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ISIS rising

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
ISIS rising

We are coming to Rome. We will conquer and establish the justice of Shariah. We will use your Leaning Tower of pizza [sic] Pisa to throw off homosexuals. ~ Abu Abdullah Britani, ISIS jihadist I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. ~ Barack Obama, The Audacity of […]

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On Immanuel Kant and reasoning God out of existence

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Immanuel Kant and reasoning God out of existence

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and reverence, the more often and more steadily one reflects on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. ~ Kant [T]he world is governed to-day by Kant [more] than by Bonaparte. ~ Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Biography of Kant […]

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Professor Arthur Labrew and the myth of the American Dream

| February 28, 2015 | 1 Comment
Professor Arthur Labrew and the myth of the American Dream

*N.B.: I just received the tragic news from his family that Professor Arthur R. Labrew died this morning, Feb. 19, 2015, of a heart attack. Will post his funeral arrangements on my Facebook page as soon as they become available. …[T]he hypocrisy of the American Dream – that if one works hard enough, that in […]

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To live free or fail to see… that is the question for America

| February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment
To live free or fail to see… that is the question for America

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought” ~ Hamlet Words without thought never to Heaven go. ~ Claudius: Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3 Act 1 The timeless classic and remarkable tragedy William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, written between 1599-1601, begins […]

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On Edward Gibbon: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Part I

| February 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Edward Gibbon: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Part I

History, the final judge of our deeds. ~ JFK [A]s long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters. ~ Gibbon Biography of Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon (1737–1794) was an English historian […]

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An Open Letter to the Detroit Economic Club

| February 11, 2015 | 1 Comment
An Open Letter to the Detroit Economic Club

Prologue to an American Dream: Reality or Myth? Dear Detroit Economic Club: After listening to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush deliver a rather unremarkable speech at the Detroit Economic Club last Wednesday, I was compelled to offer an opposing economic worldview on my Facebook page the following day and to add to my apologetic ideas […]

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On Adam Smith: The advent of modern economics

| February 7, 2015 | 1 Comment
On Adam Smith: The advent of modern economics

Oligarchy has always has been the chief enemy of markets, enterprise, science, truly competitive capitalism and freedom. ~ Adam Smith Biography of Adam Smith Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, innovator of political economy, and primary thinker of the Scottish Enlightenment. Smith is celebrated for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments […]

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On Montesquieu, Rousseau: salvation or noble savage?

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Montesquieu, Rousseau: salvation or noble savage?

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them for a century. ~ Montesquieu Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains. ~ Rousseau Biography of Montesquieu Charles-Louis de Montesquieu (1689–1755), was a French Enlightenment political philosopher, man of letters, and lawyer. He is renowned for his expression of the […]

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On Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

Love is the beauty of the soul. Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear Reason. ~ Fielding Biography of Fielding Henry Fielding (1707–1754) was an English novelist and dramatist recognized for his deep unpretentious comedy and satirical proficiency, and the writer of the classic novel, Tom Jones (18 volumes). In addition to his prolific […]

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Solidarity with Jews

| January 28, 2015 | 4 Comments
Solidarity with Jews

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor Prologue: VOICES FROM AUSCHWITZ On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army arrived at the Auschwitz death camp and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners who were nearly dead or too sick […]

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