Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A review of "The War That Made America: The Story of the French and Indian War"



So I just finished watching a four-hour documentary called "The War That Made America." The title makes you think that it will talk about the American Revolution, a perception that is reinforced by the documentary's beginning the story in 1776. They show George Washington and his troops hearing the brand-new Declaration of Independence in the contested area of Long Island. But the documentary soon flashes back to an earlier part of Washington's life, which is when he was present at the so-called Jumonville incident, the event that began the French and Indian War, twenty years before.


Young George Washington

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mormons and debating: What does the church really say?



This post was written for fellow Mormons, although anyone is welcome to read it if they choose.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Why philosophy is relevant to fellow conservatives



Philosophy today has a reputation for being a very liberal subject. And it's quite true that the discipline is today dominated by liberals, even by the standards of academic subjects. For this reason, the subject may have something of a bad name among conservatives - and to some extent, this reputation is deserved. (Some philosophers really are quite out there.)

But there are a number of historical philosophers covered in these classes whose ideas fit neatly into modern conservatism. A number of our Founding Fathers were political philosophers (many of whom had some very original contributions to the subject), and I need not remind my fellow conservatives how beloved they are to our tradition.


James Madison

Besides them, there are others that it would behoove conservatives to know a bit about, and I would like to discuss a few of these philosophers now. Before doing so, let me make clear that I am not trying to convince anyone to major or minor in philosophy, or even take a class in it. But I hope this will help my fellow conservatives to understand that not all philosophers are liberal wackos.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A review of PBS's “Truman” movie



It might seem strange to hear a Republican like me say it, but I am actually a big fan of Harry Truman. He was undoubtedly a Democrat, but the Democratic Party of that time was very different from the Democratic Party of today. I have a lot of admiration and respect for him personally, as well as a lot of respect for his presidency. I once watched PBS's documentary about him (which is four hours long), and so I thought I'd like to offer my review of it here.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Why I'm glad I learned French



I have posted much on Facebook about my attempts to learn Spanish, so my Facebook friends know a lot about my interest in the language. But I have not posted as much about French, perhaps because I learned it long before I ever joined Facebook. I'm not often asked why I learned Spanish, because the local usefulness of the language is well known here; but people sometimes wonder why I learned French. Thus, I decided to write this post to explain.

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