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Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

May 24th, 2017 by Vader

In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.

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May 24th, 2017 14:44:16

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

Rage Against the Machine

May 03rd, 2016 by MC

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My oldest will be old enough for Kindergarten in the fall. The small talk question of the moment from our fellow parents is, “Where are you enrolling him?” In our school district, that’s more than a geography question. It’s a big district with more or less open enrollment, and they’ve done an admirable job of making sure there is an abundance of options. Gifted programs, foreign language immersion schools, charter schools with a patriotic focus, etc.

He won’t be going to any of those, however. As we’ve anticipated since before he was born, he’s going to be homeschooled.

“So, if you don’t mind me asking, why are you homeschooling? Is it for academic or moral reasons or what?”

No one asks these questions of parents who send their kids to the Japanese immersion school. (more…)

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May 03rd, 2016 01:11:36

A Job Half Done

September 04th, 2015 by MC

I guess I should be encouraged that 150 students were willing to walk out of their classes to protest the arrival of perversity and Orwellian mind control at their high school. But they left out the essential second step. In order for this to have been a truly successful blow against the System, they needed to:

  1. Leave Class (check)
  2. Never Go Back (sadly incomplete)

The battle won’t be won until the schools are ghost towns, their derelict buildings are burnt to the ground, and the former campus littered with land mines to prevent even the thought of building another school there.

P.S. The “There are monkey-boys in the facility” category is unusually apt for this post.

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September 04th, 2015 01:10:40

The Military Mental Model of Mormonism

August 31st, 2015 by MC

While once trying to explain to a non-Mormon friend why missionaries had such a strict dress code, I talked about showing respect for others, about norms of economic equality between rich and poor missionaries, but none of it seemed to register. Finally I said, “Look, becoming a missionary is like joining the Army. They have a collective goal, and everything is focused on that goal, to the point where things that you might otherwise find bothersome really don’t matter. If you are so concerned about individuality that you resent having to wear a uniform, then you are probably out of place there.” That made sense to him.

That sparked a years-long reflection on my part about how many aspects of Christianity in general, and Mormonism in particular, make more sense if you remember the words of the hymn, “We are all enlisted ’til the conflict is o’er.” As I’ll explain in more detail below, points of doctrine or Church history that might be troubling and confusing become less so when one realizes that we are in a spiritual war.

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August 31st, 2015 06:15:41

Taking Charge of Your Child’s Schooling

July 30th, 2015 by G.

This post is succinct and brilliant.  It is what every LDS parent should be doing, whether they homeschool or not.

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July 30th, 2015 15:54:41

Second-generation ignorance

July 09th, 2015 by Vader

Is much worse than first-generation ignorance.

And colleges have become the premier institutions in our civilization for passing on the ignorance of the past.

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July 09th, 2015 08:38:43

The Playing Fields of Eton

May 23rd, 2015 by MC

Playing fields of Eton

Mrs. MC: Did you tell our son that he could head-butt Jerome [a boy in his preschool class]?

MC: No.

Mrs. MC: Why does he think you told him that? (more…)

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May 23rd, 2015 19:38:51

The Prospect of an Ivy League BYU

March 06th, 2015 by MC

I did a search for “BYU” on Twitter on Saturday night to look for articles about the Cougars’ thrilling basketball victory over Gonzaga.* Instead I got a steady stream of 17- and 18-year-old Mormon kids either celebrating getting into BYU or lamenting their rejection letters. It’s that time of year. (more…)

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March 06th, 2015 04:20:58

Remember how we were going to give tax breaks to families saving for college for their kids?

January 20th, 2015 by The Most Interesting Man in the World

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January 20th, 2015 10:10:45

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

Plans to help the less fortunate

September 09th, 2014 by Vader

Went awry when, one surmises, the less fortunate helped themselves.

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September 09th, 2014 14:58:59

The horror

March 12th, 2014 by Vader

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March 12th, 2014 10:05:25

Obama seems to have no problem throwing open the door to immigrants

March 04th, 2014 by Vader

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March 04th, 2014 09:56:55

I think I see the problem here

December 12th, 2013 by Vader

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December 12th, 2013 11:35:22