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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
almost 3 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
about 3 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 ...

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Conservative Education

Peter2
about 3 years ago

So I'm spending the week speaking at and otherwise participating in the national honors program of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute--a conservative educational foundation. The students are spectacularly impressive. They come from many of our elite institutions, but also from various small ...

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We're Evenly Divided (Again)

Peter2
about 3 years ago

An authoritative study shows that the Republicans have recovered from their 2006-08 swoon and have now moved even with the Democrats again.  That doesn't mean they have moved ahead.  Party identification seems weaker than ever, in fact.  And for the next election this truism is truer than ever ...

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How to Think About the War Against Death

Peter2
about 3 years ago

1. So my post on Brooks and death got (for me) big ratings and a lot of fine criticisms--both here on BIG THINK and elsewhere. 2. I pretty much agree with many of the criticisms, although I thought my post did too.  So I thought about whining that my critics just don't  understand me.  Instead ...

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Bored on the Fourth of July

Peter2
about 3 years ago

Well, I'm really not.  But a lot of BIG THINKERS must be, because we have nary a post so far talking up THE AMERICAN HOLIDAY.  So HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Today is the celebration not so much of independence (voted on July 2), but of the argument for it--THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.   The ...

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Obama's Hidden Advantage?

Peter2
about 3 years ago

According to this expert, that president's big advantage is that he's not attracted primary opposition in his bid for re-election.  The left may be dissatisfied with him for not showiing more economic leadership, being a bit of waffler on same-sex marriage, and letting our troops stay in ...

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Huntsman

Peter2
about 3 years ago

Huntsman is now the Republican darling of the liberal press. The truth is his speech before the Statue of Liberty (which echoed Reagan in terms of location) was shallow and boring (and so didn't echo Reagan in any other way). It's been noticed that he's sort of McCain without the heroism: Playing ...