Language Log: Political Correctness and the Use/Mention Distinction

by Steve MacDonald December 20, 2017

The distinction between use and mention is too often ignored and worth a detailed look. Language Log has an excellent article on the topic that begins with this. Professor Donald Hindley was recently found guilty of racial harassment by Brandeis University for statements that he made in his Fall 2007 Latin American Studies course. The […]

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Essential Hayek: Who Is F. A. Hayek?

by Scott Morales July 11, 2016


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Comment of the day…

by Susan Olsen June 17, 2016

…or maybe the year. “90% of illumination on the internet is provided by burning straw men.”  

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Pretty much…

by Susan Olsen January 21, 2016

“I’ve also thought, for a long time, that the left is pretty coherent in goals, if not in philosophy. They do not have consistent philosophical reasons for their demands, but all of their demands are perfectly consistent in this sense: All of their demands boil down to using government power to take money or freedom […]

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Notable Quote – Ace

by Susan Olsen May 14, 2015

“The most insidious thing about these leftist heuristics is that they are designed to be invisible to dumb people. Maybe I shouldn’t say dumb people — I should say people who do not think deeply or sharply about philosophy and society. Leftism is crafted specifically to appeal to such persons, who are not only a […]

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Purposelessness on Purpose

by Steve MacDonald March 14, 2015
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Biologist Richard Dawkins concluded in River out of Eden that “The Universe we observe has exactly the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.”  Dawkins also knows that the universe has precisely the properties needed for human life–life that […]

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Prager U – God vs. Atheism

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2014
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Belief in God, according to atheists, is irrational, illogical, and dumb. Belief that the universe created itself is, they say, intelligent, rational, and based in science. This is simply false. Nothing can create itself. Everything has a cause–including the universe. That cause, argues Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, is God, the “unmoved […]

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We’re used to the idea here in NH, so why not others?

by Skip March 27, 2014

 NH Constitution: [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means […]

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Are you a Protector or demand to be Protected?

by Skip February 17, 2014

The chasm between gun owners and gun grabbers is as wide as the Classic Western Liberal (which has nothing to do with the current Democrat Party) and Socialists / Big Government / Collectivists (which is, pretty much, the Democrat Party.  The former says “*I* am responsible for me and mine – just give me the […]

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GrokTALK! October 19th 2013 – The Videos

by Skip October 20, 2013

Steve does the real work – books the guests, runs the board, does the post production – and comes up with those killer parodies!  Me?  I just set up the camera as a back up.  But, some like the audio, and some like the video – and we try to give you the information “your […]

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So, which do YOU think is the correct philosophy?

by Skip March 16, 2013

US President Ronald Reagan (R-CA): “Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves?“ NH State Rep. Kris Roberts (D-Keene):  “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.” One takes the attitude that Citizens are stupid and must be herded […]

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Email Doodlings – thoughts on Republicans & HB617 from a reader

by Skip February 27, 2013

All kinds of emails come into the Inbox – right now, it can run 300 to 500 per day and I can’t get to them all, or if I do, the sheer volume of stuff just gives me a case of induced ADD (and with TMEW, the Eldest, & the Youngest medically diagnosed with ADHD, […]

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Black Swan: Obama’s actions created the TEA Party. Is the Establishment Old Guard Republicans are about to be black swanned?..

by Skip February 4, 2013

“ if you aren’t going to do what you say you would, we can no longer trust you“ I am beginning to think so.  Certainly here in NH during the last two election cycles, the enmity between what I would call the Old Guard Establishment (e.g., “I’m a Republican because…..I’m a Republican” and “who the […]

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