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  • UKRAINE: "This war...perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Anatoly Kalyuzhniy

    07/10/2014 6:19:24 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    http://risu.org.ua/ua/index/expert_thought/interview/57007/ ^ | July 10, 2014, 10:54 | Tatiana MUHOMOROVA
    Anatoly Kalyuzhniy: "This war - it is not only the beginning of the end of Putin, and perhaps the beginning of our recent human history" Interviewed by Tatiana MUHOMOROVA Kaliuzhnyj.jpgPodiyi Square and risky negotiations with the government leaders of the Church have been left behind, giving way to an armed conflict in the East. However, the mission of the Church is only compounded, since religious organizations are trying to help the people during such hardships that have befallen the country. On the prospects of service on the current situation in Russia, the war in the east and on the spiritual...
  • Since When Does Federalism Contain an Exemption for Internet Gaming?

    03/26/2014 11:14:40 AM PDT · by 54fighting · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/26/14 | Neil McCabe
    As states like New Jersey, where it is now legal, and Massachusetts, where there is a move to legalize online gaming, Adelson is convinced that online gambling competes with his brick-and-mortar poker rooms. To this end, he is calling on the Congress, and specifically his Republican friends, to outlaw his competition. The ask has put Republicans in a precarious situation where they are forced to choose between philosophical principles, like federalism, and their opposition to crony capitalism against the obligation to hear out and support Adelson. Texas Gov. J. Richard “Rick” Perry, for instance, was once one of the leading...
  • Philosopher Who Gave the New Atheists Their Theoretical Foundations Became Convinced that God Exists

    01/24/2014 7:51:27 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 30 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 29 December 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    British professor Antony Flew wrote over thirty philosophical works which established the foundations for atheism for half a century. His 1950 paper "Theology and Falsification" was the most reprinted philosophical publication of the 20th century. In December 2004 Flew announced in a symposium and subsequent video that he had completely changed his view and now, based on scientific evidence, believed that God exists. In 2007 he wrote the book There Is a God (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) , subtitled How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. This is the man without whose ideas the various Richard Dawkins,...
  • Barbara Branden, RIP

    12/12/2013 5:34:37 PM PST · by Raymann · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 12, 2013 | Brian Doherty
    Barbara Branden, the first biographer of Ayn Rand with her penetrating and humanizing The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986), has died at age 84. Branden and her then-husband Nathaniel Branden were Rand's closest associates and friends during the years she finished writing Atlas Shrugged and the years when the Nathaniel Branden Institute began teaching the principles of Rand's Objectivism in lecture form to a wider world.
  • Edward T. Oakes, R.I.P. [Ecumenical]

    12/07/2013 6:37:44 AM PST · by sitetest · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | December 6, 2013 | David Mills
    Father Edward Oakes, S.J., distinguished theologian, gifted writer and teacher, generous ecumenist, and our friend, has died, of pancreatic cancer, at 8:00 this morning. The announcement from the Academy of Catholic Theology, of which Father Oakes was president, reports: Father Oakes entered the Society of Jesus in 1966, and was ordained a priest in 1979. He received his doctorate in theology from Union Theological Seminary in 1987. He taught at New York University, Regis University, and Mundelein Seminary, where he was deeply loved and valued by his colleagues, students, and indeed everyone on the staff as well.
  • Is Ought

    08/16/2013 4:21:12 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    The is–ought problem or is-ought gap, also called "Hume's Law" and "Hume's Guillotine" after the 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume who first fomulated it, simply states that from "is" we cannot logically deduce "ought", that is, from the knowledge of reality we cannot derive moral choices, from facts we cannot deduce values.Hume's Law is still undisputed today, and nobody has ever found a way to successfully challenge it.One of its major consequences is that from science we cannot deduce ethics.Science can only be used to put into practice desiderata that we have arrived at by other means, i.e. moral...
  • The Main criteria on which to judge a Culture ~ Vanity

    08/09/2013 11:28:11 AM PDT · by GraceG · 4 replies
    There is one main criteria on which to judge a culture and it is very simple: Any culture in which the older generation doesn't push the younger generation to better themselves intellectually and pushes them to suceeed more than themselves is by defintion a degenerate culture. That is all, simple effective and infuriating to all liberals and their PC bullshit crap.
  • Subhumanism: The West's New Philosophy

    07/23/2013 11:56:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 2013 | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    Here’s an ugly truth you can drop in the punchbowl at your next office party – most Western men and women, including many who consider themselves conventionally religious, treat human beings as subhuman. They accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods. These theories render suffering meaningless and train us to live as cowards; they teach us to despise the weak but train us in habits of laziness and avoidance; they speak the language of progress while in fact encouraging the lowest of human instincts; they claim to...
  • "Unlike Naturalists, You Creationists Have a Blind Faith"

    07/22/2013 8:45:30 AM PDT · by kimtom · 79 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | 7/1/2013 | Jeff Miller, Ph.D.
    We openly grant that the accusation represented by the title of this article is true, at least for many individuals today. But not for all. “Blind Faith”—Many Have It What is “blind faith”? What is meant by the accusation? The idea behind “blind faith” is that a person chooses to believe in something or someone (namely, God) without any supporting evidence. The portrait painted in our minds is that of a person who puts on a blindfold and steps up to a ledge. He cannot see what is beyond the ledge. He has no idea how far down the drop...
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Wendy Davis (contrast with woman who saved children in WWII)

    07/06/2013 4:40:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 5, 2013 | MARTA H. MOSSBURG
    Wendy Davis is no Kim Kardashian. She is famous for something: standing up for a woman’s right to kill an unborn baby up to 24 weeks old at substandard medical clinics.For this the Democrat from Fort Worth who last week filibustered a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the Texas Senate is the hero of our times. Make that the “superhero” of our times according to Katha Pollitt at the Nation.Who could disagree? “Davis remained standing, unable to take a bathroom break, eat, drink, sit or even lean against a desk,” as Ms. Pollitt wrote. “She was...
  • Thoughts on the 4th of July by Calvin Coolidge

    07/04/2013 10:23:05 PM PDT · by donmeaker · 4 replies
    University of California, Santa Barbara ^ | July 5, 1926 | Calvin Coolidge
    About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from...
  • Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control. Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the...
  • Why Having More Christians Won't Necessarily Change Our Culture

    05/28/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 132 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/27/2013 | Os Hillman
    For centuries, Christians thought culture would change if we just had a majority of Christians in the culture. That has proven to be a false assumption. Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the top of cultural spheres or societal mountains. It takes less than 3-5 percent of those operating at the top of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain.For example, this is exactly what advocates in the gay rights movement has done through the "mountains" of media and arts and entertainment. They have strategically used these...
  • Worshipping the State (How Liberalism Became our State Religion)

    05/01/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 1, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    The prime objective of secularists in modern times has been to “free” us all from the influence (The burden, they’d say) of Christianity. Just how they have gone about destroying that influence on the course of human affairs is ably described in Dr. Benjamin Wiker’s new book Worshipping the State:  How Liberalism Became our State Religion.Wiker, who has taught at Franciscan University and Thomas Aquinas College, holds that the raison d’être of secular philosophers’ has been to reduce Christianity’s hold on Western culture, and either to subordinate the Church to the state or to establish a rival civic religion that...
  • I Need Help With Philosophy Class Questions, Part 2

    04/12/2013 10:59:53 AM PDT · by EaglesNestHome · 75 replies
    Homeschool Blogger--Eaglesnest ^ | 4/12/2013 | Eaglesnesthome
    Thank you, everyone in my previous post, who gave well thought out, articulate answers to these important questions of life (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2998030/posts )! Now, in philosophy class, we are exploring these questions in even more detail, and with an additional assignment of follow-up questions: What do you believe, regarding ultimate reality? God? Matter? Something else? Do you believe in God? If so, why? Why are you here on earth, and where are you going, for eternity? If you believe in God, what is the most convincing evidence, for you personally? Is there any possibility that you may be wrong about the...
  • Is capitalism moral?

    03/16/2013 6:26:19 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 54 replies
    WaPo Opinions ^ | 3-15-2013 | Steven Pearlstein
    Careening from debt-ceiling crisis to sequestration to a looming government shutdown, the nation is caught up in a historic debate over the proper size and role of government. That’s certainly one way to think about it. Another is that we are caught up in a historic debate over free-market capitalism. After all, if markets were making most of us better off, regulating their own excesses, guaranteeing equal opportunity and fairly dividing the economic pie, then we wouldn’t need government to take on all the things it does. For most of the past 30 years, the world has been moving in...
  • Weekend Vanity: A Few Books I'm Hanging Onto

    03/02/2013 1:18:46 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 31 replies
    3/2/13 | dagogo redux
    I’ve been an avid reader since childhood, and probably several thousand books have come and gone from my shelves over the decades. As with many other accumulated belongings, I’m getting to the age where the end is in sight, even if these perilous times pass, and society does get back on track. And so, last weekend I loaded many boxes of books into my pickup, and took them to sell for in-house credit at a local used book store. The money/credit was not that important to me - I mostly wanted to circulate the books back to people who might...
  • Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence (philosopher's take on the future of humanity)

    02/27/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Gilster
    Bostrom: From Extinction to Transcendence by Paul Gilster on February 27, 2013 At the top of my list of people IÂ’d someday like to have a long conversation with is Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and director of OxfordÂ’s Future of Humanity Institute. As Centauri Dreams readers will likely know, Bostrom has been thinking about the issue of human extinction for a long time, his ideas playing interestingly against questions not only about our own past but about our future possibilities if we can leave the Solar System. And as Ross Andersen demonstrates in Omens, a superb feature on BostromÂ’s...
  • Alexis de Tocqueville: How People Gain Liberty and Lose It (old article)

    01/22/2013 10:40:51 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    The Freeman ^ | JULY 01, 1996 | Jim Powell
    Alexis de Tocqueville was a gentleman-scholar who emerged as one of the world’s great prophets. More than a century and a half ago, when most people were ruled by kings, he declared that the future belonged to democracy. He explained what was needed for democracy to work and how it could help protect human liberty. At the same time, he warned that a welfare state could seduce people into servitude. He saw why socialism must lead to slavery. Tocqueville staked his life on liberty. “I have a passionate love for liberty, law, and respect for rights,” he wrote. “I am...
  • A Thought To Brighten Your Day~

    01/19/2013 3:49:31 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
      When you are down in the dumps, all looks gray,  and you think you have real problems,  just  remember... Somewhere, out there in this world, there's  a poor bastard named MR. PELOSI BigHairyNews   h/t Speedunque
  • The Folly of Scientism

    12/12/2012 6:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Austin L. Hughes
    When I decided on a scientific career, one of the things that appealed to me about science was the modesty of its practitioners. The typical scientist seemed to be a person who knew one small corner of the natural world and knew it very well, better than most other human beings living and better even than most who had ever lived. But outside of their circumscribed areas of expertise, scientists would hesitate to express an authoritative opinion. This attitude was attractive precisely because it stood in sharp contrast to the arrogance of the philosophers of the positivist tradition, who claimed...
  • Hypocrites shriek 'Hypocrites!' over national concealed carry legislation

    12/08/2012 6:56:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    An editorial in the Scranton, Pennsylvania Times Tribune claims to be "Calling out states' rights hypocrites." The allegation of "hypocrisy" is centered on gun rights advocates' condemnation of Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane's signature on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to reject two national concealed carry reciprocity bills: There is one area in which the states' rights crowd applauds federal intervention, however - regarding to the right to bear arms. Two bills that have passed the House and await action in the Senate would make a mockery...
  • The Psychopathology of a Hoplophobe

    11/05/2012 4:47:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 November, 2012 | Bruce W. Krafft
    When I read the October 27 Quote of the Day my first thought was “physician heal thyself” (right after “somebody call the guys in the white coats!”). Anyone who can equate the ownership of semi-automatic weapons with the abuse of children is obviously teetering on the edge. Little did I know just how out there the good doctor really is, though. The quote came from Ronald Pies’s, Why Psychiatrists Must Confront Gun-related Violence. And as I started reading the whole thing, it became obvious that Dr. Ron may have suffered what those in the head shrinking biz call a break...
  • Political Non-Science [ and why you're called Nazis]

    10/02/2012 4:24:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 2, 2912 | Lars Walker
    ...It's a tragedy of history that Karl Marx chose to dress his theories in the clothing of scientific analysis. Ever since his time, Marxists have built systems on his theories in the settled faith that their daring new policies must bear fruit,because they're based on "irrefutable science." And yet, time and again, those policies have failed. Science isn't supposed to work that way. So the Marxists are forced to ask, "What can explain such an anomaly? How can science be wrong?" The answer is always the same–"Wreckers have been at work. Saboteurs, ungrateful for the blessings of socialism, are conspiring...
  • Christians, The Second Amendment And The Duty Of Self Defense

    09/27/2012 3:22:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 25 September, 2012 | Herschel Smith
    Christians are redeemed, but they can be hypocritical and self serving. They aren’t perfect. Furthermore, while Christians can be (though they are not always) sweet and loving, they have always impressed me as perhaps the most pitiful, naive, stolid simpletons on the planet. Sheep is a perfect description. I can say those things because I am a Christian, and not in the sense of ”God is love let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya while we sway and dance ourselves into ethereal bliss,” but in the orthodox sense (e.g., belief in the trinity, the vicarious atonement, the deity of Christ,...
  • Left Behind (Obama has turned his back on us liberals. So why aren't we screaming about it?)

    09/07/2012 11:03:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 | Todd Gitlin
    In May 2009, Barack Obama delivered a speech in Prague about global threats that required, he said, "action coordinated across borders." This not-so-ringing phrase he intended to apply to "a global economy in crisis, a changing climate, the persistent dangers of old conflicts, new threats and the spread of catastrophic weapons." To address the global economy, he called for "investments to create new jobs ... [and] a change in our financial system, with new rules to prevent abuse and future crisis. "We must confront climate change," he said, "by ending the world's dependence on fossil fuels, by tapping the power...
  • Best Majors for GRE Scores: Still Physics and Philosophy

    08/25/2012 9:26:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Best Majors for GRE Scores: Still Physics and Philosophy Monday, August 20, 2012 Fall is just around the corner, and that means many college seniors will soon face an enemy more daunting than senioritis itself: the Graduate Record Examinations. Many schools require GRE test scores for admission to their graduate programs, and the tests are supposed to be one of the most objective measures of prospective students. GRE scores can make or break a graduate school application, so how should students prepare? Although there are a plethora of study books and materials available, decisions made freshman year may determine...
  • John Paul II Identified the Source of Our Present Cultural Malaise

    08/08/2012 8:26:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 8/8/12 | James Matthew Wilson
    Late in life, Pope John Paul II gave a series of interviews subsequently collected in the book Memory and Identity (2005). There, in response to a question about the pervasive ideologies that had swept Europe during the past couple of centuries, and which had resulted in the slaughter of millions, he contended that in order to explain all this, we have to go back to the period before the Enlightenment, especially to the revolution brought about by the philosophical thought of Descartes. The cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) radically changed the way of doing philosophy. In the...
  • Why Gun Ownership is a Right and a Duty

    08/05/2012 8:55:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    politicaloutcast.com ^ | 3 August, 2012 | Gary DeMar
    Milton Friedman (1912–1986), free market economist and author who schooled Phil Donahue on national television about capitalism and the freedom of the market place, would have turned 100 years old on July 31st of this year. Friedman’s calm demeanor, as he put the arrogant, know-it-all, and multimillionaire talk show host in his place, is a thing of beauty. If you haven’t seen it, then you are in for a real treat. It’s less than 3 minutes in length and worth every second: --------------------cut------------------- Friedman’s “I don’t even trust you” and the rabbi’s comment about the cruelty of man say a...
  • Point of View: Why gun control wouldn't eliminate mass killings

    08/05/2012 7:36:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 5 August, 2012 | Cathy Young
    In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., many are urging a new conversation on gun control while others acknowledge with bitter resignation that no meaningful action to restrict guns will be taken because the will for it just isn’t there. Support for tighter gun laws has dropped sharply over the past 20 years, and gun rights groups have far more political clout than gun control advocates. Liberal and left-leaning websites are full of comments lamenting America’s barbaric gun culture and Americans’ irrational attachment to firearms. Yet a closer look at the facts shows that it’s...
  • Trial in Chester hunting death points to one clear culprit: The gun(SC)(barf alert)

    07/25/2012 7:56:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    heraldonline.com ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Andrew Dys
    CHESTER — The pale fluorescent lights of the historic old Chester County Courthouse gleamed off the black barrel. The darkness of that barrel stood out, even in a courtroom packed with more than 90 people there to see what happens when guns with long black barrels are fired. What happened on this hunting trip is somebody died. This somebody, in October 2008, was a Hmong refugee from Rock Hill who worked in a warehouse. His name was Touna Xiong. Pronounced, simply, as “Tuna Song.” The song, clearly Tuesday in that courtroom for everybody involved, was a lament. The father of...
  • Loyalty

    07/18/2012 7:29:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    theoutdoorwire.com ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Rich Grassi
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Occasionally one of our editors feels very strongly about a topic. Today, Tactical Wire editor Rich Grassi has some thoughts (and a goodly helping of tough love) for all of us in the outdoor community. Without descending into the current political morass of charge/counter-charge, extremist vs. extremist, agenda and charisma driven politics, I think it's time for a block of voters to coalesce - the people of the outdoors. Yes, it sounds like interest group politics. Extremist whack-job pseudojournalists who exist only in the NYC-DC Bubble and on our TV screens label us as "special interests" and "gun...
  • What does a conservative believe?

    07/12/2012 12:56:22 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 4 replies
    Tenth Amendment Network ^ | 7/12/2012 | Marc Gindin
    Let's lay out the belief system of a conservative, as applied in the 21st century. If you're a conservative, you believe these things.
  • The 2nd Amendment and the Preservation of Liberty

    06/18/2012 7:31:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    tenthamendmentcenter.com ^ | 2012 | Bob Greenslade
    Why do Liberals and Progressives want you Disarmed? Following the shooting of Treyvon Martin earlier this year, liberals and progressives renewed their calls for more restrictions on firearms and repeal of Florida’s stand your ground law. Some called for the out right ban of handguns. Once again their justification is so-called public safety because they claim the police are entrusted with duty of protecting you. As I wrote in “The Police are Under No Legal Obligation to Protect You”, this assertion is patently false because courts throughout these United States have consistently held that police have no legal duty to...
  • Ayn Rand about Economic Education

    05/18/2012 6:39:22 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 27 replies
    The Free Market ^ | February 28, 1946 | Ayn Rand
    Excerpts from a letter of Ayn Rand to Leonard Read, the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education, February 28, 1946 -- "The Free Market", 2001 No. 1You imply that the cause of the world’s troubles lies solely in the people’s ignorance of economics and that the way to cure the world is to teach it the proper economic knowledge. This is not true – therefore your program will not work. You cannot hope to effect a cure by starting with a wrong diagnosis. The root of the whole modern disaster is philosophical and moral. People are not embracing collectivism...
  • Over 100 years later, little has changed between "Us and them"

    05/12/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT · by mylife · 27 replies
    A political poster from the turn of the centurty
  • Why I Am A Gun Owner And You Should Be Too

    04/11/2012 8:15:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 43 replies
    unitedliberty.org ^ | 10 April, 2012 | Kevin Boyd
    I spent my Easter at a shooting range about an hour west of my home. My wife had to work and I did not have plans to see family, so had some extra time to occupy myself with. I decided to put that extra time to use breaking a shotgun I purchased about a month for home defense. While my shoulder handled the 2 1/2 inch target shells pretty well, the 3 inch magnum 00 buckshot I shot pretty much made it raw. While on my way to and from the range is a drive down a Mississippi country highway...
  • 21 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Late-Great Charlton Heston

    04/11/2012 2:39:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 11, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    'Political Correctness is tyranny with manners' I didn't change. The Democratic Party slid to the left from right under me. Affirmative action is a stain on the American soul. (Heston famously marched/supported the 1960s Civil Rights cause 'before it was fashionable') Well, we have certainly produced great art before... In my view, there are any number of areas of government which tax money should not be spent. Somewhere in the busy pipeline of public funding is sure to be a demand from a disabled lesbian on welfare that the Metropolitan Opera stage her rap version of Carmen as translated...
  • From Man Alive! - "You're in this all alone."

    04/08/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Greg Swann · 2 replies
    SelfAdoration.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | Greg Swann
    From: Man Alive! A survival manual for the human mind. by Greg Swann Chapter 1. You’re in this all alone. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!That speech is from Hamlet, of course. Shakespeare, dead four-hundred years, loved your mind much more than does almost anyone alive today. If you read contemporary authors – theologians or philosophers or academics or artists or...
  • VIDEO: Milton Friedman - Freedom vs. Fairness

    03/16/2012 9:22:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | 3/16/2012 | Milton Friedman
    Dr. Friedman discusses why freedom and fairness sometimes conflict; and how the free market solves this problem.
  • A Philosophy - If You can Get One

    02/18/2012 1:04:34 PM PST · by Noumenon · 23 replies · 3+ views
    The Ominous Parallels | 1980 | Leonard Peikoff
    The Germans of the Weimar period were increasingly frustrated, angry, disgusted with the “system,” and ready for change. So are Americans. The Germans, following their intellectuals, were disgusted with what they regarded as reason and freedom, and they were ready for Hitler. The Americans are disgusted with unreason and statism; but they are directionless. Without intellectual guidance, they do not know what went wrong with their system or how to prevent the country’s disintegration and collapse.   Thus, by default – despite the profound differences between Americans and the pre-Hitler Germans – the similarities between the two nations, the similarities...
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism: Jean-Jacques Rousseau vs. John Locke

    01/22/2012 11:35:18 PM PST · by stevelackner · 23 replies · 1+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | January 22, 2012 | Steven W. Lackner
    There were two thinkers who were greatly influential in forming philosophies that would affect the future political theories that followed. The greatest thinker of the modern age was John Locke, who provided the framework that would allow for liberal democracy. A thinker who perhaps inadvertently laid down the foundation for totalitarianism was Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Both Locke and Rousseau were grand thinkers, but Rousseau was an advocate of his own form of collectivism while Locke believed in individualism, the basis for a truly free society. It is sensible to begin by analyzing Locke, as he preceded Rousseau. John Locke writes in...
  • Edward Feser: Pointof Contact

    01/16/2012 8:15:16 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 7 replies
    http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/ ^ | 01/15/12 | Edward Feser
    Bruce Charlton identifies six problems for modern Christian apologists, and proposes a solution.  His remarks are all interesting, but I want to focus on the first and most fundamental of the problems he identifies, which is that the metaphysical and moral knowledge that even pagans had in the ancient world can no longer be taken for granted: Christianity is a much bigger jump from secular modernity than from paganism.  Christianity seemed like a completion of paganism - a step or two further in the same direction and building on what was already there: souls and their survival beyond death, the...
  • Romney's Mormon Problem - Is a candidate's philosophy of life and world view important?

    01/14/2012 11:58:07 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 80 replies · 1+ views
    January 14, 2012 | Ralph Mitchell
    Should American voters ask Romney and the other candidates what their philosophy of life is and what in their beliefs shapes their worldview? Also, should American voters ask the candidates about the degradation of the American culture especially among young people? I know we all have past sins, ie. Newt. However, Newt Gingrich has openly talked about his conversion to Catholicism and his reconciliation with God for his past sins. Rick Santorum openly talks about his devout Catholicism. Rick Perry is very open about his strong Christian beliefs. However, we do not hear much from Mitt Romney about his Mormon...
  • Kit Up Zombie Ops: Your Survival Philosophy (Realist; Neoconservative; Liberal; Constructivist)

    01/02/2012 1:19:22 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Kit Up! ^ | Decmber 31, 2011 | Pat Kilbane
    How you equip yourself for a zombie apocalypse depends largely on your personal belief systems. Are you going to focus solely on self-preservation? Or is restoring order to your country a transcendent objective? How willing are you to share your resources with strangers? And how discriminating will you be in shooting other human beings? Author Daniel Drezner tackles such moral dilemmas on a global level in his book Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Drezner is the real deal, by the way, a professor of international politics at Tufts University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Here’s...
  • Ann Coulter Has Lost Faith

    12/29/2011 5:25:47 AM PST · by jenk · 50 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 12/29/11 | Jen Kuznicki
    I read Ann's latest column with a heavy heart. I came away with the unmistakable feeling that she has lost faith in the philosophy and movement she has been a firebrand for until now. And I think about how it happens that a person at the age of 50 becomes the very cheerleader for the status quo that she argued against these many years. I believe it is true that as we age we develop different thoughts about things, through experience, through people we meet, through having to be forced to take a position on something we cannot imagine when...
  • Attn Lamestream Media – I am the Gun Lobby

    12/21/2011 4:09:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- To all of those “reporters” and pundits at ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, the New York Times and all the other Times, the Boston Globe, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Arizona Republic, all of the Tribunes, Stars, and Ledgers; Let me make something perfectly clear: The NRA is not the Gun Lobby. Neither is the NSSF, nor the GOA, nor even The Firearms Coalition, nor the hundreds of grassroots and activist organizations or the thousands of local gun clubs. I am the Gun Lobby.Whenever you talk about the Gun Lobby, you are talking about me....
  • Leftists

    12/11/2011 5:36:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    msu.edu ^ | May, 1998 | George J. Irge
    The 20th century will be remembered for the totalitarian monsters of various stripes who conceived, planned and executed programs of selective mass extermination of humans. I think that all Leftists, without exception, including the meekest of democratic socialists, have been implicated - knowingly or in consciously cultivated ignorance – as apologists for, or accomplices and abettors to the crimes of the totalitarians. I am stating this categorical proposition so bluntly rather late in life, although I have been convinced of its verity for as long as I can remember being able to recognize the evidence, i.e. since my teens. I...
  • The Ugly Side of Idealism

    11/13/2011 6:36:01 PM PST · by jjotto · 5 replies
    Cross-Currents ^ | November 10th, 2011 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, P.J. O’Rourke described the mass murder as “an act of idealism.” Not idealism as we colloquially use the term to refer to the ability to place other values over one’s immediate self-interest, but rather “the concept that mankind and society could and should be perfected.” That vision of a perfected society causes O’Rourke’s idealists to ignore the human costs of the coercion required to create their ideal society. The 9/11 hijackers were driven by an older theological vision of a world-wide caliphate under the harmonious rule of Sharia. But most modern idealists derive their...
  • A Brief Inquiry into the Nature and Value of the Second Amendment(FL)

    10/27/2011 6:58:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 89 replies
    naplesnews.com ^ | 26 October, 2011 | J. Patrick Buckley
    There is no Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment simply tells us that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Unlike the First Amendment's prohibition against Congress making laws abridging certain rights we hold dear, the Second Amendment is an outright prohibition on all branches of our federal government from infringing on our right to defend ourselves. For a right to be infringed, it must already exist. The right to self-preservation is among the inalienable Jefferson spoke of in the Declaration of Independence. Without the right to defend life and liberty,...