Building, working

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see . . . → Read More: Building, working

The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

A good New York Times article by Meg Jay

Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.

The territorial advances of moral relativism won since the sexual revolution are militantly . . . → Read More: The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage

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

Lent, Pagans, and the Cycles of Life

This article examines the ideal of mutual respect, even appreciation among believers and people of conscience

Lent is a widely practiced time of reflection, repentance and renewal. Yet some Christians believe its observance is wrong.

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

Continued problems in US foreign policy

Even a tiny request designed to create greater balance in US foreign policy is not fully granted by Congress, and not in the budget signed by President Obama

Robert Gates served as United States Secretary of Defense from November, 2006 (replacing Donald Rumsfeld) until April, 2011 (replaced by Leon Panetta). At his retirement ceremony . . . → Read More: Continued problems in US foreign policy

Fact and Value Revisited

The modernism which shaped the culture of the twentieth century can be traced to the philosophy of G.E. Moore, with its characteristic separation of fact and value. This already assumes a separation of subject and object, so loosing both the conditions of freedom and the mind’s way to reality.

As the rising star of philosophy . . . → Read More: Fact and Value Revisited

Creating a U.S. Tax System that Works

Most taxes are based on envy, not sound economic principles

7 Things Corporations will Do Before Paying Taxes

It is foolish and counterproductive to tax corporations. Because corporations are driven by economic principles, rather than political ones, they will go to great lengths to . . . → Read More: Creating a U.S. Tax System that Works

The problem with attacking Libya

This article, published in Digital Journal calls on world leaders to shed antiquated habits and orientation of vying blocs and nation states, and use the Middle East uprisings as an opportunity to develop instincts for international relations that more genuinely attend to the emergence of true human freedom and equality as a top priority.

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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