Freshly resupplied with a shipment of Laphraoig, Talisker, and “Murdered Out” dark roast from Black Rifle Coffee, Steve and “Lucretia” drink to the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, smack around Biden a little (but only a little because otherwise it would be elder abuse), and then resume our discussion from two weeks about about liberal education and Leo Strauss’s famous lecture entitled “What Is Liberal Education?”

Among other things, you’ll learn the crucial difference between Socratic skepticism of the classics, and the radical modern skepticism of Descartes, Nietzsche, or Heidegger. And if that doesn’t need a few shots of whisky to choke down, nothing will!

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  1. General125 Inactive

    That Black Rifle Coffee is potent and delicious.

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    • September 26, 2020, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  2. Al Sparks Thatcher

    On Elian Gonzales:

    That was a U.S. federal agent who took the kid from his father. But the outrage didn’t last nationwide, though obviously the Cubans in Florida took much longer to forget.

    Elian Gonzales was and probably still is treated pretty well in Cuba. He was still a Communist prole, but the Cuban government decided to make him an example of their “socialist paradise” and Gonzales played along (or was brainwashed).

    I considered it a tragedy at the time, but if he had never left Cuba in the first place, he would probably have had a life that was much more oppressive.

    Of course the government that treats him well is morally corrupt, and he benefits from it.

    He probably doesn’t realize what he lost.

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    • September 26, 2020, at 7:36 PM PDT
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  3. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Al Sparks (View Comment):
    That was a U.S. federal agent who took the kid from his father.

    I got that wrong. He was taken from Cuban-American relatives. He was returned to his father who lived in Cuba. It was his mother who spirited him away to Florida in a raft, but who died enroute.

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    • September 26, 2020, at 7:47 PM PDT
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  4. Architectus Coolidge

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Al Sparks (View Comment):
    That was a U.S. federal agent who took the kid from his father.

    I got that wrong. He was taken from Cuban-American relatives. He was returned to his father who lived in Cuba. It was his mother who spirited him away to Florida in a raft, but who died enroute.

    But, another key technicality: he was not “returned to his father”, because in Cuba the government has rights over all children, not the parents. Children stay with their parents only at the pleasure of the government, not unlike other socialist and communist communities. So he was in fact returned to Communist Cuba and Fidel Castro, by Bill Clinton and Janet Reno.

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    • September 26, 2020, at 10:04 PM PDT
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    Architectus (View Comment):

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Al Sparks (View Comment):
    That was a U.S. federal agent who took the kid from his father.

    I got that wrong. He was taken from Cuban-American relatives. He was returned to his father who lived in Cuba. It was his mother who spirited him away to Florida in a raft, but who died enroute.

    But, another key technicality: he was not “returned to his father”, because in Cuba the government has rights over all children, not the parents. Children stay with their parents only at the pleasure of the government, not unlike other socialist and communist communities. So he was in fact returned to Communist Cuba and Fidel Castro, by Bill Clinton and Janet Reno.

    His father, of course, was property and in no position to assert his true desires. Failure to understand this is another reason why you don’t want Democrats running foreign policy.

    But there was a certain poetic justice. Every once in a while, I’m sure Al Gore wakes up in the middle of the night, and thinks, “If I had criticized the decision, I would have won the Presidency.”

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    • September 27, 2020, at 11:34 AM PDT
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