On the growth of the concept of “originalism”. From the NYTimes Book Review.

Excellent discussion of the influence of Scalia on the growth of the idea of originalism, a concept Ed Meese promoted in the 1980s. Main idea: the notion may be in the service of a need for certitude than rigorous jurisprudence. Link below. From the review. By JEFF SHESOL JULY 2, 2014 “More than any individual decision or dissent, the theory of “originalism” is likely to be his lasting...

The fleeting nature of wealth. Quote by Alexis de Toqueville.

From one of the best analysts of American civilization to have ever lived. Opening of PBS’s “American Experience: The Donner Party.” Here’s the quote: “It is odd to watch with what feverish ardor Americans pursue prosperity. Ever tormented by the shadowy suspicion that they may not have chosen the shortest route to get it, they cleave to things of this world as if assured that they...

Conservatives in Academia: Why so Few?

Find the link to the whole discussion below. Excerpts here: “Four conservative traits in particular would, I think, severely discourage a person from pursuing an academic career—independent of any external discrimination. If you are a young man or woman who (1) values the maintenance and passing on of intellectual tradition, (2) plans to marry and have children, (3) wants as much individual...

Continuing the struggle against Milton Friedman: The Right Way to Control the Banks

From the New York Review of Books Book review by Roger Acaly Contrary to free market ideologues, who have little understanding of how a market economy successfully functions, the purpose of a free market system is not to enable individuals to earn as much as they can “on their own.” A market economy works well when rule are put in place that prevent individuals who are good at gaming the...

From the NYTimes Magazine: A New Approach to Healing PTSD: connecting body and mind.

Good discussion of a non traditional way of treating PTSD. The use of role playing and helping people connect their consciousness to their bodies is significant in Mankind Project. Once one understands what few in the field do – that Descartes dualism, and possibly even Manichaeism/Gnosticism strongly incline Western and American mental health professionals to assume that the body has no relation to...

The forgiven forgiver: Jame’s Alison understanding of Christianity and the presence of the scapegoat.

Jame’s Alison is one of the most important theologian’s today of a practical bent. I make some preliminary remarks here regarding his ideas. The first concept is “mimesis”. In ancient Greece, mimesis was an idea that governed the creation of works of art, in particular, with correspondence to the physical world understood as a model for beauty, truth, and the good. Plato...

Book review by Paul Krugman: Why We’re in a New Gilded Age

Very important book and thesis from a non-Marxist arguing that active strong government is essential to balance the anti-social forces in a pure laissez-faire system. I’ve copied and pasted key quotes. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer “The big idea of Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that we haven’t just gone back...

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