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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Catholicism as True Enough

Catholicism is true enough to provide moral guidance and spiritual sustenance for many, many people. So if you are a lapsed Catholic, you could do far worse than to return to the arms of Holy Mother the Church. And this...

An Imagined Exchange With Yogi Berra

Me: He who hesitates is lost. Yogi: You mean Peter?................. What inspired this imagined exchange? The thought that the grammatically third-person singular masculine pronoun has logically non-pronominal uses. Related articles Direct and Indirect Reference The professor vs. the pronoun...

To the 'Victims' of Liberal Victimology

Blacks need to learn from Jews, Italians, the Irish, and others who have faced abuse. Don't whine, don't complain, don't seek a government program. Don't try to cash in on your 'victim' status, when the truth is that you are...

Ontological Crisis?

You will have noticed by now that leftists are in permanent 'crisis mode.' But now comes something new, ontological crisis: In the wake of their devastating loss, Democrats find themselves in the midst of ontological crisis.......

College-Educated or College-Indoctrinated?

Lefties like to point out that the college-educated favored Hillary over Trump. But so what? Apart from the STEM disciplines, the colleges and universities of the land have become leftist seminaries, hotbeds of political correctness, and centers of Higher Infantilization....

He Was a Friend of Mine

John F. Kennedy was assassinated 53 years ago today. Here is The Byrds' tribute to the slain leader. They took a traditional song and redid the lyrics. Here Willie Nelson does a great job with the traditional song. You Dylan...

A Protreptic Puzzler

A curious passage from Aristotle's Protrepticus:... the fact that all men feel at ease in philosophy, wishing to dedicate their whole lives to the pursuit of it by leaving behind all other concerns, is in itself weighty...

Your Money Well Spent

Here: The National Science Foundation has spent more than $400,000 on a study that published scientific results on the “relationship between gender and glaciers.” The paper “Glaciers, gender, and science,” published in January 2016, concluded that “ice is not just...

Advice for the Loyal Opposition

Mark Steyn (HT: Bill Keezer): "The object of Parliament," observed Winston Churchill at election time in 1951, "is to substitute argument for fisticuffs." How's that holding up after November 8th? The object of at least a proportion of those on...

Reading Now: Paul Gottfried on Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt

Paul Gottfried, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Toward a Secular Theocracy, University of Missouri Press, 2002. Excellent background to current developments. I may be missing something, but the subtitle seems poorly chosen. 'Toward X,' like the German Zur X,'...

Is Beef Food?

Beef is the flesh of a formerly sentient being, a dead cow. And of course beef is edible. For present purposes, to be edible is to be ingestible by mastication, swallowing, etc., non-poisonous, and sufficiently nutritious to sustain human life....

Philosophical Aspects of the Trump-Clinton Contest

Here is an invited essay of mine at Rightly Considered. I am told that RC is snagging around 2,000 page views per day, which is very good for such a young weblog. It is infuriating all the usual suspects. My...

Wiggle Room for NeverTrumpers

Feeling chagrined at being on the wrong side of history, you Never Trump conservatives could conceivably argue that by 'Never Trump' you just meant that you would never support him in his presidential bid, not that if he became president...

Philosophers as Bad Drivers?

Just over the transom: C.J. F. Williams told me a [Richard] Swinburne story. Swinburne offered to give him a lift to some philosophy conference, but warned him ‘I only drive at 30 miles an hour’. Christopher thought he meant that...

How Religious Americans Voted

Here. Note how many so-called Catholics voted for Hillary of the abortion party. And once again we find confirmed the puzzling preponderance of Jewish support for the Dems.

Things are Getting Nasty

Trump supporters are being physically assaulted, but Trump critics such as David French are also coming under vicious attack. In the immortal words of the 'motorist' Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?" Related articles How to Tell...

The Irrelevance of the Popular Vote: The Other Reason

True, Hillary won the popular vote. But the popular vote is irrelevant. One reason you already know: the President is elected by the members of the Electoral College. The other reason is explained by Jonathan Adler: In the election concluded...

The Purpose of the On Ramp

Too many labor under the misapprehension that the purpose of the freeway on ramp is merely to get one to the freeway. Not so. It is also a 'safe space' for acceleration so that one can safely merge with freeway...

The Movies Inside Our Heads

Scott Adams: As I often tell you, we all live in our own movies inside our heads. Humans did not evolve with the capability to understand their reality because it was not important to survival. Any illusion that keeps us...

A Time to Act and Press Our Advantage

Minervic flights and the consolations of philosophy cannot be enjoyed when the barbarians are at the gates of one's stoa. Conservatives, especially those of them given to contemplative pursuits, need to make their peace with activism in order to secure...

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