Tag: First Principles

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Where’s Your Hill?

 

When Roy Moore was in the process of being brought down in the Alabama Senate race last December, the standard response from the establishment side of the GOP was, “Look, Moore is a nutcase. This is not a court of law. There is no due process or presumption of innocence. He’s not the hill you want to die on.”

When Alex Jones was purged off of social media the response was, “This is not a government action, but the actions of private individuals. Besides, he’s a nutcase and this is not the hill you want to die on.”

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I am currently reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Suicide of the West” and Patrick Deneen’s “Why Liberalism Failed” for a doctoral class. Finding myself about halfway through the former I had the following review retweeted into my timeline this morning and it held exactly the critique of Goldberg’s thesis that was digging at me. I want to […]

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I was mulling over how much I enjoy and appreciate Ricochet and how it has encouraged me to think about ideas that I take for granted. I’ve come to realize that being a Conservative doesn’t mean being staid and unchangeable. In addition, I thought that all of us might consider, as we look forward (with […]

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Back in the 1970s, our culture embraced the idea that freedom includes the ability to divorce (ie, reject) a child’s other parent without cause. This is also known as “no fault divorce.” It is commonly viewed as expansion of liberty. It is very common for divorced adults to behave as is if they no longer […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Nature of Our Nature

 

In recent threads, there’s been some back and forth regarding Mankind’s nature and some… speculation as to how attitudes about it correlate with political ideology. I’ve my own theories on the matter, but I think more might be gained at this point from asking than guessing (differences tend to get exagerated in debates, so it’s sometimes best to take a step back and explore each other’s first principles). So, Ricochetti, here’s this morning’s assignment:

  1. Do you believe Mankind to be inherently good, wicked, or neither? Explain briefly.
  2. Which philosophers and/or theologians do you identify with on this subject (bonus points for providing a representative quote).
  3. How do your answers above inform your political philosophy?

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