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

Delusion, Doublespeak, and Duplicity: Why Language Matters

Language matters. Let’s start with some quotes from one of the masters of the English language: George Orwell. From his Politics and the English Language: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and...

When the Russians Came to Town: Reflections on Communism and Socialism

In the mid-1980s, when Ronald Reagan was president and the Soviet Union was fighting a losing battle in Afghanistan, my wife and I were running a bed and breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina. One day, an executive from the Dayco Corporation, a...

It's Time to Ask Politicians Some Questions

The other day, I was outside the coffee shop that serves as my second home. In the parking lot across the street a 30-something dad was helping his daughter, three or four years old, out of the car. She said something to him I couldn’t hear, and her...

Saying No to Socialism

Every once in a while we must look with new eyes on the world around us. Those cars on the highway, those stores in the mall, the goods in those stores, those homes in the suburbs and apartments in the city, those power lines along the streets,...

The He-Man Woman Haters Club: Welcome to the World of the Incel

Suppose you were a young man living in a society drenched in sex. Suppose movies featured erotic scenes of beautiful women making love with handsome men. Suppose magazines featured gorgeous models in advertisements. Suppose many books of fiction,...

Mass Shootings: Fallout From a Culture Where Anything Goes and Nothing Matters

My editor at Intellectual Takeout, Annie Holmquist, wrote to me the Monday after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio to ask if I might write a column about these horrific murders. She and some of the staff were discussing...

Apocalypse Now: Be Careful What You Wish For

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later, another American aircraft dropped a bomb on Nagasaki. Six days later, the Japanese government surrendered unconditionally to the United...

Sugar Babies and Epstein’s Teenagers: What Must We Think?

I’m confused.   You see, I thought the definition of a prostitute was a male or female who accepted money for sexual favors. My online dictionary offers a more chauvinistic definition: “a person, in particular a woman, who engages in...

Let’s Stop Blaming Law-Abiding Gun Owners

In the corner of the room near my desk are two .22-caliber rifles, a 20-gauge shotgun, and a BB gun. The single shot .22 was my father’s when he was a boy, the six shot .22 was the gift of a friend, and the shotgun was given me as a teenager and...

The Chinese Communist Party and Their Brave New World

“Graham Allison (China expert and Harvard professor) knows of a Shanghai deputy mayor who says he looks forward to the day when every upper-middle class family in Shanghai has an American house-boy.” - Aaron Sarin Every once in a great while an...

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