Trump's Wall is similar to JFK's call to put a man on the moon. It is big, it is ambitious, and it is declared in the face of tremendous skepticism. It promises a great sense of accomplishment for our nation, a great act of self-assertion. Gingrich last time around tried something like this in proposing … Continue reading Trump and the Wall
The Western cannon offers many arguments that reason and free will in particular set human beings apart from other species and make politics possible. These powers help explain why other species are not political (save the interesting exception of bees). A perennial political difficulty, however, is that powers need not be exercised. Powers, or faculties, … Continue reading Why Reasonableness Matters for Political Freedom
There is tremendous confusion over the authority of religion. Gay marriage is now legal in the United States after a long and bitter culture battle. ISIS is a serious threat, making religion seem uniquely accommodating to extremism and hence an unfortunate institution altogether. Scripture is constantly under scrutiny by those looking to either smear it … Continue reading 3 End of Year Observations
In modern liberal democracies we are free to worship as we choose. A big reason for this freedom is that the right way to worship cannot be scientifically proven. The one, true religion, the one, true path to salvation, is unknowable to the human mind. Since there is no outer-objective knowledge for science to extract … Continue reading Truth, Freedom, and Salvation
Graham is the senior senator from South Carolina, < 1% in national polls, and I'm finishing a Ph.D. in political science applying for academic jobs. So why am I doing this?
About a month ago I posted 5 Reasons to Get Political. I've been really pleased with the response to that post. It turns out a suspicion of mine was correct -- that many people want to get political, but feel like it isn't their thing -- that they wouldn't be good at it, or might embarrass themselves. … Continue reading Should We Be Citizens or Radicals?
This year there seems to be a stronger public emphasis on distinguishing what Memorial Day is about (remembering the sacrifice of Americans fallen in war) from Veterans Day, and to appreciate Memorial Day's seriousness and gravity. I'm inspired by everyone out there collectively doing this. As we remember the fallen, it also seems like an important time to reflect on our … Continue reading Memorial Day and Our Politics
Presidential candidates all have to provide a clear and concise explanation as to why they want to be president. Faltering on this question can ruin an entire candidacy before it even begins (e.g. Teddy Kennedy). Hillary Clinton's answer, as it was portrayed in her candidacy announcement yesterday, is an interesting one. She claims that, "Everyday Americans need a … Continue reading Hillary’s Answer to the “Why?” Question