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Sunday Morning Sermon: Like a Moth to the Flame

Jean van Heijenoort was drawn to Anne-Marie Zamora like a moth to the flame. He firmly believed she wanted to kill him and yet he travelled thousands of miles to Mexico City to visit her where kill him she did...

Time is Not on Europe's Side

Another warning from William Kilpatrick. Excerpt: The Importance of Will Just as conversions can accelerate after a tipping point has been reached, so can emigration. But there’s also a third factor that seems to have been left out of the...

Saturday Night at the Oldies Guest Post: From Gospel to Rap, Part II

By X. Malcolm. Trigger Warning! Not for snowflakes. Second in a series on the degeneration of black music. Part I here. In part I, I summarised the elements of the rap genre as I see them, in particular how it...

If Islam is a Religion of Peace . . .

... why is it a provocation to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Here is how another penetrating article by William Kilpatrick ends: So on the one hand, Muslim believers are ready to commit mayhem over an...

Roy Moore's Defeat

Does anyone see great irony that Roy Moore lost a safe Republican Senate seat by violating one of the commandments that he so ostentatiously put on his famous courthouse monument?

What is to be Done?

Here: So, again, the question remains what should conservatives do in the current situation, in the middle of an all-out attempt by powerful elements in the administrative state-cultural leviathan axis to nullify the 2016 Presidential election? Remain aloof, cultivate one’s...

Every Day . . .

... throw something away. That is one of my self-admonitions. A truly radical approach to de-cluttering, however, is Swedish Death Cleaning. Curiously, I came across the just embedded hyperlink while doing a search on the question whether Swedes...

Religion

Religion is not an expression of weakness but an acknowledgment of it.

From the Archives: Eight Years Ago Today

David Gordon Reviews Thomas Nagel's New Book and Criticizes Brian Leiter's Puerile Fulminations David Gordon reviews Thomas Nagel's Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002–2008. The following is a particularly interesting portion of the review in which Gordon comments...

Anti-Natalism and the Search for Truth

C. L. writes and I respond in blue: You never seem to allow comments on the posts I want to comment on, so I'm forced to add another email to your overwhelming pile. BV: Well, my pile is not that...

Tavis Smiley Too? 'Inappropriate' Sexual Conduct?

The witch hunt is on and the Left eats its own. PBS has suspended distribution of Smiley's late-night talk show. I don't think much of Smiley's opinions, you understand, but I fear that we may end up like the Soviet...

Of Coulter and Kant, Screwed Pooches, and Milked He Goats

Ann Coulter: Everyone who screwed the pooch on this one better realize fast: All that matters is immigration. It's all that matters to the country, and it's all that matters for winning elections. She's right: read what she has to.....

Irony Deficiency

Some suffer from an iron deficiency; the cure is straightforward. Others from an irony deficiency; I know of no cure. I wrote the other day: Long-time reader E. C. sends us to rapper Joyner Lucas, I'm Not Racist. It warms...

Von Economo Neurons: The Neural Basis for Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, and the Moral Sense?

In the summer of 1996, I participated in a Summer Institute on the Biology of Human Nature at Dartmouth College, directed by Roger Masters and Robert Perlman. At the time, I was finishing my book manuscript Darwinian Natural Right: The...Show More Summary

The Puzzle of Dion and Theon

This puzzle, similar to Peter Geach's Tibbles the Cat in content, is unlike it in vintage. Its origin is attributed by Philo of Alexandria (30 B.C. - 45 A. D.) to Chrysippus the Stoic (c. 280 B.C. - c. 206...

The Sad State of Public Discourse in an Age of Ideology

The inability to follow an argument and respond reasonably and civilly to what an author actually maintains is a mark of the present miserable state of public discourse. Even prominent conservative commentators display this inability. A recent example is the...

Once More on Immigration and the Retromingent Left

One point that needs to be made over and over in the teeth of retromingent leftist incomprehension is that immigration is justified only if it benefits the host country. Donald Trump understands this; Hillary and her ilk do not. Thi...

Are You an Introvert?

Take this test. One of the tough tasks we introverts face during a holiday season is to find plausible excuses for nonattendance at all the endless and pointless parties that extroverts cannot help but organize.

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