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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Hillary the Vacuous

In an outstanding NRO piece, William Voegeli has collected some choice specimens of Hillarious blather. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, really did say in an economic-policy speech this year, “I believe in an America always moving toward the future.”...

A Relativist Cannot Rationally Object to the Imposition of One's Values on Others

The following argument is sometimes heard. "Because values are relative, it is wrong to impose one's values on others." But if values are relative, and among my values is the value of instructing others in the right way to live,...

Circular Definitions, Arguments, and Explanations

In the course of our discursive operations we often encounter circularity. Clarity will be served if we distinguish different types of circularity. I count three types. We could label them definitional, argumentative, and explanatory. A. The life of the mind...

9/11 Fifteen Years After

And the nation's borders are still not secure. The morning of 9/11 was a beautiful, dry Arizona morning. Back from a hard run, I flipped on the TV while doing some cool-down exercises only to see one of the planes...

Lies, Truth, Narratives, and Hillary

Hillary Clinton we now know to be a liar beyond any shadow of a reasonable doubt. A liar is one who habitually makes false statements with the intention of deceiving her audience. This definition, however, presupposes the distinction between true...

Kolakowski on Religion: Man Does Not Live by Reason Alone

Leszek Kolakowski has a message for New Atheists, leftists, transhumanists and any other bunch of religion bashers who think religion will wither away, be put out of business by some technological advance, or will eventually be confined to the sphere...

Will Science Put Religion Out of Business? Against the Folly of Transhumanism

A correspondent writes: Here's how I think science will eventually put religion out of business. Soon medical science is going to be able to offer serious life extension, not pie-in-the-sky soul survival or re-incarnation, but real life extension with possible...

Borders

Borders are essential to the immune system of the body politic.

Truthmaker Maximalism and The Misery of Philosophy

According to one of my aphorisms, Philosophy is magnificent in aspiration but miserable in execution. Part of what makes philosophy a miserable subject is that none of its conclusions is conclusive. Herewith, a little example. But first some background. A...

Glenn Reynolds: Vote for Trump!

Here (emphasis added): When Richard Nixon tried to weaponize the IRS, top officials at the Service made a stink. Under Obama, the IRS weaponized itself. And, of course, the press is in the tank for the Democrats as usual. Bad...

The Flight 93 Election

Required reading, especially for you yap-and-scribble, go-along-to-get-along, objectively pro-Hillary, bow-tied, milquetoast 'conservatives.' Via Malcolm Pollack.

Heather MacDonald Stole My Title!

Here is my Black Lies Matter! post. Here is hers. I'll allow that hers is better. And that she is prettier.

Why Conservatives Should Vote for Trump, II

James Cambell, a professor of political science, writes, Thinking Republicans should NOT SUPPORT Donald Trump, but they should reluctantly VOTE for him. On what matters most, and that is public policy, Trump is not nearly as bad as Clinton. Shout...

The Debate That Won't Go Away: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Not again! Yes, again. On 5 September 2016 anno domini, in the pages of Crisis Magazine, Fr. Brandon O'Brien opined (emphasis added): While some similarities may exist between the Christian and Muslim conceptions of God, it is certain that the...

Why a Conservative Should Vote for Trump

Dennis Prager makes the case. He concludes (emphasis added): Therefore, with another four years of Democrat-left rule -- meaning a nearly permanent left-wing Supreme Court and left-wing-controlled lower courts; the further erosion of federalism; an exponential growth in the power...

Reading Now: Gun Control in the Third Reich

Author: Stephen P. Holbrook Subtitle: Disarming the Jews and the "Enemies of the State" Essential reading on the eve of the disaster that is a Hillary presidency. "Gun Control in the Third Reich, Stephen Halbrook's excellent history of gun control...

Correspondence and Truthmaking

I posed the following problem: A. Some sentences are true in virtue of their correspondence with extralinguistic reality. B. If so, then reality must have a sentence-like structure. C. Reality does not have a sentence-like structure. London Ed solves it...

Gary Johnson Opposes 'Illegal Immigrant'

Another reason to not be a libertarian. (Johnson is the libertarian 'losertarian' candidate for president.)

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