The Regulation of Opinion

“What we’re learning here is really the bedrock difference between the United States and the countries that are in a broad sense its legal cousins,” Mr. Steyn added. “Western governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the regulation of opinion. The First Amendment really does distinguish the U.S., not just from Canada but from the rest […]

The History of Ideas

The discussions of every age are filled with the issues on which its leading schools of thought differ. But the general intellectual atmosphere of the time is always determined by the views on which the opposing schools agree. They become the unspoken presuppositions of all thought, the common and unquestioningly accepted foundations on which all […]

Political Motivations and Group Psychology

This incredible passage from an interview with Hitler says nearly everything worth saying about the real driving forces in passionate political movements: When I now broached the question of what the source of his so strongly felt hatred for the Jews was, and why he wanted to destroy this so undeniably intelligent race — a […]

Same Old World

3. Experiment with dope (as in dopamine). Before moving on, it helps to add some psychoactive chemicals. Some people achieve social confidence only when they use alcohol or drugs. I can never remember to buy these things, but I always have a few mood-altering substances on hand — or rather, in my head — and […]

The Best Adam Smith Quote I Have Ever Read

I found on Thomas Sowell’s personal website: …mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent…

It’s a Matter of Fact

It’s a matter of fact, studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades.1 Considering how unsurprising these words were, do others share my consternation that so many of my countrymen wanted to deny Ahmadinejad entry into our nation? From what I’ve seen of existing […]

Black Theology and the Incitement of Race Hatred

Cone’s groundbreaking 1969 book Black Theology and Black Power announced: “The time has come for white America to be silent and listen to black people…. All white men are responsible for white oppression…. Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man ‘the devil.’ … Any advice from whites to blacks […]

Ethical Conundra

From Marginal Revolution: A simple ethical conundrum A few days ago I was in a London taxicab when I noticed a possibly expensive purse in the seat next to me. I climbed out of the cab and without much thought (shame on me) gave it to the driver. I explained someone had left it there. […]

Born on a Blue Day and the Handshake Problem

I just finished reading the marvelous book, “Born on a Blue Day.” While I could easily write a very extended piece on the many ideas it suggests to me, I thought I would rather quote this passage, which is perhaps the most beautiful description I have ever read of the reasoning process that would usually […]