Good and Bad Men: On Chris Kyle and Christian Grey

Andrew Walker and I just wrote a piece for The Federalist entitled “Chris Kyle, ‘Savages,’ And Moral Language In A Terrorist Age.” It engages Chris Kyle’s use of the term “savages” to describe terrorists. We make the case that this is a justified term, as it refers not to ontology, but behavior. Here’s a selection from it: [Read More...]

5 Takeaways from American Sniper

Two days ago, I wrote about the cultural significance of American Sniper. Today, I want to zero in on the film itself, and to suggest five takeaways from it. 1. Bradley Cooper is now a legitimate star. His performance as Kyle is exceptional. Cooper does not need a ton of exposition or dialogue to communicate the nuances of [Read More...]

“American Sniper” Shows Virtuous Manhood in Action

The movie American Sniper is not only January’s most successful movie ever (over $105 million during MLK weekend). It’s a cultural battleground. Some have decried it, saying that it depicts killing in righteous terms, which is categorically wrong. This is no small matter; The New Republic opposed it, and the critic hadn’t even seen the movie. For others, [Read More...]

Third-Country Nationals and the US Military: A Harrowing Report

A recent story in the New Yorker entitled “The Invisible Army” chronicled problems with a phenomenon most of us have not heard about: third-country nationals who serve our armed forces overseas.  According to Sarah Stillman, workers from economically weak countries are recruited to serve in high-paying jobs in global cities like Dubai.  They enthusiastically sign up, [Read More...]

The Resurgence of Philosophy on the Modern College Campus

The New York Times has a story out today about the surge in interest in philosophy among contemporary college students. Here’s the key quotation: “Once scoffed at as a luxury major, philosophy is being embraced at Rutgers and other universities by a new generation of college students who are drawing modern-day lessons from the age-old [Read More...]


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