Other Good Topics

There are discussions on plenty of topics, so I thought I would list a few here:
Agent Tim is discussing whether Homeschooling is a good choice or not via Rooftop Blog again.

Human Rights, Ethnic Groups, and Legal Equality @ Civitas to see where this topic is going in Europe ( UK). Welcome to the world of Affirmative Action.

RareKate takes a look at Social Security

Something interesting on David Brooks at Michelle Malkin[old post 7/04]. You know what I would like to look at in this post? Where David Brooks talks about over-scheduling leading to casual sex in college.”And they are so busy when they get to college that they don’t have time or interest in romance, in real relationships. Instead they hook up, just these casual sexual affairs at parties” How about this instead: that kids today are scared of what they see in our generations rendition of family and marriage and they resort to small doses of sex that has no real ties…. but no lasting satisfactions either.

A little quote about Samuel Rutherford:

Introduction to Samuel Rutherford’s Lex, Rex
by Jon Roland

The title, Lex, Rex, is a play on the words that conveys the meaning the law is king. When theologian Samuel Rutherford published the book in 1644, on the eve of the revolutions that rocked the English nation from 1645 through 1688, it caused a sensation, and provoked a great deal of controversy. It is ostensibly an argument for limited monarchy and against absolute monarchy, but its arguments were quickly perceived as subversive of monarchy altogether, and in context, we can perceive that it provided a bridge between the earlier natural law philosophers and those who would further develop their ideas: the Leveller movement and such men as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Algernon Sidney, which laid the basis for the American Republic.

This book has long been undeservedly neglected by scholars, probably because it is written as a polemic in the political and sectarian controversies that are distasteful to later generations, and many of its references are somewhat obscure, but a closer reading reveals how it laid the foundation for the contractarian and libertarian ideas that came to be embodied in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

quote from Philip Sherrard, ‘The Greek East and the Latin West’

The unity of a culture is determined in the first place and above all by a certain common intellectual framework, by a common religious and moral attitude, by a shared scale of values, and by a certain common way of regarding the universe, the nature of man and of human life, and their mutual relationships; and it is this common framework of ideas and values which is reflected in the social, political, linguistic, and juridical structure of that culture. It follows that a prerequisite of understanding, as opposed to describing from an external and superficial point of view, any such structure is a grasp precisely of that framework of ideas and values which it reflects.