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

Winning the Culture War One Avocado Skirmish at a Time

In 1996, W.W. Norton & Company published Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture. In this collection of essays, 23 writers came together to address culture and its “ominous slippage, a shift towards the bizarre, the...

'Where Do We Get Such Men?'

In The Bridges At Toko-ri, the film based on James Michener’s novel about carrier pilots in the Korean War, Admiral George Tarrant watches as his pilots take off from the pitching deck to engage the enemy and asks, “Where do we get such men?” His...

In Demonizing Our Opponents, We Only Demonize Ourselves

A long-time friend, John, has a wonderful knack for talking to strangers. Like anyone over fifty, he has taken his share of life’s blows and has the dents in his armor to prove it. Unlike some who grow old, however, John has retained a genuine...

Playing With Fire: Are We Witnessing the Death of Europe?

In the wake of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral, some online commentators speculated that arsonists might have sparked the blaze, hinting at Islamists or radical secularists. Others immediately launched a furious counterattack, accusing these...

All Good Mothers Have One Trait in Common

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This is the day we honor the mother who bore us, reared us, laughed with us (and sometimes laughed in private at us), argued with us, taught us everything from table manners to hygiene, protected us, and...

Dumbfounded by American Socialism

In some regards — no, in many regards — I am a knucklehead. Talk to me of stocks and bonds, of escrow and amortization, and a curtain descends. Speak to me at a party of the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the music of Philip Glass, and...

The Children at Play in Congress

“Where do the children play?” is the refrain from a 1970 Cat Stevens song in which the singer-songwriter warned about the dangers of skyscrapers, roads, and plans to the environment. Well, here we are, forty-nine years later, and children are...

Leaders and Followers: The Forgotten Part of the Equation

Punch in “leadership books” on Amazon, and dozens of volumes pop up.   Punch in “follower books,” and you get titles about social media and Christian discipleship.   This same disparity holds true for my public library. Here...

Why It's Important to Have Heroes

Heroes. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines a hero as “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.” That “man” doesn’t fit the zeitgeist these days, so I looked up “heroine,” who is “a woman admired and emulated for her...

Rumor and Bias, Inaccuracy and Ignorance: The Low State of Journalism

William Tecumseh Sherman, a Civil War general not known for his delicacy of speech, once said, “If I had my choice, I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” Like many people...

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