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Woke Pathology

Victor C. Bolles

April 8, 2024


American youth are in a mental health crisis. Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide are soaring ever since the introduction of the smart phone as documented by Jonathan Haidt in his new book, The Anxious Generation. Even worse, the pathologies of smart phone addiction mirror the pathologies of a woke ideology that has tightened its grip on American institutions in recent years. In this commentary we investigate how this mass psychosis has spread and show how our leadership seems powerless to help us.


Quote from the commentary:

“The onslaught of diversity, equity and inclusion programs in schools, universities, corporations and government is conducted by adults of another generation that should know better. But the mass psychosis afflicting hordes of young people protesting the treatment of murdering terrorists dovetails nicely into woke’s rejection of objective truth.”

Why Slavery?

Victor C. Bolles

March 27, 2024


Slavery has existed throughout human history and prehistory. But why? It all comes down to energy. Ancient humans only had the energy of their own body. The energy of slaves gave the slaveholder more power to do things for the benefit of him and his family. But slavery in America was different. In this commentary we explore why there is much less slavery in the modern world and why slavery in America was so different from anywhere else.


Quote from the commentary:

There are two factors arising from Western civilization that have greatly reduced slavery around the world. It is clear that slavery is incompatible with the bedrock principle of America’s Enlightenment culture, the principle that all men (and women) are created equal. The second factor is good old capitalism. Western philosophy made slavery contemptible and capitalism made slavery uneconomic. 

They Just Don’t Get it

Victor C. Bolles

March 15, 2024


President Biden’s State of the Union address was an angry, divisive campaign speech. He went on to propose massive increases in taxes along with massive increases in spending that combine for a massive deficit of $1.8 trillion. In this commentary, we are going to look at how both of the presumptive candidates for president of the United States don’t really understand what America is all about. What really makes America special.


Quote from the commentary:

“The Founders considered government a necessary evil. Maybe not quite evil but potentially very evil. The purpose of government is not to rule people. Nor is it the purpose of government to take care of people. The purpose of government is to build trust.”

Our Only Hope

Victor C. Bolles

February 29, 2024


The Founders of America thought that democracy was the best tool to secure the blessings of liberty to its citizens. And, although not perfect, our democracy did a pretty good job of doing that while also providing prosperity. But right now America appears to be heading in the wrong direction and democracy does not seem to be helping. In this commentary, we look at how to make democracy a better tool to fulfill its intended function – securing liberty.


Quote from the commentary:

“The Founders clearly feared the power of government so they included checks and balances on the power of government in the Constitution. But they also feared the power of democracy. So they included checks and balances on the power of democracy as well. But those checks and balances on democracy have eroded over time as the peoples’ desire for security overwhelmed their desire for liberty.”

NO LABELS’ Fatal Flaw

Victor C. Bolles

February 22, 2024


The No Labels organization is trying to get on the ballot in all 50 states for a presidential candidate yet to be named. Such a candidate might be able to save us from another Biden or Trump presidency but will do nothing to save us from the increasing divisiveness and extremism of our mainstream political parties. In this commentary, we discuss what it will take for No Labels or anyone to get this country back on track.


Quote from the commentary:

What they need is a plan to dismantle the current two party system that works very well for Republican and Democratic politicians but not very well for the American people. The Founding Fathers feared the idea of political parties, what they called faction. James Madison wrote the Federalist Paper No. 10 entirely about factions. He said, “liberty is to faction, what air is to fire.”


Victor C. Bolles

February 13, 2024


A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called the Michigan city of Dearborn a center of jihad and antisemitism. The mayor of Dearborn xed (tweeted) that the article was Islamophobic. The progressive left has changed the meaning of the word phobia and now uses it as a means to deflect criticism and avoid addressing the issues raised in the critique. In this commentary we examine the use of the phobia as a tool of cancel culture.


Quote from the commentary:

“Why do the leftist proponents of Identity politics call any form of criticism of any identity a phobia? Many think that criticisms of these identities are based on hate and bigotry, not fear. Labeling it a phobia is, in actuality, a form of cancel culture. If a phobia is an irrational fear, then you don’t have to pay attention to it because the issues raised by a phobic person are not rational.”

Understanding Diversity

Victor C. Bolles

February 2, 2024


A lot of people think that diversity is a good thing. But is it? People have to go out of their way to be diverse. Left to their own, people will self-segregate into groups with other people similar to themselves. Blue collar workers don’t want to hobnob with a bunch of chardonnay sipping, hors d’oeuvre munching intellectuals. They prefer to down a cold one with their buddies over at the bowling alley. In this commentary, we delve into how diversity can actually benefit society.


Quote from the commentary:

“But is diversity actually a good thing? Or is it one of those other things that can be good or bad depending on how it is used? I think most people who are talking about diversity have not really studied diversity and don’t really know how diversity can be applied to help humanity or how it can be misapplied to harm people.”

Urgent Priorities 2024

Victor C. Bolles

January 9, 2024


Once again, while our so-called political leaders are completely absorbed by their campaigns for reelection, they ignore the urgent national priorities that need to be addressed, or worse, use those issues as political levers to galvanize their base at the expense of the American people. In this commentary we revisit those priorities that have become even more urgent as we enter a tumultuous election year. 


Quote for the Commentary:

“Critics on the left will moan that meritocracy would worsen inequality. But equality of outcomes in education would mean driving all children down to the lowest common denominator (which you would understand unless you had been taught the new “equitable” math). But meritocracy will provide equality of opportunity. In fact, you cannot have equality of opportunity without meritocracy.”

Urgent Priorities 2023

Victor C. Bolles

January 12, 2023


Last year I published a commentary (Urgent Priorities, December 30, 2021) on the urgent priorities that America had to confront in the year 2022. Since many of those priorities were addressed very ineffectively or were not addressed at all, I was tempted to simply republish that commentary again this year. But the world is dynamic, and conditions change so I felt that America’s urgent priorities had to be updated to reflect those changes. In this commentary we will discuss the unfinished business of 2022 and the priorities of 2023 and beyond.


Quote from the Commentary:

“There are priorities that affect all Americans, rich and poor, black and white, young and old, whatever. We live in a complex and dangerous world. While our country is rich and powerful, it is not invulnerable. We cannot ignore the events happening around us and we need to be able to influence those events or be prepared to suffer the consequences.”

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