The Democrats extend the Patriot Act, and President Obama signs it into law. Listen for the screams about injustice, rights violations, and creeping fascism. <…Crickets….> So, were those concerns cynical political ploys all along? Or is the idea that handing power to Republicans is dangerous, but handing it to Democrats is perfectly OK? Continue reading Fierce Moral Urgency?
Jonah Goldberg captures the political half of the course I’m now teaching precisely: I think the fundamental difference, the difference that defines the difference between American, Anglo-American conservatives and European welfare states, leftists or liberals, is Locke versus Rousseau. Every philosophical argument boils down to John Locke versus Jacques Rousseau. Locke holds that we have natural rights, rights that inhere in us as human beings … Continue reading Locke v. Rousseau
John McCain reaches out to conservatives. I am proud to be a conservative, and I make that claim because I share with you that most basic of conservative principles: that liberty is a right conferred by our Creator, not by governments, and that the proper object of justice and the rule of law in our country is not to aggregate power to the state but … Continue reading McCain’s Speech to CPAC
The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, holder of the office once held by St. Cuthbert, St. Dunstan, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Becket, and Robert Kilwardby, says that British adoption of certain aspects of sharia is unavoidable: Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do … Continue reading “Relating to the Legal System”
Mark Steyn describes the contradictions involved in a multicultural Amsterdam. How many advocates of multiculturalism have appreciated that it is inconsistent with civil liberties? John Stuart Mill defends the harm principle, which says that people ought to be allowed to live as they see fit so long as they don’t violate the rights of others. That superficially seems to support multiculturalism, but in fact it … Continue reading Pornostan