Archive for September, 2011
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» posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 12:35 am by Admin
FROM CLASSICAL NATURAL LAW to MODERN NATURAL RIGHTS
Robert P. Kraynak, Colgate University
For many centuries, natural law was recognized as a type of higher law that spelled out universal truths for the moral ordering of society based on a rational understanding of human nature. As a higher moral law, it gave citizens a standard for determining if the written laws and customs of their nation or any other nation were just or unjust, right or wrong, humane or inhumane. Today, natural law is not discussed very much, at least not explicitly. When mentioned at all, it is usually rejected as dangerous because it undermines existing laws or as intolerant because it is contrary to “multiculturalism,” which requires the non-judgmental acceptance of other cultures.
» posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 12:32 am by Admin
JOHN LOCKE and the NATURAL LAW and NATURAL RIGHTS TRADITION
Steven Forde, University of North Texas
John Locke is one of the founders of “liberal” political philosophy, the philosophy of individual rights and limited government. This is the philosophy on which the American Constitution and all Western political systems today are based. In the Second Treatise of Government, Locke’s most important political work, he uses natural law to ground his philosophy. But there are many different interpretations of the natural law, from the Ciceronian to the Thomistic to the Grotian. What is Locke’s interpretation? What version of natural law supports liberal politics?
» posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 10:54 pm by Admin
“I’D rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” President Obama confessed to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer last year. Other than the “really good” part, Republicans would be happy to see this wish fulfilled.
With waning approval ratings and a stagnant economy, the possibility that Mr. Obama will not be re-elected has entered the political bloodstream. Suddenly, the opposition party envisions a scenario in which its presidential candidate could defeat Mr. Obama in a referendum on his job performance. Mr. Obama needs to think hard about his own statement and consider what it takes to be a successful one-term president, in the light of history.
» posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 9:32 am by Admin
From PBS — a website, including a video documentary — explaining the Columbian Exchange.
- Berkeley Comes to Its Senses About Free Speech
- Trump Eyeing Second Supreme Court Seat
- For 1st Time, Major Party Fails to Make France's Runoff
- Can Trump Make Canada Put on Its Big-Boy Pants Again?
- Ann Coulter's Important Lesson: Appeasement Always Fails
- Pat Buchanan: The Ideas Made It, But I Didn't
- To Win the House, Dems Will Have to Stop Fighting Each Other
- Can President Trump Learn on the Job?
- How to Best Tax Business
- Budget Cuts Aren't Cruel, the National Debt Is
- Today in History for 23rd April 2017Historical Events 1940 - NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert 1942 - 4-day allied bombing on Rostock begins 1952 - Bob Cain of Browns and Bob Feller of Indians each pitch a one-hitter 1959 - 1st heliport in Britain opens in London 1964 - Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0 1994 - Ar […]