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Written on Sep, 02, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

… the current tendency toward the politicization of every aspect of social life, including even sports and entertainment, is evil.  And it would remain evil even if the political causes in question were themselves good (as, these days, they typically are not).  You cannot have the fellow-feeling required for a society to hold together without some area of life in which disputes are …

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Written on Aug, 25, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

… sincere activism and playacting, out of a desire to join the civil rights struggle in a time when the problems are so much more abstract than they once were. The true fault here lies with the school’s administration, whose deer tails popped up as they bolted into the forest, out of a fear of going against the commandments of …

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Written on Aug, 10, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

With states like Oregon now eliminating the need to establish proficiency on basic subjects with standardized tests, American education faces the perfect storm. Despite record expenditures on public schools, we are still failing students, particularly minority students, in teaching the basis subjects needed to succeed in life. We will then graduate the students by removing testing barriers for graduation. Then …

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Written on May, 17, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

From Madison’s (former) Mayor Dave: the thing about young people is that they change. As they move off college campuses and into jobs and mortgages and child-rearing, they tend to become more practical, if not more conservative. Life’s priorities change. All of a sudden, security and stability matter. Law and order matter. Taxes and basic services matter. In short, I …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

The gunman who shot a fellow resident at a homeless shelter here in Madison is responsible for his own actions (see story linked below). But this doesn’t mean others don’t have some culpability as well. City and state officials also have some responsibility for the shooting as well. Why? By their response to this summer’s riots undermined the rule of …

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Written on Mar, 22, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

From former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz comes this: For too long we have told ourselves a narrative of our country that was too sanitized. We have not been willing enough to confront what’s still wrong with America. There is no question that slavery and Jim Crow are national stains that can’t be just wiped away. It’s good to be honest …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the InstaPundit.com blog, writes: For academics playing word games, this is fun. For gangs of ‘woke’ students — or Times employees, who have managed to ‘cancel’ a series of the paper’s top writers recently — it can produce a feeling of enormous power and self-importance. …

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Written on Feb, 01, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

Patriotism, that is love of country, is for Christians an obligation that flows from our love of neighbor. Such love, like all loves, must be chaste not promiscuous. Chaste love doesn’t overlook shortcoming in the beloved. But neither does it make even the most serious moral failures the sum total of the beloved. In the service of fostering a chaste …

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Written on Oct, 07, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

…they must also be morally good themselves. Virtue is no guarantee that a political leader undertake effective, prudent and just public policies. The variable are often so complex that even the virtuous and knowledgeable politician may find him or herself only guess as to the best course of action. The difficulties inherent in both doing good and being good, however, …

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Written on Sep, 25, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Aristotle’s theory was a little more nuanced.  He’s aware of art’s ability to influence, but he argues that it’s not depiction that is of chief importance, but portrayal.  I’m oversimplifying a bit here, but basically the artist can depict good people or things or bad people or things, and can portray them as good or bad, or leading to good or bad …

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