Entries by Howe Abbott-Hiss

Review of “Romancing Opiates”: Personal Agency Is Critical

Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy Theodore Dalrymple Encounter Books, 2008; orig. pub.: 2006 “Man is the only creature capable of self-destruction, and only man decides in full consciousness to do what is bad, even fatal, for him.” – Theodore Dalrymple Opiates and their synthetic cousins, opioids, have long been a major topic […]

Look Who’s Back

Look Who’s Back is the English title for a German movie released in October of 2015. Dealing with the hypothetical return of Adolf Hitler in contemporary Germany, the film, based on a 2012 novel, was quite successful. While the movie reached the number one rank in Germany in the third week after its release, the […]

In Defense of the War on Drugs

The policy formerly known as the War on Drugs has been widely criticized in recent years. Some of these criticisms are well-founded. However, I have been disappointed to see anti-Drug War rhetoric focus more on race and victimology as it has recently. The currently popular race angle is one of the weakest arguments against drug […]

Race and Social Justice in South Park

South Park, begun in 1997 by writer-directors Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is one of the most successful and highly acclaimed sitcom series today. In 1999 the creators released a popular South Park feature film, and there have been a variety of video games based on the series. It is worth examining the social and […]

Race and King of the Hill

King of the Hill was a popular animated sitcom series on Fox which ran from 1997 to 2010, created by former Simpsons writer Greg Daniels along with Mike Judge, the latter also known for comedy films like Idiocracy and Office Space. The show’s portrayal of race was conventional at the time, sometimes unflattering toward Whites, […]