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Tweet Of The Day

Ramesh Ponnuru, winner by a long shot. https://twitter.com/RameshPonnuru/status/349923645088464896 … [Continue reading]

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Ousted By A Party Coup

Surprising news in Australian politics via John Fund. He reports: Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has been swept from office in an internal party coup. She lost a snap leadership election of her Labor party caucus to Kevin … [Continue reading]

The Insufferable Andrew Cuomo

See here and here. … [Continue reading]

Medieval Times: A Brilliant Age

Contrary to the propaganda of Dawkins, Andrew Dickson White, and their ilk, the Middle Ages were neither dark, ignorant, nor backwards, but an astonishing era of achievement. Anthony Esolen, Providence College English professor and translator of both … [Continue reading]

Purdue Conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne” Sept 25-27, 2014

Philosopher Michael Bergmann has the details here. A sharp thinker and a highly articulate  speaker and writer, Swinburne has over the course of his long career done enormously good work to improve the standing of philosophy of religion in general … [Continue reading]

Tuition Rates Increased Because of Excessive Spending, Not Loss of State Funding

Want of state funding is not the cause of increased tuition rates at our public universities; profligate spending is. In fact, if, per capita, universities spent on students what they spent on them in 2000, tuition rates could be cut, on average, by … [Continue reading]

High Student Debt In Sweden, Even Though College Is Free

Even though college is totally free in Sweden, "...85% of Swedish students graduate with debt versus only 50% in the US." Wait--what? Read on. And the stats get even worse. Philips writes: ...new Swedish graduates have the highest debt-to-income … [Continue reading]

Come Let Us Reason, Let Us Talk Of Many Things

There is no point in denying it. Calling a blog “The Republic of Letters” is pretentious. I’m unmoved by that objection, however. For, I love the name and, even more so, I love what it betokens. Historian Robert Darnton explains: The eighteenth … [Continue reading]