Nancy and the Chamber of Deplorers

This - Gertrude Himmelfarb & the Enlightenment - is a recommended read. I was vaguely aware of Himmelfarb, but have never read her. Based on this article, I will be correcting that. A slice:Some historians have been led ... to claim that at different stages of his life there were two different Edmund Burkes, one… Continue reading Nancy and the Chamber of Deplorers

EUtopia Lost

Well worth 50 minutes. (32 to Q&A, but worth watching those too.) A ringing, hopeful, and needed defense of Enlightenment values. Brexit is but the framework. This speech at Hillsdale is cast in a defense of individual rights and free trade. Excellent and amusing speaker. Peterson fans will find echoes of his themes of individual… Continue reading EUtopia Lost

Counter-Enlightment mobs on Twitter

Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on ‘Enlightenment Now,’ One Year Later That Steven Pinker piece is rich in references, long, and thoughtful. You will certainly find some things in it to which you object. For example, I think this sentence, "But no one would suggest that the state of the environment has improved in the past… Continue reading Counter-Enlightment mobs on Twitter