December 31, 2015
Letter to the editor
As the Iowa caucuses approach, the political rhetoric has become more strident, shrill and sexist. The loudest voice in this furious fray is Hillary Clinton’s. She will continue to use her gender as a sword and shield to become president. Any criticism, regardless of its validity, will be spun as sexist toward the Republicans and all who would oppose her. Yet no one in memory more illustrated a war on women than Bill Clinton. And during Bill’s”bimbo eruptions,” (a term Mr. Clinton’s Arkansas fixer Betsey Wright used to describe the women who had affairs with Bill) Hillary stood by her man and severely vilified all of his victims. “She called Monica Lewinsky” a narcissistic loony tune.” And yet as recently as this September Mrs. Clinton “declared that” every survivor of sexual assault” has” the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed”. In summation, all of this is just a confirmation of a simple and dangerous truth. If Hillary is elected, she will have a separate set of rules for liberals, for conservatives and, of course, for the Clintons. Heaven help us all.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.