Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot — essayist, poet, aphorist, and satirist — is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing appears regularly in New English Review, where he is a contributing editor, and occasionally in The Iconoclast, its daily blog. He is a columnist at Taki’s Magazine and his work has appeared in The Imaginative Conservative, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, The Unz Review, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, and elsewhere. You can follow him at @CEGrotius.

Moral Smugness Towards Brett Kavanaugh


To the political witch hunt that seemed as though it might ruin his and his family’s lives, and which certainly caused the Kavanaugh family to experience profound suffering, Brett Kavanaugh reacted as anyone would: with natural and justified anger. Of course, at first Kavanaugh was rather cool-headed, but by the September 27 Supreme Court confirmation […]

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Howard Shultz Starbucks Cowardice

What Cowardice Looks Like: More on the Philly Starbucks Controversy


There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet. — T.S. Eliot  …And the comedy goes on. Behold, dear reader, Rachel Siegel writing Act Two in the Washington Post: “When asked what the company’s policy is about making purchases, a Starbucks spokesperson said: ‘In this particular store, […]

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Starbucks Philadelphia: Controversies Without Nuance


In an interview that he was gracious enough to grant me recently, Frederick Schiff, Patrol Lieutenant of the San Francisco Police Department, remarked that “it is the perceived extreme nature of our profession that attracts attention and generates emotion.” “Sometimes,” according to Schiff, “an incident is expanded out of context and made into a racial […]

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A Portrait of a Bluestocking


Committed to a worldview in which the self is defined by victimization, feminists are generally biased and poor thinkers. The reason is simple and clear: per their agenda, which they assume is always applicable, they do not consider contexts objectively. On the contrary, they perceive, and therefore reason and evaluate, in a priori terms. Hence the […]

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Kevin Williamson Finds a Fitting New Home — NOT! (Updated)


Updated 4.5.18 4:23 p.m. Shortly after the essay below was published, we learned that Williamson had been fired by the Atlantic. In an email to his staffers, Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: Late yesterday afternoon, information came to our attention that has caused us to reconsider this relationship. Specifically, the subject of one of […]

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Professor Pinker’s Ignorant Gospel


How rarely reason guides the stubborn choice, Rules the bold hand, or prompts the suppliant voice, How nations sink, by darling schemes oppress’d, When vengeance listens to the fool’s request. — Dr. Johnson It is a strange experience to immerse yourself in the writings of secular rationalists like Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. […]

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Understanding the True Character of Feminism


Despite having obtained equal opportunity and the liberty to live like men, many women remain unhappy. Indeed, on the whole women are perhaps unhappier than ever. As Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers put it in their 2009 essay, “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both […]

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