Tag: Society

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Society and Government

 

“Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.” – Thomas Paine

The only quibble I have with this quote is that some time since the beginning of this millennia, the government has ceased to restrain our vices, but now seems to encourage them. Government still creates distinctions, and still serves as a punisher. However, more and more it punishes those who still seek to restrain their own vices. And government is no longer in its best state.

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“When facts become secondary to emotion, truth dies. And a society that doesn’t value truth cannot survive.” – Ben Shapiro It does not seem to matter what the crisis de jour, political flashpoint, or cultural conflict is — immigration, education, terrorism, gun rights, vote fraud, whatever. It always seems to center on appeal to emotions, […]

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I recently read an intriguing book concerned with the exponential advances in technology and the impact thereof on human society. The author believes that the displacement of human labor by technology is in its very early stages, and sees little limit to the process. He is concerned with how this will affect–indeed, has already affected–the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Society and Government

 

“Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.”  – Thomas Paine

Yesterday a Ricochet contributor was arguing Washington could do better than gridlock. My first thought was that while it could, it did better than gridlock only rarely. That is because, as Thomas Paine notes, government is generally a negative.

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Abraham Lincoln once said “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” He was right, and in the west, we have created a monster that is killing our society from the inside out. The killer […]

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On International Women’s Day, while others may have been marching or whatever, I had the pleasure to talk history with a young woman, who is a historian and a professor of history. It was a lovely discussion (for me as a fan of the subject of history) as we spoke about her dissertation, which is […]

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Hello Everyone! This is my latest blog post! I am trying to grow as a writer and I would love feedback if you have time. You can leave a comment on the blog or here. More

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Whatever happened to peaceful protest? Did it die with the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King? It saddens me that each time Donald Trump has a rally somewhere, many aggressive people show up looking for a fight. That took place again in San Jose. People use, as an excuse, their dislike for him as a […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Friedersdorf’s Challenge to SSM Supporters

 

1931_Frankenstein_img28Conor Friedersdorf has a long piece challenging Same-Sex Marriage proponents to answer whether they think the uproar over Memories Pizza is justified:

The question I’d ask those who want to use non-state means to punish mom-and-pop businesses that decline to cater gay weddings is what, exactly, their notion of a fair punishment is.. If their Yelp rating goes down by a star does the punishment fit the “crime”? Is there a financial loss at which social pressure goes from appropriate to too much? How about putting them out of business? Digital mobs insulting them and their children? Email and phone threats from anonymous Internet users? If you think that any of those go too far have you spoken up against the people using those tactics?

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So remember when winning was a good thing? Okay, some of you younger members might not remember that, but for people over forty like me, we grew up knowing that in almost any sport in any game with two teams, one team would win and one would lose unless you were playing hockey or soccer […]

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One of my friends is a writer who is presently spending time in Malaysia as his wife teaches English. He’s among my liberal friends and though he’s strongly in that direction, I’ve found I can have at least intelligent disagreements with him. Earlier this week he posts this picture: He commented on this as well: […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Looming Tower

 

4160892647_eb9b1e5052_zAbout ten years ago, I was moving from Los Angeles to Lexington, Kentucky. As one of my final stops before leaving, I visited two friends of mine at their apartment that Saturday night. Their place was in an enormous, sprawling complex with at least a hundred units and — as I recall — about three or four designated parking spots for guests. With those spots taken and no street parking available, I parked my car in the business lot across the street (which was, as I recall, a bank).

The three of us stayed up far too late and I’d had a few drinks. Given the hour, my slight inebriation, and the fact that their couch was at least as comfortable as the air mattress I’d been using since selling my bed, I asked if I could crash with them and was heartily told I should. The next morning, I woke at something resembling a reasonable hour — before 9AM, I believe — and went to collect my Jeep. As should surprise no one reading this, it’d been towed during the wee hours.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Well-Run Machine

 

How often do you really think about how your car works? I’m guessing not that often.

Perhaps you have a dim recollection of 4-stroke engine operation from a high school textbook. At any rate, you know that gasoline goes in, the car goes forward, and you are a wretched sinner for polluting the atmosphere in the process. You will also be late for work if it should fail to operate properly, or if that jerk in the left lane doing 50 in a 65 zone doesn’t get the heck over! If you think about it more you should remember that the combustion of the gasoline happens with pistons. But do you think about the details beyond that? Again, I would guess the odds are against it, unless you’ve had recent compelling need to do so, or are a gearhead.

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So here I am passing the Huge Chain Coffee Shop which seeks to encircle the world much like Jörmungandr. They’ve just placed out new banners announcing their seasonal, the ever popular “PSL.” PSL? my brain goes. What can I make from PSL? Instantly images of Pink Striped Lace and Pig Space Liner come up because […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Another Open Letter

 

Dear conservative friends,

My last open letter appears to have aroused the ire of quite a few of you. Not only did you take issue with my characterization of the ALS ice bucket challenge, some of you have suggested that my criticism is ultimately harmful to the conservative cause and humanity generally. So please allow me to expand on my original letter.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Texting Is Destroying America

 

Teen-TexterI like texting. For conveying short bits of information, it is much more convenient than having a conversation over the phone and there are numerous situations in which texting is an ideal means of communication. For example, if you’re giving someone an address or asking them to pick up milk on the way home from work, it is easier and more convenient to text than it is to call.

For someone my age I was fairly slow to adopt texting. I steadfastly refused to text at all until I bought an iPhone in 2007. Since then, I’ve come to realize texting can be a valuable medium of communication and I believe that it has generally made me more efficient person. Nevertheless, two recent experiences have led me to conclude that texting is destroying America.

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The human body is comprised of countless living cells. Are all of the cells which shape and operate the body necessarily parts of that body? May they all be called human cells? Or are some better classified as non-human symbiotes, even if they exist within the human body? Does it matter if a single-celled organism […]

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From the Columbus Dispatch: The Ohio Historical Society is changing its name for just the second time in its 129-year history, becoming the Ohio History Connection. More

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