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What Caused Venezuela’s Tragic Collapse?

August 10, 2017

Socialism kills.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

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The rise of victimhood on campus

March 8, 2017

Here’s an interesting excerpt from a presentation given by Jonathon Haidt last October at Duke University.

The full, hour-long presentation was called “Two incompatible sacred values in American universities“, if you care to watch it.

Haidt’s comments reminded me of ones by Thomas Sowell in this clip from an C-SPAN interview in 1990. This clip is a 13-minute excerpt (also by YouTuber Gravitahn).

Here’s the full, hour-long C-SPAN interview.

Update: And here’s a third excerpt; this one’s from Nadine Strossen’s keynote address at a conference held by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Ms. Strossen was formerly the president of the ACLU.

Strossen’s full presentation (42 minutes).

Since I don’t spend any time on college campuses, nor much time around college students, I can’t say how accurate these assessments and recommendations are from first-hand knowledge.

But I find these interesting because they seem to agree with so much of what I read in the daily news. It’s always possible that the news is full of hyperbole, of course, but there seems to be a lot of reports on this topic and they tend to agree with one another, regardless of their sources.

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More on language

March 5, 2017

Here’s Jonathon Pie (Tom Walker) with another good rant.

Mind the volume; Jonathon gets a little salty – as usual.

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Tweet of the week

February 26, 2017

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I think this is a great question for GOP senators and representatives. Do they understand that?

But the more important question is: what are their priorities? Economic nationalism or a smaller administrative state? Which one will we see more of?

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Eyes on you

February 24, 2017

I came across this via Atlas Obscura. Res ipsa loquitur.

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“Trifot” is a kinetic sculpture by Czech installation artist David Černý, who is known for his whimsical, provocative works like the babies crawling up Žižkov Tower and a bus doing push ups. This sculpture, installed outside the Czech Photo Centre gallery, offers a decidedly dark perspective on surveillance and privacy.

The 40-foot-tall statue is modeled on vintage cameras with eyeballs in place of lenses. The bulging eyes swivel about independently, watching passersby, who might be shocked to find themselves broadcast onto one of six monitors in the area.

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Learn from history or be doomed to repeat it

February 24, 2017

Recently I came across a clip by Dave Rubin (via Carpe Diem), which led me to watching other videos on his YouTube channel.

Here’s a very recent clip of Dave talking about something I’ve been wondering about myself: how the current political turmoil will resolve itself into something more like normal.

This clip is one of his monologues. He may be better known for his dialogues: one-on-one interviews and there are many of those.

I was thrilled to find somebody making a go at talking up the Classical Liberalism array of thought. I hope he continues doing that.

As for this clip, the call for people to study history and to develop their own ideas for the role of government is one I certainly agree with. The last presidential election left me with a very strong feeling that we may be headed for the days of Bread and Circuses.

But on second thought, I’m encouraged by recalling one of my favorite quotes from Margaret Thatcher:

Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.

We’ve done it before.

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Why speech must be free

February 19, 2017

Here’s Jordan Peterson speaking late last month* about why free speech is a necessity.

I think he made several very good points (a) about how people think by talking, (b) that suppressing that talk is never a good idea, and (c) about the limits of the U.S. Constitution, which is intended to limit bad players in government.


* From the YouTube notes:
On January 23, 2017, the Runnymede Society at Queen’s University law school hosted a mock debate between Jordan Peterson and Bruce Pardy (playing devil’s advocate) on the subject of Bill C-16, specifically on gender pronoun usage, and broadly on speech legislation. This video is an excerpt from the Q&A portion that followed.

The full video is available on both Runnymede Society’s channel and Jordan Peterson’s channel.

On Peterson’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAQlleqDgbI
On Runnymede Society channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzkNHpiJ7AE

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