author of the best-selling book Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. 

Peterson’s book has sold over a million copies. He talks to sold out auditoriums and draws millions to his Youtube page by delivering a message of personal responsibility and telling young men to clean their rooms and grow up.

Yesterday, the Peterson profile piece that I was sure was eventually going to come out, in one way or another, hit the NY Times. In it, Peterson is quoted at length about feminine and masculine roles and said a pile of other things, in detailed, hard to take out of context quotes that are sure to make him less friends in the 21st century western world.

The title and lead line of the profile was Jordan Peterson: Custodian of the Patrimony. He says there’s a crisis in masculinity. Why won’t women — all these wives and witches — just behave?

So, the Twitter storm loomed over him for a few hours until it shifted to another tragic school shooting. 10 children were killed in Santa Fe High School in Texas. It was another disillusioned teenage boy with access to a weapon and the ability to bring it into his school.

I’m not sure I can say much more than I have already on the morality of gun violence. So, I’ll just cut to the chase. While American men everywhere are turning to a Canadian psychology professor to tell them their manly thoughts, we seem to have forgotten one of our most important manly thought responsibilities; keeping our children safe.

When it comes to school shootings, the standard should be zero. And unless we’ve got a non political, non bullshit answer for how we ought to stop it, we should put down the lobster psychology books and get to work. Continue reading “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to School Shootings”

Why I’m Hoping Robert Mueller Finds Nothing

It’s not unreasonable to say that being an outspoken critic of the President has been responsible for what success I’ve had as a writer.

By far my most read essays have been criticisms of Donald Trump. I even wrote a book on the 2016 election about how Donald Trump’s presence in that election affected my opinions and those of the broader electorate. It comes out in May.  Continue reading “Why I’m Hoping Robert Mueller Finds Nothing”

The Great Contrast: Trump and Syria

Like the other men and women of my generation that served in the Armed Forces, I served an America engaged in nearly constant conflict. In October of 2001, I was on the ship that fired the first missile in the our now nearly 17-year old war in Afghanistan.  Continue reading “The Great Contrast: Trump and Syria”

The Violence

I used to hunt people.

They were violent men who were trying to kill other people. Sometimes it was the innocent they were after. Other times it was the less innocent—my friends and teammates.

My job was to find them and stop them. And to aid others in killing them if necessary.  Continue reading “The Violence”

Alarmists

They’re all walking out today. And I support it.

I’m guilty though.

I’ve been playing both sides of an argument. I realized it when I read an article posted by Alex Tabarak, an economist I follow, that pointed out the alarmist nature of how we’ve been talking about gun violence in schools.  Continue reading “Alarmists”