Why Election Processes Need Improvement

Societies need leaders that have the support of the people; they also need leaders with skills who are not beholden to financial interests or back-room promises. Current methods of electing and appointing leaders fail to do this. Elected officials tend to be more beholden to campaign donors than citizens, and tend to be better followers . . . → Read More: Why Election Processes Need Improvement

The Presumption of Reason

In this address, perhaps the last paper he wrote, Professor Hayek elaborates on the relationship between the evolution of the moral order and evolution of reason, arguing that the latter is dependent on the former, and that rationalists, like Marx and others, who try to construct a social order based on reason (just a small . . . → Read More: The Presumption of Reason

Ritual develops habits that can lift us to greatness

Jonathan Sacks in the Times of London (July 22, 2011) posts an article inquiring into elements that create greatness.

What makes a champion? Is it down to hard work and repeated practice? There has been a splendid spate of books recently, from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers to Matthew Syed’s Bounce, on what makes great people great. . . . → Read More: Ritual develops habits that can lift us to greatness

Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Social Conservatives want a Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage

Social conservatives have been put on the defensive by gay activists who have been getting laws passed that support homosexual marriages. They have reacted by promoting laws and constitutional amendments in the states and the federal government that would define marriage as a union of . . . → Read More: Why Christians should not want the Government to Define Marriage

Private lives, public responsibility

Today’s New York Times (May 16, 2011) carries an important conversation entitled, Questions Raised About a Code of Silence about the French journalistic habit of protecting the private lives, especially the sexual lives of elected and other public figures.

These reflections come in the wake of the attempted rape (among other charges) leveled against IMF . . . → Read More: Private lives, public responsibility

Reports from Sendai, Japan

Praise to Ode Magazine, that bylines itself as “The online community for intelligent optimists.” to me, a very hard niche to carve out and hold interest. So many of us intuit the need for media reform, but many, including me, I’m afraid persist as “non-reformers” in my impulses, habits, and consumption.

For this reason the . . . → Read More: Reports from Sendai, Japan

Materialism and genetics

Abstract: Advances in genetic science is one of the most exciting developments of our time. There arises from this great hope to cure many crippling maladies whose quiddities have eluded us so far. But, so long as these advances occur in an environment of scientism and materialist reductionism, progress in the study of genetics will . . . → Read More: Materialism and genetics

Saudi King, Ahmadinejad Talk Politics on Phone 12/10/2010

Abstract: All relationships, including international relations swim in a fragile blend of “domestic” policy and “foreign” policy.

In the case of this conversation in question, Saudia and Iran are not quite “domestic” but from the perspective of US interests in the region, that conversation must be regarded as “talk . . . → Read More: Saudi King, Ahmadinejad Talk Politics on Phone 12/10/2010

Interpol worried about spike in extremist websites

Abstract: The role and mission of NWE, VKF and related efforts often are misunderstood to be primarily scholarly or academic in nature. But nothing could be farther from true.

The centuries old investment to make information “value neutral” has created two deadly vacuums in the body politic. 1. Our natural and innate structure of . . . → Read More: Interpol worried about spike in extremist websites

Values voters see common cause, if not agenda, with Tea Party

Abstract: This article examines a danger faced by this NWE Values Forum, the Values in Knowledge Foundation, and other progressive and enlightened efforts to re-integrate values in knowledge and information.

It is said that President Obama has over-reached with the expansion of Federal control. For this reason and perhaps others, a mighty energy has seized . . . → Read More: Values voters see common cause, if not agenda, with Tea Party