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Right-of-Way: the Grand Compromise Necessary in Western Thought

Jesus said, “He who is greatest among you must be servant of all.” Did he really mean what you think he meant?

When I was a kid I used to watch Star Trek like some people would go to church. 2,750 more words


Some afterthoughts on Rio Paralympics

Paralympics are over, and with them the cycle of Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Once again the city was able to put up a good show, and thankfully all went well in the Cidade Maravilhosa. 964 more words

Current Events

Above all: do not harm

It’s the heartbeat of modern culture.

“Do not harm”

It’s the moral standard of the day.  Unfettered freedom until harm is caused.  We can get drunk (normally seen to be no harm to others) as long as we don’t get violent or harm anyone.   295 more words


"Heinrich Rommen on the Community and the State," By Bruce Frohnen

Heinrich Rommen was among the most important political thinkers of the twentieth century. Yet most people, including most scholars, have never heard of him. This is because Rommen was an explicitly Catholic thinker whose work was a sustained rejection of the prevailing ideology of the era. 1,131 more words

Essays And Reviews

Social Justice vs. Liberty

The original position is a central feature of John Rawls’s social contract account of justice, “justice as fairness,” set forth in A Theory of Justice (TJ).

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, pt. I

Hola Everybody,
I once tried a writing project in which I would take on a range of systemic issues that I labelled the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. 1,446 more words

Michael Oakeshott and the Postulates of Individuality

A newly published paper by Andrew Norris in Political Theory

Michael Oakeshott’s political philosophy is the most sophisticated and compelling liberal alternative to the progressive, state-centered liberalism of John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas. 514 more words

Michael Oakeshott