Jerry D. Salyer

Jerry D. Salyer writes from Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • June 2019

    Let’s Stop Equating Slavery and Abortion

    Frequently, pro-life leaders draw a parallel between slavery and abortion. “You Say Abortion Is Legal? The Supreme Court Also Legalized Slavery,” reads one popular bumper sticker.

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  • Nationalism: More to Learn
    March 2019

    Nationalism: More to Learn

    However much they may enjoy watching Captain von Trapp sing “Edelweiss” in The Sound of Music, most Catholic intellectuals nowadays are squeamish about delving too deeply into the production’s historical background.

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  • February 2018

    What Mean Ye By These Stones?

    Pro-slavery or no, a single one of Fitzhugh’s works is easily worth all the publications of a dozen 21st-century mainstream conservatives—neo-or crunchy. Who believes that modern man is so enlightened that he has nothing to learn from Fitzhugh, Morgan, Mastern, or Bottom, just because they were “on the wrong side of history”?

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  • October 2017

    Leftists, Creationists, and Useful Idiots

    Not everyone here in the Bluegrass State was delighted by the 2007 opening of the Creation Museum in Boone County. “There’s been such a push in recent years to improve science education,” a representative of the Kentucky Paleontology Society gloomily observed, yet creationism “still hangs around.”

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  • War on Louisville—or War on Kentucky?
    May 2017

    War on Louisville—or War on Kentucky?

    In one corner, there is Kentucky’s upbeat governor, whose attractive wife, five biological children, and four adopted children compose a family too large to fit into the traditional governor’s mansion.

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  • Silicon Hillbilly
    March 2017

    Silicon Hillbilly

    Since I have long been convinced that the Appalachian South embodies a grounded yet radical alternative to the American mainstream, I got my hopes up recently when I learned that a young man from Breathitt County is garnering national attention as a spokesman for his native eastern Kentucky.

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  • November 2016

    Success and Failure in Higher Education

    Nelson County, Marion County, and Washington County are collectively referred to by their inhabitants as the Kentucky Holy Land, and I don’t think the expression is meant to be entirely whimsical.

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  • A Reluctant Revolutionary
    August 2016

    A Reluctant Revolutionary

    Wendell Berry is a Democrat, pacifist, and critic of organized religion. Add to this the fact that he is a writer whose work has proved compelling to many conservatives, and he becomes a bit mysterious.

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  • No Piety, No Justice
    April 2016

    No Piety, No Justice

    The annual pro-life rally has become a pilgrimage for many, and even if it has failed to stop abortion it has at least helped maintain social space for those who oppose it. Pro-lifers have ensured that abortion is still a live issue—no negligible accomplishment in an age of ever-escalating political correctness.

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  • The Relevance of Russian Tradition
    August 2015

    The Relevance of Russian Tradition

    My first exposure to Alexander Dugin came via YouTube, when I discovered Vladimir Pozner’s 2014 interview with the controversial theorist.

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  • January 2015

    After Strange Gods

    In Hungary last October, U.S. diplomat André Goodfriend noted that Americans’ “right to express their views would be protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

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  • Underground Man
    November 2014

    Underground Man

    Was it fair of Solzhenitsyn to call Peter the Great “a mediocre man, if not a barbarian”? I honestly don’t know.

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  • November 2014

    Six of One

    Since his election to the Senate in 1984, Mitch McConnell has been the bête noir of Kentucky progressives.

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  • Suspicious Minds

    Will Russian philosophy gain a foothold in Russia? It already has, laments David Brooks in a New York Times op-ed (“Putin Can’t Stop,” March 3).

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  • Where the Demons Dwell: The Antichrist Right
    August 2010

    Where the Demons Dwell: The Antichrist Right

    Those blissfully ignorant of right-wing soap opera will have never noticed the Antichrist Right, a loose coalition of writers who regard the Church as the worst thing that ever happened to Western civilization.

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  • March 2008

    Governor Berry and the Mad Farmers’ Liberation Front

    Wendell Berry’s voice is rich and mellow, carrying a slight grit that comes from weathering, age, and experience. His accent is strong enough to flavor his words but mild enough to soothe his listeners. It is a surprisingly gentle voice for one so radical.

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  • Living Communally
    October 2007

    Living Communally

    At first, our taxi driver asserts that the United States will surely triumph overseas—thanks to the teams of dedicated, patriotic geniuses who diligently work in the field of American foreign policy.

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