ClimateGate and the Politics of Science

From First Thoughts

Over at the New Atlantis, I have a brief editorial on the Climate email scandal that just erupted a few days ago. The emails just recently made public are not just illuminating with respect to the scientific intergrity of this particular group of scientists, or the general scientific legitimacy of . . . . Continue Reading »

The Sarah Palin Saga

From First Thoughts

So lots of folks here in Rochester are talking about Sarah who will be signing books at one of our local Borders this Saturday. The whole drama following her public life is mostly silly and it’s hard to imagine that she could ever be a serious contender for the GOP’s nomination in . . . . Continue Reading »

A Republican Revival?

From First Thoughts

Here Yuval Levin argues that this is precisely what we’re currently witnessing given the Democrat party’s aggressive lurch to the left. Also, our own Peter Lawler points out that, more than ever, Republicans need to clearly and uncompromisingly assert their basic principles, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Future of Human Nature

From First Thoughts

The New Atlantis, simply one of the best journals out there, is now hosting a new blog called Futurisms which features the writing of Charles Rubin, Ari Schulman, and Adam Keiper. It’s quite a blog that manages to cover a wide spectrum of topics from nanotechnology and nanoethics to . . . . Continue Reading »

Biotechnology and Humanity

From First Thoughts

My colleague at RIT Sean Sutton has edited a terrific collection of essays called Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens . Besides some very provocative pieces by Leon Kass and Ronald Bailey, there is a contribution entitled “The Bible and Biotechnology” which very well . . . . Continue Reading »

Righteous Anger

From First Thoughts

George Will argues that a political discourse dominated by “rights talk” is bound to overemphasize the thymotic component of moral life. If our moral landscape is entirely populated by rights bearing individuals who obsessively declare their entitlements then the . . . . Continue Reading »

Wine-ocracy In America

From First Thoughts

Over at Dr. Vino , probably the best wine blog on the internet, Tyler Coleman (who actually is the Doctor himself) gives the play by play of an exclusive blind tasting of some of the 2005 Bordeaux with the great Robert Parker. For those who don’t follow these things, Parker . . . . Continue Reading »

Benedict XVI, Economist

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Benedict XVI recently issued his third and greatly anticipated encyclical Caritas in Veritate and it was immediately parsed by political analysts and operatives for partisan evidence of their Catholic bona fides. Liberals were generally pleased that the pope criticized the excesses of capitalism and globalization, extolled the virtues or property redistribution, and defended the claims of labor unions. Even better, they were dizzy with enthusiasm regarding his call for the creation of a “true world political authority” to protect the disenfranchised from systemic poverty… Continue Reading »

This essay is the sixth entry in a week-long symposium on the popes recent encyclical.