The Doomsday Provision

[Originally posted at the main page.] Why do we have the Second Amendment?  Wait, let’s back up.  Why do we have the First Amendment?  Speech is important to happiness and flourishing, we can all agree.  But that is not the reason that right was expressed, is it?  If it were, we should be puzzled to…

The Cliff: Fake Poll, Real Quote

“Look, if you taxed every person in successful small business making over $250,000 at a hundred percent, it’d only run the government for 98 days. If everybody who paid income taxes last year, including successful small businesses, doubled their income taxes this year, we’d still have a $300 billion deficit. You see, there aren’t enough…

Liberalism: A Post-Mortem

I lost half of yesterday afternoon obsessing over early election returns, the evening hours brooding about the GOP defeat, and much of this morning so far catching up on post-mortems.  I’m providing my own (perhaps overly) bleak outlook here with the proviso that I intend to spend the rest of the day—and my life—trying to…

Mortimer Adler on Plato, Legal Positivism, and Natural Law

Via George Anastaplo’s “In Re Antonin Scalia”, wherein we see Scalia as a legal positivist and no natural lawyer, more a “modern” than a Catholic conservative. But first, the great Mortimer Adler on Plato: [In Plato’s Republic, we] find the sophist, Thrasymachus, arguing against Socrates, saying that “justice is nothing but the interest of the…