Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Moral Philosophy Lessons from Modernity

1. Ideas have consequences.

2. Worldviews matter.

3. Right and wrong are not adjustable in accord with clock and calendar.

4. There is no virtue in celebrating vice.

5. Just as there are no victimless crimes, there are no victimless sins.

6. Principled opposition to the reigning shibboleths is not hate or fear.

7. Advocacy is not tolerance.

8. Insults are not arguments.

9. Secularism is not neutral.

10. Scientism is not scientific.

11. Pragmatism is not pragmatic.

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Gipper Eleventary

1. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

2. Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.

3. I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.

4. I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

5. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.

6. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

7. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

8. We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.

9. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.

10. You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

11. It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Priming the Tastebuds for Our UK Trip

1. Pret a Manger: Charing Cross
2. Nero’s Coffee: St. James Piccadilly 
3. Barbacoa: St. Paul's
4. Wagamama’s: Tower of London
5. Jamie’s Italian: Covent Garden
6. The Eagle: Cambridge
7. The Borough Market: Southwark
8. West Cornwall Pasty: Victoria
9. Nandos Peri-Peri: Brighton
10. Maoz Falafel: Leicester Square
11. Recipease: Bighton

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thus Saith the Iron Lady

"I am not a consensus politician. I'm a conviction politician."

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

“Being democratic is not enough; a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.”

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

"Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope."

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

“Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

“Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”

“Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

“Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.”