Reset This!

The New York Times would like you to think that the Great Reset is a conspiracy theory cooked up by disgruntled right-wing deniers of whatever the masses are being programmed to believe in this news cycle. This is the same paper that, in the 1930s, solemnly dismissed “rumors” of the (very real) Soviet-orchestrated famine responsibleContinue reading “Reset This!”

Asking Questions

I appreciate Ohio Representative Jim Jordan’s exposure of the arbitrary nature of the repressive policies currently foisted upon the American people in the name of “public health.” In this exchange, Representative Jordan stumps Dr. Anthony Fauci by asking when, and on what objective basis, Americans can expect to get our liberty back: As we canContinue reading “Asking Questions”

Brewing the Truth

As Václav Havel notes, contemporary despotism attempts to conscript each citizen as an agent as well as a victim of oppression. To the extent that we get along by going along with approved untruths, we increase the pressure on others to join us in our retreat from human dignity. On the other hand, Havel warns,Continue reading “Brewing the Truth”

Doing the Truth

A sure sign that a given regime is despotic is its hostility or indifference to what is good, true, and beautiful. The science of despotism consists in discouraging virtues such as (genuine, active) charity, and instilling vices, such as deception, or compliance with the web of lies in which despotism seeks to entangle us. HowContinue reading “Doing the Truth”

The Slothful Tyrant

In the first volume of Democracy in America, Tocqueville warns us about a new and sinister form of oppression to which modern democratic peoples are susceptible: “the tyranny of the majority.” In olden times, abusive rulers used harsh punishments to coerce their subjects, and even just rulers were surrounded by flatterers seeking to harness publicContinue reading “The Slothful Tyrant”

The Single-Issue Fallacy

Recently, a prominent elected official, in an effort to appear to promote national unity, blessed us with a blanket denunciation of half of her fellow citizens and coreligionists. Catholics who voted for Donald Trump, according to Nancy Pelosi, “were willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.” That “one issue”Continue reading “The Single-Issue Fallacy”

Counseling Capitalism

“That invidious word, ‘capitalism,’” Irving Kristol reminds us, “was invented by European socialists about a half-century” after the publication of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Although the term is now lovingly embraced by proponents of free enterprise, it has never ceased to carry negative connotations, even to souls disinclined towards socialism. Kristol recognizes that, inContinue reading “Counseling Capitalism”

The Wonderous Potency of Practice

Assume a virtue, if you have it not. For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either curb the devil, or throw him out, With wondrous potency. Thus speaks Hamlet, in an attempt to reform the character of his mother, the compromised Queen of Denmark. Alas, Hamlet ignores his own advice. Rather thanContinue reading “The Wonderous Potency of Practice”

How Not to Resist Modern Despotism

Václav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Initially, his career was in drama of the literary sort, but it took a decisively political turn when he was imprisoned for fostering dissent against the communist despots oppressing his people. His 1978 essay, “The Power of the Powerless,”Continue reading “How Not to Resist Modern Despotism”

How We Learned to Love Leviathan

Tocqueville wants us to have a “salutary fear” of the new forms despotism threatens to take in modern times. Fear is a response to evil. Once we see how tyranny deprives us of essential goods, it becomes evident that it is something to be avoided, even at considerable cost. Free will being an essential partContinue reading “How We Learned to Love Leviathan”