Archive for the ‘RML’ Category

The Story of Civilization: A One Stop Shop for Western History

In 2012, I started working my way through The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. It’s an eleven-tome series on the history of Western civilization, going from Eastern influences on the West in volume one and Greek civilization to Napoleon in volumes two through eleven. I got through...
February 26th, 2013 | Catholics, Church, Culture, Heritage & History, History, Protestant | Read More

Free Speech, Amazon and Your Community

In the name of supporting freedom of expression and consumer choice, Amazon made a controversial book available for sale to Kindle users: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct.” According to an MSNBC news article, the book offers “advice to...
December 13th, 2010 | Culture, Family Issues, On Conservatism, Rights Reason & Religion, Worldviews | Read More

When Govenment is a Bureaucratic Babel

When a man claims he can build a tower so tall that it reaches God, raise your eyebrows and ask skeptical questions. Beyond warnings against architectural hubris, the story of the Tower of Babel also says much about modern understandings of government.
November 1st, 2010 | Heritage & History, On Conservatism, Politics, Rights Reason & Religion | Read More

Life, Liberty & the Protection of Happiness

Fifth grade civics was a while ago. So, as a starting point, here’s a refresher of some important wording from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that...
May 11th, 2010 | Domestic Policy, Heritage & History, History, Politics | Read More

Not Your Own

If there’s one thing most people agree on, it’s that human beings have an unqualified right to do what they want with their own bodies. There are, of course, a few exceptions, most of which are mired in debate.  For example, should a minor be able to get a tattoo or piercing without parental consent? ...
May 5th, 2010 | Bioethics, Culture, Evangelicals, Rights Reason & Religion | Read More

Census and Race – The Conversation

Why is race on the census form?  Over half of short census is dedicated to the question of race.  The question is not without controversy, but before you can reach a decision about whether race ought to be included on the census, you ought to know the history behind the census and race inquiry. A...
April 27th, 2010 | Domestic Policy, Heritage & History, Social Justice | Read More

Rural Studies and the Death of Main Street

The small towns of America’s heartland are becoming an endangered species, argue researchers Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas in Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America—a lengthy title for a slim and troubling ethnography. In a nation where urban studies...
January 6th, 2010 | Book Reviews, Culture, Domestic Policy, Education, Family Issues, Heritage & History | Read More

A Parting of the Ways

President Obama has poured billions of tax dollars into a government take-over of the Auto Industry.  Fair Enough.  He is pushing through a Socialist agenda for a national healthcare system, which will effectively strip us of our options with regard to our medical care, while simultaneously creating...
June 18th, 2009 | Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, RML, Social Justice | Read More

A Time for Silence

President Obama should not speak in support of the Iranians protesting the recent presidential elections.  In fact, no US official, in power or out of it, should publicly support them. First, it’s redundant.  Is there any doubt that anyone in Iran (much less, the world) knows whose side the Americans...
June 18th, 2009 | Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Rights Reason & Religion, RML, Social Justice | Read More

An Exciting Day for the Judicial Branch

This morning dawned with the Obama administration’s announcement of his nominee for Justice Souter’s replacement.  The well-managed leaks from the West Wing made sure Sonia Sotomayor’s name was already familiar in the press, but commentators have found plenty to discuss on air anyway.  It seems...
May 27th, 2009 | Domestic Policy, Family Issues, Grand Schemes and Government, Rights Reason & Religion, RML | Read More