Rudolf Diels, Father of the Gestapo, on Corporal Punishment

“The infliction of physical punishment is not every man’s job, and naturally we were only too glad to recruit men who were prepared to show no signs of squeamishness at their task.  Unfortunately, we knew nothing of the Freudian side of the business, and it was only after a number of instances of unnecessary flogging…

Tale of an Aching Head: An Entry from my Personal Journal

  Yesterday I woke up with one my headaches. We had a houseguest, so it was most inconvenient. I managed to function to the level of making meals, settling quarrels (the houseguest was 4 years old) and getting dressed, but that was about it. Before breakfast I took 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen, and another 1,000…

Intellectually Responsible Politics: Read Imprimis

  Many people who know that liberals by and large have more education than conservatives, are under the impression that conservatism is an unintellectual movement, or even the unintellectual side of American political life. It doesn’t help that crazy stupid conservatives have attention drawn to them in the news, while crazy stupid liberals are shielded…

Inventive Literature has its Own Rules

I once wrote a poem that was more or less symbolic or allegorical, about flying serpents invading a holy place that represents a woman’s innocence. In the throes of composition, I wrote that the serpents, even after they died, still twitched or loosed a howl. Later on, I came under the impression that I had…