Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
Those of us who love liberty, regardless of whether we call ourselves libertarians or conservatives, know all too well the depths of intellectual and moral squalor in which egalitarian ideology is mired. Still, we would be well served to familiarize or perhaps reacquaint ourselves with some theorists of yesteryear who fought the same battles that engage our energies today.
One such theorist is the nineteenth century American conservative sociologist, William Graham Sumner, whose devastating critique of the egalitarian fantasy is well worth a look.
The 2012 presidential election is becoming as testy as everyone knew it would. In fact, it is becoming downright ugly. This, however, should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to what President Obama’s campaign has promised on than more one occasion in the past.
On July 11, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed a Texas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In spite of the fact that he knew that he would be addressing a room full of people virtually all of whom will be voting for his opponent come November, the former Massachusetts governor for the most part gave a speech that was in keeping with his national campaign message.
Famed film actor Morgan Freeman spoke with NPR’s Michel Martin during the latter’s NPR show, Tell Me More. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, Obama, Freeman insisted, is not America’s first black president. “America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet,” Freeman declared, for Obama is the country’s “first mixed-race president.”
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 about the Affordable Health Care Act, i.e., ObamaCare.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reassured the electorate that he agrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the infamous “individual mandate” that is the cornerstone of the Affordable Health Care Act — i.e. “ObamaCare” — is a tax. He also says it's constitutional. In his own words from his July 4 interview with CBS's Jan Crawford: “The Supreme Court has the final word. And their final word is that ObamaCare is a tax. So it's a tax. They decided it was constitutional. So it is a tax and it's constitutional. That's the final word. That's what it is.”
A look at George Schuyler, a forgotten black conservative, one of the most prolific editorialists, black or white, that twentieth century America has ever produced. Schuyler is perhaps best known for his autobiography,Black and Conservative, which even the black leftist academic, Cornel West, described as a “minor classic.”
On June 10, I turned 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 Vietnam War.
The median price of a home was $27,600. The average car cost $3,853, and the average income was $11,859.
In all likelihood, Ron Paul will not get his party’s presidential nomination. It is all but certain that the prize will go to that candidate — Massachusetts liberal Mitt Romney — for whom the GOP leadership and its surrogates in the so-called “conservative” media have been rooting the entire time.
This year 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 Winfrey on her new network (OWN) to commemorate this occasion.