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Limiting Social Mobility

Social levels are largely determined by social status and wealth. Consequent upon these is a social responsibility to the common good. For those born at lower levels of the social ladder, they have less experience with the temptations and responsibilities … Continue reading

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The Motte and Bailey

I recently realized the motte and bailey structure of liberalism. Having no understanding of the metaphor, I remained perplexed. However, reading RationalWiki on the subject cleared it up. A motte and bailey argument is one where the position is granted … Continue reading

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Importance of Context

We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever … Continue reading

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Conscientious Religious Restriction

The question begging nature of this conception of religious freedom revolves around the notion of what consists in harm to society. A good Christian with Christian presuppositions may think this is great, but differing standards of harm will produce different … Continue reading

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True Scotsman

Part of the problem with the true Scotsman “fallacy” is it presupposes that there is no standard by which to judge Scotsman. One reasonable standard of a true Scotsman is someone born in Scotland or of Scottish descent. However, mudbloods … Continue reading

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Rule of Lawlessness

You will sometimes hear [originalism] described as the theory of original intent. You will never hear me refer to original intent, because I am first of all a textualist, and secondly an originalist. If you are a textualist, you don’t … Continue reading

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Why “Liberalism” needs Conservatives

My take on: Why “Liberalism” Needs Natural Law The issue as I take it with liberalism is not the radical autonomy as the extreme embodiment of liberalism, but the problem of liberty as the object of political action. “The only … Continue reading

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