What’s Wrong with the World is honored to announce a new Contributor, Sage McLaughlin. His incisive comments over the years attracted the attention of the ill-defined and ill-remunerated Editorial Board, and after some cajolery from Lydia, he signed up for the 10th Crusade.
The Editor, upon reading his lively bio (see below), felt a pang of despond amidst his general merriment to learn that Sage is a Southerner bereft of the accent. The Editor (if marrying a Southerner and siring Southerners is sufficient to become one) laments that he, too, is a Southerner with no accent. Alas for blind and blundering mobility of America, which despite many benefits may one day efface the marvelous regional dialects of this great country.
Mr. McLaughlin unites with us to resist such things: the dictation of homogeneity from distant decadent capitals; the crushing of human variety, like the unique culture of the South; the regimentation of life by bureaucrats, monomaniacs, and nanny statists; the leveling of localism and its tradition whenever in conflict with the fashions and obsessions of cultural centers; the suppression of Christianity by energumens and the embrace of Islam by self-loathers; above all the assault upon reason, liberty and charity by the culture of death.
Sage McLaughlin is a Southern-born Irish-Ashkenazi Catholic with no accent. He is also a chastened one-time libertarian whose whole outlook on the right ordering of social life might be said to begin with G.K. Chesterton’s observation that, “Man’s most pragmatic need is to be something more than a pragmatist.” His concern for the fate of Christendom imposes on him the duty to proclaim the truth amidst this present endarkenment, as well as to recall the things of beauty and wisdom which are the inheritance of every Man of the West.
Mr. McLaughlin’s professional calling as a teacher is, as yet, unrealized. He is a wanderer whose stops over the last decade and a half have included Indianapolis, Denver, Charlotte, Washington, DC, and Columbia, SC. His vocation as a husband and father has slowed his wandering and inspired a more devoted interest in productive hobbies such as cooking and wine collecting (as opposed to the unproductive kind, which has in the past included Uzbek and Azeri language, and the authoring of unpublished works of fiction). His other interests include geography, competitive card games, and Irish folk music.
Mr. McLaughlin is cantankerous, argumentative, and lazy. He holds a B.A. with High Distinction in History from Indiana University, an M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University, and an M.S. in Geographic and Cartographic Science from George Mason University.