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]

Mannesplaining Family Annihilators

October 25, 2016 Federal Philosopher 33

Readers may be interested in this HuffPo gem by Kate Manne, which was sent to us. Who is Kate Manne, you ask? A quick Google search tells us everything we need to know: she’s another over-paid leftist political activist—and feminist, of course—at an elite university. In that sense, HuffPo is a suitable venue for her musings. But we live in strange times—times when Internet op-ed quality material by a misandronist gets contracted with Oxford University [Continue reading]

Nagging Philosophy Shrews and Their Enablers

October 24, 2016 Criticus Ferox 52

From this wonderful project: It is well established that women are under-represented in philosophy at all levels. There is also some data on the under-representation of women in journals. However, further data is necessary to see more clearly what has gone wrong No. Further data is definitely not necessary to see clearly what has gone wrong. It’s this: white men, in some kind of pathetic, disastrous, misguided quest for justice, have allowed women to use some of the [Continue reading]

On the Words “Homophobia” and “Heterosexism”

October 21, 2016 Catholic Hulk 10

The word ‘homophobia’ likely had some good operational use when it was coined by G. Weinberg in the 60s-70s, which at that time referred to irrational fear or phobia of persons with same-sex sexual inclination. But now homophobia has a plurality of definitions, with even one scholarly work robustly defining homophobia to encompass any negative criticism of homosexuality or same-sex sexual behaviors. (Fyfe, 1983). Some of these newer, broader definitions have led some commentators to [Continue reading]

The New Jim Crow: Introduction

October 20, 2016 Jack Burton 2

Leftists, particularly those race-obsessed experts in the righteous (though admittedly mysterious) discipline of victimology, have of late been trumpeting the cause of one Michelle Alexander, full-time attorney, “advocate” (whatever that means), and part-time legal professor at several notable universities. The “cause” is set forth in her recent best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York: The New Press, 2012).  In the Foreword, Cornel West says that it is “an [Continue reading]

The Left Injects Its Poison Into Everything Else, So Why Not Sports?

October 19, 2016 Conservatrarian 6

The ratings are in. According to USA Today, “NFL games…were down 11% for the first six weeks of the season when compared to a similar point last year.” What’s the explanation for the drop in viewership? The USA Today article makes a big deal of the election and the two debates. Since the media blames him for everything else, maybe Trump’s to blame for this as well! Or maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with Colin [Continue reading]

Society of Biblical Literature Bans IVP Over LGBTQQIETC

October 19, 2016 AR-15 5

“In the name of diversity, the Society of Biblical Literature is banning InterVarsity Press from hosting a book stall at its 2017 meeting. For those not familiar with InterVarsity Press, it is one of the premiere Christian academic publishers in the world, not just the United States.” See here as well for more on the story. What do you think? More bullying from the tolerant and inclusive left?

What is Metaphysics, and Why Do Feminists Care?

October 16, 2016 Federal Philosopher 7

What is metaphysics? Better: what is the subject matter of metaphysics? Historically speaking, the subjects Aristotle covered in Ta Meta ta Phusika are: the rational investigation of the nature of divinity, of being qua being, and of the most basic principles of logic and causality that underlie all of reality. As the discipline of philosophy gets increasingly technical and specialized, its various sub-fields become divided up into more fine-grained classifications. Today we tend to think [Continue reading]

Jordan Peterson and the Pronoun Imperative

October 14, 2016 Catholic Hulk 49

Jordan Peterson is a tenured psychologist at the University of Toronto. He recently acquired some fame and notoriety for his public comments regarding some progressive gender ideologies and the use personal pronouns (See here, here and here). Peterson denied recognition for the “right” of other people to choose the personal pronouns that he is use when speaking to or about them, particularly if those pronouns are not part of Standard English or are loaded with [Continue reading]

The Futile ‘Beyond the Pale’ Strategy

October 11, 2016 Ideal Observer 38

Liberal academics often prefer to dismiss arguments in favor of socially conservative views rather than engage them. This is done, in part, on a principled basis: Since conservative views are (supposedly) excessively harmful to minorities, treating arguments in their favor as worthy of consideration contributes to the perception of conservative views as at least somewhat reasonable. But we cannot have that; and so we must exclude conservative arguments from the realm of polite discourse and as entirely unworthy [Continue reading]