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One needn’t be Christian to find food for thought in this brief lecture by Bishop Robert Barron. Might we even say there is something deeply conservative in this argument? More

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This post at Dominicana, brought to my mind two of our distinguished members: Doug Watt for his love of the Dominicana site, and John Walker for his love of science. But more generally, it also brought to mind the idea of Ricochet and all its dear members. We share ideas, we collide, and we move from […]

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Luke, Chapter 5: While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him […]

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One newton is the force needed to accelerate one kilogram of mass at the rate of one metre per second squared. F=M*A or More

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Politics is a funny business. A simple, funny business. It is simple because people are simple and it is funny because people are funny. And people are funny because they are serious and they are serious because they believe people to be complex. And these serious, complex people can spend entire political afternoons telling you […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. True Prejudices, Rational Prejudices, and Conservative Philosophy

 

ThinkerRoger Scruton as quoted by Daniel Hannan on a podcast here on Ricochet: “The role of a conservative thinker is to reassure the people that their prejudices are true.”

It’s a wonderful quote, but I’m tempted to modify it: The role of a conservative thinker is to reassure the people that their prejudices are rational. I think the challenge to — for example — disapproval of embryonic stem-cell research is rarely “You are mistaken,” but rather “Your view is only held by nutjobs who hate science.”

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Over at Hot Air, Jazz Shaw describes his experience being interviewed for The Daily Show:

They had a long script of questions, and a number of them were asked multiple times to see what variety of answers I might give. I was consciously working during every exchange to not give them any short, clipped, yes or no answers that they could weave into the segment out of context. I anticipated some of the obvious ones they might ask. One great example showed up when they asked me about details of the drill bits, how deep in the ground they went and how long they stayed down there. The obvious implication was that it was dumb to “raise awareness” by painting the bits pink because so few people would ever see them. When she asked me how many people actually saw the drill bits I smiled and said, “well, between CNN, MSNBC and now the Daily Show… tens of millions? So I guess it worked out okay after all.”

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. An Artist’s Perspective: Individual Freedom and Human Progress—D.C. McAllister

 

Human flourishing flows from the wellspring of individual freedom.

We hear words like flourishing, or progress, individuality, and freedom all the time, but oftentimes they’re muddled. We speak the words, but we don’t really know what they mean. I admit I haven’t. Not clearly. Not until I read The Catcher in the Rye again.

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