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Meg Hansen

Meg Hansen has 2 articles published.

Meg Hansen owns Pierson A. Harleth & Co, a strategic communications firm in Windsor, Vermont. The firm’s clients include the Vermont House Republican Caucus. She writes a weekly opinion column on political and cultural criticism for the Eagle Times (Claremont, NH) and holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.
Culture

When Diversity Politics Debase Our Books And Minds

Should we judge a book by the content of its pages or by its author’s skin color? Today’s cultural credo, informed by the politics of multiculturalism, demands the latter. High society and academia promote ‘diverse’ authors as an urgent redress for the dominance of straight, white men in the Western literary canon. No sane mind would deny the benefits of studying literature by meritorious authors belonging to varied demographics. But the project of diversification is less interested in encouraging talent, and more focused on redistributing social power, historically enjoyed by white males, to the others. Behind the facade of egalitarianism lies a deeply flawed understanding of how and why the traditional literary canon came into being. As Roger Scruton explains in his essay, “Rousseau and the Origins of Liberalism” (The New Criterion, 1998): The traditional curriculum existed because it contained an accumulation of social knowledge – knowledge of the human mind, the human character, and the human heart – whose utility is obvious to those who have studied it, but inconceivable to those who have not. Cultural elites and many educators fall in the latter category,… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

About a White House Built By Slaves

“I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves,” Michelle Obama declared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The ensuing uproar neatly comprised of censure from the right and adulation from the left, thus demonstrating the deep ideological divide that defines our present politics. Though the speech on Tuesday received the most media attention, it does not represent the first instance in which Obama cited the White House’s slave legacy. The line made an appearance in her commencement address at New York’s City College in June, and her husband also made note of the same in March 2015 at the fiftieth anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama. In keeping with leftist orthodoxy, Obama imagines American history as a series of transgressions against the dignity and lives of helpless peoples, and reduces the White House to a mere artifact of that ugly past. Not surprisingly, bastions of the left such as The New York Times and Huffington Post lauded the First Lady for using the… Keep Reading

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