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Apr
24

Remarks on equality from the NYTimes philosophy blo.

Excerpt: “Extreme wealth inequality also leads to the de facto control of government by the rich (plutocracy), and so is incompatible with democracy. For this reason we need to disperse concentrated wealth through property and inheritance taxes, or even better, revise rules that allow excessive concentrations of wealth to build up in the first place. For example, stronger anti-trust regulations,...
Apr
15

Some thoughts on the American right and moderation

I wrote these remarks in response to a friend who argues that the Federal government is too big today. “I used to be a very “conservative” free market Randian. Never a libertarian however. Here is my assumption: When we take a political position, we need to take into account where we are relative to the past. The political pendulum has swung way to the right since 1980. In the 1970s, it...
Apr
14

From the NYReview of Books: “Who is the Pope?”

From the article: “The pope’s tally of curial sins also included cliquishness, acquisitiveness, careerism, competitiveness, and indifference to others; the “existential schizophrenia” and “progressive spiritual emptiness” of many who abandon pastoral service and “restrict themselves to bureaucratic matters”; the “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism,” the “funereal face”...
Apr
14

On the Road in the North American Interior, by Karl von Knausgaard

Wonderful article written by a Norwegian novelist driving through the heartland of America, in multiple installments in the New York Times Magazine. Click here for first installment. Click here for second installment. Click here for comments by Part...
Apr
14

From the NYReview of Books: The Biology of Being Good to Others

We can observe that mainstream (non-Catholic social thought) academics tend towards explaining human behavior by mechanistic impulse, instinct, or evolutionary “survival of the fittest.” What strikes me about this is the lack of awareness of the near exclusion of explanation of human behavior by consciously held moral purposes. It is also odd that behaviorism and mechanism became dominant in...
Apr
4

Heidegger on Why Presence Matters

Heidegger had a tremendous impact on me in my early 30’s, in helping me see how to begin to be in the here and now. He is probably the single biggest influence in Western culture and psychology in the last 50 years ‘behind the scenes.’ Click here for the article, from the New York Times Stone, by Lawrence Berger. ...
Apr
1

The problem of relativism: some remarks on the “religious freedom” act in Indiana and Arkansas.

Remarks by Terence Hoyt: It has been interesting to observe that the liberal and left of center, usually of the secular type, has had to rely on financial motivations (e.g. business interests) to make their point in regards to the Indiana and Arkansas misnamed “religious freedom” act. We must be clear that we have a significant problem when those who know better have to rely on money to...

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