Welcome to The Artful Dilettante–a sanctuary of reason and virtue, where reality is your best friend and facts always trump wishful thinking.  It is the Lamp of Hope in a dark and musty corner of a crumbling civilization.  It is the seedbed of the Republic of Letters and Virtue coming soon to a world near you.  It is a place of free minds, free wills, and free markets–without chains, yokes, or harnesses.  The Artful Dilettante is on the front lines of the Liberty Movement.  It is intended for people who think rationally as a way of life. There is no place here for the false dichotomies of left and right, haves and have-nots, liberals and conservatives.  History is and has always been about the struggle between liberty and power.  The stale bromides and recycled political pablum advanced as solutions by our benighted leadership will find no support here.   Great moral problems cannot be solved by sleights-of-hand.   The true sign of a good idea is the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the ruling class.  We are ever on the lookout for bold and sweeping ideas, firmly grounded in liberty, which will send the political class into fits of rage.   

We always have our finger on the pulse at The Artful Dilettante.  We are dispassionate, keenly perceptive, and yes, somewhat cynical observers of human events.  We are at once above the din and in the fray. We have a nuanced understanding of our political system and the criminals and reprobates who run it. We never accept anything at face value, especially the pronouncements of those in power and the echoes of their dutiful, fawning bottom-dwellers in the media and university faculty lounges. We know that people often aren’t who they say they are, and that things aren’t always as they appear to be.  We fully agree with the notion that there are no accidents in politics. We reflexively assume that every politician is either lying or stupid, and that the vast majority of the American people can be trusted with a deadly weapon but not the right to vote.   We fully agree with the words of Jefferson: “The Tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are yours by birthright, not permission.  They can be taken away, but never granted.

We promise never to be fair and balanced but to tell the unvarnished truth.  Fair and balanced just means you’re telling the truth half the time.  We promise to challenge the prevailing wisdom while honoring the universal, timeless truths of our forebears. Lastly, we promise to aggressively promote our vision of a just and peaceful society based on the application of reason to the challenges of life on earth.  

The Artful Dilettante

A Legend in His Own Mind.


 Ama-gi: first known recorded symbol of “liberty” in Sumerian cuneiform

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Can Your Kids Answer These Questions? If Not, Why Not?

If your kids don’t know these things, it’s time you seriously considered educational alternatives for your child. And please don’t say you can’t afford it, because you can’t afford not to. If you love your children, take them out of public school, find a good private/parochial school, homeschool, or simply keep them at home. They’ll learn a lot more watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune than spending seven hours in a government-run holding tank for the children of dysfunctional parents.

Below are subject matters that my peers and I learned between the ages of 10-17. These issues and facts were taught during the 60s and 70s. Minorities had no problems learning these things. Why do they have problems with them now ? It’s called the “soft racism of low expectations.”

Ask your children or grandchildren these questions. If they can’t answer a good many of them, your children are the victims of child abuse.


Who invented the cotton gin?

The steamboat ?

The electric lightbulb?

Movable press?

The reaper?

The sewing machine?

Vulcanized rubber?

Can you identify all 50 states from a map of the United States? And name their capitals?

Can you diagram a sentence?

Do you know the rules governing the use of “less vs. fewer?”

Can you quickly recite the multiplication tables? Like, right now.

Can you discuss the significance and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and U.S. Constitution?

Can you name five major figures of the Renaissance? The Enlightenment?

On which date was Julius Caesar assassinated?

Could you identify most of the countries on a map of the world ?

Can you briefly discuss the early American settlements at Plymouth and Jamestown? What drew these early settlers to risk life and limb to come here?

Can you name the major battles of the War of Independence? Which war preceded the War of Independence that, in fact, helped set the stage for the War of Independence?

Can you prove that a triangle is 180 degrees?

Can you prove that alternate exterior angles are equal?

Can you name the formula of the Pythagorean Theorem?

Can you name the formula of Einstein’s theory of relativity?

Can you cite the four rights enshrined in the First Amendment?

Can you name your Natural Rights? HINT: There are three.

Do you know the rules of punctuation, grammar, and syntax, i.e. the King’s English—the correct use of quotation marks, when to use a semi-colon instead of a comma, the rules of capitalization, etc. ?

Can you name the seven continents?

Can you the name seven parts of speech?

Can you name the seven auxiliary verbs?

Do you know the “rule of three” in mathematics?

Have you read any of the following—A Tale of Two Cities, any Shakesperean plays, Oliver Twist, Wuthering Heights, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Last of the Mohicans, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Democracy in America ? If not, can you at least name the authors of these classics ?

Do you know the difference between a peninsula and isthmus?

Can you briefly discuss the Protestant Reformation, Counter Reformation? Can you name the major players of these historic periods?

Who is Charlemagne and why is he important? On which day was he crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor and what was the name of the crown?

Can you discuss the Age of Discovery? Columbus, Pizarro, de Leon, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, Magellan, Balboa ? What can you say about these conquistadores and explorers?

Can you identify at least five major figures of the Enlightenment ? Can you identify the generally accepted years during which the Enlightenment took place? What was the significance of the period? Explain its impact on our own history?

Our country is routinely called a democracy. This is soooo incorrect. Our Founding Fathers loathed the idea of democracy, likening it to the “rule of the mob.” Which term correctly describes our form of government?

What is a synonym? An antonym ? A homonym?

Do you know when to use there, their, and they’re ? Your and you’re ?

Do you know the formulae for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa?

Can you name the planets? In order of their distance from the sun ?

Can you name the oceans ?

What was the first battle/act of aggression in the War of Northern Aggression (i.e. Civil War) ?

Can you name the Great Lakes ? In order of size ?

I could go on and on. But these are just the basics of grammar, mathematics, and history that all of us were required to learn while attending school in the 60s and 70s. Minorities were required to learn these things, and did. I don’t recall any minorities struggling with these things. If they are, it’s termed the “soft racism of low expectations.”

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