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  • Quote of the day

    11/05/2018 7:12:43 AM PST · by NRx · 8 replies
    Vanity | 11-05-2018 | NRx
    "Violence is not necessary to destroy a civilization. Each civilization dies from indifference toward the unique values which created it." - Nicolás Gómez Dávila
  • Diversity Ideology Killed the University. Now, It’s Choking Out Civilization.

    09/27/2018 4:03:34 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    In 1903, during America’s darkest period of hate, W. E. B. Du Bois heartbreakingly affirmed his intellectual affinity with Western civilization. “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas,” Du Bois wrote in “The Souls of Black Folk.” “I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.” Half a century earlier, Frederick Douglass had paid tribute to the 18th-century British orators whom, at age 12, he had discovered in a collection of political speeches. “Every opportunity...
  • Ravi Zacharias and Dennis Prager with Jeff Foxworthy The Death of Truth, The Decline of Culture Q&A

    09/16/2018 4:26:24 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 12, 2017 | N/A
    An hour & 13 minute video with Dennis Prager & Ravi Zacharias, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. A very lovely evening talking about religion.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Great Jedi Master, Terrible Philosopher

    06/02/2018 5:41:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Stand To Reason ^ | 06/02/2018 | J.T. Wynn
    So now it’s finally upon us: Solo: A Star Wars Story! This stand-alone installment in the Stars Wars franchise features the adventures of a young Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley Cantina in Stars Wars: A New Hope. It will be interesting to see what veteran screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Lawrence Kasdan, has imagined as Han’s backstory. Was Han always a charming, roguish smuggler, or was he once an idealistic recruit of the Empire who became disillusioned and turned into the Han Solo we’ve all come to know? The...
  • The Dark Side of the Enlightenment

    04/07/2018 6:05:00 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2018 | Yoram Hazony
    What, then, was “the Enlightenment”? This term was promoted, first and foremost, by the late-18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant . . . [who declared] that only reason allows human beings to emerge from their “self-incurred immaturity” by casting aside the “dogmas and formulas” of authority and tradition. For Kant, reason is universal, infallible and a priori—meaning independent of experience. As far as reason is concerned, there is one eternally valid, unassailably correct answer to every question in science, morality and politics . . . This astonishing arrogance is based on a powerful idea: that mathematics can produce universal truths by beginning...
  • The Right Should Never Cede MLK to the Left

    04/04/2018 12:02:15 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 25 replies
    Vanity | April 4, 2018 | Behind the Blue Wall
    On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, if you can indulge me a quick soapbox about the political use and abuse of his legacy. I'm not going to argue that MLK was exclusively a man of the right. He wasn't and his legacy isn't. Most of us know of his too close for comfort associations with Communists, as well as the extent to which some of his ideals and rhetoric veered off into leftist territory, particular in his later (and less successful) years. But there is far too much that is valuable about...
  • School Shootings and Nothingness

    02/18/2018 7:21:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | February 18, 2018 | Steve Soukup
    As we wade through the news reports and the commentary on the Florida shooting, we can’t help but think that nearly everyone – from journalists to politicians to gun control or gun rights advocates – is missing the point. Everyone is pointing the finger at someone. It’s President Trump’s fault because he practically handed guns to mentally ill people! It’s Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s fault for not banning bump stocks. It’s the NRA’s fault – it’s always the NRA’s fault. Here’s the thing: you can blame anyone you want. You can make any argument you want about the...
  • French warned about pitfalls of seeking to end their lives in Belgium

    01/20/2018 9:50:18 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    The Local ^ | Sep 2017 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    Belgian doctors fear the number of French people heading over the border to seek help to end their lives could shoot up and are warning that the road to the end is paved with problems. With the number of French people considering euthanasia as a viable way to end their daily suffering on the rise, the burden is largely falling on neighbouring Belgium. While active euthanasia, by which a person deliberately causes the patient's death, remains illegal in France, the procedure became legal in Belgium 15 years ago. What's the law in France? During Francois Hollande's leadership in March 2015,...
  • Spotlight on procreation rights as France begins sweeping bioethics debate

    01/20/2018 9:30:05 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Solange Mougin
    France on Wednesday kicked off a marathon round of talks designed to inform the country’s legislation on bioethics, with the government hoping to avoid a repeat of the poisonous debate that hijacked the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The six-month consultation, involving scientists, medical practitioners and legal experts from across France, will lead to a revised bioethics law, slated for later this year. It will touch on a broad range of subjects, from legalizing euthanasia to the development of artificial intelligence. Some of the topics up for discussion represent a political minefield in France, and President Emmanuel Macron will be keen...
  • "Can a Christian be a Communist?" - Sermon by Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/12/2018 3:39:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 63 replies
    Martin Luther King Papers Project ^ | September 30, 1962 | Martin Luther King Jr.
    Now, let us begin by answering the question which our sermon topic raises: Can a Christian be a communist? I answer that question with an emphatic “no.” These two philosophies are diametrically opposed. The basic philosophy of Christianity is unalterably opposed to the basic philosophy of communism, and all of the dialectics of the logician cannot make them lie down together. They are contrary philosophies. Now, there are at least three reasons why I feel obligated as a Christian minister to talk to you about communism. The first reason grows out of the fact that communism is having widespread influence...
  • God's Answer to Nietzsche, the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard.

    12/23/2017 1:50:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    BigThink ^ | December 18, 2017 | Scotty Hendricks
    God's Answer to Nietzsche, the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. December 18, 2017 by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Article Image Søren Kierkegaard, the man who invented the word "angst". Existentialism remains one of the more popular philosophies for the layperson to read about, consider, and study. The questions that it asks and the problems it confronts, ones of free will, anxiety, and the search for meaning; are ones we all face in our daily lives. While the solutions it offers may not work for everyone, existentialism can have a particularly large blind spot when it tries to provide answers for the religious. Think...
  • H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate on whether science is humanity’s best hope (tr)

    12/22/2017 9:24:27 AM PST · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Industrial Equipment News ^ | 12-21-17 | Richard Gunderman
    H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate on whether science is humanity’s best hope continues today. CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Gunderman In the midst of contemporary science’s stunning discoveries and innovations – for example, 2017 alone brought the editing of a human embryo’s genes, the location of an eighth continent under the ocean and the ability to reuse a spacecraft’s rocket boosters – it’s easy to forget that there’s an ongoing debate over science’s capacity to save humankind. Seventy-five years ago, two of the best-known literary figures of the 20th century, H.G. Wells and George Orwell, carried on a lively exchange over...
  • Kids? Just say no: There is a moral case against procreation [tr]

    10/20/2017 6:30:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Aeon ^ | October 20, 2017 | David Benatar
    In 2006, I published a book called Better Never to Have Been. I argued that coming into existence is always a serious harm. People should never, under any circumstance, procreate – a position called ‘anti-natalism’. In response, readers wrote letters of appreciation, support and, of course, there was outrage. But I also got this message, which is the most wrenching feedback I have received:
  • How is it that progressives confuse "society" and "government"?

    09/02/2017 7:06:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 30 replies
    Society is society. Government is government. They are two entirely distinct, and completely separate things. Not in the land of Progressivism, however. For progressives, society is government and government is society. They are equally the same and there is no possible distinction. You can routinely see the rotting husk of this when someone proceeds to inform you that "they believe society should do x or y" but when talking of x or y they are instead referring to government action. "I believe that we as a society should take care of the poor, and that's why I support {insert name...
  • Phil 103--Liz Harman on abortion

    08/09/2017 10:13:57 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 25 July 2017 | Liz Harman
    Liz Harman of Princeton University joins James and Eliot to talk about the ethics of abortion. Video 5:14
  • Europe's Childless Leaders

    07/10/2017 5:36:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | 7-9-17 | Paul Mirengoff
    James McPherson, writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children. The prime minister of Luxembourg is also childless. I mention him not to cherry pick, but because it means that of the six founding members of what evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless...
  • OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party

    06/22/2017 4:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2017 | Shermichael Singleton
    You don’t have to be a seasoned political operative to question the logic behind Democrats investing so much money into a congressional district that has gone Republican for nearly 40 years, yet that is exactly what the Democratic Party did. They believed they could switch moderate Republican voters to vote for a Democratic candidate and mobilize Independents by spouting a progressive message, which is philosophically antithetical to the values held by most voters — such as limited government due to a fear of government encroachment and excessive regulation — as well as utopian ideas about society, which many frankly believe...
  • Political Iatrogenics: Why Socialism Doesn't Work

    06/20/2017 12:55:24 PM PDT · by Thalean · 6 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | June 20, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    "Socialism is predicated on action. When socialists see problems, they want to do something about them. They want to take action. Starving children? Give them food. Poor people? Give them money. Climate change? Invest in solar panels. The solution is always to add something. Add food, add money, add technology and the problem will go away—just like how taking penicillin will cure your infection. And if the solution fails? Try again. Send more food. Spend more money. Invent new stuff (just like you would take more penicillin). The underlying assumption is that there is a solution for every problem, that...
  • Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?

    04/28/2017 7:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2017 | Casey Williams
    Truth is pliable in Trumpland. In March, the president fired off a tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, dismissed the claim. But the Trump team doubled down, writing off media reports and insisting that evidence of wiretapping would soon surface. It didn’t. We’re used to this pattern by now: The president dresses up useful lies as “alternative facts” and decries uncomfortable realities as “fake news.” Stoking conservative passion and liberal fury, Trump stirs up confusion about the veracity of settled knowledge and,...
  • Great Courses: Mathematics, Philosophy

    01/28/2017 5:49:45 PM PST · by rey · 34 replies
    28 Jan 2017
    Is anyone familiar with the Great Courses, particularly Mathematics, Philosophy, and the Real World? I have Building a sentence and Shakespeare word and Action. They are ok. I am using them with my home schooler. My library book store has the Mathematics and Philosophy one for $30. Curious if anyone is familiar with it and if this is a good deal. Thanks