Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

Recent blog posts by this author

Back Row Kids: Dignity, Work, and the Vision of Williamson College

On July 1, 1997, a massive rockslide closed I-40 between the Tennessee and North Carolina line. Boulders the size of school buses crashed across the highway and fell into the nearby Pigeon River. It took more than two months for work crews and...

Inoculating Our Children Against Socialism

For the first time in our history, many politicians and candidates label themselves socialists, as if that title were a badge of honor. Many of their young constituents doubtless find something just and romantic in the idea of socialism. Some...

A Time of Deceit: Can Freedom of Speech Endure?

In my teaching days, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World appeared frequently on my classroom reading lists. Orwell’s vision of a totalitarian Big Brother government competed in my mind with Huxley’s dystopian...

The Fall of the Wall and the Rise of Political Correctness

Thirty years ago this month, there occurred one of those amazing historical moments that stunned the world. The Berlin Wall ceased to exist: On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for...

Do Troubles Inside the Catholic Church Mean Trouble for Us All?

The Roman Catholic Church, sometimes called the Barque of Peter, is in dire straits these days, buffeted by winds and high waves. These storms and troubles in the Church should be of concern not just to Catholics, but to all Christians, indeed to...

Why 1920s Americans Probably Wouldn’t Trade Places With Us

The news smacks us upside the head day after day, and sometimes the barrage of headlines can overwhelm us. We ignore them at the peril of our republic, but this unrelenting blitz can also drive us up the wall or round the bend. In part because of...

Copycatting Melania Trump

Recently, my friend John and I were discussing intelligence and the media. “Find any picture of reporters with that woman,” John said, “And you’ll see she’s the smartest person in the room.” “That woman” was Melania Trump. I only knew a little...

It’s Time to Quit Smearing Our Opponents With the R-Word

A lie can never become the truth. But repeat it often enough, and people will believe the lie. Communists, fascists, and some of our own politicians have long understood this idea. George Orwell had them in mind when he famously wrote:...

American Neverland: An Epidemic of Infantilism

In 2015, Canadian singer Ruth B. released a song “Lost Boy” to widespread acclaim. The stanza below is repeated twice in the song: I am a lost boy from Neverland Usually hanging out with Peter Pan And when we're bored we play in the woods...

An Antidote To Madness: The Happy Creek Coffee Shop

Daft. Demented. One sandwich short of a picnic. No light on in the attic. Out to lunch. Stark raving mad. Every morning, these words and phrases pop to mind as I jump from site to online site, catching the headlines, browsing part of an article...

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