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At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

At the Intersection of Faith and Culture

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I have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, a master's degree in philosophy from Baylor University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religious studies from Wingate University. I teach philosophy at several colleges in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.

Rand Rising: 7 Reasons Why Rand Paul’s Filibuster Matters

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among “the rising stars” in the GOP that we hear more and more about, none shines as brightly as Rand Paul. To repeat: if the future of the Republican Party can be said to have a face, those who love […]

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Response to the Impoverished at the Southern Poverty Law Center

posted by Jack Kerwick

By way of an assault on the John Birch Society, the Southern Poverty Law Center has taken a shot at yours truly.  Upon reading Don Terry’s, “Bringing Back Birch,” it became painfully obvious that the Center’s reputation for lousy marksmanship […]

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Some Things You Should Know About Academia

posted by Jack Kerwick

My interest was piqued recently when I encountered at Townhall.com the title of Kurt Schlicter’s article: “Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself.”  The author, a self-described conservative, levels a visceral assault against the university.   Schlicter offers an essentially two prong […]

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GOP Unmentionables

posted by Jack Kerwick

Yesterday, while on Fox News Sunday, Mitt Romney ascribed his defeat in November to his campaign’s failure to take “our message to minorities, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans.” Doubtless, this is the conventional wisdom among Republicans. As I write this, I am […]

The Real Color of Slavery

posted by Jack Kerwick

The president of Emory University, James W. Wagner, has been censured by faculty members.  He may even be forced to resign.    In his school’s magazine, Wagner, you see, cited “the three-fifths compromise over slavery” as illustrative of the art […]

Media-Control, Not Gun-Control

posted by Jack Kerwick

To hear them tell it, the Second Amendment deniers in Washington and their accomplices in the media know about all there is to know when it comes to guns.    Some guns—so-called “assault” rifles—we just don’t “need,” they constantly tell us.  […]

Three Reasons Why Michelle Obama Was at the Oscars

posted by Jack Kerwick

More than a few Americans who tuned into the Oscars ceremony Sunday night were put off by the appearance, via satellite, of First Lady Michelle Obama. Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin expresses their disgust when she remarks: “It is not […]

America: Creedal Nation or Civil Association?

posted by Jack Kerwick

America has a creed and this creed is embodied in our Declaration of Independence. Such is the frequency, and the certainty, with which this is said that few people think to question it. And of those who do think to […]

A Review of David Horowitz’s and John Perazzo’s “Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream”

posted by Jack Kerwick

From Benghazi to Obamacare and a staggering array of things in between, President Obama appears invulnerable when it comes to the potential disasters that have marked his presidency. That the vast majority of those in the media share his left-wing […]

Ten Things That Are Right With the World

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I was asked by someone to compile a list of ten—ten!—things that are right with the world.  I have to believe—I would like to believe—that most of my colleagues will find this as daunting a task as do I.  […]

School Daze: Zero Tolerance for Boys Means Zero Virtue for Men

posted by Jack Kerwick

Alex Evans is a seven year-old second grader at Mary Blair Elementary School in Colorado.  Recently, he was suspended for throwing an imaginary grenade while pretending to “rescue the world” from “pretend evil forces.” Little Alex, it turns out, violated […]

Freedom of the Press Control

posted by Jack Kerwick

While teaching on Aristotle in my ethics class last week, I noted that not unlike his contemporaries or his medieval successors, the great philosopher was a “teleologist.”  A teleologist is simply one who thinks that everything in the world has […]

Ron Paul, Chris Kyle, and Christ

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ron Paul is under fire for a tweet sent from his twitter account regarding the untimely death of Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle, who was allegedly murdered by another veteran who he was supposedly trying to help deal with Post-Traumatic […]

A Defender of the Old Right: Zora Neale Hurston

posted by Jack Kerwick

February is Black History Month.  As those on the right (and even an increasing number of people elsewhere) know well enough, these four weeks are all too easily used by activists as an opportunity to promote a politics of victimhood […]

Amnesty: More Proof that Marco Rubio is no Conservative

posted by Jack Kerwick

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a rapidly rising star within the Republican Party.  Widely touted as a rock-ribbed “conservative” by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, ecstasy can be heard in more than one prominent Republican voice when […]

Amnesty and the Sucker Nation

posted by Jack Kerwick

You are an employer. One of your employees has spent years neglecting the most basic duty of his position.  When you call him on it for the umpteenth time, he reassures you that he will get it right this time. […]

Amnesty: Racial Pandering Is Not the Way for GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

Because Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to three million mostly Hispanic immigrants in 1986, Republicans feel all but compelled to grant amnesty to eleven million such immigrants in 2013.  When asked why Republicans are more open to pursuing “a pathway to […]

Ilana Mercer v. Judge Napolitano: A Look at Two Types of Libertarianism

posted by Jack Kerwick

It looks like some 11 million illegal third world immigrants will soon become American citizens as Congress prepares to provide for them “a pathway to citizenship.”  Amnesty is coming our way. Meanwhile, another event makes national news as it is […]

The Final Part of My Interview With Leftist Academic Leon Marlensky

posted by Jack Kerwick

Below is the fourth and final part of my interview with leftist academic, Dr. Leon Marlensky. JK: Getting back to my original question: If women and— LM: At the risk of sounding rude, may I interject just one more time? […]

My Interview With Leftist Leon Marlensky: Part III

posted by Jack Kerwick

This, the third installment of my interview with leftist par excellence, Dr. Leon Marlensky, was supposed to be my last.  It took an unexpected turn, though.  The fourth installment will be the conclusion of the interview. JK: So,Leon, you think […]

Obama and “the Fundamental Transformation” of America

posted by Jack Kerwick

Barack Obama’s second term is now officially underway.  His speech on Monday, in addition to his first term, makes it all too clear that his promise to “fundamentally transform”America is one promise that he’s determined to keep. Sadly, and incredibly, […]

Interview With Leftist Dr. Leon Marlensky Part II

posted by Jack Kerwick

This is the second part of my interview with Dr. Leon Marlensky, as committed a leftist as any that I have ever encountered. In the interest of promoting the market place of free ideas that I always complain doesn’t exist, […]

Another Point of View: An Interview with Leftist Extraordinaire, Dr. Leon Marlensky

posted by Jack Kerwick

Below is an excerpt of the first part of my interview with Dr. Leon Marlensky, the most rigorous-minded leftist of whom I have ever heard.  In the interest of promoting a genuinely free market place of ideas, I have decided […]

Shamelessness, Not Forgiveness: Americans and “Fallen” Celebrities

posted by Jack Kerwick

On the front page of the January 18th-20th weekend edition of USA Today, one of the headlines reads: “Can You Forgive?” The article uses Lance Armstrong’s recent “confession” of “doping” to Oprah Winfrey as the point from which to segue […]

If The Left Was Consistent

posted by Jack Kerwick

The conflict over “gun control” is just the latest episode to reveal the unadulterated hypocrisy of President Obama and his ilk on the left. Obama and his fellow travelers style themselves champions of “the downtrodden,” “the poor,” “the middle class,” […]

Politics and Emoting: A Brief Introduction for Republicans

posted by Jack Kerwick

President Obama’s decision to have himself surrounded with school children as he announced his “proposals” to deal with “gun violence” on Wednesday caused a lot of hand wringing among his opponents.  “Demagogic,” “offensive,” “disgusting,” and “shameless” were just some of […]

“Gun Control” and “Fairness”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was a liberal Democrat’s fantasy.  In this fourth and final installment of the film franchise launched by Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel rids the planet of all of its nuclear weapons by […]

A Story of Life: A Review of Ken Conklin’s, “Don’t Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter”

posted by Jack Kerwick

It has been quite some time since the fictional character, Rocky Balboa, has achieved the stature of a cultural icon.  Sylvester Stallone’s hugely successful film franchise has his beloved “Italian Stallion” exchanging blows with one adversary after the other.  Yet […]

Institutional Racism: If You Are White, You Are Racist

posted by Jack Kerwick

The view that “racism” is limited to the prejudices of individuals and/or the discriminatory policies of the government dies hard.  Those who have thought longest and hardest on the evil of racism—the “experts”—have been telling us for quite some time […]

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Institutional Racism: All Whites Are Racist

posted by Jack Kerwick

The view that “racism” is limited to the prejudices of individuals and/or the discriminatory policies of the government dies hard.  Those who have thought longest and hardest on the evil of racism—the “experts”—have been telling us for quite some time […]

Marco Rubio: The Face of “Conservatism?”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is being talked about quite a bit as a likely presidential candidate for 2016.  The word among many Republicans is that Rubio’s is among the faces of the new wave, the next generation, of genuinely […]

Understanding Republicans’ Reaction to Chuck Hagel

posted by Jack Kerwick

Neoconservative Republicans are none too pleased by President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to the position of Secretary of Defense.  Anyone who has been listening to neoconservative talk radio for the last couple of days, or reading such neoconservative publications […]

Conservatism’s “Patron Saint,” Edmund Burke, and the GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

As the members of America’s “conservative” party struggle to get a hold of themselves following this past election, they should revisit—or visit—the thought of modern conservatism’s “patron saint,” Edmund Burke.   If anything distinguishes conservatism from other brands of political […]

A Party of Moderates

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his most recent piece, the widely respected Thomas Sowell remarks upon the GOP’s decades long insistence upon nominating “ad hoc moderates”—like Mitt Romney—as their presidential candidates—even though these moderates unfailingly “get beaten by even vulnerable, unknown or discredited Democrats.”  […]

More “Conservative” Blindness

posted by Jack Kerwick

In his most recent piece, the widely respected Thomas Sowell refers to the GOP as “the 8th wonder of the world” for its uncanny ability to continue “repeating the same mistakes for decades on end [.]” The Republican establishment, Sowell […]

2013 Resolutions for “Conservatives”

posted by Jack Kerwick

In the spirit of this holiday, I suggest the following list of resolutions for Republicans for 2013. Republicans must resolve to: (1). Acknowledge that your party is not a “conservative” party.  Recognize, and then admit, that it is a neoconservative […]

In Praise of the Hangman

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Monday, Christmas Eve, 62 year-old William Spengler set fire to his home in upstate New York.  When four firefighters arrived, he rained down a storm of bullets, killing two of them.  He also shot at the police before taking […]

The “Reagan Revolution”: A Myth Exploded

posted by Jack Kerwick

As “the conservative movement” seeks to regain its bearings following Barack Obama’s reelection, its adherents should recognize, first of all, that its name doesn’t do justice to its true character. That is, the conservative movement is actually a neoconservative movement. […]

Why “the Conservative Movement” is Doomed

posted by Jack Kerwick

The so-called “conservative movement” is all but doomed. For my gloomy prognostication I offer two sufficiently simple reasons. First, the movement is dominated by self-serving publicity pimps and their whores who neither know nor care to know a damn thing […]

My Prediction Come True: Reaction to Sandy Hook “Racist”

posted by Jack Kerwick

One week ago, on the heels of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead, I made a prediction on my Facebook wall.  Sooner than any of us would like, I predicted, the […]

Atheism and the Problem of Morality

posted by Jack Kerwick

Where was God when Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree at an elementary school in Newtown,Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead?  Atheists assume that if there is evil in the world, then there can be no […]

Adam Lanza: Knowing Evil from Illness

posted by Jack Kerwick

Courtesy of mass murderer Adam Lanza, Sandy Hook School in Newtown,Connecticut has been deprived of 26 members of its community, six adults and twenty children between the ages of five and ten.    Our hearts break—as they should. Unfortunately, to […]

The “Root Causes” of the Newtown Shooting

posted by Jack Kerwick

No sooner had the word of the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter in Newtown,Connecticut broke than the search for “root causes” was well under way.  Not unexpectedly, topping the list was the “root cause” par excellence, the alleged lack of […]

Evil and Outrage, not Illness and Tragedy, in Connecticut

posted by Jack Kerwick

As of the time of this writing, just hours after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, 27 people are dead. Courtesy of mass murderer Adam Lanza, twenty children between the ages of five and ten […]

Words of Advice for the Conservative Movement

posted by Jack Kerwick

What must conservatives do to win the future?  This is the question with which many on the right have been grappling since Barack Obama won his reelection. First and foremost, they must recognize that they are not conservatives.  Rather, they […]

The Faith is the West and the West is the Faith

posted by Jack Kerwick

A group that refers to itself as the “Arkansas Society of Freethinkers” is not in the Christmas spirit.  When it caught wind of the fact that Little Rock’s Terry Elementary School had arranged for its students to attend a stage […]

“Gay Marriage:” Courtesy of Republicans

posted by Jack Kerwick

The issue of so-called “same-sex marriage” will soon come before the Supreme Court.  I am no betting man, but if I was, I would gamble every dime to my name that before long, “gay marriage” will be the law of […]

A “War on Christmas?”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Christmas is a holiday that most Americans associate with all manner of symbols, from candy canes to crosses, decorated trees to dangling lights, snowfall to Santa Claus.  It is next to impossible for us to imagine Christmas without also thinking […]

Brent Bozell’s Belated Revelation: GOP, Friend of Big Government

posted by Jack Kerwick

“The Republican Party is no longer the party of limited government, with limited spending and limited taxes.  It is now officially exactly right behind the Democrats—on everything. It is time for conservatives to start looking for a new home.  There’s […]

Racial Warfare

posted by Jack Kerwick

The conventional wisdom notwithstanding, if Republicans are to stand a chance of winning any more national elections, it is not to Hispanics to whom they must turn. As some of us have been arguing for quite some time, their salvation […]

Inside the Progressive Mind

posted by Jack Kerwick

Whatever else they disagree on, Republicans and Democrats are of one mind when it comes to paying lip service to the Constitution and its Framers. Unfortunately, however, far more frequently than not, this is just lip service—especially in the case […]

Why the Right is Wrong about the GOP’s Present and Future

posted by Jack Kerwick

Since the presidential and senatorial defeats it suffered this past Election Day, the Grand Old Party has been wrapped in the throes of an identity-crisis. The thing of it is, far from being the epiphany that the usual talking heads […]

Friedrich Nietzsche and Our Age

posted by Jack Kerwick

When I was a teenager, there was a guy from my old neighborhood who had developed an addiction to crack cocaine.  Given that he didn’t have much in the way of steady employment, to support his habit, he acquired another: […]

Is the Catholic Church Opposed to Abortion or Not?

posted by Jack Kerwick

On the Sunday before Election Day, a relatively small group of demonstrators gathered outside my church in Moorestown,New Jersey.  They were demonstrating against abortion, and to this end, they had assembled a number of ghastly photographs of this practice’s principal […]

Living Narratives, not Lifeless “Facts”: The Power of Story in Politics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Admittedly, I thought that Mitt Romney’s chances of defeating Barack Obama were greater than not, a point for which I argued on more than one occasion during the election season.  However, I also contended that Romney’s chances would be considerably […]

Tips for the GOP’s Outreach Efforts

posted by Jack Kerwick

Since Election Day (and well before it, truth be told), Republican commentators have declared the need to intensify their “outreach” efforts to racial minorities. Thus, from Charles Krauthammer to Sean Hannity, amnesty for the 10 to 12 million or so […]

Post-Election Thoughts: Where do Republicans Go From Here?

posted by Jack Kerwick

To the chagrin of 57 million Americans, including yours truly, Barack Hussein Obama remains the 44th president of the United States.  Legions of commentators from across the political divide have been busy supplying us with seemingly endless advice for the […]

Race and The Presidential Race: The Truth

posted by Jack Kerwick

To no slight extent, this presidential race is about race.  We all know this—however reluctant we may be to admit it.  Those who would deny this fact do so only by giving it a different name. One of the contestants […]

Some Thoughts Before Election Day

posted by Jack Kerwick

Election Day is just a few days off.  I offer four thoughts on Hurricane Sandy, the economy, and the September 11 attack on our embassy inLibya. The first is for Republicans, the last three for voters generally. (1). The fears […]

Some Thoughts on “Frankenstorm”

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Frankenstorm,” the worst storm in American history, is currently beating down upon my home state of New Jersey.  As I write this, there is rain and wind, but nothing in the least bit remarkable—at least not as far as weather […]

Hurricane Sandy and Our Sexism

posted by Jack Kerwick

As I write this from my New Jersey residence, on the eve of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, one thing is crystal clear to me: our culture remains sexist to the bone.  What is worse, its sexism is of a […]

The Age of Obama and the Racism Industrial Complex (RIC)

posted by Jack Kerwick

Sarah Palin is under fire. Early Wednesday morning, in reference to the murderous September 11th attacks on an American embassy in Libya, Palin remarked that “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” All too predictably, […]

The Truth and American Politics

posted by Jack Kerwick

After the second presidential “town hall” debate, more than one Republican commentator was upset with Mitt Romney for not having put the lie to the misconceptions embodied in some of the questions with which he and his opponent had to […]

How and Why Mitt Romney Won the Third Debate

posted by Jack Kerwick

Whatever anyone else says, Mitt Romney scored but another decisive victory in his third and final debate with Barack Obama on Monday night. Beforehand, Republicans tended to speak as if they thought that it was all but a foregone conclusion […]

For Americans, the Truth is Never Good Enough

posted by Jack Kerwick

Sometimes, the truth isn’t good enough. Thus says Batman to Jim Gordon in the concluding scene of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.    Americans disagree.  To know anything at all about our public policies and discourse is to know that […]

People Died and Obama (and Candy Crowley) Lied

posted by Jack Kerwick

At the second presidential debate, Barack Obama claimed that within hours of its occurrence, he referred to the September 11th attack on the American embassy inLibya as an “act of terror.” When Mitt Romney proceeded to challenge the President’s veracity […]

Romney Wins Another–And Here’s Why

posted by Jack Kerwick

The second presidential debate is now history. As was the case in Mitt Romney’s first encounter with President Obama a couple of weeks ago in Denver, the former prevailed. That Obama was feistier than he was in the first debate […]

Paul Ryan’s Inconsistencies on Abortion

posted by Jack Kerwick

During the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan—both Roman Catholics—were asked about their respective views on abortion.  Biden’s answer is one that we have come to expect from Catholic Democrats.  Personally, he said, he shares his Church’s perennial […]

Advice to Republicans: Speak to the Heart

posted by Jack Kerwick

Given all of the precious time that they have invested in talking about the gazillions in debt with which Democrats are saddling future generations, it appears that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have imbibed their party’s conventional wisdom to the […]

Joe Biden and Abortion

posted by Jack Kerwick

Near the close of the Vice Presidential debate in Kentucky on Wednesday night, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan about the relationship between their faith and their politics. What she really wanted to know […]

Blackism: Obama’s True Ideology

posted by Jack Kerwick

Over the span of the last four years, there has been much talk over whether or not our 44th president is a socialist.  Of course, that Barack Obama is a socialist will be denied only by those who choose to […]

Romney or Obama: A Choice Between Two Evils?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Many of my fellow Paul supporters insist that in this year’s presidential election, under no circumstances will they vote for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.  Even if one of these two candidates can rightly be judged the lesser of […]

How Political Talk Threatens Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

American political talk has always revolved around the concept of “liberty” or “freedom.”  This remains the case.  However, what often goes unnoticed, at least by the more vocal champions of liberty, is that much of this talk militates decisively against […]

The Denver Debate: A Second Look

posted by Jack Kerwick

The first presidential debate of 2012 is now behind us. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney won it handily.  No one challenges this verdict.  Even President Obama’s most ardent supporters concede it by way of the truly laughable excuses to which […]

Why the Obama Videos Matter

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Daily Caller just released a five-year old video featuring Barack Obama.  But it is at least as relevant today as it was when it was first made. Actually, it is more relevant today. In June of 2007, at Hampton […]

Ilana Mercer and The Paleolibertarian Ideal

posted by Jack Kerwick

Former National Review contributor John Derbyshire has recently penned a review of Hans Hermann-Hoppe’s latest book.  Doubtless, the latter is a worthwhile read, for the Austrian school economist who authored it is a thinker as original as he is erudite.  […]

Beyond Obama’s Words: The Philosophy Behind Redistribution

posted by Jack Kerwick

Whether he is at a conference of like minded colleagues, speaking to Joe the Plumber, or making campaign stump speeches, Barack Obama has expressed time and time again his preference for “redistribution.”  Every time he calls upon “the rich” to […]

Exorcising Neoconservative Ghosts

posted by Jack Kerwick

A couple of weeks ago, while on Meet the Press, Peggy Noonan offered some advice to Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Romney, she said, “has to kick away from and define himself against what happened for the eight years of […]

Romney, Bush, and Foreign Policy

posted by Jack Kerwick

In a 60 Minutes interview this past Sunday, Barack Obama touched upon a topic that, if pursued, could very well hand him an election victory come November. In response to rival Mitt Romney’s objections against his approach to Syria and […]

Is “the Right Wing” Responsible for Neglect of Liberal Arts?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Just hours before writing this, some colleagues of mine at a local community college in New Jersey where I teach philosophy were busy lamenting their students’ utter lack of interest in the liberal arts.  Indeed, the phenomenon to which my […]

Redistribution: What is It and Where Does It Lead?

posted by Jack Kerwick

We now have exhibition 4,003 to prove that, at bottom, Barack Obama’s agenda is and has always been socialistic to the core. The most recent piece of evidence confirming what, by now, everyone should know all too well is an […]

Obama’s Broken Promises

posted by Jack Kerwick

Prior to his election to the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama and his supporters made us several promises. First, they promised us that if Obama is elected, American race relations will improve dramatically.  After all, the office of the presidency […]

Polls and Realities

posted by Jack Kerwick

Republican activists at this year’s Values Voters Summit are perplexed that the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama remains tight. According to an AP story from September 15, activist R.J. Robinson put it bluntly: Romney “ought to be killing […]

In Defense of Ron Paul: A Reply to National Review Online

posted by Jack Kerwick

Mitt Romney’s decision to honor Ron Paul with a video tribute at this year’s Republican National Convention didn’t sit well with some on the right.  In an article appearing in National Review Online, “The Problem with Paul,” Jamie M. Fly […]

Blacks and Republicans: Revisiting George S. Schuyler

posted by Jack Kerwick

All too predictably, the left has been busy at work trying to convince Americans that opposition to President Obama is motivated by the “racist” machinations of his Republican opponents. Last Thursday, for example, while addressing the Democratic National Convention, Congressman […]

The Problems with “Gay Marriage”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Most right-leaning commentators oppose so-called “gay marriage.”  If we become the first society in all of human history to reshape marriage so as to accommodate homosexuals, the argument goes, we will weaken this most indispensable and venerable of institutions.  It […]

Who Really Believes in the Founders?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Partisans from across the political divide routinely pay lip service to America’s founders. It is impossible to go very long—particularly during an election year—without hearing politicians and their supporters of all stripes enlist “the Founders” in the service of their […]

The Philosophy Behind Obama’s Agenda

posted by Jack Kerwick

While addressing the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama told audiences that, ultimately, her husband’s ambitious agenda is not political, but personal.  “In the end,” she said, “for Barack, these issues aren’t political—they’re personal.” Barack, Michelle continued, “knows what […]

Envy No Vice for Leftists

posted by Jack Kerwick

If more of the American electorate were aware of three things, I would like to think that one of our two national parties would have a significantly more difficult time maintaining power. These three things pertain to the contemporary American […]

A Review of Paul Gottfried’s “Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America”

posted by Jack Kerwick

From talk radio to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity, National Review to The Weekly Standard, what is popularly understood as “the conservative movement” has no short supply of voices. But what few people—and even fewer people among self-avowed […]

The Church: Behind the Times and Ahead of Them

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Friday, August 31, former archbishop of Milan and one-time candidate for the papacy, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, passed away at the age of 85. Cardinal Martini was hailed as a “progressive.”  Upon listening to the last interview that he […]

Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and the GOP

posted by Jack Kerwick

Not unlike any other politician, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney can use every vote that he can get. As the events of this past week’s Republican National Convention amply demonstrate, Romney and his party are doing all that they can […]

Obama’s Lost Credibility

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Republican National Convention is now over, but the race for the presidency isn’t over by a long shot. The Obama campaign spared not a moment to respond to Paul Ryan’s and Mitt Romney’s speeches.  Yet its reply was at […]

Sarah Palin: A Faux Conservative Whose Time Has Come and Gone?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Four years ago, Arizona Senator Republican presidential nominee John McCain shocked the world when he chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.  McCain and Palin lost their race against Barack Obama and Joe Biden, but Palin has since […]

Blackism, not Anti-Colonialism, Motivates Obama

posted by Jack Kerwick

Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary—2016: Obama’s America—is beginning to soar at the box office. D’Souza’s film is based upon his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.  Now, while I haven’t seen the former, I have read—and reviewed—the latter.  In his monograph, […]

Why Romney Will Win

posted by Jack Kerwick

The contest between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for the presidency will end with a decisive, and possibly even a landslide, victory for Romney in November. Polling data that hasn’t even come close to supporting this contention of mine is […]

Why the Massachusetts Liberal Must Win

posted by Jack Kerwick

Newt Gingrich was mistaken when he referred to Mitt Romney as “a Massachusetts moderate.”  The author of “Romneycare” is a Massachusetts liberal. Regularly, I hear from my fellow Ron Paul supporters (as well as many others) that Romney and Obama, […]

The Myth of the Democratic Ideal: Revisiting J. Schumpeter

posted by Jack Kerwick

The government, every one who has ever lived under a modern democratic government knows all too well, “works” for the citizen.  Citizens delegate authority to their elected representatives on the condition that such representatives will do just what “the people” […]

In Defense of Superman: Learning Virtue throught Popular Fiction

posted by Jack Kerwick

For centuries and millennia, the inhabitants of the Western world have recognized the indispensable role that stories play in shaping moral character.  Human beings are born neither virtuous nor vicious, as Aristotle correctly noted.  Rather, both excellence and vice are […]

Obama: A Just Man?

posted by Jack Kerwick

President Barack Obama is not a “nice guy.” From Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins and Republican House Speaker John Boehner to Republican presidential contenders John McCain and Mitt Romney, far too many Republicans have fueled the popular perception that Obama […]

Black and Right: Forgotten Black Conservative, George S. Schuyler

posted by Jack Kerwick

That black Americans constitute the most reliable of Democratic voting blocs no one who knows anything at all about American politics would think to deny.  On average, the Democratic Party receives the support of nine out of every ten blacks.  […]

Byron York’s Analysis of Romney Dismantled

posted by Jack Kerwick

Byron York is perplexed by what he perceives to be the glaring discrepancy between the Mitt Romney of the GOP primary season and the Mitt Romney who is the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Borrowing from the Star Wars mythos, […]

Campaign Against Chick-Fil-A is War on Christianity

posted by Jack Kerwick

The phenomenally successful restaurant franchise Chick-Fil-A is once again at the center of national controversy. And, once again, it is a controversy generated by those who waste not a moment to equate opposition to so-called “same sex marriage” with “hate.” […]

The Main Problem with Nolan’s Batman

posted by Jack Kerwick

Chalk up another summer for the genre of the superhero film.  The latest—and most anticipated—is the third and, supposedly, final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy: The Dark Knight Rises. Being a committed superhero fan from way back, I admit […]

Reflections on the Paperback Edition of Ilana Mercer’s “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa”

posted by Jack Kerwick

A while back, I reviewed Ilana Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.  Shortly afterwards, her and I began to correspond with one another.  On the eve of the release of the book’s paperback edition, […]

Mitt Romney and American Exceptionalism

posted by Jack Kerwick

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just addressed the 113th gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The former governor of Massachusetts endeavored mightily to draw a sharp contrast between himself and his rival, Barack Obama. Establishing an inextricable link between […]

Why Would Anyone Choose This Batman Film to Murder?

posted by Jack Kerwick

As I write this, the news is a buzz with the massacre that occurred in Colorado during the midnight opening show of The Dark Knight Rises—the third and (allegedly) final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Reportedly, approximately twenty minutes […]

Thy Myth of Equality Shattered: A Conservative’s Critique

posted by Jack Kerwick

“Egalitarianism” is a word with many different meanings.  There certainly is a sense in which every ideology or system of belief within which equality plays a dominant role can be said to be egalitarian. Classical and modern varieties of liberalism, […]

Mitt Romney and the Lover of Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Anyone who has read this column knows that during the most recent Republican primary season, I wrote voluminously in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul.  It isn’t that I thought that Paul was anything at all like the ideal candidate. […]

Morgan Freeman on Obama

posted by Jack Kerwick

While on Michel Martin’s NPR show, “Tell Me More,” Hollywood titan Morgan Freeman informed his host that, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, Barack Hussein Obama is not America’s first black president. He is the country’s “first mixed-race president.”  The first […]

My Debate Over ObamaCare with the Son of Man

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Friday July 5, for about 90 minutes, I debated with “the Son of Man”—the leader of the New Nation of Islam—on his Detroit radio and television broadcasts.  The issue was the Affordable Health Care Act, i.e. ObamaCare. Never before […]

Independence Day: Mother of all Politically Incorrect Holidays

posted by Jack Kerwick

Most of the holidays that Americans celebrate stand in tension with the prevailing leftist orthodoxy.  That is, with few exceptions—most notably Martin Luther King Day and, perhaps, Labor Day—our holidays, from Easter and Christmas to Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, and Memorial […]

George S. Schuyler: Black and Conservative

posted by Jack Kerwick

George Schuyler was quite possibly among the greatest editorialists that America ever produced.  Born in 1895 in Rhode Island, Schuyler lived in Syracuse, New York with his family until he was old enough to enlist in the United States Army.  […]

Obamacare: Some Thoughts for the Sons and Daughters of the Patriots of ’76

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Supreme Court’s ruling on “the Affordable Health Care Act”—i.e. “Obamacare”—has everyone a buzz.  Here are some of my own thoughts: First, practically speaking, the decision was a victory for the President and his fellow partisans in that Obamacare, however […]

Of Rats and Heroes

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last week, one ofAmerica’s most notorious rats departed from the Earth.  Perhaps with the exception of that of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, there was no other snitch with whose name Americans were more familiar than that of “Henry Hill.” Unlike […]

A Problem with “Natural Rights”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Many distinguished, even brilliant thinkers, both past and present, have championed the doctrine of “natural rights” (more commonly referred to nowadays as “human rights).”   Without doubt, largely thanks to its enshrinement in America’s Declaration of Independence, it remains our public […]

Jesus: No Radical II: Replies to Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Jesus was no “radical.”  To this claim of mine, several thoughtful responses have been in the coming.  My friend and writer, the always perceptive Ilana Mercer, lead the charge (you can see some of this exchange here: http://barelyablog.com/?p=52564).  Jesus was […]

Jesus: No Radical

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, while discussing topics in the philosophy of religion during my introductory course in philosophy, a student claimed that Jesus was “a rebel.”  Although this judgment of hers is not without some truth, it is decidedly false in the sense […]

Reflections of a 40 Year-Old

posted by Jack Kerwick

On June 10, I will be 40 years old. Much has changed since 1972, both in my own life as well as in the world. Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon presided over America. We were still engaged in the […]

The Real Nature of Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Believe it or not, some of the most impassioned and vocal champions of liberty are implicated in the crimes that have been committed against her.  Unlike those for whom government can never be large enough, these disciples of liberty are […]

Why Romney III: More Responses to Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Mitt Romney is now the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.  Ok, technically he isn’t.  At 1,024 delegates, he is twenty short of the number needed in order to formally secure the nomination.  Like I said, Romney is the GOP nominee. No […]

Why Romney, II: Response to Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Mitt Romney is no conservative. There isn’t a question in my mind that under a President Romney, America will continue down the same road that our elected (and unelected) government office holders have been dragging her from at least the […]

Why Romney?

posted by Jack Kerwick

Readers of this column know that during the GOP primaries, I threw my support behind Ron Paul.  Paul was a flawed candidate in several respects, but he not as flawed as his competitors.  Besides, most of Paul’s disadvantages were primarily […]

Christianity and its “New” Critics

posted by Jack Kerwick

The world’s largest religious tradition has had more than its share of critics over the centuries.  A not inconsiderable number of these have been men and women (but mostly men) of genius.  And the brightest and most constructive of critics […]

Religion and Politics

posted by Jack Kerwick

Mitt Romney is now the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.  Mitt is also a Mormon.  There has already been much talk over whether this last fact should be of any relevance to his bid for the presidency.  A shocking number of […]

Rethinking “Patriotism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. This morning, on Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated radio program, his substitute host exchanged reflections upon the significance of patriotism with a fellow from the Claremont Review of Books.  I didn’t catch the latter’s name. […]

Black and Conservative: George S. Schuyler, Apostle of Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

George S. Schuyler, a black cultural critic, was among the greatest popular writers that twentieth centuryAmerica had produced.  A particularly astute observer of political circumstances generally and race relations in particular, a staggering array of the nation’s most well known […]

George S. Schuyler: Black and Racially Incorrect II

posted by Jack Kerwick

George S. Schuyler was among the most distinguished American writers and pundits of the twentieth century.  He was also a conservative. And he was black. Today, it is on the rare occasion indeed that his name is mentioned.  Most of […]

George S. Schuyler: Black and “Racially Incorrect”

posted by Jack Kerwick

You simply—and sadly—don’t hear much about George Schuyler these days. Schuyler was born in Rhode Islandin 1895.  From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, he was widely regarded as perhaps the most prominent black columnist in the country.  Yet it is […]

The Death Penalty and Liberty II

posted by Jack Kerwick

The death penalty is, as we say, “the ultimate penalty.”   Both its friends and foes alike acknowledge this. Traditionally, the debate over capital punishment has involved the notions of deterrence and retribution.    Those proponents of capital punishment who are […]

The Death Penalty and Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

Connecticut just became the 17th state in the union to outlaw capital punishment.  It now joins the company of such illustrious former colonies as my own home state,New Jersey. This is a tragic turn of affairs. Call me quaint, but […]

“Gay Marriage,” Marriage, and Individualism

posted by Jack Kerwick

One can only hope that all of this talk over the controversial issue of “the liberty” of homosexuals to “marry” will get us to thinking a little harder about marriage and liberty. Marriage is a more vulnerable institution today than […]

Thoughts on Gay Marriage II

posted by Jack Kerwick

The partisan weighing in on the issue of so-called “gay marriage” has one simple choice to make. On the one hand, he can choose to either join the consensus of the vast majority of people who have ever lived by […]

Thoughts on “Gay Marriage”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Joe Biden and Barack Obama have finally expressed what many of us, friend and foe alike, have long known is their real position on the contentious issue of “same sex marriage”: President and Vice President alike favor it. All that […]

The Christian and Fame

posted by Jack Kerwick

Among non-Christian and nominal Christians alike, there exists a misconception regarding Christians that is as pervasive as it is erroneous.  In fact, it is downright invidious.  Christians, according to this falsehood, are morally unassailable—if, that is, their faith is genuine.  […]

“Racism,” Liberty, and Evil

posted by Jack Kerwick

Race-relations have intrigued me from at least the time I was a young teenager.  Since I started writing four years ago, I have written my share of essays on this topic—including essays in which I sail unchartered waters by subjecting […]

The Case Against Animalism

posted by Jack Kerwick

It hasn’t been until the last half-of-a-century or so since we have discovered that up until that juncture, the human race had been trapped in moral darkness.  With the advent of the 1960’s, though, we gradually began to ascend from […]

What is “Racism?”

posted by Jack Kerwick

If a representative of our generation was made to stand before an alien tribunal and identify the worst of evils, there can be no doubt that it would be “racism” to which he would allude.  It would be better for […]

Republican Contradictions and Ron Paul

posted by Jack Kerwick

There is something afoot within the Republican Party specifically and American politics generally.  Something is happening, something that will make it increasingly difficult for the GOP of today to return to its previous way of doing things. This “something” is […]

Conversation vs. Talkativeness

posted by Jack Kerwick

We are a talkative people.  In this era of mass communication, human beings have never talked more: “social media,” cell phones, texting, email—it is increasingly difficult, almost impossible, to spend much time without communicating to someone or other. However, in […]

Problems with the Morality of Human Rights

posted by Jack Kerwick

It is commonplace for most contemporary commentators to think of the Declaration of Independence as embodying our “national creed.”  This in turn explains the equally commonplace description ofAmericaas a “creedal” or “propositional nation.” The idea is this: the Declaration, with […]

Obama and the Ideology of Blackism Part II

posted by Jack Kerwick

Recently, I wrote an article in which I contended that Barack Obama is a “Blackist,” an adherent of “Blackism.”  The latter, I explained, is an ideology.  As such, it differs in kind from both biology and what has been called […]

The Successes of Ron Paul’s Campaign

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ron Paul will not get his party’s presidential nomination.  This much is now for certain.  The prize will go to that candidate—Massachusettsliberal Mitt Romney—for whom the GOP leadership and its surrogates in the so-called “conservative” media have been rooting the […]

Obama and the Ideology of Blackism

posted by Jack Kerwick

Barack Obama’s election to the presidency was supposed to usher in a “post-racial” era in American life.  This, at any rate, is what the former Senator and his supporters in the media tried to sell us.  It was nothing short […]

Examining Rich Lowry and National Review

posted by Jack Kerwick

John Derbyshire has spent many years writing for National Review.  Within the last few days, his tenure for the “conservative” magazine came to an abrupt halt. Derbyshire, you see, was fired for having published (at another publication) an article—“The Talk: […]

How and Why the Left will Attack Mitt Romney

posted by Jack Kerwick

On Wednesday April 4, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell remarked that while Judaism and Christianity are thousands of years in the making, Mormonism, in stark contrast, is a mere 182 years old.  Mormonism was “created” in 1830 “by a guy in […]

Easter and Love

posted by Jack Kerwick

Easter is upon us. From the time I was a child until the present day, I have always been amazed by how differently Americans generally and Christians particularly respond to Easter and Christmas.  Christmas is impossible to avoid. Regardless of […]

Commentators and Character

posted by Jack Kerwick

The decision to become a cultural commentator or pundit, like any other decision, comes at a cost.  Perhaps not unsurprisingly, scarcely any commentator has thought to comment on the danger to one’s moral character that this decision imposes. Granted, the […]

“Racism”: Requiem for a Word

posted by Jack Kerwick

This was originally published at Intellectual Conservative on February 12, 2009.  In light of the national farce that has engulfed the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I thought it may not be such a bad idea to reprint it here: […]

The Evil of the Racism Industrial Complex

posted by Jack Kerwick

That everyone in Americanow knows the names of Trayvon Davis and George Zimmerman is a tragic commentary on the times.  It is tragic because it is a bold-faced confirmation that the Racism Industrial Complex (RIC) is the hegemonic power of […]

Morality and Language

posted by Jack Kerwick

As Americans, we have a tendency to speak of morality as if it were one and the same thing for all people at all places and at all times.  The popular notion that “everyone knows right from wrong” is a […]

Morality versus Godliness

posted by Jack Kerwick

There is much talk these days about something called “Judaeo-Christian values.”  This is the name that is invariably assigned to the morality to which America is supposed to have traditionally subscribed.  America, we are told, is a “Judaeo-Christian” nation, a […]

Thoughts on the Shooting of Trayvon Martin

posted by Jack Kerwick

On the night of February 26, an irrational, gun-totting, white racist named George Zimmerman went out in search of trouble.  Not before long, he found it.  Neither Zimmerman nor his neighbors much appreciated the presence of racial minorities in their […]

Trayvon Martin and Obama the Racialist

posted by Jack Kerwick

Back in 2008, then Senator Barack Hussein Obama and his supporters on both the left and the right assured us that in the event of his election to the presidency,America would enter a new post-racial millennium. The utopian dreams of […]

Change, Death, and Politics

posted by Jack Kerwick

A few weeks ago, I read and reviewed Ilana Mercer’s Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.  A week or two after that, my grandmother passed away.  Considered in themselves, each of these events is entirely […]

The Obama We Have Always Known

posted by Jack Kerwick

Imagine that you discovered the following facts about a stranger. First, for roughly two decades, he not only attended a church, but donated thousands and thousands of dollars to it.  Second, this stranger’s church is presided over by a pastor […]

The Catholic Church, Obamacare, and Social Justice

posted by Jack Kerwick

The question concerning the relationship between faith and politics is one that has arrested the attention of many an American.  But it is during election seasons, particularly presidential election seasons, that it assumes a larger than usual importance in the […]

My Grandmother and Moral Philosophy

posted by Jack Kerwick

The notion that moral conduct is primarily a matter of “obeying” rules or principles alleged to be universal in scope has figured prominently throughout the modern era.  The moral point of view, according to this line of thought, requires the […]

Alex Haley’s Fraudulent Roots

posted by Jack Kerwick

This is the 35th anniversary of the ground breaking television miniseries, Roots.  Based on Alex Haley’s wildly successful novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, the epic miniseries starred an ensemble cast—several members of which recently visited with Oprah […]

Reflections on Ilana Mercer’s “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Although theory and practice are indeed mutually distinct domains, their distinctness should never be taken for exclusiveness. Theory is as distinct from practice as is the spider from its web or the bird from its nest. Moreover, just as the web arises […]

Ilana Mercer’s “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa”: A Review

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ilana Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, is an unusual book.  Yet it is unusual in the best sense of the word. At once autobiographical and political; philosophical, historical, and practical; controversial and commonsensical, […]

Rick Santorum: No Conservative

posted by Jack Kerwick

Thankfully, the twentieth GOP presidential debate has come and gone. If the American voter doesn’t know these candidates by now, he never will. Of the four remaining candidates, three are virtually indistinguishable from one another.  This much has been established […]

An Honest Assessment of Neoconservatism

posted by Jack Kerwick

Given that Republicans will select their presidential nominee before we know it, and given that three of the four candidates in the GOP field are neoconservatives, it would behoove us to revisit neoconservatism.  By looking at specific thinkers widely recognized […]

The Republican Media, Ron Paul, and I

posted by Jack Kerwick

I recently submitted what I took to be a spirited defense of Ron Paul to a well regarded right-leaning publication—that is to say, a publication that is widely esteemed by more than a few establishment neoconservative Republican pundits.  It was rejected.  […]

Would Newt, Mitt, and Rick vote for Ron?

posted by Jack Kerwick

When Republicans had one of their debates in Florida, moderator Brian Williams asked Congressman Ron Paul whether he would endorse Newt Gingrich in the event that the former Speaker of the House won his party’s nomination.  Indicating that, at the […]

Political Language

posted by Jack Kerwick

As expected, many of the terms of which our political universe consists are on display more frequently than usual during this election season.  Now, then, is as good a time as any to revisit these time-worn concepts. Capitalism For some […]

“Conservatives” and Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jack Kerwick

Every January,America honors the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Perhaps because it has now been decades since this occasion has been declared a federal holiday, most Americans today—especially the young—have no recollection of just how much resistance its proponents […]

Ron Paul, The Golden Rule, and Christianity

posted by Jack Kerwick

On January 16, the Republican presidential candidates met for but another debate inSouth Carolina.  As usual, Texas Congressman Ron Paul was the proverbial ant at the picnic. Twitter feedback showed that more people found favor with Paul’s performance than they […]

“Conservative” Media

posted by Jack Kerwick

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have the two most highly rated talk shows in the country.  This has been the case for quite some time.  But although Limbaugh and Hannity remain numbers one and two, respectively, their ratings have decreased […]

Institutional Paulophobia and Paul Deniers

posted by Jack Kerwick

The most recent CBS poll shows that among the Republican challengers to President Obama, only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have the potential to defeat him.  This same poll shows that among all of the candidates, including Obama, Ron Paul […]

Santorum “The Social Conservative”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Prior to the outcome of the Iowa caucus when it appeared that Ron Paul would be the victor, Republican media pundits were doing their best to marginalize this contest.  Some commentators even went so far as to declare theIowacaucus as […]

Michael Medved Unhinged

posted by Jack Kerwick

I have been a long time listener of Michael Medved’s nationally syndicated talk radio show.  But now, all of that has changed. Medved had been one of my favorite talk show hosts.  I found him to be quick-witted, articulate, and […]

Ron Paul and Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Jack Kerwick

Much has been said about Ron Paul’s foreign policy.  Some of it has been good.  A lot of it has been not so good.  And there is no one who objects more strongly to his foreign policy than his fellow […]

Brief Thoughts on “Racism”

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ron Paul is accused of “racism” for material that was published decades ago in a newsletter that he used to publish.  Rather than argue here whether or not the charge is justified, let us instead consider the concept of “racism” […]

Starr Parker and Ron Paul

posted by Jack Kerwick

There are some changes that do not sit well with nationally syndicated columnist Starr Parker. One of these is a change that she perceives has having taken place among college Republicans over the span of the last 20 years or […]

The Many Contradictions of the Paulophobe

posted by Jack Kerwick

A while ago, I wrote an article in which I spoke of “Paulophobia.”  Paulophobia, I claimed, is a cognitive disorder.  Like a parasite, it eats away at its victim’s intellect.  Perhaps because of this, it also corrupts his moral character.  […]

Ron Paul, Republicans, and the Race Card

posted by Jack Kerwick

The stuff of establishment Republicans’ worst nightmares is now coming to pass: they can no longer depict Ron Paul as a “fringe” candidate.  Even they have been compelled by events to acknowledge that the Texas Congressman could very well finish […]

What Ron Paul Should Say Part II

posted by Jack Kerwick

Ron Paul has elaborated on his views in his books, in speeches, and in interviews. During the debates, however, when he has a national audience, he doesn’t always present his views has persuasively as he could.  In my last article, […]

What Ron Paul Should Say

posted by Jack Kerwick

Last week, the Republican presidential contenders slugged it out inIowa.  As usual, Ron Paul’s remarks concerning American foreign policy has drawn heat. Paul is by far the most honest of the candidates.  At the same time, he is also the […]

Political Mind Games

posted by Jack Kerwick

During every presidential election season, Republican commentators can be counted upon to do three things.  First, they assure us that this is the most important election in our lifetime.  Second, they continually remind us that “there is no ideal candidate.”  […]

The Reason for the Season

posted by Jack Kerwick

Some two millennia ago, there was born a child.  The circumstances surrounding his entrance into the world were, to put it mildly, modest.  No less modest were the two Jewish peasants who were the first to greet him—his parents.   […]

Establishment versus Establishment

posted by Jack Kerwick

The most listened to talk radio show host in the country, Rush Limbaugh, is often (though not often enough) critical of what he refers to as the Republican Party establishment.  His friends and colleagues, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, are […]

Frank Borzellieri: Victim of the New Orthodoxy

posted by Jack Kerwick

Frank Borzellieri was the principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a predominantly black and Hispanic Catholic elementary school located in the Bronx,New York.  This past summer, in spite of having had a stellar record during his tenure, Borzellieri was […]

Politics and Vice

posted by Jack Kerwick

Nothing like politics more readily reveals man’s intellectual and moral vices.  If ever we were in need of proof of the truth of this proposition, the Republican Party’s presidential primary race supplies it in spades. The Democratic Party’s penchant for […]

For Whom Should A Liberty Loving Republican Vote?

posted by Jack Kerwick

You are a Republican.  You consider yourself a “conservative,” maybe even a “Tea Partier.”  But whatever you prefer to call yourself, the truth of the matter is that there are some basic facts of contemporary American political life that you […]

An Honest Look at Ron Paul

posted by Jack Kerwick

Commentators continually draw attention to the “steadiness” that Mitt Romney has shown vis-à-vis the GOP presidential primary contest.  Romney, they point out, has “steadily” maintained his first place position.  Yet never do these same commentators point out that for all […]

An Honest Look at Jon Huntsman

posted by Jack Kerwick

Former Utahgovernor Jon Huntsman has just barely been able to have his voice heard in the Republican Party’s presidential primary race, so low are his polling numbers.  Yet, still, he is a candidate that, not unlike every other such candidate, […]

An Honest Look at Rick Santorum

posted by Jack Kerwick

Rick Santorum is widely heralded as a real “conservative.”  Rush Limbaugh has praised him on the air, on multiple occasions, and another nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Bill Bennett, has had Santorum guest host for him regularly.  To hear […]

An Honest Look at Rick Perry

posted by Jack Kerwick

Governor Rick Perry, so goes the conventional wisdom, is a real conservative.  How could he not be?  After all, his three terms as governor of Texas has marked a period of spectacular job creation.  It has been said that nearly […]

An Honest Look at Michele Bachmann

posted by Jack Kerwick

Second only to Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann is the most consistent of the GOP presidential candidates when it comes to the subject of liberty.  Her record is, for the most part, commendable.  Beyond this, Bachmann strikes the unprejudiced and prejudiced […]

An Honest Look at Herman Cain

posted by Jack Kerwick

Herman Cain, frontrunner for the GOP’s presidential nomination, styles himself a Washington“outsider,” an “anti-politician” and a businessman who is just what America needs at this critical moment in its history to turn itself around.  Only someone of Cain’s peculiar background, […]

Herman Cain, Race, Sex, and the Left

posted by Jack Kerwick

GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain has had a rough couple of weeks.  Several women have come forth accusing Cain of sexual harassment.  Now, Cain may or may not be guilty of the charges that are leveled against him.  It is […]

An Honest Look at Mitt Romney

posted by Jack Kerwick

From the time the GOP presidential primary contest got under way, Mitt Romney has been heralded in the media as the frontrunner.  Since its crushing losses in ’06 and ’08 and the ensuing rise of both Barack H. Obama as […]

An Honest Look at Newt Gingrich

posted by Jack Kerwick

Imagine a world in which Americans weren’t remotely as susceptible to media manipulation as they currently are.  Let’s call it “America2.”  In such a world, Americans would be more disposed to “think for themselves,” as we say, to think just […]

Libertarians and OWS: Useful Idiots

posted by Jack Kerwick

The Occupy Wall Street movement appears to be growing.  And it is growing ever more disruptive. From the losses suffered by many a small business to the desecration of property, from the destabilization of communities to violent clashes with law […]

Two Libertarianisms and Occupy Wall Street

posted by Jack Kerwick

I have noticed that there are some on the libertarian right who appear to consider themselves kindred spirits with those who have spent the last couple of weeks “occupying” Wall Street and other cities throughoutAmericaand beyond.  This is disheartening, for […]

The Real Reason Republicans Dislike Ron Paul

posted by Jack Kerwick

Although his commitment to “limited government” is unsurpassed, establishment Republicans in both politics and the so-called “conservative media” labor incessantly to discredit Texan Congressman and GOP presidential contender, Ron Paul.  On its face, who couldn’t judge this phenomenon, the phenomenon […]

Liberty from an Intergalactic Perspective

posted by Jack Kerwick

Some readers of this column may very well remember the old ‘70’s sitcom, Mork and Mindy.  Mork, played by Robin Williams, was an alien from the planet “Ork” who had been deployed to Earth in order to discover more about […]

Defining Liberty

posted by Jack Kerwick

The nature of the relationship between “universals”—Humanity, Justice, Goodness, etc.—and “particulars”—this human being, this instance of justice and that instance of goodness—is a matter that philosophers have been busy at work trying to iron out for millennia.  On a reasonably […]

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