With a week filled with obvious signs of escalation from rhetoric to real threats of violence and even ideologically driven violence, it seemed necessary to address this boiling over of the public discourse.
The idea of the individual is unique, but how does it interact with hot-topic issues? Why is not only the idea of the individual important, but the person important?
"Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People." This quote is often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but its origins are unclear. The truth in it is indisputable, however. As we look around us, it is apparent that the small minds talk about people, while great minds talk about ideas. This doesn't... Continue Reading →
Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau This has become apparent in recent years as hysteria has swept across the country, and even the world. The loudest voices rise to the top, and they shout down opposition, using insults to ostracize political opponents. But, no good idea requires... Continue Reading →
The Free State Project has committed itself to making New Hampshire a beacon for freedom and example of liberty. Thousands of people have committed to moving to New Hampshire to take part in this project, and Liberty Forum is there a conference that helps them bring people into the project. This is just a little insight into what their project is and my experience in New Hampshire and with Liberty Forum.
As you know, at the Conversation of Our Generation, we are trying to build a dialogue and discuss the ideas that affect our society, culture, politics and philosophy. As we discuss the ideas that will define our generation, it is important to look back at the foundations of thought. This book is great for understanding how the dialogue developed and how these ideas are still relevant today.
Machiavelli has become somewhat of a shadowy figure in history. He is an enigma in modern minds. However, Niccolo Machiavelli was a rather normal man devoid of evil intentions. But why has his name become synonymous with evil, shadowy plots? By understanding his life and his works, it becomes obvious what his intentions were. He... Continue Reading →
Kneeling for the National Anthem has become a symbol of disobedient protest of police brutality. While everyone obsesses over the action, calling it un-American or a courageous act, many ignore what it truly means. The question at hand here, is not about the players' right to protest or the president's tweets or any of... Continue Reading →
When did it become acceptable to hit someone with whom you disagree? We used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Now, even average statement of facts are considered “microaggressions,” which give the offended person full license to commit violence in retaliation. Not only does this... Continue Reading →