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This week in American discourse (2)

Here are some points I’ve either read or heard made over the course of the past days by my fellow citizens. These have been edited for clarity, respectability and brevity.

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1.) I’m not a racist at all, but I think they make good leaders.

2.) The biggest racists are the ones who call me a racist every time I say something racist.

3.) The left created Trump because they called his followers racists. Racists are tired of having their ethos revealed to them.

4.) We really need to show more empathy to Nazis, otherwise we’ll never convince them that democracy makes sense.

Overheard

1.) I’m sick of environmentalists, so I’m not going to ride the public transit anymore. The only thing they care about is the environment.

2.) It’s time to get rid of the Bill of Rights. If we don’t, pretty soon there’s going to be a lot more educated people. They’ll outnumber us. That’s unfair.

3.) It’s really dangerous to put so many sex books in our schools. It would be a lot better for kids if they used books they really enjoy, like Hunger Games and The Game of Thrones.

4.) If we leave education up to the teachers, they’re going to teach kids how to discriminate against their family and leaders.

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Advice for parents of college students

This week’s installment of True Community, my column about men and education, doesn’t really offer any advice, so I’ll do it here. Parents, don’t call your children’s professors to offer excuses or discuss what can be done about grades. It will most often backfire.

I hope you’ll read about the phone call I got from a mom last week. The article’s titled My Son Got Arrested But It’s Not His Fault.

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Test your love. Say goodbye.

I just came back from the opening reception of the SLS Seminar here in Vilnius to see that my latest Good Men Project article has been published.

I had a moment at the Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. I’m going to be spending a very long time away from my wife and children, and it dawned on me that, in a way, I’m getting the break I long for most every morning when I wake up as an exhausted dad. It shook me to realize how I might feel once it started.

The article tells the rest. I hope you’ll read it.