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Timothy Wirkman Virkkala
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Metaphysics: Critical Realist; Politics: Locofoco: Religion: Mac user since 1987.
Metaphysics: Critical Realist; Politics: Locofoco: Religion: Mac user since 1987.

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I support “science,” I guess, but not this Saturday’s Earth Day “March for Science.” Why? Well, because it proved ridiculous? A bizarre twist on virtue signaling? A risible parade of partisans pretending to be “above politics”?  Let me suggest the crucial…

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In the early and middle 1980s, “comparable worth” became a celebrated cause of the feminist left. The idea was to equalize wages among occupations, particularly between, for example, a well-paid occupation that tended to be manned mainly by men and a more…

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A late, lamented neighbor of mine once defined “just war” as “mere war.” That was a quip. A rather cynical one. When I read just war theory, as a teenager, the most important point, I determined (in this rarefied and rarely consulted domain of thought),…

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Man was created for social intercourse; but social intercourse cannot be maintained without a sense of justice; then man must have been created with a sense of justice. [T]here is an error into which most of the speculators on government have fallen, and…

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The reason people accept the institutions of the State in their lives also explains why they often demand horrific tyrannies. Once you give a special role for the State, it is hard not to identify that “special role” as tyranny. The very core notion of…

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No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another; and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him: every man is under the natural duty of contributing to the necessities of the society; and this is all the laws…

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I started with quotations, aphorisms, the main points of which I thought obviously egregious. But some of my friends liked them. So I continued. I next put up statements of my own that I found especially idiotic — common pieties of our age. Some liked…

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I can think of seven groups: Sports fanatics Parents who demand babysitting services Teachers and administrators whose careers depend upon tax money Progressive social engineers who wish to supplant families and markets as the prime institutions of…

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If you aim, in my direction, some cockamamie rap about “the myth of the gender binary,” be assured: I’m not interested. Your gender is none of my business. And keeping track of pseudo-science is not my avocation. Indeed, I have yet to be convinced that…
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