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  • The Gaying of America

    05/09/2014 10:13:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 9, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    In Making Gay Okay, Robert Reilly says the ascendancy of men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) started with Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s victory over Aristotle and that once philosophy fell the triumphant march through the institutions was quick and maybe even inevitable.Reilly explains that the debate centers on the question of what is natural and not, and how to distinguish between right and wrong. He describes how the Greeks fell in love with reality when they discovered nature and that the purpose of things was knowable and unchangeable even by the whim of gods.The author writes, “A dog wagged his tail because that was the...
  • French Revolution and the triumph of liberal fascism

    09/08/2013 10:04:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7Sept13 | Ellis Washington
    For the progressive left, all roads lead to the French Revolution (1789-99) which was the first totalitarian revolution, the genesis of modern totalitarianism, and the spiritual foundation for the Russian Communist, Italian Fascist and German Nazi revolutions. A nationalist-populist rebellion, it was established and controlled by a small intellectual braintrust hellbent on killing God, Christianity, capitalism and objective truth thus devolving Western civilization into a savage society based on a political religion that deified "the people," anointed the revolutionary elites as their priests, and destroyed the rights of individuals. As Robespierre put it, "The people is [sic] always worth more...
  • Utopia, eugenics and today's progressives

    07/21/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7-21-13 | Ellis Washington
    The introduction to "The Faber Book of Utopias," edited by John Carey, chronicles the methods of creating ideal citizens, which historically have been repeatedly promoted by utopian philosophers via the deconstruction or abolition of the family. Originally proposed by Plato in his magnum opus, "The Republic," this simple yet dramatic blueprint has influenced a number of social philosophers as diverse as More, Hobbes, Voltaire, Rousseau, to Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, B.F. Skinner, to socialist, liberal, progressive thinkers and politicians in modern times. Plato promoted the belief that the family should be completely deconstructed and its component parts used as...
  • 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...
  • Meet the Lefts Founding Fathers

    05/12/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 25 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | May 03, 2012 | Kyle Becker
    Patriotic Americans are raised with a respect for our Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington being among the most famous. But there is a sizable segment of our population who have little respect for these intellectual and political titans; instead they admire a roster of radicals, revolutionaries, and reprobates.Rather than regurgitate a stale description of these great thinkers ideas, which is available all over the Internet, we shall take an irreverent look at what makes these figures significant in the minds of leftists. A quick look at the Dirty Thirty will hopefully be...
  • Nature Fakery

    02/22/2012 11:22:41 AM PST · by Parmenio · 18 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bruce Thornton
    At the turn of the twentieth century, President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in a public controversy over how some writers and naturalists described the natural world in overly anthropomorphic and sentimental terms. In a 1907 article attacking Jack London, among other writers, Roosevelt popularized the moniker nature fakers, those writers whom Roosevelt called an object of derision to every scientist worthy of the name, to every real lover of the wilderness, to every faunal naturalist, to every true hunter or nature lover. But it is evident that [the nature faker] completely deceives many good people who are wholly ignorant of...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be " or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • The Power of Civil Society

    10/08/2011 8:35:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 8, 2011 | Ed Feulner
    Conservatives and liberals clash frequently on a wide array of issues, from taxes to trade, from deficits to defense. But their greatest conflict may lie in their contrasting attitudes toward civil society. Conservatives regard the institutions of civil society -- families, churches and communities -- as sources of hope and renewal. Self-styled "progressives" see these institutions as seedbeds of prejudice and ignorance. Conservatives believe that poverty stems largely from a lack of spiritual resources, resources that are typically transmitted through private, voluntary groups. Progressives view poverty as a simple lack of resources. Conservatives believe that social justice is best pursued...
  • Why De-Emphasizing Marriage and Abolishing State Marriage is a Step Forward (Barf Alert)

    07/26/2011 6:31:54 AM PDT · by fwdude · 13 replies
    TeraElla Post ^ | 07/25/2011 | TeraElla
    De-Emphasizing marriage and abolishing State Marriage would definitely have been seen as liberal, up until very recently. Certainly, removing state control over an area where it is not required is definitely liberal. That was the understanding when I began to back this long term goal back in 2004. (snip) ...the reason why we are fighting for marriage equality is because we have to work with the present governmental system for a while yet. Marriage equality is currently easier to achieve than getting government out of the business, but the latter should be our long term goal. As for de-emphasizing marriage...
  • No Homophobia

    07/12/2011 8:28:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/5/11 | George Weigel
    A reminder about the totalitarian temptationThe Washington Posts culture critic, Philip Kennicott, recently took to the pages of his paper to note the cognitive dissonance between ingrained habits of homophobia in American culture, on the one hand, and a recognition that overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in the public square, on the other. As an example of those who resolve this dissonance by holding fast to their homophobic prejudices, Kennicott cited Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who had remarked on the similarities between the Empire States recent re-definition of marriage and the kind of human engineering attempted by...
  • A Civil Religion: Is Islam Un-American?

    09/12/2010 11:13:30 AM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 18 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 12 September, 2010 | silverfiddle
    Build it or We'll Keeeeeel You! Imam Ralph came right out and said it to Soledad O'Brien when she asked him about the possibility of moving the mosque site: Rauf gave a reply that boils down to a threat. Rauf said that if his Cordoba House does not get built on his chosen site near Ground Zero, The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack. As forthe message Raufs words might impart to the many Americans who oppose his project, his warning doesnt sound like bridge-building. It sounds likeblackmail. (Forbes - Claudia Rosett) Doctor...
  • Rousseau in the Tropics

    07/22/2009 9:56:17 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 8 replies · 1,863+ views
    Conservative Underground ^ | 21 July 2009 | Ken Martin
    It's good, occasionally, to take a trip down memory lane. It helps to put things into perspective. Hugo Chavez ought never to have been elected president. By rights, he ought to be growing old in a jail cell somewhere. Well, it's been seventeen years, maybe hed be in a half-way house by now. As an army officer in 1992, he led a military revolt against the legal, constitutional government of Venezuela, and attempted to overthrow the democratically elected president of the time, Carlos Andres Perez. He gambled that once the shooting started, the minister of defense and the rest of...
  • Gay Marriage: Even Liberals Know It's Bad

    06/07/2009 3:04:21 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 14 replies · 984+ views ^ | May 26, 2008 | by Frank Turek
    Why not legalize same-sex marriage? Who could it possibly hurt? Children and the rest of society. Thats the conclusion of David Blankenhorn, who is anything but an anti-gay bigot. He is a life-long, pro-gay, liberal democrat who disagrees with the Bibles prohibitions against homosexual behavior. Despite this, Blankenhorn makes a powerful case against Same-Sex marriage in his book, The Future of Marriage. He writes, Across history and cultures . . . marriages single most fundamental idea is that every child needs a mother and a father. Changing marriage to accommodate same-sex couples would nullify this principle in culture and in...
  • Gay marriage is not about rights. It is an attack on Western Culture.

    04/30/2009 7:45:14 PM PDT · by El Gringo · 25 replies · 939+ views
    free republic ^ | JWThinkwright
    A much more insideous move is behind the Gay Rights movement than most of us dare to imagine. It is an attempt to stamp out Moses and the laws handed him by God. You talk about the Audacity of Hope! The leftists are going for the "whole enchilada" on this one.more...
  • Lord Of The Flies Savages: Gang of Children Stripped, Beat And Tortured Boy, 15, Before....

    04/27/2009 11:06:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies · 2,467+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | April 28, 2009
    Lord Of The Flies Savages: Gang of Children Stripped, Beat And Tortured Boy, 15, Before Leaving Him For Dead In A Shallow Grave By CHRIS BROOKE 28th April 2009. Four children stripped and whipped a teenager before dumping him unconscious in a shallow grave in a scene reminiscent of the novel Lord of the Flies. The 15-year-old victim, who has a mental age of seven, was hit with planks and had lit cigarettes forced up his nose. He begged for mercy from his tormentors - a girl of 14, two boys aged 11 and another boy of 13. The girl...
  • The Churchs Response to the Socialist Attack on the Family

    04/17/2009 9:10:43 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies · 461+ views ^ | Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
    Why do the most deliberate and sustained attacks on the family so often come from the socialist side of the political spectrum? While modern industrial capitalism puts pressure on the family, this pressure is incidental to the main structures of the market economy. By contrast, the most profound attacks on the family, including easy divorce, abortion and same sex marriage, have come deliberately from Socialism, not as its unintended by-product. My purpose today is to show that the socialist ideal of equality has played an independent role in the breakdown of the family. Socialism, which has grown up in parallel...
  • How Much Longer Can They Sell Darwinism?

    01/04/2009 5:39:47 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1,825 replies · 11,799+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/4/09 | Purple Mountains
    All across the country, archeologists, paleontologists and biologists are taking part in what is perhaps the greatest example of political correctness in history their adherence to Darwinism and their attempts to ostracize any scientist who does not agree with them. In doing so, they are not only ignoring the vast buildup of recent scientific discoveries that seriously undermines the basics of Darwinism, but they are also participating, due to politically correctness, in a belief system that indirectly resulted in the deaths of millions of people those slaughtered by the Stalins, the Hitlers, the Maos, the Pol Pots and...
  • The West's Long Tradition of Exalting Non-Western Cultures

    02/13/2008 3:06:18 PM PST · by Sherman Logan · 7 replies · 226+ views
    Pajamas's Media ^ | February 13, 2008 | Barry Rubin
    Sometimes to understand ones own era you have to immerse yourself in another. I pick up my copy of Paul Edmonds Peacocks and Pagodas as an example. This though youve probably never heard of it seems the best-regarded book ever written on the people and society of Burma. You may know it as Myanmar. What could be more esoteric, and yet profoundly revealing, about much broader issues? My copy is a first edition from 1924 and in its long life and travels it once belonged to T.N. Jayavelu, Antiquarian Bookseller of Choolai, Madras, India. But now it resides...
  • Failing to Live up to Left-Wing Ideals (Ashley Herzog blasts elitist intellectuals)

    09/17/2007 12:32:54 PM PDT · by blitzgig · 64 replies · 118+ views ^ | 9/14/07 | Ashley Herzog
    It looks as if the media will have to find another pretentious intellectual to refer to as the conscience of the American theater (according to The Boston Globe), the moralist of the American theater (The New York Times), and, most gratuitously, the moralist of the past American century (The Denver Post). In fact, given their track record, elitist intellectuals should probably refrain from using the word moralist altogether. Those words were written about Arthur Miller, the playwright who became famous by penning dreary plays about Americas alleged failures. Millers pompous liberalism has been forced upon high school and college students...

    12/28/2005 3:41:21 PM PST · by Bob Haran · 9 replies · 3,525+ views
    12/28/05 | Bob Haran
    GOVERNMENT BY THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED In 1998, the people of Arizona approved public funding of state political campaigns as a means to reduce the influence of special interest money in our electoral process. A Citizens Clean Elections Commission was created to regulate this public funding program with the power to levy fines and in certain circumstances to require participating candidates to forfeit office for violating commission rules. The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has determined that David Burnell Smith, a participating candidate elected by the voters of his district to the Arizona House of Representatives, has violated commission rules...
  • Art Appreciation/Education class #6: Dada and Surrealism

    07/01/2005 4:13:38 PM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 31 replies · 2,891+ views
    7/1/05 | republicanprofessor
    As the sixth class in this mini-art appreciation set of lectures, its time to consider Dada and Surrealism. The roots for this movement of art fantasy goes back to Henri Rousseau and de Chirico in the late 19th and first decades of the 20th century. These unusual, dream-like settings provoke our imagination more than the emotion of Expressionism and the intellectual structure of Cubism. Henri Rousseau Sleeping Gypsy and de Chirico Mystery and Melancholy of a Street Note in the street images, how the long shadows create a mysterious, imminent mood, and that the girl is only a shadow of...
  • David Frum : Chirac and Schroeder Get Theirs

    05/24/2005 9:37:10 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 945+ views
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2005 | David Frum
    George Bush: re-elected. Tony Blair: re-elected. John Howard: re-elected. Meanwhile the two outstanding opponents of the Anglo-American anti-terror alliance, Gerhard Schroeder and Jacques Chirac, are in the pangs of the most humiliating defeat and repudiation in recent European politics. Who says there's no justice in the universe? Schroeder's Social Democratic party this weekend suffered a crushing defeat in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany's biggest and for many years a Social Democratic bastion. Chirac meanwhile is confronting a likely defeat in the May 29 referendum on the European Constitution. Schroeder had won his first election in 1998 as a...
  • NYP Book Review: A BETTER ENLIGHTENMENT re: THE ROADS TO MODERNITY, by Gertrude Himmilfarb

    11/14/2004 9:44:12 AM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 908+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2004 | JAMES GARDNER
    ...Her book is thus animated by dismay and perplexity over the way the French Enlightenment is seen as the main intellectual event of the 18th century, whereas a parallel and in many respects more successful movement in Britain is routinely relegated to an inferior status. Her heroes, therefore, are not Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau as much as Adam Smith, David Hume and Edmund Burke. In a similar spirit, she invokes and concurs with Hannah Arendt's notion that the American revolution, rather than the revolution in France, was the great political watershed of modern times. For Himmelfarb, the contrast between the...
  • Democratic Despotism

    09/18/2004 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Founding Father · 12 replies · 729+ views
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | September 16, 2004 | Ilana Mercer
    Democratic Despotism By Ilana Mercer [posted September 16, 2004] Inundated from early childhood with government propaganda in public schools and educational institutions by legions of publicly certified intellectual, most people mindlessly accept and repeat nonsense such as that democracy is self-rule and government is of, by, and for the people. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy, The God That Failed James Madison was not a democrat. He denounced popular rule as "incompatible with personal security or the rights of property." Democracy, he observed, must be confined to a "small spot" (like Athens). Indeed, the Bush administrations deafening demagoguery notwithstanding, democratic majoritarianism is thoroughly...
  • Unconditional Surrender to the Volonte Generale

    01/29/2003 11:05:35 PM PST · by Askel5 · 12 replies · 548+ views
    The Myth of Democracy ^ | 1991 | Tage Lindbom
    Unconditional Surrender to the Volont Gnrale Tage Lindbom The Myth of Democracy | 1991 (from parts XI and XII) Nowhere is man so insignificant as in a democracy. . But does not modern man have a great compensation in citizenship? Is not citizenship the great human assumption of responsibility and social morality? Actually, the father of universal citizenship, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, has abolished the foundations of this citizenship because he proclaims the unidimensionality of popular sovereignty. For Rousseau, the highest norm is not law; the highest norm is the will of man, above which nothing can be admitted. But genuine...
  • The Music of the Spheres, or the Metaphysics of Music

    06/03/2002 8:57:40 PM PDT · by cornelis · 51 replies · 692+ views
    ISI.ORG ^ | Fall 2001 | Robert R. Reilly
    THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, OR THE METAPHYSICS OF MUSIC . . . According to tradition, the harmonic structure of music was discovered by Pythagoras about the fifth century B.C. Pythagoras experimented with a stretched piece of cord. When plucked, the cord sounded a certain note. When halved in length and plucked again, the cord sounded a higher note completely consonant with the first. In fact, it was the same note at a higher pitch. Pythagoras had discovered the ration 2:1, of the octave. Further experiments, plucking the strings two-thirds of its original length produced a perfect fifth in the...
  • Locke, Hume, & Rousseau Revisited

    04/20/2002 12:54:26 AM PDT · by PsyOp · 74 replies · 6,974+ views
    Personal Archives | 04-20-02 | PsyOp
    Locke, Hume, & Rousseau - Classic Liberalism (not modern) revisited. ACTION The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. - John Locke, The True End of Civil Government, 1690. Two causes combine to produce every free action: the one moral, namely, the will, which determines the act: the other physical, namely, the strength which executes it. When I walk towards an objective, I must in the first place, have made up my mind to reach it: in the second, my feet must be capable of carrying me thither. A paralytic may wish to run, an active man...
  • The War against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men

    03/27/2002 8:33:33 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 19 replies · 724+ views
    UUA ^ | November/December 2000 | Rosemary Bray McNatt
    An excerpt from "Culture Wars Invade the Lives of Boys". [full text] ... Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor turned popular writer, is the author of the most intense salvo: The War against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men (Simon and Schuster, 2000; $25). Now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Sommers throws down the gauntlet from the book's opening pages. She writes that it has fallen to her to tell "how we are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth: that the energy, competitiveness and corporal daring of normal, decent males is...