This won’t be a thematically unified post, which is why it’s being put up as a Ready Room.
In some ways, public dialogue on weighty matters is getting sillier and sillier, to the point that one can’t even join the discussion because the premises are so off that there’s no discussing it sensibly. (I’ve written about this Babel-ization of public communication before, going back to Trump’s first year in office and even prior to that. Rounds of ritual chanting have largely taken the place of thoughtful speech in the mainstream media and much of standard politics. The Left is about nothing but this now – people who stray from the model are actively punished – and although there are still parsable sentences and paragraph-length thought-packages coming from the Right, the pattern is present there as well. Continue reading “TOC Ready Room 6 October 2022: Ukraine; or, the world in a pickle”