Entries by Conlan Salgado

Weekend Read: Artificial Intelligence

Estimated Reading Time: 10 minutes

As human beings we name things. We classify objects and persons. These activities are the foundation of our pursuit of understanding: categorization. It may be that in classifying ourselves as homo sapiens—intelligent hominids—we set ourselves up for perpetual misunderstanding of ourselves. Lately some members of homo sapiens have convinced themselves that they have created intelligent […]

WEEKEND READ: Why Israel Must Annihilate Hamas

Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes

On Oct. 7, the Palestinian government of the Gaza Strip, Hamas, perpetrated an act of genocide against the Israeli people. They intended to wipe out, in whole or part, the Israeli population. They specifically targeted young women, families, and elderly people. They attacked a music festival specifically in order to mass murder young Israelis. They […]

WEEKEND READ: They Cannot Rest Until They Do Evil

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

If you understand the true nature of Leftism, very few things coming out of the Left can surprise you. At least in theory, evil is incapable of shocking the sober-minded individual, the one who has read about, lived through, studied, and reflected on human nature. God is full of surprises, the devil is full of tricks, which seem like surprises, until you realize that they surprised you only because you lost focus for an existential moment.

Democracy’s Death With Dignity

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

The phrase “death with dignity” perfectly describes the Democrat attitude toward democracy. It is now very obvious that for Democrats, democracy has a terminal diagnosis: Donald Trump. The experts, those very “doctors of democracy” themselves, thought at first that we might be able to beat the disease. After all, back in 2020, democracy was declared in remission!

Harvard and Hamas

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Our political class likes euphemisms. One of its favorites is “democracy”; democracy sounds better than “a systemic agenda of censorship, economic irresponsibility, increasing surrender of foreign interests abroad, an almost totally open policy on the border, inability to control crime and drug waves, and a recruiting and morale crisis in our armed forces which hasn’t […]

On The Bombing of the Gaza Strip

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

2000 Palestinians have been killed since Israel has started retaliatory air strikes into the Gaza Strip.  These are big numbers; bigger than Israel can put up, which is important, cause this is a war all about numbers. Just ask all the people talking about ceasefires and peace and proportion and other big powerful words which […]

The House Ouster: Today, We Are All MAGA Republicans

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Editors’ Note: Enjoy the first two paragraphs of satire introducing the events in the House of Representatives last week with the ouster of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The essay below is penned by Conlan Salgado, The Prickly Pear’s newest contributor. Mr. Salgado is a college junior, astute political observer and highly informed conservative. His essay deserves […]

Goodbye, Mr. Anderson

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

In August of 2020, Israeli scholar Yoram Hazony published an essay on the website Quillete, entitled “The Challenge of Marxism”. Setting aside the fact that the major challenge of Marxism is the inherent stupidity and vice of human beings, and their infernal urge to systematize it, Mr. Hazony set out to explain how Marxism has […]

A Cartoon Graveyard – An Analysis of the Left’s Postmodern Attack on Excellence

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

There is an old idea that excellence in any discipline is difficult to achieve. Perhaps that idea suggests another similar, though unconnected one: that those who have achieved excellence are difficult to enslave. In the movie 13 Assassins, Shinrokuro Shinmada says, “Ruling is convenient, but only for rulers. The people must learn to serve.” He […]

Identity As Politics

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Identity politics is well acknowledged in conservative circles as one of the worst scourges of postmodernity. As its name suggests, there are two different aspects to this phenomenon: a theory of identity and then a theory of how identity relates to politics. The latter term is relatively easy to define: for everybody living after the […]

How the Left Stole the Founding

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”   So begins the greatest work of practical political philosophy every written. In part, what these words were conveying was […]

Why Politics is More Important than Culture Right Now

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

The progressive and now radical left has tightened its control over the political life of America, especially since the highly suspicious elections of 2020 and 2022. The most astute conservative thinkers, however, have long recognized that the left’s conquest of culture came before its political conquest, best represented in Breitbart’s phrase “Politics is downstream of […]