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.  The first scene that I would like to share uses a night scene of London’s streets to explore the secret of individuality.  The excerpt also reveals, I think, how...

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 Marriage Debate Sep27

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...

A man walks into a bar…. Sep25

A man walks into a b...

A man walks into a bar… Man:  (Sits on a bar stool) (To the bartender) Get me a beer! (Bartender brings a beer, and man starts drinking) Stool:  Eh hem, May I ask you a question? Man:  (Looking around the room) Who is that? Stool:  Its me, your stool.  (The voice clearly coming from...

Gay Marriage in Scientific Terms Sep16

Gay Marriage in Scie...

In previous articles I have pointed out through prose and poetry the very real and largely ignored differences between the two institutions of traditional marriage and gay unions.  Now I will try a more scientific approach, and, by utilizing the tools of math and logic — that is, the...

On Justice, Equality...

Why Talk About Justice? If everything was always just, no doubt we would take it for granted and hardly ever speak of it.  But we speak of justice because we perceive injustice all around us, and because we want to reason together and unite in our attempt to deal with it.  We hope to build...