On Justice, Equality...

[This is a re-post of an Article that I originally wrote in July of 2014.  Note its anticipation of the “dignity” basis for the gay marriage decision.  What does such a basis mean for concepts of justice and equality?  The below article answers that question.] Why Talk About...

Figs from Thistles

Regardless of one’s religion, the scriptural writings of the world’s many religions provide amazingly insightful images and stories that teach some of life’s greatest lessons.  One of those great lessons is contained in Christ’s simple question, “Do men gather...

Skepticism and Cogit...

“Cogito Ergo Sum” is latin for “I think, therefore I am.”  Most people immediately identify with this phrase, seeing immediately the awkwardness of doubting one’s own existence. But this phrase implies much more than existence — it stands for the inherent...

Grand Ideas painted ...

I love it when authors paint a grand idea into a simple scene.  Charles Dickens is my favorite of this kind of artist.  I would like to share a few of his masterful writings with...

Protectionism and th...

Protectionism usually refers to the economic policy of protecting domestic companies from foreign competition, because it is feared that on their own they will ultimately fail.  But protectionism can be more broadly defined as a policy of protecting anything that when left to its own strength...

On Libertarianism an...

Libertarianism is a powerful movement with great potential.  But it, like so many other things, is subject to certain dangers.  This post would warn libertarians to avoid falling into the same false concepts and ideas into which relativism, moderation, and neutrality have fallen. A fallen...

Hippolytus and the M...

The ancient Greek play Hippolytus contains some interesting parallels to the modern gay marriage movement.  These parallels reside not only in the characters of the play but also in the similar social dynamics, allowing for a considerable amount of perspective not only on the personalities...