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Can a big bad state deliver us from evil?

Thirty five years ago the American novelist Thomas Pynchon asked the question, “Is It O.K. To Be A Luddite?” The occasion was the then 25th anniversary of C.P. Snow’s Rede Lecture, “The Two Cultures of the Scientific Revolution,” which argued, way back in 1959, that our culture was increasingly polarized into “literary” and “scientific” factions unable to understand each other. Continue Reading...

9/11: An anti-capitalist jihad

“As you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles, and attrition of the capitalist system.” This prescription comes, not from the Communist Manifesto or Das Kapital, but a speech delivered by Osama bin Laden just before the sixth anniversary of 9/11. Continue Reading...

Why Western Civilization is worth saving

“What is valuable in Western Civilization and why is it worth saving?” Alejo José G. Sison, president of the European Business Ethics Network, poses this question at the beginning of his book review of  Samuel Gregg’s “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization.” In his succinct review, Sison notes how Gregg approaches questions about the philosophical roots of Western Civilization with “honesty” and “modesty,” offering a refreshing view of the West without being reductionist. Continue Reading...

‘Witchcraft is the tool of the oppressed class’

On Monday, a left-wing website decided to give socialists a new tool to use in their war against the free market: witchcraft, spells, and hexes. The Real News Network – which bills itself as a source of “verifiable, fact-based journalism” that presents “effective solutions and models for change” – ran as its lead story “Witchcraft, Anarchy and the Rise of LeftTube.” The Baltimore-based Real News operation regularly interviews thoughtful, if extreme, leftists. Continue Reading...