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Very interesting, pertinent, well-written, coherent comments will be posted, maybe, at our sole and absolute discretion, somewhere (in the post the comment pertains to, or in a fresh new post that will feature said comment).
Just some notes generally about our point of view here:
* We are Roman Catholic. And will unhesitatingly explain that every person’s life commences at conception, already fully formed in the code that also propels it on its way to being fully expressed.
* Our grounding is in the natural law, which can be briefly described as the universal moral framework that is available via reason. “Moral good is objective, and a properly formed conscience can perceive it.” (JPII)
* We have received influences from many individuals, the first two that come immediately to mind are our parents. At the giddy heights in what our friend John Sabotta calls “the Crystal Palace of Western Rationality” we are a humble student of philosopher Edmund Husserl’s Phenomenology and Arnold Toynbee’s systematic view of history.
* We are not a follower of Ayn Rand, just in case we have readers who conclude that all laudations and/or defenses of market economics, or even a reference to one of Rand’s fictional characters, must mean that we are a Randian. Our dear friend Mr. Beck (see the blogroll) is our go-to guy on Rand, and he can answer your questions about her and her philosophy much better than we can.
* Our economic viewpoint is bootstrapped Austrian economics, where we think Hayek’s explication of the “knowledge problem” sums up the mistake that governments routinely make when they attempt to control economies.
* Last (for the moment) but not least, we are an American, through and through. We believe in ordered liberty, with full cognizance of natural law, not license. In the balance between individual and community we believe that the community loses its flavor and its soul if the individual does not come first, and that very strong individuals make for strong communities, not the other way around. On the other hand, we think that there is always proportionality within the concept of ordered liberty that suggests limits on any individual’s impact on a community, such as in dropping a shopping mall where it destroys the character of the place. (For shorthand, we call this “localism.”) Like anything else, this too can run away with itself. It is an idea, not an ideology.
Summing up, on the comments policy, opening that door is our call. We have been involved, over many years, in massive and rigorous defense of our points of view, and we are sufficiently familiar with the sloppy, confused, and disjointed thought to which the postmodern American university graduate feels entitled, and we are reluctant to have that sitting around here at the bottom of our posts like rusted out vehicles parked in the front yard.
But we can also promise readers anxious to leave said rusted out vehicles here that you haven’t quite lived until you’ve had us come down from the house after you with the lesser angels of our nature handing us the buggy whip. And there are witnesses who can testify to that. Careful what you wish for.