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WRITINGS


Three parts in this section, and I'll add entries as time goes on
  • Recent Short writings.   Comments on and a copy of my short writings produced since the publication early in 2006 of my latest book, Living White.  The most recent writing is listed first.
  • Books.  Comments and availability information on five books I have published since 1998.
  • Short Writings, 2001-2005.  Published and unpublished short writings, absent commentaries, from 2001 to the publication of Living White.  Again, most recent first, and unpublished material is available here.


If you want to get my view of American life and our individual lives, you could read the books in the order I have listed them here, beginning with Sports in the Lives of Children and Adolescence.   Add to that the short writings since the publication of my last book, Living White--they are listed in the "Recent Short Writings" section below--and then the material in the "Thoughts" section of this site.  If you only have the time or interest to read just one book, I suggest The Fame of a Dead Man's Deeds.  If you want the latest and/or a sense of who I am,  read the thoughts in the order they are listed in the Thoughts section of this site, beginning with "On Foucault"--and you can read them in any order, they are self-contained.

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          Recent Short Writings

            

         

• Robert S. Griffin, William Pierce and a Play by George Bernard Shaw, 9 pp., 2018.

In the early part of this century, I published a portrait, as I called it, of the white activist William Pierce, who died shortly thereafter, called The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds.   I called the book a portrait rather than a biography because it was basically my sense of Pearce after spending a month living in close contact with him on his remote compound in West Virginia.  One of Pierce’s prime traits, he took ideas very seriously and lived in accordance with the ones that gave him direction in his life’s project of living an honorable and meaningful existence in the time he had allotted to him on earth (it turned out to be 68 years).   One major source of perspective and guidance for Pierce was a stage play, Man and Superman, by George Bernard Shaw.  The following is an excerpt from the Fame book about that play’s impact on him.  Read the complete article here.

        • Robert S. Griffin, Where’s Nordic-Boy?  A Game for Our Time, 8 pp., 2018.

 

        During intermission of a modern dance performance I attended, I looked through the program handed out to everyone in attendance that
        evening.   A couple of pictures--one having to do with the center’s education programs, the other with its arts programs—caught my eye. 
       
Read the article here.

 

         • Robert S. Griffin, Learning from Baseball, 3 pp., 2018.

 

          There are lessons to be learned from the game of baseball.  Read the article here.

  
        • Robert S. Griffin, Don’t Give People a Club to Beat You Over the Head With, 16 pp., 2018.

                              

             In November of 2016, I wrote a couple of related articles I thought were good, but nobody else did, so I set them aside.   In March
         of 2018, I felt drawn to revisit them.   Read the article here.

            

         • Robert S. Griffin, Who Was Revilo Oliver? 13 pp, 2018.

 

        If a thorough history of the white racial movement is ever written, Revilo Oliver (1908–1994), a classics professor at the University of
        Illinois, will indeed be prominent in it.  Read the profile here.

           

         • Robert S. Griffin, William Pierce and Cosmotheism, 12 pp., 2018.

                                    

            During the early 1970s, the late white activist Dr. William Pierce formulated a religious orientation he called Cosmotheism to provide
        the spiritual basis for the direction he was taking in his racial work.  Read the article here.
                          

           

        Robert S. Griffin, Who Was George Lincoln Rockwell?  9pp.,  2018.

              

           For those unfamiliar with George Lincoln Rockwell (1918-1967), perhaps this writing, drawn from my book on the late William
        Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds, will provide a sense of him.  Read the profile here.

      

        • Robert S. Griffin, What Hitler Believed, 12 pp., 2018.

 

        All my life, it’s been Hitler this and Hitler that.  For me, it was like the Norm Macdonald joke, the more I heard about the guy, the more
        I didn’t care for him.  Finally, I took it upon myself to read Hitler’s magnum opus, Mein Kampf, and see what I could pick up about him
        for myself.  Read the article here.  


       • Robert S. Griffin, The Tale of John Kasper (2017), 17 pages, 2017.

       In 2007, I wrote the article on the white activist John Kasper (1929-1998). The Kasper writing came to mind this past week (early December
      of 2017) because I happened upon a reference on the internet to a new book about Kasper—John Kasper and Ezra Pound: Saving the Republic
     
by Alec Marsh.  Read the article  here.

      
        • Robert S. Griffin, "Moneybull": An Inquiry Into Media Manipulation (short version), 12 pp., 2017.        This is an abridged and slightly revised version of a 2012 writing on this site.    It’s about the 2011 film “Moneyball," a fine piece of
       entertainment, but I question its messages.   Read the revised article here.                               


        • Robert S. Griffin, Addictions:  An Example of the Interplay of the Public and Private, 11 pp., 2017.

       Almost exclusively, white racial discourse has focused on public concerns: white identity and culture, historical and current realities,
       philosophical and ideological concepts, and proposals and strategies for collective action.  And that’s all well and good, keep it going. 
     
The argument here is that at the same time we’re doing that, let’s give attention to the opposite of a public focus: let’s look at things from a
      private, or personal or individual, frame of reference; and take note of the interplay of the public and private, how each affects the other.
     
The private concern I shine a light on here is addiction.   Read the complete article here.

         
          • Robert S. Griffin, World War II and the Walters (Lippmann and Winchell):  Their Implications for Our Time, 10 pp., 2017.

          Around the turn of the century, I wrote a book about white advocate William Pierce.  One of the things that stuck with me about that experience is
          Pierce’s consuming interest in World War II.  Read the article here.

        

           · Robert S. Griffin, He Doth Opine:  A Review of Making Sense of The Alt-Right by George Hawley (Columbia University Press, 2017) 218 pp. , 
          
5pp. review, 2017.

                                         

          With any book, it helps to take into account who wrote it and who published it.  Read the complete review here.

        


          · Robert S. Griffin, Feelings and Thoughts on Charlottesville, 3 pp., 2017.

                            

          Like everyone—in the world, really—I was riveted by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-August of 2017.   White racial activists had gathered in that city
          to  protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and to hold a “United the Right” rally.  Read my commentary here.

         


           · Robert S. Griffin, Serena, Ingrid, and the Story of My Time, 2 pp., 2017.

                                  

          The August, 2017 issue of Vanity Fair magazine has the naked and very pregnant tennis star Serena Williams on the cover.   When I saw it, a thought flashed
          to my mind: “Ingrid Bergman wasn’t naked on the cover of Life in Dad’s shop.”  Read the full commentary here.

      

          

          · Robert S. Griffin, How Movements Succeed, commentary, 3 pp., 2017.


          One way to be successful is to learn from the successes of others. Three successful movements in recent decades have been the civil rights, feminist,
          and gay rights  movements.   Read my commentary here.

        

         • Robert S. Griffin, The Downsides of Being a Teacher for Me (And Maybe for You),  21pp.,  2017.

 

        In recent days, I read a couple of good books on teaching.  They got me thinking about the effects a career in teaching had on me.   Read
        the complete essay here.

      


       • Robert S. Griffin, How Movements Succeed: Lessons from the Past, 3 pp., 2017.

                        

       This is a commentary drawn from a section in the two articles immediately below on this site—“The Alt Right and Tyler Durden’s Advice” and  

      “Seize the Center.”   It examines the black civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s, the modern feminist movement, and the gay rights

        movement, all three of them successful, to see what might be learned from them.  It was posted in March, 2017 in the webzine American
        Renaissance.  Read the commentary here.

 

       

          · Robert S. Griffin, Football Players Making a Better World, commentary, 3 pp,, 2016.

                                    

          On December 17th, 2016, the University of Minnesota football players called off their threatened boycott and will play in the Holiday Bowl game
          in San Diego on December 27th.  Read my commentary here.

 

        • Robert S. Griffin, Seize the Center: A Critique of the Alt Right, Including Tyler Durden’s Advice, 17pp., 2016.


        This is a revision and update of the article immediately below this one on this site,  “The Alt Right and Tyler Durden’s Advice.”   It was
        written just after the conference that was central to the article, and just after President-Elect Donald Trump’s disavowed of the Alt Right.
       
Read the complete article here.

      

        • Robert S.  Griffin, The Alt Right and Tyler Durden’s Advice, 21 pp.,  2016.

 

        In November of 2016, I received a notice for a conference:

 

         CELEBRATE THE ALT RIGHT!  The past 12 month might be remembered as the year of Donald Trump . . . the year of the Red Pill . . . and the year of the
         Alt Right.  It was a time when more people joined our movement than ever before and when our ideas invaded the mainstream.  Become Who We Are/2016—
         which will take place after November’s presidential election—will give us the opportunity to ask what’s next? 

 

        This article offers thoughts keying of the conference notice.   Read the article here.

      

        • Robert S. Griffin, From a Chat to Metapolitics: A Journey in Thought, 18 pp., 2016.

   

       Four current or retired faculty members at the University of Vermont were chatting with a new dean who had recently arrived in
       town from California.  The new arrival commented that he was indeed happy to come to Vermont, great state, but that he realized it
       takes a generation for you--or I guess better, yours--to be accepted by Vermonters as one of them, as a real Vermonter.  Read the full article here.

        

        • Robert S. Griffin, Blacks As Emotional Abusers of Whites: The Exploration of a Possibility, 13 pp., 2016.

                             

        I’m picking up a basic difference in black-white relations in America these days compared to past times, and this writing is an attempt
        to make sense of what’s it’s about.  Read the complete article here.

      

         • Robert S. Griffin, The Real Ernest Heminway? 16 pp., 2016.


       On June 20th, 2016, in a post entitled “The Real Ernest Hemingway," the Occidental Observer reprinted the first few paragraphs of a writing
       that had appeared in the February, 1979 issue of Instauration, a white interests magazine, along with a link to the complete source.  I found
       the Instauration material from 37 years ago in its entirety fascinating, and the contemporary comments in TOO intriguing; and I found all of

       it  important.  Read the complete article here.

       

        • Robert S. Griffin, The Orlando Shootings: Talk, Reality, and The New York Times, article, 19 pp., 2016.      

                                

        In Orlando, Florida in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 50 people were killed and 53 others injured in Pulse, a gay nightclub,
        by, it appears at this writing, a lone gunman of Afghan decent by the name of Omar Mateen.  Now, after the reality of the event, essentially,
        and most importantly, the Orlando tragedy is what people say and write about it and what comes out of that.  It’s about language, and to
        make sense of what happened in Orlando, it is important to look at it from a linguistic angle.   Read the complete thought here.

 

        • Robert S. Griffin, Creating a White Future, article, 11 pp., 2016.

                            

        For its fourth anniversary issue in the fall of 2016, Le Harfang, a French Canadian white nationalist publication, invited foreign
        contributions from a number of people, me being one of them, I’m an American, that 1) speaks to how the contributor sees the world for
        white people “in four or forty years,” and 2) offers advice on how to prepare for tomorrow’s world.   The editor said length was up to me, and
        that he’d trim what I wrote if need be as he translates my English into French.  I replied that I’d give it a go.  This writing is my response to the
        Le Harfang charge.  Read the complete response here.

 

 

        • Robert S. Griffin, How We Can Be Had: An Inquiry into the Ploys of People Who Sell Us Something  (Or At Least It Began As That), 25 pp., 2016.

 

        The focus in this writing is on how somehow like me, and I presume you, can be taken for a ride, or the title of this thought, how we can be had.  While the example
        here is how an investment company representative manipulated me to serve his employers’ interests as well as his own, I think these tactics, maneuvers, stunts,
        are employed by anybody looking to get money out of people: real estate agents, car salesmen, mortgage company representatives, doctors, psychologists,
        interior   decorators, travel agents, personal coaches (golf, skiing, etc.), the list goes on, use your imagination.  Read the full article here.

 

         •Robert S. Griffin, What Schools Could Learn from Skateboarding, article, 15 pp., 2015.

        One of my students in a university course I instructed last semester brought his skateboard with him to classes.  He carried it under his arm as he came in the door and
        it sat prominently on the floor in front of his desk during the class hour.  Read the full article here.

                   

        • Robert S. Griffin, A Needed Paradigm Shift in Education (Short Version), essay, 32 pp., 2015.

 

        This writing is an excerpt from a long article I authored back in 2010.  If you want to read the piece in its entirety—and candidly, I feel very good about its
        content--it’s  down this page among the 2010 writings.  Even though what’s here was composed some time ago, I believe it is still relevant.  Read the essay here.


         • Robert S. Griffin, Epistemology Matters: Reflections Prompted by a Death in Missouri, 12 pp., 2014.
                                           
          At this writing, it has been four days since a highly anticipated and nationally televised November 24th, 2014 press 
          conference conducted by St. Louis County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch in which he announced that a
          grand jury had chosen not to indict white Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August 9th, 2014 death   
          of an eighteen-year-old local black resident, Michael Brown.  What particularly struck me in the hours and days that followed
          the immediate release to the public of the evidence and testimony the grand jury reviewed in the process of coming to its
          decision, much of it supportive of Officer Wilson's side of the story, was that it didn't appear to have been taken into account
          by those who, from the beginning days of the case three months earlier, were convinced that this was a racially motivated
          murder of a black youth attempting to surrender to a police officer and thus an outrage.  This intrigued me and I wanted to
          make sense of it.  This writing is a report of the direction my thinking went in this regard over the next couple days.  Read the
          complete article here.


          • Robert S. Griffin, Poking into the Manosphere, 13 pp., 2014.
                                      
         A book review in the webzine Taki’s Magazine of “Thirty Seven:  Essays on Life, Wisdom, and Masculinity by the obviously
         pseudonymous author Quintus Curtius prompted me to read the book and think about boys and men and masculinity in our
         time.  Read my article here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Joseph K., Kenny Rogers, and Me:  My Experience in an American University, 32 pp., 2014.
                                      
         "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was
         arrested."  So begins Franz Kafka's classic book, The Trial.  The Trial makes the reader grateful for being an American.  
         Certainly nothing like this could happen here in America.  My faith in that comforting and reassuring thought
         has  been shaken over the past few months.  Read the complete article here.

        • Robert S. Griffin, Who Is Jeannette Rankin? 10 pp., 2014.
                                           
        Who's Jeannette Rankin? I've asked that question to a number of people, both men and women, in classes I teach at the
        university and just people I come across day to day--I suppose it's been a total of thirty--and so far nobody's heard of her. 
        That has intrigued me.  Read the complete article here.

        • Robert S. Griffin, How Baseball Has Changed--And Other Things Too, 15 pp., 2014.
                                      
         One way to get a handle on what is going on now is to look at how this same thing went on in years past and compare.  
         Last weekend, I had a chance to do that with baseball, which has been part of my life since my earliest memory. 
         Read the full article here.

        • Robert S. Griffin, Personal Computer Use in Our Time: An Addiction? 11 pp., 2014.
                                   
         Last week ago as I write this, I had a window seat on a five-hour flight from Philadelphia to the West Coast.  Seated next me
         in the middle seat was a fit, dark-haired, polite appearing young man of about twenty-two--fashiony clothes and glasses,
         jeweled stud in his ear, carefully outlined three-day growth of facial stubble, clean and neatly filed fingernails.  He looked to   
         be a charter member of this generation's college cohort, a senior perhaps.  In his left hand was a mobile phone.  On his
         lap was a laptop computer.  I've thought about him every day since.  Read the complete paper here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Social Media, Young People, and Challenges for White Activism, 5 pp, 2014.
                            
          My read of things is that the pervasiveness of social media in our time poses particular challenges to those on the periphery
          of the social/cultural core of American life, and that very much includes white racial analysts and activists.  Read the
          complete paper here.


          • Robert S. Griffin, Critical Theory in the American University: A Critical Issue, article, 25 pp., 2013.

          Critical theory, critical pedagogy, is currently the predominant ideological perspective in the social sciences and
          humanities,  education, social work, and the field of higher education in American universities.  This article uses an episode in
          a class I teach in the university as a way to discuss the implications of this reality.  Read the full article here.
       
          • Robert S. Griffin, A University Personal Growth Course Syllabus: For Your Possible Use, 12 pp., 2013.
                      
          I submitted a proposal to the administration of the college in which I teach for a three academic credit course I would
          instruct  dealing with personal growth and fulfillment.  The proposal was turned down, but perhaps you can make some use
          of this course.  See the course syllabus here.
       
          • Robert S. Griffin, Learning from Birdman. 4 pp., 2013
                                  
         At this writing, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, a member of the NBA's Miami Heat--incidentally, Andersen is one of
         nature's rarities, an American white playing in the NBA--has been suspended for an upcoming game in a championship
         playoff series between the Heat and the Indiana Pacers.  It seems that Birdman--so called because of his arms-flapping,
         soaring style of play--suddenly and seemingly out of the blue knocked a Pacer player to the court with an elbow and then 
         shoved him when he got up and pushed a referee who tried to intervene.  I think Birdman's reaction when he was questioned
         about his outburst has applicability to the circumstance of white people, the race to which I belong, and a race I care deeply
         about in the same way other people care deeply about their race.  This writing also appeared in the June 8th edition of
         the  webzine, The Occidental Observer.  Read the complete article here.

        • Robert S. Griffin, An Educator's 10 Concerns About Social Media, 14 pp., 2013.
                                             
         Ten concerns, or worries, which, as a university professor, I have about the impact of social media involvement on students.  
         Read the complete paper here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, An Interview on Sport and Society, 8pp., 2013
                               
          In early 2103, the editor of Le Harfang, a journal of a Canadian organization, the Alliance of Ethnic Quebecers, requested a  
          written interview with me on the impact of sport on society with particular reference to nationalism.  These are my answers
          to his emailed questions.  The interview was published in French in Le Harfung, No. 6, Vol. 1, 2013.  Read the interview     
          here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, What Louis Michael Seidman Made Me Think About, 7 pp., 2013.
                            
         An opinion piece in the December 30th New York Times by Louis Michael Seidman, a professor of constitutional law, 
         caught my eye.  Seidman, or the Times' headline writer, entitled it "Let's Give Up on the Constitution."   This is a response
         to it submitted to The Occidental Observer web site for publication.  Read the full response here.
        
         • Robert S. Griffin, Are Whites Pathological? Yes and No, 16pp., 2012.

         In October of 2012, the editor of the journal The Occidental Quarterly, Kevin MacDonald, issued a call for papers to be
         included in an upcoming theme issue on White pathology.  "Whatever blame for our situation that we place on others,"
         Dr. MacDonald said in the announcement, "the bottom line is that we are allowing the unfolding disaster to happen.  It
         is unprecedented for a civilization to voluntarily cede political and cultural hegemony to others, particularly when so many of
         these people harbor hatreds and resentments toward our people and our culture."  This paper is my response to that call and
         has been accepted for  publication in that theme issue.  TOQ capitalizes White, so, while it is not my normal
         practice, I do it in this writing.  This writing appeared in the webzine The Occidental Observer in June of 2013,
         and in the journal The Occidental Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 2013.  Read the full paper here.

          • Robert S. Griffin, Commercial Sports and Kids, 6pp., 2012.
                         
          This writing is a follow-up to the writing two sources down on this site, How They Get Us to Watch the Super Bowl:
          An Inquiry into Sport Marketing Strategies.  Here, I outline some of the effects the sports entertainment industry,
          professional sports, has on kids.   Read the full paper here.
        
          • Robert S. Griffin, "Moneybull": An Inquiry Into Media Manipulation, 17 pp., 2012.
                                        
         "Moneyball" was one of the best-received films of 2011 and an Academy Award contender for best film at the 2012
         Oscars.  It is based on a non-fiction book by the same name.  What we are told in the film isn't true.  Or better, it is true here 
         and there but fundamentally untrue.  "Moneyball" obscures significant truths. It portrays things as lucid and simple and
         resolved that are in fact muddy and complex and open to debate.  From what I have heard and read, people accept
        "Moneyball" as an accurate picture of what went on with the A's ten years ago, and its ideas, premises, as valid ones, when I
         consider them highly questionable and in need of qualification if not fundamentally false.  To the extent that I am accurate in
         my perceptions, it is very important for reasons that go beyond this popular entertainment, and that is what pressed me to give
         as much energy as I put into this writing.  Read the complete paper here.
        
         • Robert S.  Griffin,  How They Get Us to Watch the Super Bowl: An Inquiry into Sport Marketing Strategies, 16 pp., 2012.
                               
          The 2012 Super Bowl football game won by the New York Giants over the New England Patriots drew the largest
          American television audience of all time. That's for any kind of programming, entertainment, public affairs, anything, not
          just sports.  One hundred thirteen million people in this country watched that football game.  This was a show put on by the
          employees of two privately owned, profit making sport exhibition companies.  How did they get me and another one
          hundred thirteen million people minus one to attend to their football performance, and more than that, care about how it
          came out?   What accounts for our enchantment with commercial sports: the Red Sox and Cowboys and Lakers, and all
          the rest?  How do these sport show companies market their product with such remarkable effectiveness?  This writing
          outlines nine things that have come to mind in this regard. Read the paper here.
        
         • Robert S. Griffin, How University Students Think, 11pp., 2012
                                      
          This writing is best viewed as a companion piece to a couple others on this site.  One of them is "How University
          Academics Think," the eleventh source down from this one, in which I suggest that the investigation of how university 
          faculty and administrators see things is an important area of inquiry and offer some thoughts in this regard.  While I hope
          this paper on the way university students think, at least in some areas of their studies, stands on its own, I believe it makes
          most sense if it is considered in conjunction with the one on faculty; I see them as an interrelated pair.  Too, it will be helpful 
          to explore both writings within the context of the educational ideology, goals, and strategies I outline in "Totalism and
          Thought Reform in America's Universities"--either the short or long version, the second and third sources down.  I hope
          these three writings encourage others to contribute their own insights to this general concern, take what I've offered further,
          amend and correct it, and so on.  Read the paper here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Are White Racial Egalitarians Lying?, paper, 5 pp, 2011.

          The lead article in the August 2011 issue of the journal American Renaissance by Robert Greenberg, entitled "When
          Whites Lie to Blacks," decries whites that in our time "contradict plain reality" and expound a "parade of deliberate 
          falsehoods" to and about blacks.  In this same issue of AR, Jared Taylor, in "Response to Dr. Greenberg," while noting
          that  he found the Greenberg essay "witty and insightful" and that he read it "with admiration," nevertheless takes exception 
          with its major premise, that whites who  espouse egalitarian line on whites and blacks are out-and-out lying.  This paper is
          my take on the Greenberg-Taylor exchange.  A version of this paper was published under the title "Are Whites Lying" in
          American Renaissance, vol. 22, no. 10, October, 2011.  Read the paper here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Totalism and Thought Reform in America's Universities (short version), paper, 9 pp., 2011.

            This is a shortened version of the writing just below this one that I put together to accommodate the space requirements for
            publication.   You can read the description of the long version to get a sense of what both of these writings are about. 
           The  major difference between the two versions is that with the short version I cut the material illustrating how Robert
           Jay Lifton's thought reform methods fit what's going on in today's universities.  Depending on your time and interest in
           this topic, you can read either version.  Read the short version here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Totalism and Thought Reform in America's Universities (long version), paper, 28 pp., 2011.
 
          In the summer of 2011, I received an e-mail message from the president of my university--I'm a professor of  
          education--addressed to all faculty and staff saying that all first year students would be required to read the book
          The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  At the time, I had just completed reading psychiatrist and
          scholar Robert Jay Lifton's memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century.  I put the two experiences together and wrote a
          paper on what I see going on in today's universities.  Read the long version here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, "A Case for Conservative Schooling," 31pp. book chapter, 2011, originally published in 2005.

         This is an essay from the book listed above, While There's Time: Conservatism and Libertarianism in Education.   
         Conservative is a pejorative term to those who shape the hearts and minds of today's future teachers in our colleges of
         education.  Teacher education students don't study conservative educators--they hear about them from their professors
         and in the books they are assigned to read.  Conservatives in education, traditionalists of all stripes, so it goes, are misguided, 
         anachronistic, and just perhaps malevolent.  This essay was written primarily for my own students--I teach in a college of
         education--to give them a chance to consider a positive argument for conservative (or, other terms, traditionalist, essentialist,
         classical, perennialist) approaches.  Read the essay here. 
       
         • Robert S. Griffin, "A Lesson in Democracy," 21pp. book chapter, 2011, originally published in 2005.

          This is an essay from the book listed above, While There's Time: Conservatism and Libertarianism in Education.  I have
          been taken by the constant reference to democracy in the writings and talk of the dominant perspective held by
          professional  educators, progressivism.  The most important book by the leading figure in progressive education, John   
          Dewey, is entitled Democracy in Education.  Teaching democracy, inculcating this doctrine in students and implementing
          its ways in classrooms, is to be a top priority in schools.  What's this all about? I asked myself.  Even more fundamentally, 
          when did this country become a democracy?  We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the 
          republic for which it stands--not to the democracy for which it stands.  When is the last time you heard this country referred
          to as a republic?  This essay is my exploration of this topic.  Basically, I contend that the democracy thrust in schools is part
          of a movement to collectivize America.  Read the essay here. 
        
        • Robert S. Griffin, "What Schools Can Learn from Sports," 32 pp., chapter, originally published in 2005.

          This is a chapter from a book of essays on education listed above, While There's Time.  It gets at how a study of the ways
          of sport, the sport culture, can inform what isn't working in schools and give direction to efforts to improve them.  Read
          the chapter here.


         • Robert S. Griffin, "Sports and Growing Up," book chapter, 23 pp., 2011, originally published in 1998.

          This is a chapter from the book listed above, Sports in the Lives of Children and Adolescents.  It outlines the lens through
          which I view the impact of organized sports--and really, everything, family and peer relations, school, activities of all
          sorts, media contacts--on young people.  It is about growing up well (or not), what that involves, and the role of parents
          in that regard.  The ideas in this chapter provided the bases for the four thoughts I wrote for this site in the latter part of
          2010 entitled "Lessons for Our Daughter."  Ken and Melissa Heise, whom I refer to in the chapter, are parents who wrote
          me asking for my advice around organized sports involvement for their son and daughter.   Read the chapter here.
       
          • Robert S. Griffin, Libertarianism and Racial Nationalism--Or Better, White Racialism, essay, 9 pp., 2011.

          This is an abridged version of the writing a couple sources below on this site, Libertarianism and White Racialism.  I  
          shortened it to meet the length requirements of an essay contest conducted by the journal The Occidental Quarterly, which 
          published it in its Spring 2011, Vol.  11, No. 1 issue.  (It was a runner-up to the winner.)  Depending on the time you have
          to devote to this topic from my perspective, you can read this one or the longer one.  The longer one, twice the word count, is
          a much more complete take on this concern, but I think this shorter version gets my perspective across well enough to give
          you a sense of how I see things.  Read the abridged essay here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Becoming a Full Professor, paper, 10 pp., 2010.

          The faculty committee in my college responsible for matters related to faculty concerns developed a proposal that specifies
          the criteria for promotion from associate to full professor.  I volunteered to be on a work group in my department, in which
          I am a full professor, to review that proposal.  Prior to the group's first meeting, I wrote a statement that outlines my 
          perspective on criteria for assessing applications for promotion to full professor in general and the college committee's 
          proposal in particular. This writing includes that statement along with a follow-up statement I submitted to the group
          following  that first meeting.  I hope this writing communicates in a general way what it's like in the university these years.  
          Read the full paper here.

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