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Andrew Napolitano and the Pollardism of Slave Condemnation

Could Abraham Lincoln really have sidestepped the entire American Civil War by using the government’s power of property condemnation to buy all of the slaves in the South and then free them?

Contraception and Causality; r/K Selection and Population Growth

Tod’s recent post on contraception contained this thought-provoking segment: Another note of interest was this argument by Connell: “Birth control as it is now practised in the United States is bound to bring about a notable decline in our white population in the near future.” I think in may ways this comment deserves more consideration,…

Iran, Israel, And Wannabe Masters Of War

There’s a long and honorable legacy in the Jewish tradition of universalism, humanity, pacifism, and a generally forward-thinking, enlightened worldview. Of this legacy, Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner is not an heir; and his latest assembly of talking points and clichés is a testament as to why. With that mawkish machismo that so frequently…

A “Total Miscarriage of Justice”

Image via Wikipedia That’s how incoming House homeland security chair Pete King described the Ghailani trial. Ghailani (pictured) was, of course, found guilty on only one of the 285 charges brought against him, and consequentially got off with a light slap on the wrist: twenty years to life imprisonment. So why did the prosecution wind…

Let’s Get Our Islamic Terminology Straight

Image via Wikipedia Playing off of Mark’s post against the Oklahoma ban on sharia law, it’s important to note that most of the contemporary debate over Sharia law in the United States seems to be operating under a huge misconception over what Sharia actually is. I think a lot of its detractors, and maybe even…

Making Sense of Public Opinion

by E.C. Gach Last winter I was struck by a Jacob Weisberg piece over at Slate. The thrust of the article was the following: all of our political troubles are the result of…well…ourselves! People just don’t understand themselves or what they want, his claim went, so how can we expect our politics to reflect some form…

Healthcare and monopoly

Russell Arben Fox asks: How should a distributist or localist or communitarian in America feel about proposals which would attempt to provide the same sort of equalization which Democratic party reformers are squawking about, but do so solely on a state-by-state (or perhaps region-by-region) basis? Just more of the same? No different from any other…

Protecting American values from extremists

I agree with conservatives like David Horowitz and John Hinderacker; in light of the shooting at Ft. Hood, we need to reassert and protect our values.  The question of course, is the who we’re protecting our values from.  Hint: it’s not Muslims.  But first, a few quick points about Muslim-American attitudes: 1. Muslim-American are overwhelmingly happy with their place…

Survey Says: 49% of Americans Don’t Much Like Homosexuality

This exchange between Rod Dreher and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the basis of opposition to same-sex marriage is interesting, if only because it provides another striking example of how ones identity has an incredible impact on how one views the world and other human beings.  That is, it’s pretty easy to believe that bigotry drives political action against…