Conor Friedersdorf, fortunately declares that children do not belong to the ‘community’ or ‘society’. Actually, they don’t really belong to their parents anyway; they belong to God, and their parents are temporary stewards of them. While we cannot say it quite that way in the political sphere, I have pointed out in a previous post that the political meaning of the word ‘God’ in our culture is Not Society. I think I should expand it now to ‘Not Society and Not the Autonomous Individual’. The late Lady Thatcher was not quite right when she declared “there is no such thing as society,” but society does not ordain our morals, our governments, or our family structure – it only ordains, in my view, our manners, customs, and languages. These really are relative.
The new holiday of June 19, though its celebration has spread nationally, has a particular application to Texas. But there is another date that would be more suitable as a national holiday of emancipation: December 18. June 19, known as […]
David Brooks, in his recent book, The Road to Character, makes a distinction between two kinds of virtues and tells us we need to be more concerned about ‘legacy virtues’ and not just the ‘résumé virtues’ that give us success in […]
Precis: In every society, even those that profess freedom of speech, there are ideas and images that are perceived as too corrupting to be expressed or uttered. We used to think this way about pornography. Now we think this about […]