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Two Case Studies on the Creepy Side of Our Creeping Libertarianism

By |2019-04-11T12:07:59-05:00November 7th, 2013|Categories: Libertarianism, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explores the next stage of creeping—and sometimes creepy—American libertarianism. We Americans are still becoming less Puritanical, if by Puritanical we mean a combination of religious conservatism and liberal communitarianism, a combination that leads us to be concerned with the moral well-being of our fellow citizens and fellow creatures. Now [...]

Should We Be More Epicurean (and Less Futurist)?

By |2019-04-04T12:47:44-05:00October 23rd, 2013|Categories: Environmentalism, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Don’t worry. Be happy. Live in the present. The philosopher Rousseau said that was the natural condition of man, before he was screwed up by self-consciousness, time, awareness of death, and delayed gratification. So the key to happiness is to be really, really stupid. The Epicurean philosopher says the rational person can achieve the same [...]