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It’s in our mauri, not on the spectrum

Confronting the left-right binary in an election year unearths a greater hypersensitivity than at any other time. This hypersensitivity is particularly notable among Māori. The effect is destructive so let us remind ourselves, that we do not need to measure our Māori-ness in terms of blood quantum and should never let anyone require us to do so. 194 more words

NZ Party Politics

The Higher Sociopathy

In the annals of moral casuistry, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example of the perils of moral reasoning than this defense, brought to you by… 779 more words

Political Theory

Actions kill deader than words

The central point of my post below may have gotten lost in discussion of the particulars of illegal immigration. So at the risk of repeating myself, I am going to repeat myself. 511 more words

Moral Theology

Libertarianism is just a sociopathic kind of statism

In the comments to a previous post we were discussing libertarianism. Catholic Economist (not addressing libertarianism specifically) observed:

As both St Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine have noted, it is neither necessary nor desirable for the state to explicitly outlaw every vice…

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Summer 2014 Issue Now Available

Print issues include a selection of our blog entries from the past six months, the last three lead essays from Liberty Matters, and a list of books of note for the year. 28 more words


Why 'patriarchy lite' is just a stepping stone to feminism

Liberalism for men but not for women isn’t patriarchy. That kind of “patriarchy” is just liberalism: a particular form of liberalism with an unprincipled exception carved out excluding women. 338 more words


Beyond Sovereignty

The conventional wisdom is that the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 marked the ascendancy of the international political system of sovereign nation-states. It was then that the Roman Catholic church, so most historians suggest, lost its right to influence the internal machinations of Europe’s states… a maneuver which I can hardly imagine helped Pope Innocent X down his bacon and eggs. 525 more words

A Touch Of Spice