Not A Coincidence

Around the same time scientists gave parents the ability to choose the sex of their children, politicians gave children the ability to reverse the decisions their parents made. Sexual assignment invariably led to sexual reassignment. What parents would not leave to nature, neither would their children.

So Tawdry

A tried and true way of climbing the ranks of the online intellectual world: pick a fight with someone just a little bigger than you, hope they respond, win a little web traffic in the process.

In Loco Parentis

My lecture Thursday night, “Intellectual Honesty in an Age of Flattery,” will gloss an increasingly troublesome conception of the classical Christian classroom as “a safe space where none of my son’s ideas about god, politics, and video games are ever challenged.” To sign up for the GibbsClassical.com mailing list and receive a link to thisContinue reading “In Loco Parentis”

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”