Big Eva: Nice and Fragile

Introduction: As many of you know, I have really enjoyed the books of Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In the true confessions department, I have not yet read every last one of his books, but I have read the big boys, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and The Black Swan, and have enjoyed them a great deal. A number of years ago, I had mentioned somewhere ...

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A National Review Contretemps

Introduction: Brian Mattson has done me the honor of engaging with my recent interactions with the French/Ahmari debate. And what I would like to do, weather permitting, is engage right back. He did this over at National Review at the Corner, and you can read all about it here. My two most recent posts on …

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A Lesson Not Yet Learned

Introduction: Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of the 911 attacks, and it is not quite accurate to say that everything has changed. It would be more to the point to say that everything is still changing. One of the basic things still in flux is that Americans are yet trying to find a fixed center …

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David French and the Chimerical Flibbertigibbet

Introduction: The United States has a written Constitution, as in, written down, which has been a wonderful firewall and blessing. But America also has, as all nations do, an unwritten constitution. That unwritten covenant is the only thing that makes the Constitution itself worth anything more than the paper it is written on. There are certain ...

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Defend the Meta

Introduction: So while I was on vacation, another skirmish broke out between David French and some of French’s critics, and so I thought that it would not be out of place if I entered the discussion, kind of, with some day-late-ten-dollar-over observations. I say kind of because I am not going to get into any …

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The Principalities and Powers Await Their Apology

Introduction: Do you want to hear what recently occurred on Facebook? Yes? Well, Joel McDurmon took the CrossPolitic guys to task over the issue of apologies, and the unmanliness of refusing to apologize. The matter in hand was the two second clip of Rachael Denhollander in the original trailer for the upcoming documentary entitled By What ...

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Like a Gelatinous Pudding

Introduction: In the New Testament, obedience is a good word. Also in the New Testament, works is not, unless it is modified with a word like good. We are called to good works (Titus 2:7), but we are not saved by works (Eph. 2:8-9). By way of contrast, sinners do not obey the truth (Rom. 2:8). The Lord is the author of eternal salvation ...

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That Cut Flowers Kind of Religious Liberty

Introduction: So I want to make a point I have made before, and I want to do it yet again, but this is perfectly all right because it is a point that cannot be made enough. And here it is again: Religious liberty is not a secular value. Religious liberty is a religious value, and …

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