Tolerance of All Views but Those That Oppose

Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Catholic cultural commentator and frequent author of ToTheSource, notes that our cultural perception of “tolerance” is meaningless as a value and has properties that can make it vice: We tend to treat Tolerance as if it is not just a virtue, but the virtue. What if Tolerance isn’t a virtue? What if…

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My [Second] Biggest Pet Peeve

Second only to consequentialists, the political & moral¬†apathy of the general public drives me up the wall. While the Republic is burning, many of my (often very intelligent) friends are worried about Snooki’s latest hairdo and 16 and Pregnant. Robert Higgs has noticed too: Fourteen things in which many Americans have an interest: shirking on…

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Not Enough Morality from the Conservatives

I would venture to bet that you think that the right is the moralist side of the political debate. I disagree. Americal Leftists have claimed the high ground in public policy, appealing to egalitarianism, environmentalism, and risk-aversion, in which moral positions are expressed but widely denied as having anything to do with “morality.” Conservatives, on…

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ToTheSource on C.S. Lewis on the State

  Most of us are familiar with C. S. Lewis’s theological and philosophical writings, but you’ve made a point of drawing us to a neglected aspect of his thought, a deep-seated antipathy to “statism.” First of all, what is statism? Theroux: Statism is the view that all social and economic power in society should be…

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