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Category Archives: Political Theory
Esteemed philosopher Galen Strawson has a very good piece on the poverty of materialism as an explanation for consciousness (“The Consciousness Deniers”). He traces the lineage from early behaviorism to Dennett-style functionalism, leading to the absurdity that is reductive materialism: … Continue reading
I recently read Michael Oakeschott’s very influential long form essay “Rationalism in Politics” (1947), which properly argues against the Axiomatic Rationalism underlying various ideologies from Marxism to Libertarianism. The attempt to build a system of governance from the ‘ground up’ … Continue reading
From Christopher Macleod’s brief essay on “John Stuart Mill: higher happiness”: In contrast to many contemporary thinkers, Mill’s defence of liberal principles is historical and local – not abstract and universal. Whereas the prevailing wisdom maintains that individuals possess certain … Continue reading
Despite it being conducted by a renowned cuck, there’s a worthwhile email interview with Patrick Deneen, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, whose new book Why Liberalism Failed was published today. Deneen’s diagnosis of the crisis … Continue reading
In The Baffler, liberal John Ganz discusses the life and thought of pioneer paleolibertarian Murray Rothbard, whom Ganz sees as a “philosophical harbinger of Trump and the alt-right” (“The Forgotten Man”). Here’s a nice Rothbard quote from the piece: And … Continue reading
From OC Weekly, an ‘art exhibit’ that seeks to simultaneously discuss Carl Schmitt’s political philosophy, visually present the horrors of gun ownership, all while stylistically making fun of some MAGA white men who own a gun store in Maine: Stepping … Continue reading
Dominic Green visits Scrutopia and reports on Roger Scruton’s Burkean strand of environmentalism.
Audacious has a good post on how “Civic nationalism is implicit white nationalism” and Z Man has a good post on the “Civic Religion“.
From a speech McCain gave last night: “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our … Continue reading
“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.” — G.K. Chesterson, Orthodoxy (1908)