A Great Read

F. Flagg Taylor’s The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism is now out. I got my copy yesterday (Flagg’s a good friend and colleague) and the afternoon was shot. One brilliant essay after another: Aron, Havel, Milosz, Strauss, Solzhenitsyn, Arendt . . . . . . Continue Reading »

Was the Apostle Paul Married?

Denny Burk makes the case that St. Paul was a widower : It is generally agreed that the apostle Paul was an unmarried man for the duration of his ministry. Not only does Acts omit any mention of Paul having a wife, but also Paul’s own letters seem to indicate the same. Nevertheless, there is . . . . Continue Reading »

See you in Seattle?

That’s where I’ll be Thursday through Sunday at the American Political Science Association meeting. You can see me at two big shows: Thursday at 2, I’ll be on a Claremont panel with Hadley Arkes, our own Jim Ceaser, Pat Deneen, and Matt Spalding on the place of natural rights in . . . . Continue Reading »

If in Doubt, Shoot the Bear

Good grief.  I was hoping the Feds would come to their senses and drop this case, but as I learned while actively practicing law, once bureaucratic prosecutors go into action, they never let up.  Common sense has nothing to do with it.Jeremy Hill shot and killed a 2-year-old male grizzly . . . . Continue Reading »

David Brooks on Haimish

Via Matt Yglesias , David Brooks argues in favor of the communal and slightly chaotic over the comfortable and over-refined. He describes this kind of joyous messiness with the Yiddish word “haimish”: Often, as we spend more on something, what we gain in privacy and elegance we lose in . . . . Continue Reading »

An “Altruistic” Opening

It’s not an opening you want to see in a news story: Lawyers for a Manhattan executive charged with murdering her 8-year-old son are attempting an unusual defense: They claim Gigi Jordan had no choice but to kill the boy, and was completely in her right mind when she did it. Jordan had . . . . Continue Reading »

God and the Detectives

In the latest issue of Books and Culture , Joseph Bottum has one of the most comprehensive reviews of mystery novels and Christianity that you’ll ever find: Some things have changed over the years, of course: the uses of technology, the openness about sex, and, notably, the treatment of . . . . Continue Reading »

Anti Transhumanism Blog at New Atlantis

I regularly comment on issues of relevance to the futuristic social movement that goes by the name of transhumanism. I am not impressed, both sharply disagreeing with its fervent anti human exceptionalistic/eugenic mindset, and finding its yearning for corporeal immortality rather sad.  As I . . . . Continue Reading »