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On 'Over-Represent'

If you fancy yourself clear-thinking, then you ought to be very careful with the word 'over-represent' and its opposite. They are ambiguous as between normative and non-normative readings. It is just a value-neutral fact that there are proportionately more Asians...

Diversity Worth Having

Diversity worth having presupposes a principle of unity that controls the diversity. Diversity must be checked and balanced by the competing value of unity, a value with an equal claim on our respect. Example. One language only in the public...

A Diversity Paradox for Immigration Expansionists

Liberals love 'diversity' even at the expense of such obvious goods as unity, assimilation, and comity. So it is something of a paradox that their refusal to take seriously the enforcement of immigration laws has led to a most un-diverse...

William Empson on Buddhism and Christianity

Karl White refers us to this quotation from a John Gray piece on William Empson in The New Statesman. Empson’s attitude to Buddhism, like the images of the Buddha that he so loved, was asymmetrical. He valued the Buddhist view...

If You Don't Want Your Daughters Raped by Foreigners, Are You a Xenophobe?

Brexit was sparked by rape and crime British girls raped by Muslim gangs on 'industrial scale' Why did British police ignore Pakistani gangs abusing 1,400 Rotherham children? According to Roger Scuton, because of political correctness: A story of rampant child...

Limited Government

Being a conservative, I advocate limited government. Big government leads to big trouble as we fight endlessly, acrimoniously, and fruitlessly over all sorts of issues that we really ought not be fighting over. As one of my slogans has it,...

The Political and the Religious

I stated that the reason for carefully vetting Muslims who aim to immigrate into the USA is political rather than religious. I had several points in mind, one of them being that it is the theocratic character of Islam that...

Depoliticize and Humanize

Reading Notebooks 1951-1959 of Albert Camus, I cannot help but love and sympathize with this sensitive, self-doubting, and tortured soul. Stages of healing. Letting volition sleep. Enough of 'you must.' Completely depoliticize the mind in order to humanize it. Write...

Pope Francis on Capital Punishment

The man is a sorry specimen, a disgrace to the papacy. What a come down from the brilliant and penetrating Ratzinger. Part of Bergoglio's latest outburst: “Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person,”...

Whether 'Image and Likeness' Supports God's Having a Body

If man is made in God's image and likeness, does it follow that God is essentially embodied? Faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram... (Gen 1, 26) Let us make man in our image and likeness.....

What Should You Do in the Aftermath of the 'Brexit' Vote?

First off, hats off! to the Brits, or at least to those of their number who voted Leave. But now what should we do? Expect turmoil in the markets. The stock market was down when I checked it a few...

You Say You Want Money Out of Politics?

You say you want money out of politics? But of course you understand that running political campaigns costs money. What you object to is the buying of influence. What you object to are candidates who will do the bidding of...

The Ever-Increasing Frenzy, Tension, and Explosiveness of This Country

Try to guess when the following was written, and by whom. Answer below the fold: Ever increasing frenzy, tension, explosiveness of this country. You feel it in the monastery with people like Raymond. In the priesthood with so many upset,...

Life Without a View Other than the Immediate One

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 202: Algerians. They live in the richness and warmth of friendship and family. The body as the center, and its virtues -- and its [sic] profound sadness...

Private Property

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 177: The Revolution is good. But why? One must have an idea of the civilization one wishes to create. The abolition of property is not an end....

Venice in August

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 163: Venice in August and the swarms of tourists, who flock to St. Mark's Square at the same time as the pigeons, peck at impressions, and give...

Politics as Adversarial and the Stupidity of Republicans

Perhaps you think I go too far when I liken politics to warfare. Well then, will you admit that it is adversarial? The defense attorney in a court of law fails to do his job if he strives for objectivity:...

The L. G. B. T. Case for Guns

Strange bedfellows. And strange bed: The New York Times. My view as pithy as I can make. The right to life generates the right to self-defense. Derivable therefrom: the right to appropriate means. Among the latter, guns. See here fo...

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