The Shawshank Redemption

Imagine being convicted for a double murder that you did not commit and then spending twenty years in prison. You would be forced to endure unimaginable horrors, not because you killed two people, but because, as the hero of the The Shawshank Redemption puts it, you were a bad husband and drove your wife into […]

Altruism and “Economic Justice”

The Regressive movement likes to portray itself as being on the side of justice. But the reality is, the policies they advocate are worse than unjust. They invert justice by granting the unearned and penalizing the innocent. Consider the Houston Peace & Justice Center (HPJC) as an example. Some of the policies the organization advocates […]

Altruism Versus Justice

In an editorial last week, the Chronicle demonstrates that altruism isn’t limited to the devoutly religious. It is a scourge that afflicts Houstonians of nearly all religious persuasions. The editorial briefly relates the story of Jesus’ birth, which it calls an “outlandish theological claim.” The editorial goes on to state that Jesus later

will remind […]

Chocolat and the Virtue of Independence

Brian’s article on the movie Chocolat talked about the challenge of pursuing ones values in the face of a community antithetical to those values. The virtue required for this kind of courage is independence. Independence is never placing anything above the sovereignty of one’s own mind and is a prerequisite to pursuing rational values. Chocolat […]

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

If you work in the oil industry and are tired of the environmentalists trying to make you feel guilty, it will do your heart and soul good to read The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein. And if you are not in the industry, this book will provide some fascinating insights.

This book […]

Hobson’s Choice

Nearly every day, we are besieged with claims that human actions are caused by forces outside of our control. Whether it is abuse as a child, one’s economic conditions, or genetics, we are repeatedly told that we aren’t responsible for our actions.

Hobson’s Choice dramatizes the fact that we possess the faculty of volition (free […]

Twelve Angry Men

It is not unusual to hear someone admonished for being judgmental. Such admonishments are themselves a judgment, and just one example of the fact that it is impossible to live without judging others. The real issue is not whether to judge or not, but whether to judge rationally or not.

Twelve Angry Men shows us […]