Romney v. Gingrich: The Jane Austen Angle

From First Thoughts

. . . and if that post title doesn’t generate hits, I don’t know what will. Yesterday, a friend who watches politics very closely proposed the following unified field theorem of the GOP nomination race: The GOP is Elizabeth Bennett. Mitt Romney is Darcy, wealthy and powerful - on paper, . . . . Continue Reading »

Vaclav Havel, Hero of Freedom

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I first “met” Vaclav Havel in a political philosophy class. We were assigned The Memorandum . Do yourself - and your funny bone! - a favor and commemorate the great man’s passing by reading this hilarious sendup of the bureaucratic face of tyranny. It’s the most . . . . Continue Reading »

Engineering Is Glorious!

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I just came across this fascinating article by a Christian engineer, Jace Yarbrough, about “why we don’t have more engineers.” The shortage of good engineers has been the subject of intense effort for decades, yet the supply has stubbornly refused to increase. In addition to . . . . Continue Reading »

Atlas Goofed: First and Second Things

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Remember the Atlas Shrugged movie from this spring? More than 100,000 copies are sitting on store shelves right now with a title card that reads “ AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life . . . ” Because we all know Ayn Rand is all about self-sacrifice! . . . . Continue Reading »

The Metaphysical Challenge of America

From First Thoughts

My response to Sam Gregg on “Locke, Metaphysics and the Challenge of America” is up. What I’d like to stress is that this is not ultimately an argument about John Locke. It’s an argument about the deep methodological questions involved in critiquing a society from a . . . . Continue Reading »