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The Tax Code and My Summer Vacation

Peter2
over 2 years ago

So one of the guys at Panera Bread this morning asked my view on the FLAT TAX or FAIR TAX or whatever. My reponse was that my objection to the present tax code is that rich guys pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than I do. Why is that?  I use most of the money I get to buy stuff ...

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THE HELP (the film)--part 2: Eugenia

Peter2
over 2 years ago

So here's some more on THE HELP. My first post dealt with the film's display of the middle-class racist tyranny, mainly of women, in Jackson, Mississippi in1963. My opinion is that what you see in the movie is a true and neglected feature of the horrible history of slavery and segregation in ...

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Darwinian Natural Rights?

Peter2
over 2 years ago

Here you can read the reaction of "the intelligent design community" to a recent article of mine.  This post, of course, is double-down shameless self-promotion, because it includes both praise of ME and a generous quote from a recent article of mine (and a link to the rest). I am not, in fact ...

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Conservative Education--Part 4: Does Charity Begin at Home? Or with Saints? (Or What Do We Do in a World Where Our Heroes Have Become Entrepreneurs? And Not Even Cowboys?)

Peter2
over 2 years ago

This will be my last post on conservative education at the ISI Honors Program. A couple of people have written me (doubtless Canadians) complaining that I distorted the thought of the great Canadian thinker George Grant.  Grant, later in life, found inspiration in the French saint Simone Weil ...

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Conservative Education--Part 2: Music

Peter2
over 2 years ago

So today at the ISI honors program we were graced with a beautiful presentation on  liberty in American poetry and song.  The classy and distinguished presenter asked the students to update what he said with examples from 21st century popular songs. Needless to say, there was a lot of attention ...