Hume Reminds Me: Take Me as I Am

When it comes to hard thinkers, it is all too easy to read them as judges. Does this guy line up with what I think? If so, then I can strip mine his writing for pithy quotes that make me seem smart! If not, then I can take him down and a critical essay is [Read More…]

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The Matter of Britain: Cheer Up, We are Doomed

The Matter of Britain, the story of King Arthur, has defied great story telling. There are good books about Arthur, Once and Future King is the best, and even a classic, L’Morte d’Arthur, but the story is better than any of the books. Of films and television we should not speak given the generally horrible quality of the [Read More…]

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DuBois was Right, but Washington Had a Point

W.E.B. DuBois inspires me to do my job: educate students classically for leadership in Houston, Texas, and the United States. His work reminds me that there is a “talented tenth” that needs what we are offering and much of what puts a student in that tenth is desire. Students cannot do whatever they want academically, but [Read More…]

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What I learned from “The Adventures of Reddy Fox”

When I was a little boy, a go-to author was Thornton W. Burgess, because he simply was happy, kind, and gentle. There is nothing complicated about a Burgess book which creates an animal civilization that may never have existed in this actual world, but does exist in the mind of every child. This is nature [Read More…]

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Conservatives, Race, and a New Party?

Do we need a new conservative party? At the time of Barry Goldwater, the Party of Lincoln doubled down on her conservative roots, but also alienated African-American voters. Some of this was accidental and some was intentional in a cynical ploy that culminated in the “Southern Strategy” of the Richard Nixon campaign. Millions of mainstream [Read More…]

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