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Beware of Liberals Touting Collectivism and Seeking Higher Taxes

January 24, 2013

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The following is an analysis by John Gray, professor emeritus at the London School of Economics: “One of the features that distinguished Bolshevism from Tsarism was the insistence of Lenin and his followers on the need for a complete overhaul of society. Old-fashioned despots may modernize in piecemeal fashion if doing so seems necessary to […]

An Example Of Reconciliation Of Plato With Christianity

January 19, 2013

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Boethius in the sixth century A.D. and Thomas Aquinas 500 years later, devoted their lives to the reconciliation of Platonic Philosophy with Christianity. One can see in this presentation reason why they both believed that Plato, at an earlier time, was teaching much of the same message that Christianity brought forth later.

PAX AMERICANA?

January 9, 2013

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Yale Professor Charles Hill writing Nov. 30 at The Caravan, a blog of the Hoover Institution: The mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler prophesied that “We shall not get through this time without difficulty, for all the factors are prepared.” Kepler was predicting the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1648 that would launch the modern international state system […]

Ingratitude

September 1, 2012

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The Roman Statesman and Philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca believed that ingratitude should be a crime dealt with and punished by the State. Although most all today would disagree that the former should be the case, most today would agree that we live in a time where ingratitude is certainly rampant. Seneca in his book on […]

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

April 12, 2012

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Professor Andrew Stark of the University of Toronto quotes the Greek thinker Epicurius in stating that “The relationship between a person and his death, is a strange one.  Whenever one is present, the other is nowhere to be seen. As long as a person is alive, his death has not yet happened. And of course […]

Those Oldies But Goodies

March 14, 2011

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As I was driving today my radio was tuned in to the XM music of the 50’s station. This is music that I listened to in High School. I liked it, but never gave it much thought beyond it being the background music of my adolescent years. It’s rather astounding that the simplistic three chord […]

The Roots Of Boredom

February 6, 2011

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“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone”.  Thus said the French philosopher Blaise Pascal.  I used to think that boredom was an affliction that was peculiar to the young. Children and Youth are always rendering that complaint and view it as something very  difficult to endure.  I […]

A Tribute To My Bowling Team-Mate

January 28, 2011

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Today I lost a team-mate and a friend. She died unexpectedly, although when one is in their mid-eighties the possibility is certainly always there.   I bowl on a senior league bowling team. We bowl every Friday and have a great time.   Gayle was one of our most enthusiastic members and never missed a game […]

Are Things Today Really That Bad?

January 25, 2011

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The economy is depressed, people are out of work, real estate is in the tank and people are just generally fed up with a declining standard of living and the politicians that have caused most of the problems.   If this is your view of life in the twenty first century, let us consider what life […]

From Whence Cometh The Rage?

December 19, 2010

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The news this week, as every week,  is full of stories about people venting their rage against their fellow-man.  An individual walked into a school board meeting, drew graffiti  on the wall and then pulled a gun and shot at school board members from point-blank range. We hear of road rage with people taking shots […]

The Art Of Complaining

November 16, 2010

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“The meritoriousness of your complaint is directly proportional to the condition of those you are complaining to.  The illustration is from the  Steven Pastis  cartoon  “Pearls Before Swine ” He  has really hit the nail on the head with this entry from today’s newspaper. Very often great wisdom and heady observation emerge from the wonderful […]

The Meaning of Faith in The Age of Scepticism

June 24, 2010

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While scanning the blogosphere and searching for something less depressing than the usual unenlightened nonsense I came across the  following: Atheist apologists seem always eager to assert that faith is belief without evidence, notwithstanding that no religion I’m aware of sees it that way (Christianity surely does not) and that dictionaries don’t define it that […]

Ford Announces It Will Discontinue Mercury

June 3, 2010

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One of the saddest days in American automobile manufacturing history occurred this week as Ford Motor Company has announced plans to drop its Mercury line.  Maybe its just nostalgia on my part that makes this news so sad. The Mercury line has not been profitable for many years, but back in the early and mid […]

Economic Chaos, Three Possible Solutions

May 8, 2010

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It would seem that the recent economic crisis enveloping Greece is merely a preface to what is to come in many of our States and eventually to the U.S. as a whole. Our deficits are staggering and unsustainable. As I see it we have three choices, none of which are ideal.  Solution 1. We raise […]

Stops On The Way

March 5, 2010

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In 1961 I enlisted in the United States Army.  It seemed like the thing to do  because, at that time,  to say that my life was going nowhere would be a definite understatement.  I was 17 years old and  no one could tell me anything because I knew it all.  When I arrived at Fort […]

Justice Or Injustice?

February 13, 2010

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I recently finished reading “Justice” by Professor Michael J. Sandel. Professor Sandel teaches a class on the same subject at Harvard University. The content of this book is taken from the subject matter that he presents to his classes.  He basically wants the reader to examine questions of contemporary controversy and arrive at a way […]

The Trouble With Utopias

February 13, 2010

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“Boredom is the chancre of utopias” .       Schopenhauer