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John Pepple
Central Ohio
Ph.D. Philosophy, U of MN (B.S. Math), Writer, Thinker
Interests: Philosophy, soccer, learning foreign languages (currently learning Arabic), reading mysteries.
Recent Activity
First, what exactly did Ruth Bader Ginsburg do for people like me? I’m a white male from the lower-middle class who was up against richer people (presumably, all of them white) in academia. They had no qualms about squashing me like a bug, even though I was producing good quality... Continue reading
Posted 34 minutes ago at I Want a New Left
Usually, when we hear about students making demands, commenters on the right chastise them for it, but that is all. Yesterday, however, I saw something new: lots of commenters demanding that the students be expelled. YES!!!!!! See here. Make them understand that a lot of us are not happy with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at I Want a New Left
I decided to read this book partly because I’m interested in Biblical scholarship and partly to see how people, in this case a woman named Karen King, manage to become professors at Harvard. We know the story of Elizabeth Warren, and it turns out that King’s is not much different,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at I Want a New Left
When I first heard back in 2012 about the finding of a fragment of papyrus from the fourth century that hinted that Jesus had had a wife, I immediately dismissed it because I thought, “Anyone could say anything they liked by the fourth century.” I then forgot about it. If... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at I Want a New Left
Steve Sailer talks about the canceling of George Bernard Shaw, who was a leftist, but who also favored eugenics. See here. When I was a leftist, I had no idea that there had been a eugenics strand in leftist thought prior to World War II, but when I moved to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at I Want a New Left
For all the unreasonable Iran-lovers out there among the Democrats, the Iranian regime has once again shown the world how vicious it is by executing a young wrestler accused of killing a security guard during a demonstration. See here. Whether he was guilty or not is anyone’s guess, since he... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at I Want a New Left
See here: a professor who merely watched a pro-police demonstration is now getting heat from students who want him fired. Why doesn’t he shoot back and demand that those students be expelled? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at I Want a New Left
See here about people leaving New York City. Take a look at this line: For these cities ... your ethnic and racial identity [is] a source of someone else’s political power. That struck me as particularly cynical, but I won’t disagree. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at I Want a New Left
Make of it what you will: here. Apparently, some Muslims have joined Europe’s far right. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at I Want a New Left
And that was to figure out which Muslims shouldn’t be here and expel them. This includes not just terrorists, but those who support terrorists, those who think shari’a should be the law of the land, and those who think that killing apostates from Islam is permissible. Feminists might want to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at I Want a New Left
From “Suicide of the Liberals,” by Gary Saul Morson in the latest issue of First Things (p. 29): One sometimes hears that “the pendulum is bound to swing back.” But how does one know that there is a pendulum at all, rather than – let us say – a snowball... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at I Want a New Left
A couple weeks ago (here), I learned that New Zealand was in a huge uproar because after locking everything down so severely, they were shocked when a family of four tested positive for the virus. And so they went back into lockdown. I thought they were being silly because it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at I Want a New Left
A couple days ago I wrote a long post containing my solution to a major problem in Platonic scholarship. I stumbled on the idea for the solution in 1993, but was never able to get it published due a hostile publishing climate. Now either what I said is indeed the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at I Want a New Left
I’d like to do something different today, something scholarly. Back in 1993 I found the solution to the puzzle of the Third Man argument in Plato, which is a major problem in Platonic scholarship, but facing an unremittingly hostile publishing climate, I never got an article on my solution published,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at I Want a New Left
I would like to know how Greek leftists feel as things start to heat up between Greece and Turkey. Are they still pro-immigrant? Are they still showering love and affection on Muslims at every opportunity? Or have they started to figure things out? See here, for example, to get an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at I Want a New Left
See here. As some of the accomplices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine murderers are brought to trial in France, Charlie Hebdo has decided to reprint the cartoons that caused all the fuss. That takes guts in this era of wokeness. Plus, French President Emmanuel Macron is standing up for them.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at I Want a New Left
Back in the 1930s, the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, adopted a crazy policy: it would let gangsters live in the city without hassling them, so long as they never robbed any local banks. And so all sorts of gangsters shacked up in the city. My uncle claims he saw... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at I Want a New Left
The “this” in question is that Turkey seems to be sending weapons and money to northern Lebanon to help the Sunnis there. See here. I don’t like the current Turkish regime, but I don’t like the way that Hezbollah, a Shi’ite entity, dominates Lebanon, either. So, go ahead, Turkey, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at I Want a New Left
On about July 21st, there was a dead body found in one of the buildings that were burned on Lake Street in Minneapolis. I never heard anything more about it, and an Internet search turned up nothing. Anyone? Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at I Want a New Left
So, the NY Times has finally gotten realistic about things and is reporting that many of the positives for the Wuhan virus are either false positives or else people who have too little virus in their systems to worry about. See here for the link (I refuse to click on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at I Want a New Left
New Zealand locked down on everyone very early on when the Wuhan virus emerged, and it was congratulating itself on how well it had done. Likewise, our media was congratulating them, too. But then, after 102 virus-free days and the relaxation of the lockdown, a family of four tested positive.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at I Want a New Left
The Democrats are now advocating nuclear power. At least, it’s in their party’s platform, though I can’t say how many Democrats agree. What caused this welcome change? It seemed to come from nowhere. Well, if they can change their minds on that, they can change their minds on other things. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at I Want a New Left
Three weeks ago I wondered if progressives understood that they were destroying their own sources of power. (See here.) And they just don’t seem to understand that. It finally hit me that, for example, they don’t understand how finances work for a college. They simply assume that colleges will always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at I Want a New Left
They call us Nazis, which isn’t true, but we call them by the name they want to be known by, Antifa. We do have the power to call them something else, like ISIS Supporters or US-ISIS or something else. Ditto for Black Lives Matter. They think of us as racists... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at I Want a New Left