The Female Viking Warrior Isn’t Real. Why Do So Many People Want Her to Be?

It’s interesting how little people care about history unless new inspiring evidence is found of it, especially when it comes to historical women redefining gender roles. In a discovery that has gone viral, there appears to be new evidence that Viking women were warriors and even “high-ranking officers,” leading men into battle against their enemies … Continued

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‘Realpolitik’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die…” In that line, delivered in the first season of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister chillingly reminds Ned Stark of one of the most fundamental, survivalist truth of politics. And yet, for a show that has come to define nearly a … Continued

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A Dose of Optimism for Troubled Times

I could use some positive news, and if my Facebook and Twitter feeds are any indication, many others could use a little uplifting news as well. I don’t know if it is the national mood or just the fact that everyone is talking about these books, but my reading tastes have taken on a dystopian … Continued

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A Tale of Two Statues: The Confederate and the Queen

If you walk through the central Maidan region of Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta, the capital of the British Raj, the first thing that comes into view is the gigantic Makrana marbled Victoria Memorial Hall, complete with statues of Lord Curzon and the Queen Empress herself. The entire area was designed to mirror Buckingham Palace Road. Walk … Continued

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Even the Fourth of July is Now ‘Problematic’

Everything is problematic these days. Every single thing. Elle Magazine has even given women who don’t adhere to the group think of the “sisterhood,” like Megyn Kelly, Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway a new moniker: Problematic Women. Nothing can just be enjoyed anymore; no, now everything is a commentary on our current political climate. A … Continued

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When Confederate Statues Are Removed, Are We Unfairly Erasing History?

Time passes and values change. Things our parents and their parents held dear, beliefs and heroes that they cherished, when viewed through the lens of contemporary culture, often no longer seem so heroic or worthy of adulation. No one is immune from this historical revisionism, even our Founding Fathers. But it’s the Civil War that … Continued

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How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

Greater knowledge of the past would help improve America’s public discourse. Once again, President’s Day has come and gone and Americans spent little time reflecting on their past leaders—in part, because Americans know so little history at all, even about the country’s most well-known Founding Fathers. For example, in a 2012 survey commissioned by the … Continued

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The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

If you think political correctness is disturbing, you probably aren’t fully aware of how deeply entrenched it is in American culture. But it is such an immutable characteristic of the Left that it can never be satisfied, and must always push on to the next frontier to satisfy its grievances. And the Left has already … Continued

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