Locke v. Rousseau

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

“Relating to the Legal System”

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