Category: Ideas and Reflections

The Disease of Modern Politics: Mock Outrage

Both Mitt Romney and David French have run for President of the United States — Romney with the full backing of the Republican Party establishment, French in the desperate imagination of the rhetorical leader of the fading neoconservative faction of that establishment, Bill Kristol. Romney came reasonably close to winning — which was presumably his assigned role — while French’s bid never got...

Fiddling With Our Egos While Notre-Dame Burns

I woke up this morning (Korean time) to the sad news that Notre-Dame de Paris was in flames, on the verge of being destroyed, with untold treasures lost forever, not to mention millions of French Catholics still in shock. Naturally, my first thought, upon absorbing the significance of this event, was “I have to write about this immediately!” I started thinking, “What could...

Radical Moderation

A student who sometimes visits me in search of advice and direction for her life, and who has come to view me as something of a role model, recently asked, in an effort to understand how I maintain my peculiar form of extreme focus, “Are you moderate?” My immediate response was to reiterate an expression I have adopted as a kind of personal...

Hidden Premises Revealed

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” — Fair enough. I need freedom from coercion and from having all my practical efforts to improve my life and the lives of those around me undermined by hyper-regulation and confiscatory taxation. Do you have the ability to restrain yourself from coercively undermining my efforts? “Every child has the right to...

Random Thoughts on Principle or the Lack Thereof

Socrates and Plato made their criticism of the Greek sophists a central part of their respective philosophic missions. The core of their criticism: The sophists were paid teachers, who as such had a vested material interest in pleasing their listeners, rather than educating them. Thus, fathers brought their sons to the sophists for lessons in how to succeed in practical, political life. The...

One Consolation: It’s Spring

That’s it. I have nothing else to say. Why spoil the mood, which will inevitably happen if I start talking about the state of things? Why not just take a few minutes to think of cherry blossoms and spring birds? Enjoy. (Click on an image to see it full size.)

Weekend Reflection: Despicable Me

My writing used to be featured regularly at American Thinker, where I built a substantial readership and gained some name recognition as one of a handful of writers whose work appeared often among the day’s top articles, was frequently linked at other major websites, garnered interview requests, and received on-air citations from national radio hosts. I was proud of my association with American...

The Right to Bear Arms: Isolating the Targets

American progressives, ever keen to exploit a crisis, even one on the opposite side of the globe, are in breathless outrage mode over gun ownership again in the wake of the “New Zealand massacre.” Meanwhile, just below radar range, anti-republican activists are roving the country looking for soft underbellies to stab with “red flag” laws at the state level, thereby perplexing many conservatives...

Let’s Play the “Root Causes” Game

A young Australian man has shot dozens of people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing most of them. The U.S. media, as is their wont, is keen to blame this on Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, of course. And that is what the young killer wanted them to do, as he explicitly states in his written explanation of the...

A Question for “Rational Baby Killers,” or Ayn Rand on Abortion

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave birth to her first child. Actually, she did not “give birth” so much as her child was wrested from her. She was diagnosed with toxemia, endangering both her own life and that of the fetus; her daughter was therefore delivered by emergency caesarean section, six weeks premature. Mother and baby are now, thankfully, doing...