I Demand Satisfaction (Part V)

February 27, 2017 Jack Burton 2

And so our series concludes (finally)…Thus far we have rehearsed themes associated with honor and defense of the same, the necessity of Rational Violence coupled with its associated constraints,  justifications for violent individual reprisal to insults (and the like), as well as parallels between warring states and warring pissed-off individuals. Now it’s time to ask the all-important (and yet thus-far-studiously-avoided) question: how in God’s sweet name could a “barbarous”, “bloodthirsty,” “disgusting” practice such as dueling [Continue reading]

Unnatural Allies: The Left, Gays and Muslims

February 23, 2017 Catholic Hulk 27

The political left, the forerunners and champions of the LBGT movement, further the political clout of Muslims, but Muslims, by far and large, are opposed to LBGT rights, recognition and political advancement; hence, the furtherance of the political clout for Muslims comes with at least some detriment to the LBGT movement. So why does the left support Muslims? It seems so self-defeating. I mean, readers, consider these facts. In the Muslim-majority countries of Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, [Continue reading]

The Demetriou Debacle and the Shameless Hypocrisy of Daily Nous

February 19, 2017 Common Sense 33

Daily Nous recently reported on a controversy surrounding philosopher Dan Demetriou (University of Minnesota, Morris). Demetriou, who describes himself as “ideologically right,” published a Facebook post (whose privacy status was set to “friends only”) that someone decided to share publicly. Comments from his post were then widely circulated at the University of Minnesota in an effort to shame him. The chancellor issued a typical virtue-signalling statement about how she found Demetriou’s comments “both personally and [Continue reading]

An Even More Modest Proposal

February 17, 2017 Federal Philosopher 5

As an avid animal rights and abortion activist, you may have been asked by a conservative, in a dishonest attempt to score rhetorical points against you, how those two positions can be consistent. “How can you with one hand fight to have the moral status of animals recognized and protected, yet not fight with the other to have the moral status of human fetuses recognized and protected?” they ask. In their book-length response to this [Continue reading]

Farming for Philosophers

February 16, 2017 Fideist 9

Timothy Hsiao teaches philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. He’s written several papers on the moral justification for eating meat. His most recent paper offers a defense of industrial animal agriculture, also known as “factory farming.” Most people think that there is nothing wrong with eating industrially farmed meat. Interestingly, even ethicists—who are more likely to rate meat consumption as a morally bad thing—still consume meat at nearly the same rate as non-philosophers. But some, including not a few [Continue reading]

There are No “Safe Spaces”

February 13, 2017 Walter Montgomery 8

Today, I bring good news. Not all millennials are little snowflakes—maybe not even a majority. At the beginning of this semester, I asked my students to a write short essay on whether they thought so-called “safe spaces” are appropriate at universities (see here for another Rightly Considered post addressing safe spaces). Because you see, at my university, the students have had safe spaces shoved down their throats lately. A safe space was immediately set up after [Continue reading]

I Value Guns because I Value Life

February 10, 2017 Chad McIntosh 2

Many “second amendment people,” as Trump calls them, are fond of the aphorism “Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” This is simple common sense. But it is lost on many intellectuals who are quick to point out how unlikely it is that one would ever need to have a gun, as well as the additional risks that come with them. But simple common sense wins [Continue reading]

Against Open Borders

February 8, 2017 Bob le flambeur 24

While our left-wing colleagues are up in arms over an executive order that is unlikely to have a significant impact on immigration to the US, it may be worth reflecting on the philosophical case for open borders. From a right-wing perspective, the best case probably has been made by libertarians such as Michael Huemer and Jason Brennan. Below I respond to five arguments against restrictions on immigration that the latter has provided in a recorded [Continue reading]

I Demand Satisfaction (Part IV)

February 4, 2017 Jack Burton 4

The term “duel” derives from the Latin duellum – duo (two) and bellum (war) – such that we get “a war between two men.” In her book Gentlemen’s Blood (which I heartily recommend), Barbara Holland reports on then governor of South Carolina, John Lyde Wilson, who wrote in his The American Code; or Rules for the Government of Principals & Seconds in Dueling: “If an oppressed nation has a right to appeal to arms in [Continue reading]

Pro-Birth, Pro-Life, Whole-Life, and Pro-Torture

February 2, 2017 AR-15 21

Probably many of our readers have encountered the following bit of rhetoric leftists have started using in order to counter the basic facts that they are pro-abortion, that abortion is heinous, and that millions of humans are killed each year out of thoughtless or selfish desires culminating in this barbaric practice. Here is an example from the Huffington Post and another by Benjamin Corey, a popular chap in liberal, Christian circles who fancies himself an [Continue reading]