Progressive Relativism Revives an Abstract Paganism

We long for meaning, but progressive relativism has revivified paganism as an abstract and all-extinguishing ideology.

Catch-UP ESAs Give Students Immediate Support

Instead of families being forced to consider spending their own money to augment their children’s schooling, (or not being able to afford at anything at all) programs like after-school enrichment classes, online classes, or private-tutoring could become immediately within reach if our state would adopt an innovative new program called Catch-up Education Scholarship Accounts (ESAs).

Law & Order

Mark Zaccaria argues that the current turmoil in the United States comes down to a loss of the institutions that used to teach people respect.

A Century of Slime-Throwing

One hundred years after the Klan scare in Rhode Island, it’s about time for an effective defense to guilt-by-(accusations-of)-association attacks to be found.

A Solution for the Progressive Crisis of Meaning

In our times of turmoil, if we place what’s going on in the proper context, the solution becomes obvious (albeit not easy).

Work-from-Home Globalization

As technology brings the benefits of globalization down to the individual level, will it mean greater opportunity for work-life balance, or the democratization of war?

Summer Budget Battle: Status Quo Approach Will Not Work

Enough is enough. For too long, the political class has taken more than what they needed from hard-working Rhode Island families and businesses. The chosen few have benefited from the broken insider system, while the rest of us have suffered. Now, Rhode Island lawmakers will return this summer, and decide the fate of our state for a century to come.

Officially Approved Revolutionaries in Training

Notions of independent thought and familial authority are quickly becoming illusions, contingent upon the official authorization of powerful progressives.

Plantations

Even in New England, one can find various (benign) meanings of the word, “plantation,” and giving it up would give up something of the character of the region.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Boxing Up Political Culture

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for June 15, included talk about:

  • Teaching Columbus a lesson
  • Speaker pokes his head out of hiding
  • State of the RIGOP
  • What’s in a name?

I’ll be on again Monday, June 22, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Strong Responses to RIWFP’s COVID-19 Survey

Three weeks ago, Rhode Island Women for Freedom and Prosperity conducted a survey of its Members and Supporters about COVID-19 and Rhode Island’s response. The fifth and last question of the survey was the option to offer a comment on the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Derrick Garforth Is a Marker of Our Time

The Pawtucket middle school teacher arrested for attempted vandalism provides the latest warning about the direction of education and, in turn, our society.

Travis Rowley: Racism or Resentment?

The Minneapolis policeman is entirely responsible for his actions, and justice should be served, but that doesn’t mean that political rhetoric didn’t play a role in George Floyd’s death.

Progressive Policies and Fatal Police Shootings

Comparing statistics of fatal shootings by police illustrates the problem with comparing the United States with other countries, or even states with each other.

How to Make America Great Again

Religious freedom is critical toward our nation’s greatness, and it requires all of us to defend our religious freedom and uphold our religious virtues.

Governor Extends State of Emergency Without Supporting Data – Take Action Now!

RI’s curve is approaching ZERO! States across America are opening without problem, protesters are allowed large gatherings, jobs and the economy are booming nationally… yet, our RI summer remains locked down. Why?

The Governor has just extended the “state of emergency” and the General Assembly has failed to act on its authority to end this madness, sitting idly by while the wreckage continues to mount.

Charles Callanan: Anarchism Is Not the Answer for America

It is clear to anyone paying attention that Anarchists are opportunists. The tragic and unjust death of Mr. Floyd was the catalyst to attack our very institutions, disrupt our lives and cause racial conflict.

A Problem with Revolution in the Internet Era

One problem with technology and automation is that it makes intimate knowledge of the object being automated easier to miss.

The President in a Culture War Whirlwind

When President Trump behaves exactly in his famous character as a crass New York City businessman and says something he shouldn’t, we have to weigh that against the full mass of a movement in which opposition is illegitimate.

The First Step in Resolving Pain and Division

My latest essay on Dust in the Light is a reflection on how we can begin to come together to find a better way forward for our society.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Socially Undistant Protests

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for June 1, included talk about:

  • Double standards for “protests”
  • One narrative to rule them all
  • Raimondo continues to play politics
  • A better approach to budgeting

I’ll be on again Monday, June 8, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

New Report Lays Out a Budget Strategy for Rhode Island Prosperity

With about one-billion dollars in anticipated revenue shortfalls, and with recent statements from leading Rhode Island lawmakers indicating a general feeling of helplessness, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity published a new report this week with proven budget strategies that can help put the state on a long-term trajectory towards prosperity.

Survival Rate Hits New High of 99.6% Yet Policy Continues to Badly Lag

The CDC’s current best estimate of the survival rate of COVID-19 is 99.6%. This is a new high for the reported survival rate which has been climbing for weeks.

Travis Rowley: Cure for Social Unrest Is to Make Facts Matter

Progressives’ dedication to narrative over facts ensures that we’ll keep seeing incidents transformed into social turmoil.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: In Search of Other Authorities

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for May 27, included talk about:

  • #WeWantOurSummerBack
  • Justice Flanders still protecting rights
  • Trump v. Gina
  • General Assembly… still out
  • Mail ballots
  • Money for insiders
  • No jobs for Rhode Islanders

I’ll be on again Monday, June 1, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Fear Is How You Frame It

As we claw back our liberty little by little in the months ahead, we must adjust for the degree to which our opinions (and those of our neighbors) can be swayed by the Zeitgeist.

Questions of Belief and Authority

Governor Raimondo’s detailed regulations for “faith-based organizations” to reopen should be offensive to a free people (even if not personally religious) because of what she apparently believes about religion and about us.

Distorted Details to Make Church Seem Deadly

Turning anecdote into fearful narrative is a disservice from our information institutions.

Correction: Survival Rate is Over 98.7%.  Slow-Walk Re-Open is Unnecessary.

In a prior post, I had noted that the survival rate of COVID-19 in the United States is 94%. I was mistaken. In fact, the survival rate is 98.7%. From Health Affairs:

The IFR-S in the US was estimated to be 1.3% …. The overall IFR for COVID-19 should be lower when we account for cases that remain and recover without symptoms.

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