Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

Girth Dearth

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One of the curious inconsistencies of modern leftist dialogue runs thus: It is bad to stigmatize the mentally ill, but unless you have the proper opinions on social issues, you have a mental illness. A phobia. You’re transphobic, or fatphobic. If you’re paranoid about your nutritional intake, you’re transfatphobic.

To those of us who would like our language to be a bit more concise than a dog’s bark, a phobia is an irrational fear. Actual fatphobia means a morbid dread of excess fats in the sewer gaining sentience and bursting from the grates, coalescing into a ten-story creature that howls “Run,

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After Harvey Mansfield’s disinvitation from Concordia University, a professor writes in to NR to clarify. Plus, Fred Schwartz on baseball.
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The Canadian newspaper the National Post reports, ‘Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost.’ Good news for Joe Biden.
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Girth Dearth

According to the Left, it is bad to stigmatize the mentally ill, but unless you have the proper opinions on social issues, you have a mental illness.

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