Why Not Colonialism?

September 17, 2017 Bob le flambeur 8

  In 2009, Princeton University Press posthumously published the Oxford philosopher G. A. Cohen’s (little pink book) Why Not Socialism? Cohen develops an argument for retaining socialism as an ideal that we do not yet fully know how to realize. Interestingly, he does not mention any of the atrocities that have been committed in the name of this ideal during the 20th century; for example, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the Killing Fields, [Continue reading]

The Nashville Statement: A Rant About the Religion of Progressivism and the Failure of Protestantism

September 6, 2017 Catholic Hulk 12

I’m ranting. Deal with it. Several days ago Internet Progressivists and Sola-Feel Christians lost their minds in response to the Nashville Statement.  Apparently this is the first time they’ve been made aware of what Christian teaching has pretty much always said about the homo stuff. Needless to say, they had plenty of tears and outrage while actual Christians stared incredulously. But what concerns me here are two things: The religion of progressivism and the failure of Protestantism. [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday, Rightly Considered!

August 26, 2017 Walter Montgomery 4

It’s hard to believe that a full year has gone by, but today is the first anniversary of Rightly Considered! We started this blog out of frustration with how nothing close to our views received any articulation, let alone discussion, on any of the other general philosophy blogs. We wanted to create a platform for right-leaning philosophers to find and talk to each other. In the first year we did 164 posts, and we gained [Continue reading]

On Alan Keyes: Is Homosexual “Sex” Really Sex?

August 26, 2017 Catholic Hulk 5

I recently discovered Alan Keyes, the man who Republicans should have chosen to beat Obama instead of McCain and that lady who can see Russia from her house. Keyes is pretty awesome: He is a solid conservative, clear spoken, intelligent, and a man of God. And it gets even better – he’s Catholic. I’m left smitten by this man, though in a totally non-gay way, of course. Anyways, that brings me to my topic: Is [Continue reading]

The Morality of Monuments

August 22, 2017 Lucius Vorenus 18

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, over what started as an attempt to protest the removal of a statue, the United States has once again become embroiled in a debate on the ethics of public monuments. Cities like Baltimore have even preemptively removed Confederate statues to avoid them being taken down extra-legally as happened in Durham, NC. Should we continue to allow monuments to stand that honor historical figures who fought for morally repellent causes? President [Continue reading]

How Our Profession Rewards Ignorance

August 18, 2017 Bob le flambeur 0

What fills my mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more I reflect on it, is how the philosophy profession can continue to pretend that all is well with research on stereotype threat and implicit bias. The latest instance that caught my attention is Luc Bovens’s article on affirmative action, which was published recently in the top journal Mind. The article makes substantial empirical assumptions about the uncertainty afflicting the selection of [Continue reading]

Is White Nationalism Racist? Is Racism a Defeater?

August 18, 2017 Catholic Hulk 18

Is American White Nationalism Racist? Suppose we understand the concept of American white nationalism as a political view with two central theses: Firstly, it is the belief that that the American nation was formed by whites with European heritage and ethnicity and that the American nation requires the political and cultural dominance of whites with European heritage/ethnicity; and secondly, because of the first thesis, whites should be politically and culturally dominant in America. This definition [Continue reading]

“Unite the Right” and Richard Spencer’s Alt-Right

August 14, 2017 Catholic Hulk 13

Richard Spencer and his crew had a “unite the right” protest or demonstration earlier (see here). I’m sure everyone knows about it. Spencer also posted his thoughts on what it means to be alt-right (see here).  I don’t know if Spencer’s thoughts about the alt-right movement are definitive, but I do know that “the right” cannot be united if it includes Spencer’s alt-right movement. I also know that I cannot unite with Spencer’s movement. Let [Continue reading]

Basket of Deplorable Links

August 11, 2017 Walter Montgomery 3

Poll Finds More Germans fear the Spaghetti Monster that ISIS (or might as well). You should be skeptical of arguments for open borders (duh). Is climate science Dadaist science? Friend of the blog, Neven Sesardic, weighs in on whether philosophy really improves thinking for students. Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University writes, ‘The Rise of Political Correctness‘. Is the political thought found in Martin Heidegger a threat to liberal democracy? [Continue reading]