Author Archives: Steven Yates

About Steven Yates

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and teach Critical Thinking (mostly in English) at Universidad Nacionale Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. I moved here in 2012 from South Carolina. My most recent book is entitled Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic (2011). I am the author of an earlier book, around two dozen articles & reviews, & still more articles on commentary sites on the Web. I live in Santiago with my wife Gisela & two spoiled cats, Bo & Princesa.

Do Their Lives Matter?

Do their lives matter? This is another of my “workarounds” because of censorship on Facebook and elsewhere. Continue reading

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Basic Conservative Principles, Part 2

[Continued from Part 1.] Reviewing quickly: these were the nine basic conservative principles we settled on a week ago. (1) Supervening over — standing above — the world we live in, with all its events and trials, is an enduring … Continue reading

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Basic Conservative Principles, Part 1

What is conservatism today? This two part essay tries to answer that question. Continue reading

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Harper’s Cancel Culture Letter Is an Indicator Where Present Cultural and Intellectual Dialogue Stands — It’s Been Canceled!

Harper’s July 7 Cancel Culture Letter is an important indicator of where present cultural and intellectual dialogue stands — there isn’t any! It’s been canceled! Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

Myths about “systemic racism,” “white supremacy,” and “white privilege” get blown completely to pieces in this latest article by Paul Craig Roberts, easily one of the boldest authors in the online world, who always tries to write the truth as … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell Revisited: Constrained versus Unconstrained Visions

Back in 1987 Thomas Sowell published his important book A Conflict of Visions which distinguished constrained from unconstrained visions. With the unconstrained vision of the radical far-left in evidence everywhere in today’s “cancel culture,” never has the time been better for a rediscovery of this important work. Continue reading

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“The World Through the Eyes of a Globalist”

Have you recently felt like you’d entered a real world Twilight Zone? A world where truth and lies have been literally inverted, and you don’t know what to believe? Take the real voyage into Twilight Zone 2020 in “The World Through the Eyes of a Globalist” new from The Unz Review. Continue reading

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A Case for Collapse Studies

A Case for Collapse Studies: we have Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and so on. Given the times we are now living in, why not Collapse Studies. Collapse is a process, not a singular event such as a major economic crash or a pandemic. Ours is underway. Can we turn things around in time? What does history teach us about collapse? Continue reading

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More Censorship On Social Media. This Time, it’s Facebook

This morning, a missive from Ron Unz, editor and publisher of alternative media site The Unz Review, appeared in my inbox. He was reporting that everything from his site had been removed from Facebook. Its page on the social media … Continue reading

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Censorship at YouTube … Again

I just learned this morning that the video content I linked to at the beginning of “Coronavirus / COVID-19” has been removed by YouTube for “violating community standards.” Which means that my readers will not be able to access that … Continue reading

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