Mass Shootings: The American Mind Gone Nihilist

If the horrendous acts of terrorism in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend made me angry and sad, reading the empty-headed commentaries on social media within all but seven minutes of the respective events proved even more of a mental challenge. The usual culprits emanating from them are a) President Trump; b) the NRA; and c) the perpetrators (in that order). While the police are still in the dark about a motive on the part of Connor Betts, the Dayton shooter, posts on his social media accounts strongly suggest that he ought not to be lumped together with Patrick Crusius, the El Paso shooter who left a white supremacist ‘manifesto’ in support of his deeds.

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The Failure of Liberalism and Elegies for Hillbillies

You know your reading is taking off when the books you’ve knocked off your list start connecting in your head like puzzle pieces on the dining room table. This happens to yours truly all the time nowadays, and it particularly occurred with two works I read in 2018, Patrick J. Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance.

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