Bo Winegard

Bo Winegard

Bo Winegard is an essayist who received his PhD in social psychology from Florida State University under the tutelage of Roy Baumeister.

Academic Exile, Two Years On

Academic Exile, Two Years On

Academia has become an intellectual prison, and many incarcerated professors are compelled to live a dual existence.

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
12 min read
Education
Problems with Mill’s Masterpiece

Problems with Mill’s Masterpiece

The condition of human life is such that we must of necessity be restrained and compelled by circumstances in nearly every action of our lives. Why, then, is liberty, defined as Mr. Mill defines it, to be regarded as so precious? ~James Fitzjames Stephen Of all the works written in

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Bo Winegard
18 min read
Politics
Deliberately Divided—A Review

Deliberately Divided—A Review

A Review of Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart by Nancy L. Segal. Rowman & Littlefield, 520 pages (November, 2021) When I first heard about the Louise Wise Services-Child Development Center (LWS-CDC) twin study, I was shocked but also skeptical. A doctor had separated

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
8 min read
Science / Tech
A Return to Tradition: Creating a Post-Trump Conservatism

A Return to Tradition: Creating a Post-Trump Conservatism

Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it:they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light. ~Russell Kirk The conservative movement is in crisis. During the storm and stress of the Trump years, critics in the media and elsewhere have painted its

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
13 min read
Politics
In Defense of ‘Reactionary Liberalism’—A Reply to Osita Nwanevu

In Defense of ‘Reactionary Liberalism’—A Reply to Osita Nwanevu

I am a liberal conservative, or as the New Republic‘s Osita Nwanevu would have it, a “reactionary liberal.” I lean right-of-center and, as I have argued before, I believe that many of the West’s most cherished values—individualism, due process, free speech and inquiry, and the rule of

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
9 min read
Education
I've Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

I've Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity. ~Chinua Achebe Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
6 min read
Education
Progressivism and the West

Progressivism and the West

The biggest threat to Western civilization is posed not by other civilizations, but by our own pusillanimity—and by the historical ignorance that feeds it. ~Niall Ferguson I was wrong. For a long time, I considered the loose collection of ideas and assumptions I will call “progressivism” to be a

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
13 min read
Recommended
"Equalitarianism" and Progressive Bias

"Equalitarianism" and Progressive Bias

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche “I want to understand how a normal brain becomes conservative,” my professor said. “That is the thing that most puzzles me.” At the time (I was in my early twenties) I completely

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
15 min read
Hypothesis