Documenting when somebody knows what needs to be done and has the courage to do it.

Optimism may be extinguished, pessimism may oppress, but hope will survive.

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 08:26

Three years ago, I was stunned by the level of corruption in the state of Kansas. (See "Kansas Court Indefinitely Suspends Former Attorney General Kline’s Law License Over Abortion Investigations.") I didn't realize then that it was the canary in the mineshaft.

On the psychology and spirituality of evil

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 14:35

St. Augustine's definition of evil as the privatio boni (privation of good) applies to what we normally think of as human or even demonic evil. Consider:

One of the chief hallmarks of evil character is a lack of compassion. One of the chief signs of a lack of compassion is the tendency to demonize people. In the act of demonizing someone, we impute to them a generalized privation of virtue and an overabundance of vice, far more than actual experience would merit. The motivation to do so may simply be to rob them of power, to marginalize them, perhaps out of an idolatrous love of someone else, of a group or of an idea1 . The motivation may also spring from ungoverned hatred.

Bravo, Governor!

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 09/28/2010 - 14:40

In spite of an initial vote of 30-10 to restore funding to Planned Parenthood in New Jersey, Governor Christie had the guts to veto the bill. Republicans in the state senate, seeing the handwriting on the wall, for once, decided to defect, and would not join the fruitless 23-17 veto override attempt. See "New Jersey Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes After Christie Cuts Funds."

Pope Benedict XVI repudiates the Galbraith rule.

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 14:00

O.k., so I'm taking certain rhetorical liberties in the title of this post. What the Pope said in his interview with the press during the flight to Great Britain was, however, extremely important, and it dovetails quite well with a repudiation of the Galbraith rule and its conservative counterpart. See "Papal Interview During the Flight to the United Kingdom," question two and response: