Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend him on facebook. You can also follow him on twitter.
Upon witnessing the trials of Nazi war criminals in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt remarked that they shared in common one salient feature: it was not stupidity, she said, but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.
With all of the talk of Chris Kyle, the subject of Clint Eastwoods latest blockbuster film, American Sniper, a politically nave spectator could be forgiven for thinking that it really is Chris Kyle of whom people are talking.
And American values and/or foreign policy have nothing to do with it.
Politically Incorrect Slavery in the Present Day
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbors eye (Mt. 7:5).
The latest event in France has elicited an array of responses from politicians and commentators here in America. For now, Id like to focus on the single judgment that everyone from across the political spectrum seems to share:
Jack Hunter is a former staffer for Rand Paul who once delivered politically incorrect commentary as the Southern Avenger. When Hunters past came to light, it wasnt before long that he and Senator Paul parted ways.
Recently, I claimed that everyonepoliticians, academics, and media commentatorswho promoted the idea that police brutality is a national epidemic, or even a growing concern, as one self-styled libertarian put it, share some culpability for the murders of the two NYPD officers who were gunned down in their vehicle right before Christmas.
He was an amazing man. He was the best father and husband and friend.
In the wake of the Eric Garner case, some libertarians have urged us to revisit the topic of natural law, a higher moral law that supplies an objective standard of justice for positive law, the law(s) posited (or made) by human beings.
In the fallout following a grand jurys decision to not indict police for the death of Eric Garner, there is no shortage of libertarians who claim that Garner was innocent as far as the natural law is concerned.
In this column, I recently argued in favor of a grand jurys refusal to indict Officer Dan Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner. To my dismay (and, frankly, shock), a great many conservatives and libertarians, Ive had the great misfortune to discover, disagree vehemently with the grand jurys decision. Some have gone so far as to describe Garners death as murder.
From the rough that is contemporary America, the grand jury that just decided that there were no grounds on which to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner is the second diamond to be retrieved. The first is the grand jury that refused to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.
Thoughts on the latest scam
Few things are as effective in eliciting the ire of Republicans as is talk of decriminalizing recreational drug use.
Following their partys crushing defeat at the polls, some Democratic strategists are now claiming that it is Democrats failure to communicate with white men that accounts for their dramatic reversal of fortunes.
As the mid-term elections approach, its high time for Republican commentators to walk the walk. Just the other morning, Mark Steyn, busily promoting his new book, made an appearance on Bill Bennetts radio program. The latter agreed enthusiastically with the former that in order for conservatives to prevail culturally, it is imperative for them to prevent the left from assuming control of the language.
That there is a sensationalistic dimension to the Ebola coverage is something of which I have no doubt.
Revealing the real reasons why leftist activists hate Columbus
Recently, I cautioned my fellow Americans against falling for the notion that the so-called Islamic State is among the gravest threats, or any considerable threat, to the United States.