To "refute" and to "reform" have different meanings.
Most men, observed Thoreau, live lives of quiet desperation; or perhaps one should say, once lived lives of quiet desperation.
Sir Roger Scruton delivered the following address at the Acton Institute's "Crisis of Liberty in the West" conference in London on December 1, 2016. The text has been mildly edited. A video of the full conference is available online here. – Ed.
The Latin word "simplex" means "without fold," meaning straightforward, guileless, and artless — without any concealment or dissimulation.
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report used to be a big progressive. He even had a show with The Young Turks! But now he's not a progressive. He has left the left. Why? Dave Rubin shares his story.
I suggest, as a corollary to Orwell's prescient observation that (I'm paraphrasing) some things are so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them.
Chesterton said somewhere that, if the world is determined, it makes no sense to say "thank you" to the waiter for bringing the mustard.
We might say that the first step in politics is to test one's soul against the important things that are not political.
Those who write the histories of the twenty-first century will, I suspect, list an address delivered at a German university on this day ten years ago as one of this century’s most important speeches.
The longer I live, the more humbug there is.