Freedom as a Power, Rather than as a Passive State

Today, an excellent former student pushed me on the question of whether philosophy was more important than basic survival.  I interpreted this question, at its core, to be whether freedom of thought is worth dying for.  I think this because the right to philosophize for oneself is, at its core, the fundamental freedom of thought [Read More...]

Barack Obama’s Most Important Achievement Regardless of What Follows

I have always held in this race that while of course we shouldn’t vote for a presidential candidate based on something as skin deep as skin color, that nonetheless all things being equal in terms of character, temperament, policy proposals, principles, and priorities, that there is a crucial psychological bonus to having a black president. [Read More...]

Quote of the day

From a New York Times profile on quotes Obama: “I love when I’m shaking hands on a rope line and”— he mimes the motion, hand over hand — “I see little old white ladies and big burly black guys and Latino girls and all their hands are entwining. They’re feeding on each other as much [Read More...]

A Treasure Trove of Polling Information and Analysis of Obama and Clinton’s Chances vis-a-vis McCain

Fascinatingly thorough and multiple treatments of the hard numbers about Obama and Clinton’s respective prospects against McCain. That and more important analysis that should go into superdelegate thinking about whom to support. And all this info and analysis is on one page of multiple mathematical pleasures [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Senator Tom Coburn’s Editorial About Why The Republicans Are Set Up For A Rout In November

Senator Coburn writes, Compassionate conservatism’s starting point had merit. The essential argument that Republicans should orient policy around how our ideas will affect the poor, the widow, the orphan, the forgotten and the “other” is indisputable – particularly for those who claim, as I do, to submit to an authority higher than government. Yet conservatives [Read More...]

Ron Paul Sums Up The Case For Social Libertarianism Succinctly and Hilariously

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Lake of Fire

Whenever I cover the topic of abortion in my ethics classes, I go to great pains to stress to my students the value of a dispassionate inquiry on the subject. I discourage use of values charged, question begging language of “pro-choice” and “pro-life” and encourage more descriptive language of “pro-abortion rights” or “anti-abortion rights” as [Read More...]

The Next Six Months Will Induce Much Wincing

Andrew Sullivan posts an e-mail from one of his readers: I live in SD and I am a candidate for the State House. I was out walking my district last month and spoke to a woman about the primary. She has a statue of the Virgin Mary in her front yard and was wearing several [Read More...]

The Six Degrees Of Jeremiah Wright

Well, now it turns out that anyone that Barack Obama endorses is magically endorsed by Jeremiah Wright. By November’s time it is the Republican party’s wish that not only Barack Obama is equated with any one he’s ever been associated with in any capacity but that pretty much every Democrat who aligns him or herself [Read More...]


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