Book Review: ‘The Twilight of the American Enlightenment’ by George Marsden

George M. Marsden’s The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief (2014) is worth your time, and you should check it out. After finishing it yesterday, I have some thoughts to share with you regarding the oft-repeated phrases of late “trust the experts” and “follow the science.” These sentiments didn’t come…More

Whether It Is Better To Be Kind or Right

Is it better to be kind or to be right? My wife posed a great question to our family at the dinner table on Saturday. After collecting our kids’ insightful answers, I weighed in on this poignant dilemma.More

Clarence Thomas Speaks on Social Media Censorship

Ian Haworth writes for The Daily Wire, “Clarence Thomas Appears To Endorse Outlawing Social Media’s Censorship Of Conservatives: Everything You Need To Know.” Should Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter be regulated as common carriers like Verizon and Comcast and your power company are? It behooves us to consider the need for humility in how we…More

Gina Cerano v. The French Revolution

Today I finished the late Roger Scruton’s How to Be a Conservative, but Audible apparently doesn’t want me to talk about that. I’ve also almost concluded The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyrannny by Ian Davidson. Speaking of the French Revolution, former Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp was recently on Bill Maher’s show where she falsely accused Gina Cerano of…More

Bitcoin Mining and Bandwagons

My brother Bryce came over yesterday afternoon and traded me two 140mm computer fans for an RTX 2070 that had some child’s water inadvertently spilt on it. While he was here, he also set me up to mine Bitcoin on my RTX 3070 GPU.  So now I have run NiceHash all the past night, on…More

Rearranging Furniture

My family and I rearranged furniture in several rooms yesterday afternoon, and now I have an office again after several years without. Sometimes that’s what you have to do. A previous arrangement may have suited well enough before, but now it bears re-visiting. And if your goals and needs have changed in the interim, perhaps…More

The Miseducation of America’s Elites

Let’s talk about The Miseducation of America’s Elites by Bari Weiss, published March 9th at  And while we’re at it, I will encourage you once again to order and read a copy of my book, ‘And This Is Why We Homeschool,’ available on Kindle and paperback from #AndThisIsWhyWeHomeschool — This episode is sponsored by…More

The Dungeon Storming

After a month of playing Valheim with my sons and friends and my friend’s sons, we finally acquired scrap iron. My son Eli built a Viking longship, my son Solomon built a grinding wheel, and I built a stonecutter and our first stone building. We also got thoroughly demolished by man-sized mosquitos and some gremlin-like creatures when…More


There seems a kind of tight-rope to walk in promoting my work vigorously without becoming (or even seeming) conceited. How does one go about walking that fight line, though? More