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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

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Why Progressives Mislead

I prefer the more muscular 'lie.' Excerpts from a piece by John O. McGinnis: Progressivism’s vision of the role of the state conflicts with the system of government envisioned by America’s Founders. The Founders wanted citizens to be free to...

Denying the Antecedent?

While traipsing through the Superstition foothills Sunday morning in search of further footnotes to Plato, I happened to think of James Madison and Federalist 51 wherein we read, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." My next thought...

The Heidegger Chair Affair

The Black Notebooks have ignited a controversy with repercussions far beyond the Black Forest. Here are three links for those who read German (HT: Kai Frederik Lorentzen): http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/streit-um-heidegger-lehrstuhl-martin-edmund-13452086.html...Show More Summary

American Sniper

It's a movie I haven't seen. I doubt if I ever will see it. I understand the principle; why do I need to rub my nose in the details? I know what a sniper is and I know what he...

Michael Walzer on Religion

At least one lefty gets religion. Actually, the preceding sentence is ambiguous. The thought is that at least one leftist understands that religion has far deeper roots in human nature than any leftist analysis can expose, let alone eradicate. The...

If You Think that All Religions are Equal . . .

... do you also think that all political ideologies are equal? Equal, say, in their conduciveness to human flourishing?

The Religion of Archeological Conservation

If Islam is the religion of peace, is it also the religion of archeological conservation? An indication to the contrary. And not the first! Related articles What ISIS Really Wants Denying that There is Political Correctness... Why.....

Are We Here to Amass Wealth?

Whatever we are here for, if anything, we are not here to pile up loot. Unfortunately, our predicament is such that we cannot even agree about this!

Precious Metals

In soul-trying times, 'lead' joins gold as a precious metal.

The Conservative Speaks

Innovations are guilty until proven innocent. There is a defeasible presumption in favor of traditional beliefs, usages, institutions, arrangements, techniques, and whatnot. By all means defeat the defeasible: in with the new if the novel is better. But if it...

Life's Preparation for Death

Life prepares us for death whether we prepare or not. One way it does so is by weaning us of any over-estimation of the significance of the things of this world. For this weaning to take effect, however, one must...

Bibi and Barry: Fundamental Differences

Daniel Greenfield: In 1967, Benjamin Netanyahu skipped his high school graduation in Pennsylvania to head off to Israel to help in the Six Day War. That same year Obama moved with his mother to Indonesia. When Obama suggested that Israel...

Robert Paul Wolff on Netanyahu

When the otherwise distinguished Robert Paul Wolff over at The Philosopher's Stone plays the stoned philosopher and quits the reservation of Good Sense, I call him 'Howlin' Wolff.' Hear him howl: I need to say this. If anyone wants to...

Hanson on Obama on Netanyahu

Lately liberalism has gone from psychodrama to farce. Take Barack Obama. He has gone from mild displeasure with Israel to downright antipathy. Suddenly we are in a surreal world where off-the-record slurs from the administration against Benjamin Netanyahu as a...

'The Punishment Must Fit the Crime' and Lex Talionis

In my various defenses of capital punishment (see Crime and Punishment category) I often invoke the principle that the punishment must fit the crime. To my surprise, there are people who confuse this principle, label it PFC, with some barbaric...

A Little Propylene Glycol Never Hurt Anybody

A neighbor recently introduced me to 66 proof Fireball cinnamon whisky. Turns out the stuff contains propylene glycol, an ingredient used in anti-freeze and other industrial products. Well, as I told the twenty-something counterman at the liquor store, "Whatever doesn't...

All Sins of the Spirit

All sins are of the spirit, even those that are of the flesh.

Netanyahu

Statesmanship. Gravitas. Moral Clarity. Wisdom. Courage. Great oratory. All in stark contrast to that jayvee player, Obama the Feckless.

Nietzsche and the New Atheists

The following quotation from a very interesting Guardian piece by John Gray entitled What Scares the New Atheists (HT: Karl White): [1] The new atheists rarely mention Friedrich Nietzsche, and when they do it is usually to dismiss him. [2]...

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