Anybody know much about Jacques Ellul? I was embarrassed to tell a loyal TDE reader that I’d never heard of him. He wrote over 50 books and over a thousand articles. He thought of himself as a Christian anarchist and was interested in technology and culture. It sounds like he’s kind of Rothbard and McLuhan wrapped up into one. I’ve ordered two of his books. I’ll let you know what I think.
So Keith Olbermann leaves another network. There are few people who strike me as an ass like Olbermann, and I don’t think it’s because he’s a flaming liberal. His personality is just obnoxious, and based on little nuggets I hear occasionally, it appears that the people who work with him agree.
In light of the Trayvon Martin affair, Pat Buchanan points out some awkward facts about race and crime. He’ll no doubt get branded a racist (oh wait, he already has been), but his facts reveal a fundamental truth: If you’re a rational being, you’re going to be a little more nervous around a young black male than, say, an old white guy. Excerpts: “Black males between 16 and 36, though only 2 to 3 percent of the population, are responsible for a third of all our crimes. . . . Geraldo Rivera had a point. Whenever cable TV runs hidden-camera footage of a liquor or convenience store being held up and someone behind the counter being shot, the perp is often a black male wearing a hoodie. . . . The real America is a country where the black crime rate is seven times as high as the white rate. It is a country where white criminals choose black victims in 3 percent of their crimes, but black criminals choose white victims … Read the rest