Extremism

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The Middle East is starting to look more sensible about Islamic extremism than is the Obama administration. Isn’t that a sad thing to say?

Here is a Saudi Arabian author being interviewed on television, and he describes the problem. He notes, correctly, that there is little difference between the “moderate” Muslim clerics and the most […]

Found One!

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The media have finally found a “right-wing, Christian” mass murderer. (Though he was also evidently a fan of Democrat/Gore-supporter Fred Phelps of “God Hates Fags” fame.)

Expect to see endless assertions on mass media that Houser is “typical” of conservatives, Tea Party members, Republicans, Christians, the right wing, legal gun owners, and so on.

Just […]

Greed

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Some random thoughts on free enterprise, expanded from a comment to yesterday’s post.

Does free enterprise, usually called “capitalism” because of Karl Marx’s influence, depend upon greed? No, in fact. The expression “it depends heavily on greed” is counterfactual in my opinion. Consider:

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America the Disdained

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This article in Salon yesterday was one of several that I saw filled with disdain for America, its people, and its history. But the writer (Andrew O’Hehir) did seem to have some semi-affectionate humor for Fourth of July picnic foods. Interestingly, the author describes a common error in looking at history, then proceeds to write an entire article filled to brim with it. I’ve grouped some phrases from the article into categories. They are no longer in the original order as a result (although the order within categories is preserved. I’ll start with the author’s description of his own error: […]

Left-Facing Roof

Because Dylann Roof was decidedly leftist in his thinking (manifesto here), he is being blamed upon conservatives. Leftists, following Marx and explicitly advocated by Marxist “critical theory,” view everything in terms of race. They are so far lost in this mindset that they strongly believe, against all evidence, that Constitutional conservatives are racist by nature. […]

Natural Law, Natural Allies

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From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.

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Lawlessness

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One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree: Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t […]

Voters

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Citizen Tom is discussing family, illegal immigration, and governmental failures. Along the way, he asked, “Why have we chosen such people to lead us?” I interpreted this to mean “What’s wrong with voters these days?” It seems to me that there are several factors: […]

Bad Press

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President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.

Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press. There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to […]

Science

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Except from a conversation with a rather vehement and objectionable catastrophist, who was asserting a consensus with AGW (anthropogenic global warming). I replied:

Incidentally, I agree with AGW. Specifically, in answer to the questions posed on the famous survey, that it has warmed in recent decades and that humans have contributed some non-zero amount to […]