Equal Opportunity and Justice

March 17, 2017 AR-15 13

“Equality of opportunity has seemed to many writers to be the minimal egalitarian goal, questionable (if at all) only for being too weak.” Robert Nozick, ASU, p. 235. While the left stresses equality of results, some on the right promote equality of opportunity and think that everyone deserves an equal chance. While they do not see equality of outcomes as a matter of justice, they think that equality of opportunity is a requirement of justice [Continue reading]

The New Jim Crow Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste

March 6, 2017 AR-15 5

Several months ago, Rightly Considered began the task of reviewing one of the sacred texts of contemporary leftism, The New Jim Crow. We have returned during this Lenten season to chastise ourselves by reading and reviewing Chapter 1: The Rebirth of Caste. Alexander’s first chapter waffles between two goals, both of which are seemingly intertwined: (1) to present a brief catalog of black subjugation at the hands of slavers in the antebellum United States, the [Continue reading]

A More Honest Statement from the APA

December 9, 2016 Walter Montgomery 34

In a typical display of thoughtfulness, the American Politicized Association (formerly the American Philosophical Association) board of officers unanimously approved and issued the statement below concerning the election: Take a gander at the presentation titles they’re proudly advertising. We have taken the liberty to re-write the APA’s statement in a way that exposes their implicit biases, followed by a list of talks that might be advertised if the APA sanctioned a different political vision: 2017 [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]

Philosophers Voting for Trump: A Defense

October 4, 2016 Ideal Observer 13

Several philosophers, including Rob Koons, Daniel Bonevac, and Scott Soames, announced that they would be casting their votes for Donald Trump this election. Justin at the Daily Nous produced a post asking how these philosophers could vote for Donald Trump, and proceeded to document Trump’s well-known (even to conservatives) character flaws. His central question: “What has led these scholars to endorse this horror show of a human being?” Leaving aside the rudeness with which these [Continue reading]