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.

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The F-Bomb and the Age of Public Crudity

Let’s start with a question: Is anyone other than your correspondent sick of the public use of the “F-word"?   Hollywood actors, celebrities, politicians, commentators, bloggers and those who comment on blogs sling the word around...

How to Avoid Becoming a Self-Righteous Virtue Signaler

Here is an online proponent for gun control, a man ignorant of the difference between a shotgun and a .22 rifle, decrying millions of gun owners as Nazis. There sits the woman who makes a point of telling her dinner companions, some of whom are...

Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury

In 2015, blogger Amanda Russo posted a humorous piece “Why Halloween Is Actually A Pretty Weird Holiday.” As Russo says, on Halloween we encourage our kids to take candy from strangers. We threaten our neighbors with “Trick or Treat.” We spend a...

How Dumbed Down Education is Creating a National Security Crisis

In Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, Joseph Epstein, one of America’s great essayists, includes a piece “How I Learned to Love the Draft” in which he offered his reasons for the restoration of compulsory military service. After reading Epstein’s reasons...

No Mas: Enforce the Law, Protect Our Borders

"In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber." - Flannery O’Connor   A country that can’t control its borders is by definition no longer a country.   As I write these words, 7,...

Whatever Happened to Coffee Shop Courtesy?

“I’ve become that guy who sits in the corner and keeps his opinions to himself.”   I am working away on my laptop in a coffee shop that serves as my second home when the man at the nearby table speaks those words. Here’s a sixty-something...

Something Wicked this Way Comes: Sexbots are in production

You arrive home from a long day of work. Your partner greets you at the door with your favorite beverage, eases you into a chair, and massages your shoulders to get rid of the kinks accumulated by the day. Supper—healthy and one of your favorite...

Owning Your Guilt: Why Everyone Must Learn to Do It

In The Great Divorce—the title comes from Milton’s Paradise Lost and refers to the separation of Heaven and Hell—C.S. Lewis paints an unforgettable picture of hell. This is not the Gehenna depicted in the Bible, in the homilies and writings of the...

Why Feminists Hate Toxic Femininity

In the 1990s, “toxic masculinity” entered the language. Though pegging a meaning to this term is difficult, The Good Men Project offers a solid definition: “a narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence,...

Age of Rage: Five Possible Reasons for Our Current Madness

How did we arrive at a point in our history where gangs of hecklers chase politicians from restaurants, where senate hearings have lost all decorum, where family members and friends part ways over politics?   Every day brings new examples...

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