The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

By Tracy R. Walsh Keith Humphreys thinks the phrase “progressive Puritans” is unfair to both progressives and Puritans: A Puritan would be delighted to meet a fellow member of the faithful, but that is not what I see in these parents. If they are vegetarian and meet another vegetarian, they are unhappy and commit to becoming … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

Punctuality Puritanism

Kevin Williamson declares that “[w]asting somebody else’s time is a great sin”: New Yorkers, contrary to the popular belief, are not on the whole rude people. But their characteristic pedestrian habits — avoiding eye contact, marching through scenes of pathos or comedy as though they had seen nothing at all — give that impression. That impression … Continue reading Punctuality Puritanism

The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

The thread continues: Thanks so much for posting my response.  It’s one of the many things I truly appreciate about your site, the airing of both sides. You posted an update from another reader immediately after mine: True, some herbs have medicinal properties, but unless one has run a double-blind test, then you truly don’t know … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

A reader writes: As a former resident of Portland, I’ve followed the fluoridation debate lightly without much of an opinion, but have dug into it some more with the unfurling of this thread. I tip my cap to the reader who linked to the anti-fluoride site. I, for one, have been trying to figure out what’s … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

A reader writes: As a progressive liberal parent, parenting in progressive liberal Seattle, I’m finding the lopsided caricature of liberal parenting presented recently on the blog to be rather unfair. In the specific case of fluoridation, it is by no means proven that fluoride is harmless –  some studies have linked fluoride to disruption of the … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

A reader writes: I’ll leave readers to decide how convincingly Mark Oppenheimer made his case about liberal puritanism, but as a proud Stumptowner, I gotta call BS on dragging Portland into it.  Like so many local issues, when an essayist just grabs a headline and lazily uses it as a metaphor for some larger theme, … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents, Ctd

The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents

Spurred by voters in Portland, Oregon who defeated a bill that would have provided for the fluoridation of their drinking water, Mark Oppenheimer decries the trend of “left-wing Puritanism”. He relays this telling anecdote: Last month, at a birthday party for a three-year-old, I was hit with the realization that most of the parents around me were in … Continue reading The Puritanism Of Progressive Parents