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On The Legitimacy Of Public Health

Are public health concerns legitimate?  Under what circumstances, to what extent, and for how long is it legitimate for authorities to curtail various freedoms for the benefit of public health.  This is not an easy question to answer.  Over the … Continue reading

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On Justified True Belief

Yesterday night while I was eating Popeye’s by myself and doing my best to practice social distancing in these dark times of Coronavirus, I was reading a book on philosophical arguments (review forthcoming) and one of the authors of the … Continue reading

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On The Dilemmas Of Self-Government

Can people be relied upon to conduct basic actions that help with self-preservation, like washing hands and conducting basic social distancing in times of panic such as the present time?  It would appear that for many people, the answer is … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man:  Charles II’s Restoration Game, by Jenny Uglow This book almost made me feel sympathetic with Charles II.  Perhaps the most politically successful for the Stuart rulers, he was able to recover the thrones of England and Scotland … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Downing Street Years

The Downing Street Years, by Margaret Thatcher A great many political memoirs are full of obfuscation and self-deception and a distinct lack of detail as the author tries to paint themselves as some sort of transformational leader who is somehow … Continue reading

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Omne Solum Forti Patria Quia Patris

At the end of a very good if highly ambivalent book by a distant relative of mine is the Latin quote “Omne solum forti patria quia patris,” which is translated as “To the brave man every land is a fatherland,” … Continue reading

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Politics And The Category Problem

I have always been deeply interested in politics, and also fascinated by how problematic it is to so many people.  A great deal of my own interest in politics is not practical in nature, since I have little particular interest … Continue reading

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Things That Interest Me That May Interest No One Else

One of the consistent patterns I have found in my life is that the things that interest me do not often interest very many other people.  It can be distressing to see someone who is very polite trying desperately not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reflections On The Revolution In France

Reflections On The Revelation In France:  A Critical Edition, by Edmund Burke, edited by J.C.D. Clark One of the general indications of our own contemporary age’s moral and intellectual decline is the way that so few people genuinely write these … Continue reading

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It Is The Glory Of Kings To Conceal A Matter: Part One

I would like to state at the outset that the title of this series of posts does not in fact appear in the Bible.  We are all aware of the concealing behaviors of government when it comes to their behaviors, … Continue reading

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