Banning Straws Doesn’t Make For A More Virtuous World

Individuals should be secure in their beliefs, but certainty in the virtue of one’s conclusions is not sanction to impose belief upon another. Certainty of belief is a biological imperative. An individual in a state of nature needs to be able to rely on his judgment; survival depends on not second-guessing whether a particular species of mushroom is poisonous or whether the clouds on the horizon are a harbinger of foul weather. Ignorance — and the precious…

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On the Death of Liberalism and Its Institutions

With the birth of civilization came the creation of a class of the citizenry who seem to derive a perverse kind of pleasure from prophesying its doom. Ironically, it is the leisure time law and order affords men, who would otherwise fill their days with worry over how best to secure their needs against the privations of the wild, that makes such pointless pursuits as forecasting societal apocalypses possible. But whereas our forebears left such…

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Precedent Should Not Be Worshiped By Politicians

The Western world has largely left the age of dynasty behind. No more is government a vehicle for personal laud and fortune; virtue, in its function as a barometer of efficacious law, takes its meaning from something more empiric than the whim of an empowered potentate. But overwhelmingly beneficial as this has been for the health of the body politic on the whole, the liberalizing of government institutions also has a downside. And this is…

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On belief in one’s righteousness

Surety of opinion is often derided as arrogance, mischaracterized as close-minded certainty. But confidence in the righteousness of one’s beliefs is not a trait which should be discouraged as insipid vanity nor a condition which ought to discredit an individual from being taken seriously as a voice of reason. Surety of opinion is a necessary condition of evolution. The caveman who tentatively approached his foe was surely not he who crafted the bromide “He who…

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