Z-Man Has a Podcast on the Social Contract

The Z-Man, in addition to possessing the Voice of Saruman, does an excellent job of chronicling the evolution of  political theory.  Even for anyone who considers himself an accomplished student of political science this podcast is worth listening to.  And the ending brings things right up to the present age of identity politics, social justice hysteria and right wing reaction.  Highly recommended.

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The ZMan Chronicles the Left’s Descent into Incivility and Madness

The ZMan walks us through his memory of how we got from a country with a civil Left/Right dialog to the 24/7/365 drive-by guerilla warfare that is “dialog” in today’s America.  Well it brings to mind for me Thucydides’ description of the Corcyrean Civil /war and its bloody aftermath.  But honestly, I think the only reason that the left was ever civil was that they were out of power.  Once the Clintons got their claws on power it was game over for civility.

 

Prince Rupert’s Revenge

Plug for An Article on the Z-Blog – On Atheism

The Z-Man has a very interesting article on faith, skepticism and atheism.

On Atheism

That he is a skeptic but sees the hollowness of the militant atheists is I think quite perceptive.   His final statement,  “I do know I’d never want to live in a world ruled by atheists“  resonates for me.  I imagine that almost all reflective religious people wrestle with questions about how to reconcile an omnipotent, benevolent God with the world such as it is.  But the world view of people who feel their highest calling is to mock Christians speaks of individuals nursing an enormous inferiority complex whose egos need to be constantly revalidated.