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Being an engineer, I love to talk about rare earth elements (REEs). I can be very chatty about the magic of their F orbitals, what it means to their quantum mechanical properties, and so forth. I have done that to my poor, long suffering wife of 38 years, and after she snaps out of her tech induced trance she quickly changes the subject to one that she knows something about. Still, if you look around the house, rare earths abound in the Continue reading
Statue in Aristotle’s Park at Stagira, Greece
By Jeff Rutherford
As I try to plow this field of the history of Western political and legal philosophy, learning as I go, a newfound friend and fellow originalist blogger – Keith DeHavelle – recently pointed out a rich patch of ground I missed a ways back.
In Part 2, I was short-sighted in leaping over the important contributions to the development of individualism from two men: Roman philosopher, lawyer and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) and Italian philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). So I paused to put in some learnin’ time.
These fascinating men bridged the centuries from Continue reading
By Keith DeHavelle, 6/19/2015
Reblogged from DeHavelle.com
From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.
I have written elsewhere about the separation of church and state; to me, this should not be a large bone of contention. The point that seems to come up frequently involves the phrase “inalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence and how it is to be understood.
A key element of the difference has to do with this famous line in the Declaration of Independence: Continue reading
George Younce (1930 – 2005) was a bass vocalist in a Southern Gospel group called The Cathedrals (far right in the above 1976 photo). He was a very charismatic southern gentleman, with a great Continue reading
By W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm
Investor’s Business Daily, 6/12/2015
Do Americans face a future of living standards that don’t grow as fast as they once did or, worse yet, even decline? Previous generations might have scoffed at the question. Becoming better off in terms of consumption per capita was something of a birthright, the result of decades of progress that put Americans at the top of the heap with average spending of $32,000 a year.
But the long-established optimism has faded in recent years — and we have only ourselves to blame. The country has strayed from the economic model that created a consumer cornucopia. We’re living above our means, one of a mere handful of countries with diminishing prospects Continue reading
By Jeff Rutherford — first posted in October 2013
Summary of the Conservative Worldview
Here are some fundamental principles of Conservatism arranged in a row of dominoes that fall, each into the next, along a logical path.
- Conservatism’s point of origin is this fact: Continue reading