A Brief Education on the Source and Nature of the Crisis in American Politics

Many of us sense that there is something very wrong with the policy ideas the GOP has been pursuing. To understand this, we need to look at the explicit philosophy that has been motivating activists on the American right since the 1980s. In this brief essay, I seek to explain the source and origin of the deep philosophic confusion in the GOP today. There are two strands to the ideology held by many...

The American founders and religious passion.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how important the repression or at least marginalization of religious passion was to political thinkers in the 16 and 1700s. This was because of the “100 years” of religious and civil wars in Europe in the 1500s. While Europeans are generally educated about their own history and know that this is the reason they tend to be aloof from organized religion,...

Part I: A Retrospective Interpretation of the American System: Justice as Maximizing Utility for “All Men” Bounded by Kantian Ethical Restraints

A Retrospective Interpretation of the American System: Part I Assumption One: The purpose of a just political system in the Western world is not to realize deep oral values. It is to maximize economic utility and political stability with Kantian ethical restraints. Corollary One: The paradox. Activists are usually motivated by a desire to realize a deep moral value. All political movements that seek...

John Galbraith on American conservatives.

Click here for statement by Galbraith on conservatives My thoughts on Galbraith’s statement: This may sound like a more intense statement than it is. The insight is considered a commonplace by most who study the history of ideas, social philosophy and national ideologies. Remember my claim: American conservatives are not really conservatives in any true sense of the word. They cannot be. It is up...

The error of libertarianism: Rousseau on the natural dominance of the few strong

Rousseau’s thought is one of the primary influences on the Constitution, especially that found in the Social Contract. His thinking was influenced by work he did in Venice in the embassy. He reports that he had a superior who treated him unjustly for years. When he returned to Paris and attempted to have him reprimanded, he got nowhere. This led him to write the following remark in The Confessions: ...

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