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The Middle East, Iran and geopolitics

In a curiously interesting piece for, veteran conservative columnist Ann Coulter expressed her distaste for the neoconservative perspective in "Bill Kristol Must Resign." The title is an intentionally ironic allusion to recent calls for the dismissal of Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele for his imprudent remarks stylizing the war in Afghanistan as "Obama's War."

Positive Law, Legal Principles and Judicial Activism

Everything in the universe is subject to the second law of thermodynamics, which is so universal it also happens to be a law of information theory, namely, the law of increasing entropy. Entropy is the generic measure of disorder. Thus the law states that, in the absence of organizing forces (i.e., in any closed system) the system will tend toward disorder. This is the fundamental reason that we all die and decay. This is the reason that no government or civilization lasts forever. This is the reason the game of telephone is so universal and so amusing. Information is lost in transmission; memory decays with time; generations forget their heritage, etc.

It is in this context that we can begin to understand how fleeting is any legal philosophy or any legal system of positive law, the legal system and philosophy articulated so ably by Solicitor General Elena Kagan. In positive law, a law must be followed because it is the law, and law is whatever the legislators and the jurists and the executives agree it is, no more, no less. It matters not whether the law violates a principle held by some people, as long as the people who matter agree that it is the law. It matters not whether vastly different legal and moral systems qualify as examples of positive law systems. A legal system built solely upon positive law as a common denominator is a system akin to a storm-tossed ship without an anchor. When the captain falls asleep, it quickly runs aground and suffers such damage that it is useless to anyone. [Cf. Matt 7:26]

Anti-humanism and "collective good"

The term "anti-humanism" is a catch-all for philosophical movements which deny the reality of the human subject. In other words, they deny the reality of true moral agency, or true free will. As the Wikipedia article on anti-humanism makes clear, the 19th and 20th centuries witnessed a "perfect storm" of anti-humanist ideas from the likes of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Martin Heidegger and a variety of 20th century positivists and semantic and existential nihilists.

The fundamental impact of these ideas is to eject individual moral responsibility from human culture and to reduce humanity to the status of multi-cellular automata. Stripped of the higher capacities that so informed the philosophies of the classical, scholastic and enlightenment periods, man is regarded as a set of mouths to feed and carcasses to cloth and house. Interestingly, the purveyors of these philosophical ideas do not generally regard themselves as bereft of consciousness. Though they may deny any basis for moral obligation, they feel free to denounce the behavior of certain others as morally reprehensible, and even those responsible as worthy of execution. In this conception, politics is reduced to a game of PACMAN.

Putting the USCCB and the CCHD in context.

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The ever expanding role of the federal bureaucracy

It is becoming increasingly evident that the founding fathers' vision of the federal government as referee in the area of interstate trade was a valid one, and that it was not in need of substantial improvement. Substantial improvement, however, is the inspiration behind many a progressive drive to change things as they are and to remold them nearer their collective hearts' desire.


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