Some Lessons From the Russian Revolution. For a revolutionary, the world is worthless and merits annihilation.
Someone who thinks so must loathe life. “There is no greater joy, there is no better music than a crushing sound of smashed bones and lives,” a Bolshevik poet echoed in a hymn to obliteration. The Nazis “were destroyers,” argued psychologist Erich Fromm. Islam and the Left - Two Sides of the Same Coin - Daniel Greenfield / Sultan Knish articles. On the surface of it they seem to have very little in common.
The left claims to be progressive, embraces gay bars, abortions, feminism, worker's rights civil rights, multiculturalism and obscene slogans. The Islamists throw acid in women's faces, hang gays on every streetcorner and repress minorities and freedom of expression. This seeming contrast baffles many who demand to know how for example the left can champion Islamic regimes which mandate the death penalty for homosexuality. The answer is very simple. The people asking the question have mistaken the facade for the reality. Unqualified Reservations by Mencius Moldbug. In the first three chapters, dear open-minded progressive, we’ve tried to build up some tools that will help you evaluate the disturbing proposition we’re about to present.
The proposition is neither new nor mysterious. We’ll call it Dr. Black Lives Matter Report. Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand: Three Women Who Inspired the Modern Libertarian Movement. Mr.
Powell is editor of Laissez-Faire Books and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, American Heritage, and more than three dozen other publications. Copyright © 1996 by Jim Powell. Liberty was in full retreat in the early 1940s. Tyrants oppressed or threatened people on every continent. Established American authors who defended liberty were a dying breed. Economics as the Study of Peaceful Human Cooperation and Progress. Editor’s Note: Below is the keynote address delivered by Professor Horwitz on December 17 in Athens, Greece at the Center for Liberal Studies Annual Prometheus Awards Dinner.
Armed and Dangerous. Americans have never really understood ideological warfare.
Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use “extremist” as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois. We don’t expect ideas to matter — or, when they do, we expect them to matter only because people have been flipped into a vulnerable mode by repression or poverty.
Thus all our divagation about the “root causes” of Islamic terrorism, as if the terrorists’ very clear and very ideological account of their own theory and motivations is somehow not to be believed. Conversation with Glenn Beck [transcript] – Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. My discussion with Glenn Beck ranged over capitalism and socialism, the ethics needed for a free society, Greek virtues, intolerance and indoctrination in education, Ayn Rand’s egoism and her view of charity, whether a meaningful life requires transcending failure, the differences between Antifa and Nazi Brownshirts, whether the National Socialist really were socialist, postmodernism, whether Nietzsche’s “God is dead” is nihilistic or liberating, whether World War I was the cultural breaking point, Dadaism, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, whether history repeats itself, how to return to constructive dialogue, should we be optimistic or pessimistic, and more.
The audio-only link is here, and the video versions are at YouTube. Here is the transcript: Glenn Beck: Let me start with questions that I don’t think the average American can give you a good answer on, three of them, alright? What’s socialism? Beck: Does pure socialism go as far as Anthem or We the Living? Hicks: Yes. Tribune Content Agency (February 6, 2019) Noah Rothman, a brilliant young writer and editor at Commentary Magazine, has just published his first book, and it’s about nonsense.
Let me be clear: The book isn’t nonsense. It’s crisp, insightful and passionate. How Facts Get Chosen and Minds Get Changed. Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on 'Enlightenment Now,' One Year Later. You wouldn’t think that a defense of reason, science, and humanism would be particularly controversial in an era in which those ideals would seem to need all the help they can get.
But in the words of a colleague, “You’ve made people’s heads explode!” The Enlightenment, Racist? No, Equality Was Key. Some of its proponents were, but the solution was built in Jamelle Bouie, the chief political correspondent for Slate, recently penned an essay suggesting that the Enlightenment was racist — though the real point seemed to be that liking the Enlightenment too much is kind of racist.
Regardless, the essay set off quite a hullabaloo, mostly on Twitter. His main targets were two new books, Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker, and Suicide of the West, by yours truly. Jordan Peterson, the controversial Canadian psychologist bogeyman of the moment for many liberals, was namechecked for good measure. A wide array of writers took sides, either condemning the essay or defending it. Camille Paglia: It’s Time for a New Map of the Gender World. I discovered Camille Paglia’s work when I was pursuing my undergraduate arts education at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, in the early 2000s. I was deeply disillusioned with the courses in my arts degree and their monomaniacal focus on social constructionism, and was looking for criticism of Michel Foucault on the internet.
An Evening with Michael Crichton: Events: The Independent Institute. An Evening with Michael CrichtonNovember 15, 2005 Contents David Theroux, President, Independent Institute Michael Crichton, Author, Jurassic Park, State of Fear, The Andromeda Strain, Congo Bruce Ames, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley Sallie L. Baliunas, Astrophysicist, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics William M. Gray, Professor, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University George H. The grossly misunderstood 'banality of evil' theory. Having spent five years delving into the writings of the political thinker Hannah Arendt, while researching my 2015 documentary “Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt,” I take the liberty of stating that Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz, in her article “Rethinking the ‘banality of evil’ theory” (Haaretz, August 5), displays an unfortunate miscomprehension of that fraught term.
We shall begin with factual errors. Arendt never considered the Nazi evil or the Holocaust as an expression of “an undiagnosed but latent disease of regular, ordinary human beings,” as Illouz wrote. She definitely did not see Adolf Eichmann only as a cog in the monstrous Nazi machine, and she was at pains to emphasize unequivocally, in a 1964 radio interview with the German journalist and historian Joachim Fest that she never meant that within each of us is hidden a small Nazi (nor is that notion found in her writings).
Keep updated: Sign up to our newsletter Thank you for signing up. Don’t Tread on Anyone — Keith Knight’s interview with me – Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. Don’t Tread on Anyone — Keith Knight’s interview with me – Stephen Hicks, Ph.D. Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science. Why Jordan B Peterson Appeals to Me (And I Am on the Left) - Quillette. Human Rights are Property Rights - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world. Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English — Quartz. “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes the aphorism commonly attributed (perhaps mistakenly) to Sinclair Lewis.
The election of soon-to-be president Donald Trump suggests the prediction may turn out to have been only half-true. As Trump opponents nervously await his inauguration, many are wondering about how to discern the potential signposts of American fascism in the making. What legislative markers should we look for as the government trundles toward authoritarianism, dragging the world’s foremost attempt at democracy into at least four years of retrograde policy and pronouncement? With 2016 drawing mercifully to a close, it’s worth looking towards eastern Europe for a sense of what Washington, and those who would unravel liberal (as opposed to illiberal) democracy in America, may have in store. But Russia’s post-Soviet model of autocracy seems to appeal to the president-elect.
Nypost. The Independent. IT HAS BEEN more than 10 years since the disaster at Hillsborough football stadium. Ninety-six football fans were crushed to death that afternoon; yet the final victim, 17-year-old Tony Bland, didn't actually die there - at least, not technically. He was trampled so badly that his chest caved in and his lungs collapsed. Cut off from its oxygen supply, his cerebral cortex was destroyed within minutes. Four years later, this is how Lord Justice Hoffman described his condition: "Since April 15, 1989, Anthony Bland has been in a persistent vegetative state. He lies in Airedale General Hospital ... fed liquid food by a pump through a tube passing through his nose...His bladder is emptied through a catheter...
List of fallacies. Because of their variety of structure and application, fallacies are challenging to classify so as to satisfy all practitioners. Fallacies can be classified strictly by either their structure or content, such as classifying them as formal fallacies or informal fallacies, respectively. Bertrand Russell: The Value of Philosophy. Chapter XV of The Problems of Philosophy.
The Future of Feminism: An Interview with Christina Hoff Sommers. Christina Hoff Sommers Over the last decade or two, many women in the United States have distanced themselves from the feminist movement. Thomas Aquinas's Proof of God. Liberalism’s Beleaguered Victory. Greek to Me. Plato and Aristotle were famously different in their temperaments and political thought.
Plato was the radical revolutionary; channeling Socrates, his Republic presented a template of an ideal constitution. That ideal was to be imposed “top-down”, complete with a comprehensive discipline of austerity, common marriage, and common property for its guardian rulers, not to mention an avant garde take on a woman’s place in that ruling class. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat. The Book and AuthorThe TranslationLife Is a Gift from GodWhat Is Law? A Just and Enduring GovernmentThe Complete Perversion of the LawA Fatal Tendency of MankindProperty and PlunderVictims of Lawful PlunderThe Results of Legal PlunderThe Fate of Non-ConformistsWho Shall Judge? When a reviewer wishes to give special recognition to a book, he predicts that it will still be read "a hundred years from now. " Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Disasters and “the forgetting” [This is a slightly edited version of a piece that I wrote very early in my blogging career about the tsunami of January 2005.
The Russell Kirk Center: Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk. By Russell Kirk. The Foundations of Liberal, Western Civilization. Philosophy Basics for Atheists (i.e. morons) Philosophy Is Not a Science.