On Freedom, Excellence, Liberals and Minorities

November 5, 2016 Catholic Hulk 58

Freedom is tricky thing to understand, for there are many different kinds. Here’s a short list: 1. Freedom from external restraint. For example, I am free in the sense that I am not imprisoned by steel bars, shackles, nor bound by rope. Those guys at Guantanamo Bay? Not so much. 2. Freedom from internal necessity—our choices are not determined by any internal necessity. 3. Freedom from moral bind. For example, if married, I am not [Continue reading]

Trumplings Probably Destroyed the Right

November 3, 2016 Conservatrarian 48

The decision to nominate Trump was a mistake. In fact, it was worse than a mistake. It was suicidal. But the decision having been taken and having become inevitable, conservatives ought to vote for Trump if they are going to vote at all. The choice between two non-conservatives was forced upon us, but conservatism can survive only one of them, and his name ain’t Hillary Clinton. Still, Trump will probably lose the election (although the [Continue reading]

Expert Philosophy Journalist Leiter Tries to Smear Rightly Considered Again: But It’s an Abject Failure

November 2, 2016 AR-15 5

Lyin’ Brian says our blog is a home for racists and anti-Semites and calls our blog a racist and anti-Semite blog.  Presumably he thinks that the blog is also a leftist blog since (a) he reads it and (b) we have a liberal comment policy with leftists commenting.  If racist comments make our blog racist, then leftist comments make our blog leftist! He does note, though, that some on the blog are trying to resist the [Continue reading]

“Anyone but Trump”? No, no thank you, not when a vote for Clinton is a vote for Satan

November 2, 2016 That Single Individual 16

My political views are very recognizably Right—that’s why I’ve decided to contribute to this site. But they’re also what many on both the mainstream Right and Left would no doubt consider paranoid “conspiracy theory.” However, as our world descends into greater absurdity by the day (and, dare I say, depravity), it’s becoming exceedingly difficult to deny that a force beyond all human calculation and control has apparently overtaken us. Events are unfolding by an anti-logic, [Continue reading]

Obviously Trump

November 1, 2016 Criticus Ferox 27

This kind of defense of Trump is baffling to me. Who is it for? Low-information voters? The left? Those on the right who aren’t already convinced? For any one of them, gentlemanly arguments about policy issues are a waste of time. Low information voters are busy reading celebrity gossip or watching reality TV. They aren’t reading the Washington Post. They won’t even see an article like that. The left will only read something like that for a Two [Continue reading]

Trick or Treat: Social Justice Warrior as Constant Cultural Appropriator

October 31, 2016 Jan Sobieski IV 20

Of offensive costumes and red social justice warrior cheeks Ah, it’s that time of the year again. Autumn is in full force: The leaves change color; the days get shorter; the weather gets colder; the social justice warriors (SJWs) croak louder, as the attire for the final day of October gets sluttier and more stereotypical. I am of course talking about that most socially unjust and frivolous of holidays, Halloween, and the torrent of pumpkin [Continue reading]

Why the Alt-Right is Ult-Wrong

October 29, 2016 Federal Philosopher 134

For much of my (young) adult life, I thought of myself as a political skeptic of sorts, and proudly so. The philosophical questions I was and am interested in seemed so much more important, and I felt like I could actually get traction on their answers. The bias, manipulation, lies, and bullshit inherent to political discourse, on the other hand, made it seem like a skepticism-inducing Matrix, and I had no desire to enter it. [Continue reading]

Leiter Retort

October 28, 2016 AR-15 68

Brian Leiter is up to his zany antics again, this time trying to smear Rightly Considered as “alt-right” and associated with sexists and anti-Semites. One of the things some of us admire about Leiter is that, unlike his boyish rival at Daily Nous, Brian has the cojones to criticize us publicly. It even seems, dare I say, that some of Nietzsche’s manliness has rubbed off on him. Moreover, some of us have a suspicion that deep [Continue reading]

Please Take Us Seriously

October 28, 2016 Criticus Ferox 30

We have received some very important, albeit stern, advice: If right-wing philosophers want to be taken seriously, this blog is not the way to do it!  But if they simply want to have their own cyber-circle of self-congratulation plus unabashed sexism and racism, then they’re doing a great job! This is extremely helpful. Apparently, if we just stop with the “insane bigotry”, “unabashed sexism and racism”, and “right-wing Christian prejudices”, we’ll have at least a chance of being “taken seriously” by the left. [Continue reading]

What’s Happening with Haplin? Conservative Catholics, Subsidiarity and Gender Relations

October 27, 2016 Catholic Hulk 17

Progressivist John Haplin at the Center for American Progress had some provocative things to say about conservative Catholics and Catholicism within a recent chain of leaked emails. In these emails, Haplin said that conservative Catholics like to “throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.” Haplin also said that Catholicism has “severely backward” gender relations. Here I briefly explain the principle of subsidiarity so [Continue reading]