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The Weinstein scandal

October 17th, 2017 by Vader

Perfectly summarized in a single graphic.

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October 17th, 2017 10:18:34

Can Christianity save the West? And which church?

September 19th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Bruce C has written of a need for return to basic/mere Christianity in his blog albionawakening.blogspot.com/ (more…)

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September 19th, 2017 17:56:53

Wait, what?

August 25th, 2017 by Vader

Back from the eclipse. (It was way cool.)

Going through my emails. There was one from the local schools, who for reasons unknown are under the impression I have a student attending school from my  home. It was a long discussion of the upcoming eclipse watching activities, emphasizing safety and end with the curious statement:

Students are allowed to opt out of these activities for cultural, religious or others reasons.

I am genuinely puzzled which religions or cultures eschew eclipse observation.

And yet, you can’t decline to customize a wedding cake for a ceremony you sincerely believe, for religious reasons, to be a mockery of one of your most sacred sacraments.

Go figure.

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August 25th, 2017 09:21:08

The merits of fasting?

July 25th, 2017 by Vader

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

–Thus Frederic Bastiat

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July 25th, 2017 10:55:25

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 5

June 04th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I digressed from the main thread of my exploration of the definition of freedom to explore some interesting aspects of schools as institutions that can promote or hinder the exercise of freedom. That side thread has generated some interesting discussion, and I mean to come back to it again. But, for now, I want to get back onto the main thread of my exploration.

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June 04th, 2017 14:40:56

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 3

May 15th, 2017 by Vader

In the first part of this series of posts, I proposed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. I offered some explanation of the three elements of this definition, namely: ability, meaningfulness, and consequence. In the second part of this series of posts, I reflected on the significance of freedom as a gift from God, pointed out that there is strong opposition to freedom, and described liberty as the set of social and legal constructs we are duty-bound to erect and sustain to protect and enhance freedom.

In this post, I will discuss some of the aspects of liberty that support the second element of freedom, namely, meaningfulness.

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May 15th, 2017 05:19:17

Reaction versus conservatism

May 04th, 2017 by Vader

Reaction is

…the yearning to overturn a present condition of decadence and recover an idealized past. The pursuit of social transformation distinguishes reaction from the conservative inclination to cherish and preserve what actually exists.
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May 04th, 2017 09:03:04

Bill of Rights, Bill of Responsibilities

April 02nd, 2017 by Vader

It’s an old observation that we need to recognize the civic duties that go with our civic rights. Robert Heinlein even performed a thought experiment in which he postulated a society in which this was a matter of law: Only those who served their time in dangerous public service (including, but not limited to, military service) were entitled to vote or sit on juries, on the theory that only those who showed themselves willing to risk their lives for their society were fit to participate in its most important decisions. Unfortunately, Heinlein’s thought experiment, while it made for a rip-roaring science fiction yarn, was not convincing as a political system; for one thing, it has a slight whiff of fascism that I find off-putting.

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April 02nd, 2017 18:10:34

Straining at gnats

March 13th, 2017 by Vader

And swallowing camels.

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March 13th, 2017 09:51:58

A less than healthy elite

December 13th, 2016 by Jeeves

I have had occasion to reflect on Lord Vader’s historical ruminations vis-a-vis Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

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December 13th, 2016 10:25:31

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

The decline of the West

September 14th, 2016 by Vader

Continues.

His Majesty: “On the other hand, at least someone is still having children.”

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September 14th, 2016 07:56:59

Selfie abuse

September 02nd, 2016 by Vader

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September 02nd, 2016 12:23:30

“Why did Tolkien care about the Jews?”

August 31st, 2016 by Vader

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August 31st, 2016 15:31:23

Creation as separation

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

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August 10th, 2016 09:21:02