Principles and the Virus

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I know of no law forbidding our vanquishing of COVID-19; the knowledge of how to do so is therefore discoverable, and our foe is extinguishable.”

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Why Demographics Are Not Destiny

Both the Left and the Right are wrong that demographics are fundamental to the political future of America (or of any other society). Demographics are not destiny.”

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Why the “New Socialist Man” Runs into Trouble


The knowledge encoded in the profit/loss system that emerges in a free market cannot be recovered by a socialist Leviathan.”

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The All Too Brief Life of the Father of Thermodynamics

This ability to deliver scientific progress amid a sea of errors is more common in the history of science than one might expect.”

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“Three Big Ideas” to Transform How We Think

In fact, I can think of three ideas that are so deep, so potentially useful, and so paradigm-shifting that widespread acceptance of even one of them would transform civilization for the better.”

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Before the March for Life, a Word to the Wise

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“If the legal pro-lifer really wants to reduce the number of abortions, he or she has no choice but to argue for why abortion is wrong, why a culture in which abortion is frowned upon is superior…”

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The Real Dividing Line in Our Culture Wars

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“The dividing line in the culture war is not individualism vs. collectivism but, rather, peace vs. aggression. What are you willing to do to peaceful people, if they group in ways that you dislike?”

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What Socialists and Creationists Have in Common

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“[W]hile you see the products and services provided for you by the government, you are forever blind to the benefits that would have been provided by those same resources had the government not confiscated them…”

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Jordan Peterson: A Libertarian Reading

“In a few hundred pages of personal anecdotes, lessons from history, and psychological expertise, Jordan Peterson offers strategies for the individual to rise and face life’s hardships, and to find meaning in the fight for personal betterment.”

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Review: “Big Business” by Tyler Cowen

“Pulling from history, economic data, and even psychology, Dr. Cowen explains why the anti-business sentiment is mistaken, how it originated, and what we should do about it.”

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“Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left”

“Doing that mental exercise of seeing if you could rephrase somebody else’s argument in your own words—that alone might be one of the single most useful things that you can do to reason better and to respond to people’s arguments better.”

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“The Mirror Test”: A Way to Assess Philosophies?

Is “The Mirror Test” a new tool by which to evaluate philosophies?

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Steven Strogatz’s “Infinite Powers”: Science Is a Story of People

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Because we tend only to see the final product of an intellectual endeavor, it is easy to forget that even titans such as Archimedes cannot know the final answer before they get their hands dirty with the problem at hand.”

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