Blog Profile / Darwinian Conservatism

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Lucretius in the Evolution/Creation Debate

From ancient Greece and Rome to the present, one of the fundamental debates in human history has been over a deep question: Is our universe mindful and purposive or mindless and material? Do we live in a cosmos that was intentionally...Show More Summary

Does Moralistic Religion Promote Human Sacrifice and Other Moralistic Violence?

At the beginning of On the Nature of Things, Lucretius promises that his teaching of Epicurean atomism, according to which the world is governed by natural laws and not by the gods, will liberate human beings from the suffering caused by religion. Show More Summary

Cosmic Teleology in Big History?--Owen Gingerich's Response

In an email message, Owen Gingerich has replied to my previous blog post on cosmic teleology in big history. He has permitted me to post it here: "Thank you for sending your thoughtful blog post, including a cogent critique, not of what is in my books, but rather, what is not in them. Show More Summary

Cosmic Teleology in Big History?

Here are two models of the universe. The first is Dante's Christian model, which was generally accepted in Christendom until the 18th century. Dante's model has the Earth at the center. Circling around the Earth are the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Show More Summary

Is Gary Johnson Manly Enough to Make a Libertarian Argument?

I have expressed some hope that Gary Johnson could be remarkably successful as the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, particularly given the unpopularity of Clinton and Trump with many voters. But I have also expressedShow More Summary

The Republican Convention Delegates Can Dump Trump

Contrary to what has been asserted generally in the news media, the majority of the delegates to the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland are not bound by either state laws or party rules to vote for Donald Trump. In fact, at every...Show More Summary

The Brexit Vote: Ethnic Nationalism versus Commercial Cosmopolitanism in Big History

Arriving at one of his golf courses in Scotland, Donald Trump praised the British vote to leave the European Union: "They took their country back, just like we will take American back."Back to where? Protectionist trade barriers? Xenophobic...Show More Summary

Hitler Learns the Journal of American Greatness Has Shut Down

Now we can see what happened when Hitler learned that the Journal of American Greatness had shut down.A more serious lament about the loss of JAG is found in Hedley Wight's post at VDARE, who thinks JAG was "trying to articulate a new...Show More Summary

Islamic Libertarianism Can Defeat Islamic Terrorism

The Orlando massacre has renewed the debate over the possible connections between Islam and terrorism. In that debate, two crucial points are receiving little or no attention. The first point is that the panic over terrorism is foolish and dangerous. Show More Summary

Was the "Journal of American Greatness" an "Inside Joke"?

As I noted in my previous post, the "Journal of American Greatness" was started in February as a website where Straussians connected with the West-Coast Straussianism of Claremont McKenna College and Hillsdale College could defend "Trumpism." But as of today, the entire website has been erased. Show More Summary

Straussians for Trump: The Degradation of Leo Strauss's Legacy

Some of those who claim to be in the tradition of Leo Strauss--the Western Straussians connected to; Harry Jaffa and Claremont McKenna College--are now supporting Donald Trump. I cannot imagine Leo Strauss supporting someone like Trump...Show More Summary

Animal Personalities: Biography in Biology

I have argued that a biopolitical science would have to move through at least three levels of political evolutionary history: the natural history of political universals as shaped by the genetic evolution of each political species, the...Show More Summary

The Rise to Power of Hitler and Trump

Now that Paul Ryan has endorsed Donald Trump for President, the Republican Party has fully become the Party of Trump. When I heard about that this morning, I was reminded of the rise of Adolf Hitler to become Chancellor of the ThirdShow More Summary

The Johnson/Weld Ticket: Four Principles of Classical Liberalism in the Libertarian Moment

"We have been given the gift of Trump and Clinton." That was the comment of Larry Sharpe, who was a candidate for the Libertarian Party vice-presidential nomination. That's why this convention of the Libertarian Party in Orlando, Florida,...Show More Summary

Evolution and Ethics: The Humean Sentimentalists Are Right. The Kantian Rationalists Are Wrong

As a graduate student in political science at the University of Chicago in the 1970s, I began to think about how a Darwinian science of human nature could be applied to the study of moral and political philosophy. I was writing a dissertation...Show More Summary

The Evolution of Christian Schools in a Liberal Society

On this blog, I have defended a Darwinian classical liberalism in which social order arises best through a largely spontaneous evolution in which individuals are free to pursue the satisfaction of their natural desires. Adam Smith described...Show More Summary

The Alternative to Trump and Clinton--Libertarian Gary Johnson

This could be the year for the Libertarian Party to seriously compete for the American Presidency with Gary Johnson as their candidate.There are lots of reasons for this. The first is that this must be one of the few times in American...Show More Summary

A Natural Desire for Ethnic Identity?

In Human Nature and the Evolution of Society, Stephen Sanderson has suggested that my list of twenty natural desires should be altered to include the natural desire for ethnic identity. I am not persuaded by his argument, which he derives...Show More Summary

The Desire for Sexual Identity--One of the "Very Widespread Regularities" of Human Nature

When I first began studying political philosophy in the late 1960s as an undergraduate student at the University of Dallas, it seemed to me that political philosophy was the study of human nature as universal human propensities diversely expressed in the variable historical circumstances of human individuals and human societies. Show More Summary

The Natural Desire for a Complete and Healthy Life

Human beings generally desire to live out a complete and healthy life. Like other animals, they pass through a life cycle from birth to maturity to death. Every human society is organized to manage the changing desires associated with...Show More Summary

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