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David R. Carlin
by | Jun 5, 2015

If we make a distinction between two kinds of politics, pragmatic and ideological, we may say that American politics has mostly been pragmatic in its 200-plus year history. Whether Americans have been liberal or conservative, they have mostly agreed on…

by | May 29, 2015

Why is it that so many politicians in recent decades (beginning, I suppose, with Ronald Reagan) have said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the party left me”? I am one of those. I used to be a rather prominent…

by | May 21, 2015

Francis Bacon, the essayist, great philosopher, and Lord Chancellor of England under King James I, when impeached by the House of Commons for taking bribes as a judge, confessed to his crimes but offered this mitigating explanation: “Yes, I took…

by | May 14, 2015

What do St. Augustine (354-430) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) have to do with the recent riots in Baltimore? Lots. For many centuries the civilization of the Western world (the world that used to be called Christendom) was based on the…

by | May 8, 2015

The word “feminism,” just like almost every other word in the English language, has more than one meaning. So when somebody tells you that she (or he) is a feminist, you are being given almost no information unless you are…

by | Apr 24, 2015

Why are “liberals” or “progressives” great fans of big government? (I put the words in scare quotes because it seems to me that these people are, objectively speaking, illiberal and regressive.) There are, I suggest, four reasons. Liberals feel the…

by | Apr 20, 2015

The “progressive” (or ultra-liberal) wing of the Democratic Party is trying to push Hillary further to the left. They do this in a number of ways: by urging Elizabeth Warren to get into the presidential race; by threatening to support…

by | Apr 13, 2015

Liberal Christianity is made up of three reductions: 1. The reduction of religion to morality. 2. The reduction of morality to love of neighbor. 3. The reduction of love of neighbor to tolerance plus welfare programs. The classic expression of…

by | Apr 6, 2015

I am depressed. Normally I’m a cheerful guy, but this week I’m depressed. It isn’t because of any personal problems. Personally I’m doing okay. My health is good. I have money in the bank. My wife and kids and grandkids…

by | Mar 25, 2015

White liberals sincerely judge themselves to be morally superior to conservatives, and they base this judgment on what they consider to be an undeniable fact, namely, that they themselves are free of anti-black racism while conservatives are drenched in racist…

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