Scientific Moonshine

In 1854, Frederick Douglass addressed the Philozetian Society of Western Reserve College, Ohio on the then-contentious question of whether “negroes” are human beings. As those denying the “claims of the negro” readily admitted, humanity is accompanied by certain inalienable rights and liberties, the denial of which constitutes “the greatest wrong and robbery” on the partContinue reading “Scientific Moonshine”

Science and Spirituality

Thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee. St. Augustine, Confessions It’s amazing what social science can do, when not driven by ideological opposition to the objective order of things. Looking back over the turmoil and triumph of his life, the Bishop of Hippo realizedContinue reading “Science and Spirituality”

Smothering the Science

Though the (inflated) fatality rate of the virus in whose name liberty has been abolished clocks in at around 0.2 percent, the horrific manner in which that fraction of a percent have died plays an outsized role in maintaining the present climate of compliance with “public health” protocols. It goes without saying that reasonable stepsContinue reading “Smothering the Science”

Why Study the Science of Servitude?

When a man “is a participator in the government of affairs”—on a daily, and therefore (for most of us) on a local basis—“he will let the heart be torn out of his body sooner than his power be wrested from him by a Caesar or a Bonaparte.” So spoke Jefferson. Tocqueville heartily agreed. As SocratesContinue reading “Why Study the Science of Servitude?”