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One in Equality: Race and the Zimmerman Case

One in Equality: Race and the Zimmerman Case

With all the attention surrounding the George Zimmerman case, I have one simple thought. I did not follow the case closely and therefore I am not looking to get into debates about the nuances. But the case has brought the subject of race back into the public spotlight in America, yet again. It is a subject that never goes away, at least not more than a short spot of time until it reappears for...

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Some Thoughts on Religion and Politics, Persecution and Liberty

Some Thoughts on Religion and Politics, Persecution and Liberty

President Obama’s recent remarks about religious division in Northern Ireland sparked considerable and increasingly heated opposition from Christian leaders. Unfortunately, the fuse lit by Obama has offered not much light, by anyone on either side of the fight. “If Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, and...

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The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

Those who follow my work know that I have for some time been one of the few white guys today who speaks and writes openly, and apologetically, about the problem of Negro slavery in the American Founding. When my time on Earth is over, I’m sure this will earn me some kind of title as yet another dreaded “dead white male from an outdated past” by future historians—if any bother to take note...

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Harry Neumann, R.I.P.

Harry Neumann, R.I.P.

I learned of the sad passing of Professor Harry Neumann. He was a long-time teacher of political philosophy at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate University in California. He was my teacher. When I was graduating from college, I had no idea what to do. I went to my friend and advisor, Paul Basinski, and told him I wanted to keep learning around thoughtful, serious people interested in...

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Scientific Racism

Scientific Racism

From my friend and former colleague at Hillsdale College, the unmatched Paul Rahe, on the “scientific racism” of the Progressives. No, that is not a typo. Progressive intellectuals a century ago — which meant virtually all intellectuals — were thoroughly caught up in the historicism and evolutionary theories of the 19th century, including what came to be known as...

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Economic Royalists

Economic Royalists

At least since the New Deal, we have heard much about what those with some owe to those with little. Franklin Roosevelt coined a term, “economic royalists,” that perfectly captured his view of those who achieved financial success through work and innovation. An Obligation Without Power Drawing from a much older theory of kingship, probably unknowingly, many have come to believe that...

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