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America's Second Civil War

Dennis Prager: [Paleo] Liberalism -- which was anti-left, pro-American and deeply committed to the Judeo-Christian foundations of America; and which regarded the melting pot as the American ideal, fought for free speech for its opponents, regarded Western civilization as the...

Susan Haack's Reasonable Feminism

From an interview with Marty Nemko (HT: Dave Lull): MN: In a number of papers, you propose what you call a humanist, individualist feminism very different from the kind of feminism now fashionable in the academy and elsewhere. Can you...

Trump Against Abortion

Here: President Trump on Monday reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions. You conservative pro-life Never Trumpers are starting to look mighty...

The Stupidity of Catholic Bishops

What explains it? It's enough to make a man swim the Tiber in reverse. Once more: Islam is not a religion of peace!

The Holocaust Argument for God's Existence

Andrew Klavan, The Great Good Thing, Nelson, 2016, p. 231: There are people who say that an evil as great as the Holocaust is proof there is no God. But I would say the opposite. The fact that it is...

Robot Insurance

The EU is not really giving robots human rights; but some of its proposals are cause for concern. James Vincent on the Verge provides a sensible commentary which corrects the rather alarming headlines generated by the European Parliament draft report issued recently. Actually there are several reasons to keep calm. It’s only a draft, it’s […]

Sunday Cat Blogging!

Pussy riot, American style. An impotent response to Inaugural balls. Cultural polluter Madonna has crowned herself poster girl of the pussy riot. Destructive leftists will justify as free speech her border-line incitement to violence. But the right to free speech...

In what sense is atheism a religion, and what are the atheistic options?

Is Atheism a Religion? Penn Jillette is famous for saying, “If atheism is a religion, then not collecting stamps is a hobby.” Now there is an obvious difficulty involved here, in that this statement identifies religion with belief in God. Show More Summary

The Central Dividing Line in American Politics

Here: [Samuel] Huntington is most famous for arguing in The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order that the post-Cold War world would not be defined by the universalization of liberal values but by ethnic frictions within nations...

The Evil of Ignorance

It is an evil state we are in, ignorant as we are of the ultimate why and wherefore. The topic of birthdays came up among some friends. I said I don't celebrate mine: my birth befell me; it was not...

Is Monogamy for the Birds?

A Penguin FamilyIf monogamy is the pairing of a single male and a single female to cooperate in the generation and rearing of offspring, this looks like monogamy. A male and a female penguin have given birth to a chick that they areShow More Summary

Nat Hentoff, Defender of Human Life (1925-2017)

I have been a fan of Nat Hentoff ever since I first read him in the pages of Down Beat magazine way back in the '60s. He died at 91 on January 7th. My tribute to him is a repost...

Moral Judgments vs. Attitudes of Cooperation

219 days until classes start. The reading assignment for PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory was Richard Joyce, "The evolutionary debunking of morality", appearing in J. Feinberg & R. Shafer-Landau (eds.), Reason and ResponsibilityShow More Summary

Vindictive Obama Sticks it to the Nation Once More on the Way Out the Door

Krauthammer: Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military...

Trump is Thor's Hammer

My friend Mike Valle will be able to relate to Hugh Hewitt's comparison for reasons I won't relate. Hewitt's column is entitled It's time to relax about Trump. Read it you hyperventilating libruls and cool your jets. The stroke you....

Two George Molnars

Here: Meet George Molnar. Not the witty cartoonist, but the other one: a thwarted philosopher whose wild life finally found some meaning after his death. Did you think there was only one George Molnar - the witty and urbane Hungaria...

Less Than One Day to Go . . .

What a wonderful legacy! Some people have a negative net worth. Can one speak of a negative legacy? In these waning hours of his (mis)administration, let us reflect on the foolish and destructive things Obama has said and done the.....

Realism About Desires

220 days until the first class. I have just posted my second longish paper over at the desirism group on Facebook. This one, entitled "A Foundation for Revolution" looks at what is wrong with politics and society today and offers a plan for improvement. Show More Summary

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