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.
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.
There is much talk about the Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever we are calling it. To listen to the talking heads, both Democrats and Republicans, one could be forgiven for thinking that these 15,000 or so Muslim butchers are the biggest threat that the Western world has ever faced.
Exposing the hypocrisy, moral posturing, and inconsistencies of the left
While listening to Bill Bennetts radio program the other morning, a caller, respectfully, yet passionately, expressed his incredulity over the fact that anyone continues to take the Bill Kristols and Max Boots (and, by implication, the Bill Bennetts) of the world seriously when it comes to issues pertaining to American foreign policy vis--vis the Middle East, particularly Iraq.
Lessons from the past for the present and future
Four grisly black-on-white attacks that you wont hear about.
Theres a notion, popular among self-avowed libertarians, that among the largest threats facing our nation is that of the militarization of the police.
A line that has become all too common in some libertarian circles is that the key problem, or even a problem, in Ferguson, Missouri is a problem facing the rest of the nation.
In the wake of the shooting death of a young black man by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer, it is to no ones surprise that the usual suspects on the left are screaming racism from the rooftops.
Food for thought on the shooting death of Michael Brown.
As if the happenings in Ferguson, Missouri arent bad enough, now we have the situation in Salt Lake City, Utah with which to contend.
Thomas Sowell once noted that few topics so tap the irrational excesses of a persons intellect as that of race. At the very least, contemporary race-related discussions are almost invariably ridden with irrationality.