Megan McArdle points out that the thought that one can have innovative pharmaceutical companies delivering new drugs at low cost under government direction is a fantasy. You can have lower costs, perhaps—though the military procurement process is hardly encouraging—but you cripple innovation, slowing progress against disease. Continue reading Drug-induced fantasies
George Weigel names the enemy, and asks why so many are so unwilling to do the same: That is what we are fighting: jihadism, the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is every Muslim’s duty to use any means necessary to compel the world’s submission to Islam. That most of the world’s Muslims do not accept this definition of the demands of their faith … Continue reading Naming the Enemy
Shrinkwrapped takes a balanced look at some deep and disturbing questions about the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and notes the complexity of the issues involved. Cultural as well as religious issues seem important to this question. Islam in Indonesia and in East Africa has, setting aside recent radical influences, seemed to evolve in relatively peaceful directions, while Islam in most Arab countries has generally … Continue reading Islam and Democracy
Michelle Malkin publishes the cartoon that the state of Hawaii is trying to ban. Why, by the way, are Clinton, Obama, and McCain all supporting a movement that threatens democracy in Hawaii? Continue reading Hawaiian Censorship
Bruce Bawer reports on the growing intolerance of gays throughout Europe. Continue reading European Intolerance
Bruce Thornton analyzes a response to Muslim leaders that seems to indicate that Christian leaders don’t believe in their own religion anymore, or at least aren’t willing to defend it or the civilization that it spawned. Continue reading Do Christian Leaders Believe in Christianity Anymore?
A quote from Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: In the old days they said, “What a pity things don’t go on in the world as the parson preaches”—perhaps the time is coming, especially with the help of philosophy, when they will say, “Fortunately things don’t go on as the parson preaches; for after all there is some sense in life, but none at all in his … Continue reading In Light of the Last Post….
Is ‘progressive’ a subsective adjective? I would have thought so, but on Sunday I learned about so-called “progressive Christianity,” which, as far as I can see, isn’t a kind of Christianity at all. Officially, it consists of a few features that amount to a marriage of Christianity and left-wing politics: 1. A spiritual vitality and expressiveness 2. An insistence on Christianity with intellectual integrity 3. … Continue reading “Progressive Christianity”?
Legal downloads of 25 million songs. Continue reading Shaking Up the Music Industry
My daughter and I were reading Patrick Henry’s famous March 25, 1775 speech that concludes, “Give me liberty or give me death!” We were both struck by the contemporary relevance of his second paragraph: Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of … Continue reading Patrick Henry