Tag: individualism

A Letter to My Woke Friends

 

I don’t buy your narrative that America is a racist country. I think you are ignorant: you have a cramped and impoverished understanding of history, and no sense of proportion. I reject your “white privilege” palaver. I don’t slice and dice my fellow man into little groups based on superficial characteristics, and I won’t claim to know any more about a man based on his skin color than you know about me based on mine.

Diversity and inclusion? You can keep it. Diversity of views is lovely. Diversity of race, sexual orientation, color, and other trivial details of anatomy and preference is a crock. Every man is an identity group of one, so keep your woke bigotry. You obsess about it all you like, but I’m not interested.

Notre Dame, Charity and Socialism

 

This article from the New York Post on the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral is fascinating.  It seems that 90% of the donations to rebuild the burned Church are coming from America and small French donor, with the French government making up the rest of the giving.  French billionaires pledged a lot of money, but none of it has been given yet.

This does not surprise me; one of the problems with a large State and a State religion is that people lose their sense of personal responsibility for their fellow man and when the mentality is, “the State does that” and the individual is free to ignore his obligations.

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This post from our friend Susan Quinn, on the subject of Florida’s legislation authorizing teachers to carry guns in school (albeit with various restrictions and qualifications) prompted me to ponder, not for the first time, the left’s peculiar antipathy toward guns. It’s often said that guns scare people. I suppose that must be true in […]

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A Divided Foundation

 

A political theory designed to understand human beings as they are in reality, and not to tell us stories about the adventures of some fantastic creature invented by philosophers, cannot avoid this capacity of the human individual to recognize the aims of the collective as his own.

I’ve been reading Yoram Hazony’s book The Virtues of Nationalism lately. I’ve also been reading Reason’s abortion articles and Ricochet, and a host of other things.

Quote of the Day: Individual Sovereignty

 

“Your group identity is not your cardinal feature. That’s the great discovery of the west. That’s why the west is right. And I mean that unconditionally. The west is the only place in the world that has ever figured out that the individual is sovereign. And that’s an impossible thing to figure out. It’s amazing that we managed it. And it’s the key to everything that we’ve ever done right.”  – Jordan Peterson

This quote is key to understanding why Martin Luther King’s desire to that his “children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” resonates so much. It also exposes the fraud that is intersectionality and identity politics. Should we abandon the concept that the individual is sovereign, we sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister by the lights of perverted science.

The Art of Individualism

 

Individualism is the act of thinking for yourself. It’s rooted in the most fundamental choice you’ve got: the choice to pay attention or not.

There are approximately one thousand arguments against individualism — and every single one of them, without exception, is predicated upon a fraudulent premise.

That human beings are, for instance, essentially social doesn’t negate or nullify our individualistic nature.

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A question that has occupied me some of late is ‘what is the meaning and the role of the individual person in this life, socially, politically, and religiously on Earth and what does it mean for Christians following the Resurrection?’. Here are some points that have entered my thoughts on this:      My understanding […]

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In September 1843, Dickens started writing this little book, which seems to be our only modern Christmas myth. He was done in early December &, after deciding to pay for publication himself, he failed to make anything like the profit he expected. But the book has never been out of print & to it we […]

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Sarah Hoyt starts this off with a “post of the day” read on the importance of individual non-elite voices. It’s in the comments that Nightfly gives a “post of the month” on a core challenge of classical liberals. It’s a response to, “As Bill Whittle puts it, the real dichotomy is Collectivists vs. Individualists. And […]

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The other day, I started publishing some notes on the way to think about fascism. You have there an insistence on the theoretical origins & orientation of radical politics that you might not often see. At any rate, I offer it as a corrective of the kind of scholarship that has led people to say things like, […]

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Has everyone already read this? Mr. Mark Judge is trying to say a few things about a problem one does not much read about: Men committing suicide. This is called male suicide & I think I alone am bothered by that. I think the piece is a failure on every level. It’s hard even to understand how […]

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Did you see the new thread on the new HBO movie about Scientology?–You have to take a moment to appreciate the American obsession with facts: One calls one’s own speeches a documentary, while pointedly noting that everyone who disagrees with one is doing propaganda…–I’m not sure whether all this talk about this secretive cult is fascinating, in the […]

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Americans seem to live with the illusion that love is a good thing. This is because democrats do not read books. In English, the great writer is Shakespeare, than whom no greater can be imagined. One cannot read the love stories in Shakespeare without coming to three basic insights: First, love leads to civil war […]

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