• The World Goes Its Way
    April 3, 2014

    The World Goes Its Way

    A French writer argues that “humanity” has become the accepted “version of the universal” in contemporary Western thought, functioning as the “action” of modern democratic polity.
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  • The Pathology of Postmodernity
    January 9, 2014

    The Pathology of Postmodernity

    According to the Viennese doctor, the fundamental problem, or “discontent,” of a civilization is the unrealistic demands it makes of the id, in particular Christian society’s command to love others as we love ourselves.
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  • Plato and the Spirit of Modernity
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    May 1, 2013

    Plato and the Spirit of Modernity

    In C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle the world of Narnia begins to dissolve and disappear. The Pevensie children are confused and frightened, but Professor Kirke, now Lord Digory, reassures them that the Narnia and the England they had known...
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  • Up From Objectivism
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    August 2, 2012

    Up From Objectivism

    It was sort of like being caught in a raging stream, and swimming hard against the current, inch by inch, to reach safety. The time was many years ago, when, as a college freshman, I fell into the currents of liberalism. And they were powerful.
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  • Proudhon, Beauty and Lego
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    January 1, 2011

    Proudhon, Beauty and Lego

    Property may be theft, but it is less theft than a great many other things—clouds, birdsong, or a woman’s beauty, to say nothing of taxation without representation, armed robbery, or extortion with menaces
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  • In Defense of Private Property
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    January 1, 2011

    In Defense of Private Property

    For centuries, the propensity to personal ownership has been considered one of the most elementary and natural features of human nature. Criticism of private property is nothing recent, either, but has turned out to be extremely commonplace in...
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