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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Slavery Is Alive and Well Today… but Not in the Way Many Expect

What exactly is a slave?   My online dictionary describes it as “a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.”   That one doesn’t satisfy. Though some might debate the definition of “legal property...

Hope for the Future is Not Blind Optimism

A Florida reader of Intellectual Takeout sent me a thoughtful email asking a question about my article from several weeks ago. It ran as follows: Yesterday, I read The Long March: Are Its Days Numbered? That essay is what prompted me to write...

Has Patriotism Gone out of Fashion?

"April is the cruellest month," notes T. S. Eliot in his poem, "The Waste Land." For most of us, however, April brings pleasures and celebrations. Where I live, the forsythias have exploded, causing my young granddaughter to wonder why all...

Two and Two Now Equal Five

A few years ago, I thought it was time to retire George Orwell’s 1984 to the attic. My years of teaching literature convinced me that Huxley’s Brave New World was more likely to unfold: a world in which an elite might control the rest of us through...

White Privilege: A Thing of the Past?

White privilege. For years now, we’ve heard some folks sling that term around along with that verbal slap, “Check your privilege.” But here’s a question: Does white privilege exist in 2019? Or is it just a way of smearing whites? First, a...

The Long March: Are Its Days Numbered?

A golden jubilee is by definition the celebration of a fiftieth anniversary. Fifty years have passed since a watershed year in our history: 1969. Yet many of us, I suspect, will find little gold or jubilee in this anniversary. Yes, 1969 was...

The Best Way to Teach History to Children

When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.                                 - Variation on an African proverb In the mid-1990s, Mrs. Irene Harrison (1890...

How to Raise 'Em Tough in a World of Chaos

A woman I knew in college who later became an important figure in Planned Parenthood often stated her aversion to bearing children. “Who would bring a child into today’s world?” she’d say. “Look at the mess we’re in.”   That was 47 years...

Swimming Upstream in a Turbulent Society

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."                                ...

Questions, But No Answer

Questions about various events, propositions, and ideas in our culture and politics have me bemused, baffled, and bewildered. As a young woman in Tennessee once said when I asked for directions, “Well, I am just plain bumfuzzled.” Bumfuzzled....

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