January 8, 2020

In my previous essay, I invoked “those famously fratricidal brothers, Peter and Christopher Hitchens, who published dueling books on behalf of theism and atheism within a few years of each other, brother Peter writing in his book that “’On this my brother and I agree: that independence of mind is immensely precious, and that we should try to tell the truth in clear English even if we are disliked for doing so.’” Here is the crux of the matter – the… Read more

December 30, 2019

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December 20, 2019

There is a widely held (and somewhat depressing) view that most people are hedgehogs. We have One Big Idea (or, for many of us, perhaps only one little idea). At some point in our twenties, we experience a “conversion moment,” a singular epiphany about the ways of the world, which heralds some consolidation of our mature “self” and thereby opens the gates to our future. From this perspective, everything else we do after that glorious moment pretty much involves a (mostly ruminative, sometimes angry)… Read more

December 10, 2019

This is essay #3 of a multi-part series about how the remarkable political and legal influence of the Federalist Society in the Trump era – what I call a “court-jacking” – illuminates the emerging civilizational conflict between competing cosmologies, represented by natural law moral philosophy and complexity science. Previously – #2 / The Law as Society’s “Operating System” In 2016, Donald Trump and the Republican Party rode to power by exploiting Steve Bannon’s strategic insight about hidden vulnerabilities of the Democratic… Read more

December 2, 2019

Welcome to The Creation Project, a free Substack newsletter by me, Peter Hammond Schwartz. The Creation Project is an experiment in philosophical history. The purpose of the newsletter is to give us a framework for thinking about, and tools to address, the civilizational crisis of our time. You can learn more about the newsletter here! You can learn more about me here! You can get some of the flavor of the newsletter here! Sign up now so you don’t miss the first issue of The Creation Project, on… Read more

November 21, 2019

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November 21, 2019

How the Federalist Society Stole the Federal Judiciary, Conquered Washington DC, and Imperiled the Nation This is essay #2 of a multi-part series about how the remarkable political and legal influence of the Federalist Society in the Trump era – what I call a “court-jacking” –  illuminates the emerging civilizational conflict between competing cosmologies, represented by natural law moral philosophy and complexity science. Previously – #1 / How the Federalist Society Stole the Federal Judiciary, Conquered Washington DC, and Imperiled… Read more

November 20, 2019

This is essay #1 of a multi-part series about how the remarkable political and legal influence of the Federalist Society – what I call a “court-jacking” –  illuminates the emerging civilizational conflict between competing cosmologies, represented by natural law moral philosophy and complexity science. The Federalist Society held its annual National Lawyers Convention earlier this month and it was of course an epic shit show for those on the outside, looking in. If not already evident to anyone paying attention,… Read more

November 14, 2019

If you’re looking for a podcast that speaks to the political and spiritual confusion of our times with grace, humor, intelligence, and insight, consider Know Your Enemy. Hosted by journalists Matthew Sitman (an editor at Commonweal Magazine and Dissent Magazine contributor) and Sam Adler-Bell (who has written for The Intercept, The Outline, and Commonweal), and sponsored by Dissent, Know Your Enemy’s mission is to engage and illuminate the ideas of political and cultural conservatives; to add complexity and nuance (and… Read more

November 11, 2019

Previously in Calvin’s Ghost – 18 / Carnivorous Plants The running track at T. State did not encircle a football field. The track lay by itself, at the base of a grassy slope on the northern rim of the campus, surrounded by dilapidated wood frame houses. T. State students rented most of these buildings, with others occupied by some of the more peripheral offices of the school administration. A handful of fraternities and sororities, including Alpha House, the black student… Read more




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