Entries by Craig J. Cantoni

The Consequences of Obsessive Category Disorder

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

In the name of diversity, America’s racial classifiers obliterate diversity. Long ago, long before the diversity movement and the sprouting of departments of diversity and inclusion in academia, government, media, and industry, I lived in a San Antonio barrio, where my friends and neighbors who were Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans, referred to themselves as […]

Tucson Sets Homicide Record

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Arizona Daily Star January 9, 2021: A record-breaking year of homicides,Tucson police combat gun violence The headline referenced above is about my hometown of Tucson setting a record for homicides in 2021:  93 homicides for a city of 542,629 people.  That comes to one homicide for every 5,834 people.  (Another half-million people live in the metro area […]

A Progressive’s Indictment of Progressive Urban Policies

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A review of San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities, by Michael Shellenberger, Harper Publishing, New York, 395 pages.   Living in Tucson makes me feel a kinship with Michael Shellenberger, the author of San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. He laments how the progressive wing of his party, the Democrat Party, has ruined his hometown […]

A Black Heretic on the Church of CRT

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A review of Woke Racism:  How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America ________________________________________________________ Woke Racism:  How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, by John McWhorter, Portfolio/Penguin, 2021, 201 pages. ________________________________________________________ John McWhorter says some important things about wokeness and critical race theory in this book, and as a black man, he can say […]

Electric Vehicle Inanities, Insanities and Incoherence

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The only green in the new Rivian truck is if it comes in that color. For Americans in the upper percentiles of income, education, social awareness, and environmental awareness, electric vehicles (EVs) have become the latest status symbol, virtue signal, and silver bullet (green bullet?) for reducing global warming. This suggests that they might be just […]

Radical Chic 52 Years Later

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Yesteryear’s radical chic morphed into today’s wokeness and virtue signaling. Fifty-two years ago New York Magazine published “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s,” by Tom Wolfe. With his outstanding satirical talent and observational skills, Wolfe described the bizarre scene at a cocktail party at a 13-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue, the home of Felicia and […]

I’m not a Racist – I Just Don’t Like Certain People

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The real racists in America are those who judge people on their pigmentation. Being white, or olive, or beige, or swarthy, or whatever color has been affixed to this Italian by woke affixers who care deeply about pigment but have no original thoughts about pigment and thus simply parrot prevailing pigment pabulum, it’s impermissible for […]

From a Mobster to a Privileged White Racist

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In the name of wokeness, one ugly slur has been replaced by another. Warning:  The following is a representative sample of past and present racial/ethnic slurs and stereotypes. If you grit your teeth and bear with it, you’ll see why they’re repeated here. Poles were known as dumb Polacks. The Irish were known as mics […]

As a Tucson Walmart Goes, so Goes the Nation

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My wife and I shop for groceries and other essentials at four different stores in the City of Tucson, although we live a few miles outside of city limits and there are closer stores, including a Whole Foods, which is too expensive for our frugality. One of the four stores is Walmart. We will no […]