George Mason on Democracy

“It would be as unnatural to refer the choice of a proper character for chief magistrate to the people, as it would, to refer a trial of colours to a blind man.”

Quoted in F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future King, 36.

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Links: 8 July 2016

 

Think hard, and think well, folks… Continue reading

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Why Should We Restrict Immigration?

“Consider the following thought experiment: Moved by the plight of desperate earthquake victims, you volunteer to work as a relief worker in Haiti. After two weeks, you’re ready to go home. Unfortunately, when you arrive at the airport, customs officials tell you that you’re forbidden to enter the United States. You go to the American consulate to demand an explanation. But the official response is simply, ‘The United States does not have to explain itself to you.’ Continue reading

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Unorganized Reactions to Brexit

“Brexit” is just a terrible word. Continue reading

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Why Was It OK?

Gotta love Google. Continue reading

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Sermon: “What Gain Is There?”

This is the audio (37:13, 34.1MB) of a sermon delivered at Preakness Valley United Reformed Church on June 19 entitled, “Toil Under the Sun: What Gain Is There?” Continue reading

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Links: 17 June 2016

The politics of tragedy, the tragedy of politics, and more. Continue reading

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How to Carmelize This Onion?

Why doesn’t the Deuteronomist disapprove of Elijah’s sacrifice at Carmel during his showdown with the prophets of Ba`al in 1 Kings 18? Continue reading

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The Myth of “The Will of the Majority”

Friends and acquaintances are often surprised to find out that I don’t vote.

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“She’erit”

I don’t aspire to much in this world–just little accomplishments like abolishing the penny and reviving the diëresis. Continue reading

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