Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

Recent blog posts by this author

What the Magic Kingdom and American Culture Have in Common

Americans need not visit Orlando to go to Fantasyland. Instead, we can just pop onto the Internet and visit websites offering news and commentary. Day after day these sites trot out delusions concocted and entertained by some of our fellow...

Pushing Up Daisies: Human Beings as Compost

On February 6, 2019, the Washington State Senate passed Senate Bill 5001, which would allow for the composting of human bodies. From The Spokesman-Review out of Spokane, we have this account: The bill “may change the world,” said bill sponsor...

Christopher Hitchens on Why We Desperately Need Free Speech

One sentence. Five restrictions on the power of the government of the United States. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the...

Why Does the Federal Government Fail So Miserably Most of the Time?

6.5 M people with active social security numbers are 112 or older.   When I spotted this headline in the Washington Times, and misinterpreted it, my heart took a bounce.   First came astonishment and joy. With that many men and...

What Cicero Would Say about Roger Stone

In his speech before the Roman Senate, when he accused Catiline of conspiracy to overthrow the state, Cicero famously proclaimed, “O ye immortal gods, where on earth are we? In what city are we living? What constitution is ours?”   A...

Why 'Garbage People' Deserve a Second Look

Recently I met a man who could serve as the billboard for “toxic masculinity.” It was mid-January, a Tuesday, and a deer had smashed into my Honda Accord on I-81 in Southwestern Virginia. That collision destroyed the passenger side of the car...

Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure

You are a good person who abides by a moral code, right? Whatever its source, this code serves as your set of principles, an ethical standard you cannot violate without damaging your soul. The code is your Ten Commandments, your Constitution, the...

The Heart of the Matter: Families and Fatherhood

In “Back To Discipline: Disparate Impact Reflects Disparate Reality”, Heather MacDonald applauds the Federal Commission on School Safety’s repudiation “of disparate-impact analysis.” She writes: Disparate-impact analysis holds that if a...

Is There a Case for Keeping the Lights on in America's Libraries?

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges   Like Borges, Americans have long treasured libraries.   From Benjamin Franklin, who helped put together one of America’s first lending...

Falling IQ Scores Suggest We’re Getting Dumber. Can We Reverse Course?

Are we getting dumber?   Apparently so.   In a June 2018 issue of Newsweek, Scottie Andrew reported the following: “A Norwegian study published Monday found a seven-point dip in IQ test scores per generation among men...

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