Symmetry

The installation of public water fountains was the work of prohibitionists. Many men claimed they frequented bars because they were thirsty, thus water foundations were installed everywhere in public so their drunkenness was without excuse. This all took place one hundred years ago. One hundred years later, public water fountains have all been closed andContinue reading “Symmetry”

Suicide In Germany

“The individual’s decision to end their own life, based on how they personally define quality of life and a meaningful existence eludes any evaluation on the basis of general values, religious dogmas, societal norms for dealing with life and death, or consideration of objective rationality.” -The highest court in Germany rules on an individual’s right toContinue reading “Suicide In Germany”

A Truly Postmodern Turn

If after five years, four hundred million dollars, countless hours spent meticulously recreating costumes, volumes of research, and so forth, it would be really something if midway through episode seven of season four of The Crown, aliens showed up at Buckingham Palace.

On Diet

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates says that guardians must be given a simple diet so they do not think too much about their health. Physical exercise is sufficient care for the body. But the more fastidious a man is about his diet, the more likely he is to pay “excessive attention to his body,” and thereContinue reading “On Diet”

Needs

Progressives need politics to be fascinating, spectacular, and sublime. Such needs make progressive politics wildly unstable. Conservatives are content to have stable and boring politics, though, because religion and art serve their desire for the sublime. Besides, religion is far better than politics at fulfilling the human need for the sublime. “Spectacular politics” ultimately involvesContinue reading “Needs”

A First

I woke up this morning and heard something that I never thought I’d hear on the news: “We need to not rush to judgment. We need to wait until the all the facts are known and not make any hasty conclusions. Making hasty conclusions would be very dangerous.” You think?

Arbitrary Laws

Arbitrary laws have to be enforced with disproportionate punishments. Reasonable laws are based in common sense and exist for everyone’s benefit. Reasonable laws are enforced with proportionate punishments. Why? Because people follow reasonable laws for their own benefit. A man doesn’t drive 100 miles an hour on the interstate for two reasons: first, because heContinue reading “Arbitrary Laws”