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  • The president's speech at CPAC was a bedazzling mix of bravado, B.S., humor, and positive vision

    03/03/2019 11:15:51 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 39 replies
    reason.com ^ | 3/2/19 | Nick Gillespie
    It's way too early to be thinking this, much less saying it, but what the hell: If Donald Trump is able to deliver the sort of performance he gave today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual meeting of right-wingers held near Washington, D.C., his reelection is a foregone conclusion. There is simply no potential candidate in the Democratic Party who wouldn't be absolutely blown off the stage by him. I say this as someone who is neither a Trump fanboy nor a Never Trumper. But he was not simply good, he was Prince-at-the-Super-Bowl great, deftly flinging juvenile...
  • The Folly of Scientism (I)

    02/09/2019 8:31:40 AM PST · by aspasia · 58 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Austin L Hughes
    There are at least three areas of inquiry traditionally in the purview of philosophy that now are often claimed to be best — or only — studied scientifically: metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Let us discuss each in turn. Physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow open their 2010 book The Grand Design by asking: What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? ... Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of...
  • Is There A War Between Science And Religion? Examining Jerry Coyne’s recent case arguments

    01/21/2019 10:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    ARC DIGITAL ^ | 01/21/2019 | Paul Manata
    Last month, The Conversation published biologist Jerry Coyne’s article, lovingly served up for audiences at Christmastime, “Yes, There is a War Between Science and Religion.” Coyne fancies himself a participant in a perceived war between faith and reason, science and religion. His mission: To show people they can’t believe the account of Christ’s birth—as depicted, for example, in the Book of Luke, Chapter 2—while simultaneously believing there’s crackers in the pantry. You use your eyeballs for the latter, but not the former, and it’s simply irrational to go through life with a bifurcated mind!It is of course odd to enlist...
  • Thomas Sowell Returns

    11/26/2018 8:57:39 PM PST · by OddLane · 32 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Decemer 2018 | Thomas Winslow Hazlett
    Thirty-eight years ago, Reason contributor Thomas Hazlett and Senior Editor Manny Klausner sat down with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) economist and social scientist Thomas Sowell for a sprawling interview about race, gender, poverty, economics, and what he viewed as the government's many failed and misguided attempts to lift up poor minorities. Sowell talked about his history as a Marxist, his frustrations with working in government, and why he rejects the label "libertarian," preferring instead to describe himself as "a person who dissents from the current liberal orthodoxy." That interview occurred not long after the publication of one of...
  • No, Donald Trump Wasn’t Elected Because We Ended the Military Draft

    10/28/2018 3:27:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | August 8, 2017 | Eric Boehm
    By now, every political commentator has offered a suggestion for how Donald Trump ended up as president of these United States. Few have missed their targets as badly as Damon Linker's most recent offering, which suggests that we could have avoided President Trump if only the government had remained committed, for the past 40-plus years, to a policy that forced young Americans to die in foreign wars. Linker, a senior correspondent at The Week, suggests that historians will ultimately trace the rise of Trump to the decline in social cohesion that began, yes, with the abolition of military conscription in...
  • The Lexicon of the Left: Violence!

    10/16/2018 10:51:26 PM PDT · by Nomen Klatura · 9 replies
    Me | 10/16/18 | Nomen Klatura
    I have been thinking for years about the language that the Left uses, such as "We will fight for _____", or "this is a struggle", or "you cannot be civil with...", or "fight in the streets", just to name some familiar and recent examples. The lexicon of the Left is clear and consistent - rational discussion is not tolerated. They don't value the dialectic. Heck, they don't even know what the dialectic is. What worse, the Left doesn't understand what the Constitutional right to assemble and protest means. They think it means they can assemble to physically intimidate their opponents...
  • What Should Have Happened at the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing

    09/13/2018 9:57:55 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | September 7, 2018 | Austin Bragg & Andrew Heaton
    What Should Have Happened at the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing Pretty much what everyone expected. Unfortunately. (Watch at YouTube) Democrats and Republicans are once again in the midst of a deep partisan battle, this time about whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in history or a crypto-racist hiding his shadowy résumé. Days of speeches, protests, and calculated outrage have not changed the expected outcome, and Judge Kavanaugh will almost certainly become the next Supreme Court justice.In the latest Reason video, we explore what we would have liked to see during the Kavanaugh hearings.
  • Questioning "Reason" On Immigration

    09/06/2018 11:15:18 AM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | September 6, 2018 | Don't Walk, Run Productions
    Questioning "Reason" On Immigration Nick Gillespie and ReasonTV questioned "the strongest arguments against immigration," so I decided to look at the facts...
  • Dear Democrats/Progressives

    06/30/2018 7:32:36 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 10 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | June 30, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    Dear Democrats/Progressives: I see the signs at your protests: “What’s Next? Concentration Camps … Oh, wait” “I Care. Do you?” “Love, Not Trump” And all the rest. What are you really angry at, Democrats? It can’t be just Donald Trump. You were poised to hate any Republican who defeated Hillary Clinton. I remember how you hated Ronald Reagan (if you were alive then). And you likewise hated the hapless George Bushes and Mitt Romneys, who sided with you more than against you, including on immigration. So what do you really hate, Democrats? And why do you hate it? It can’t...
  • WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL? Who speaks for libertarianism the Old Right or the Neocon Clones?

    04/08/2002 10:13:00 AM PDT · by H.R. Gross · 25 replies · 17+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | April 8, 2002 | Justin Raimondo
    Behind the Headlines by Justin RaimondoAntiwar.com April 8, 2002 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL?Post-9/11: Who speaks for libertarianism – the Old Right or the Neocon Clones? A note from the author: I apologize, in advance, for the sheer length of this column, but since it addresses the sell-out of basic libertarian principles by people and institutions who purport to speak in its name, I thought it important to address these questions thoroughly, with extensive quotations from those I name. Too bad, in attacking Antiwar.com, these pathetic losers didn't do the same – but then what can one expect from craven...
  • Duke Historian Trivializes Autism

    02/19/2018 12:51:25 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 15, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Duke University historian Nancy MacLean, not content to do slap and tickle histories, has gone on to trivialize a malady that afflicts millions. "Nancy MacLean, the Duke University historian who wrote Democracy in Chains, the deeply conspiratorial and much-criticized biography of public choice economist James Buchanan, told an audience in New York last week that Buchanan and other early leaders of the limited-government movement 'seem to be on the autism spectrum,'" Robby Soave reports on Reason.com. "According to MacLean, there is a connection between autism and libertarianism, and that connection is not feeling 'solidarity or empathy,' and having 'kind of...
  • If You Think The Memo Will Discredit FBI, You Haven't Been Paying Attention For the Past 50 Yrs.

    02/03/2018 7:57:29 AM PST · by JP1201 · 27 replies
    Democrat Adam Schiff might be right that GOP operatives want to derail the Russia probe. But the FBI and Justice Department lost credibility a long time ago. This is not ancient history or a story about a black-bag job that J. Edgar Hoover ran. It's not even history. But we're not supposed to bring up the deservedly low opinions of the FBI and a Justice Department that have for decades done everything possible to make Americans suspect their employees aren't really trustworthy. The FBI in particular has a long history of abusing its power and the results of that show...
  • President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list

    11/22/2017 6:14:41 PM PST · by Vendome · 20 replies
    "...Many of the accusations surfaced after the release of a 2005 tape of Trump speaking graphically about kissing and groping women uninvited."
  • CNBCs own 'Dr. Doom' Faber: 'Thank God white people populated America'

    10/17/2017 1:50:53 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 152 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jeff Cox | @JeffCoxCNBCcom
    Market doomsayer Marc "Dr. Doom" Faber has launched a racially charged diatribe in his latest newsletter, alleging that the U.S. is great primarily because it is ruled by white people. The eccentric Gloom, Boom & Doom report author, who often speaks on CNBC and other financial media, generally forecasting some type of market downturn, focused his latest comments on the racial conflicts happening around the country. (A CNBC spokesperson said it will not book him in the future.) "And thank God white people populated America, and not the blacks. Otherwise, the US would look like Zimbabwe, which it might look...
  • Secularist Dogmas That Live Loudly Within Lefties

    09/15/2017 4:44:37 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 15, 2015 | George Neumayr
    For years, the Washington establishment held up Sally Quinn, the wife of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as the society doyenne par excellence and a “serious” reporter. The Great and Good would gather at her mansion to bat around the issues of the day. Much talk of a sinister religiosity afoot in the land would ensue. But it turns out that Quinn, when not passing around drinks and appetizers to these self-proclaimed rationalists, was in the back playing with her tarot cards and concocting hexes for her enemies. In her new “spiritual memoir,” Finding Magic, Quinn discloses her...
  • Choose Sides? You Bet. But Antifa and Fascism Are the Same Side.

    08/23/2017 10:02:01 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | 8/22/2017 | J.D. Tuccille
    Choose Sides? You Bet. But Antifa and Fascism Are the Same Side. Advocates of liberal society are a side in themselves, and the left- and right-wing thugs battling in the streets are rival siblings from an illiberal family....The problem many Americans had with Trump's weasel words was that Heather Heyer was dead, and many other people injured, in Charlottesville, allegedly at the hands of James Alex Fields, Jr., a neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd in an act of political terrorism. And Fields was in Charlottesville to attend a rally featuring a dollar-store version of a Leni Riefenstahl...
  • We just discovered the SICKENING reason the healthcare vote was PULLED

    03/27/2017 3:51:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 182 replies
    Allen West ^ | 3-26-17 | Matt Palumbo
    If you were opposed to the Obamacare replacement bill, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), it was probably because it was hardly the Obamacare replacement we were promised. Congressional Republicans had no problem holding countless votes to repeal all of or parts of Obamacare when Barack Obama was president, yet all of a sudden there’s a hold up, despite the promise there would be an Obamacare repeal bill on Trump’s desk his first week in office. Unfortunately, the AHCA turned out to be nothing more than Obamacare-lite. Daniel Horowitz summed up the problem in Conservative Review, that “the sum of the...
  • POLL: Why did Trump win the election?

    11/12/2016 1:09:56 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 42 replies
    POLL: Why did Trump win the election? Voters supported Donald Trump Voters know the Clintons are corrupt Voters revolted against the dishonest News Media Voters revolted against the corrupt Washington Establishment All of the above
  • Anti-Trump Protester Celebrates Violence Outside San Jose Rally

    06/06/2016 10:55:07 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 21 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 4, 2016 | Jack Davis
    "... an exercise in blame-shifting." A Twitter user going by the name Houdini, who identifies himself as a Black Muslim, has been celebrating his takedown of a white Trump protester during Thursday’s anti-Trump protests in San Jose. Coverage of the man’s self-congratulating publicity on The Gateway Pundit revealed him to be Seyfudin Mohamud, a Somali native who had come to California from Minnesota. He posted selfie videos from the protest, including one in which his clothes match those seen in an ABC News video of violence at the rally.
  • Why [Penn Jillette] Won't Call Out Islam or Scientology ("... because we have families.")

    06/26/2010 1:37:54 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 45 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 06/26/10 | Matt Welch
    Are there any groups you won't go after?We haven't tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn't want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I'm not sure. And we haven't tackled Islam because we have families. Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back ...Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific. [...]