Our wild party politics

In the politics of these just barely United States, both the Republican and the Democratic party are “liberal” in the broad sense that they value liberty or freedom from state domination. They differ however in wanting liberty in different domains of life. In short, Republicans want liberty in the economic domain, but aim to regulate […]

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Beyond freedom and independence

Modern democratic society cherishes the values of freedom and independence. Indeed, democracy is defined by the notion of self-government or (to use the word with Greek roots) autonomy. The people governs itself through representatives of its own choosing; it is not subject to any external authority; it will not be overawed by a monarch or […]

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No Tolerance for Intolerance

Tolerance is a noble principle, but some things are intolerable. Based on statements in the Declaration of Independence, and in the First and Fourteenth Amendments, it is plain that every citizen of the United States appears before the law merely as a human being and a citizen, without any further qualification. Thus every citizen may […]

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Talking like a hillbilly

Civility matters universally, but the manner in which you are civil may vary as widely as local dialects and other manners do. Just a few minutes after I wrote the post on Polite Manners, I listened to Megyn Kelly’s interview with J. D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy. It’s a very good interview, which […]

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