Monthly Archives: November 2019

A Conservative Philosopher

“Sir Roger Scruton (knighted by the queen in 2016) is the greatest living English philosopher, and he’s a conservative.  It almost makes me want to cry.” John Dale Dunn

“Western civilization has come in for a lot of attack because it’s Western.” Roger Scruton

Editor’s Note: Dr. Scruton is dying of cancer; pray for his spiritual and mental wellbeing.

Editor’s Note:  When I hear of British philosophers, I immediately think of C. E. M. Joad who overcame his atheism and wrote a book entitled The Recovery of Belief (1952). His conclusion, “I now believe that the balance of reasonable considerations tells heavily in favor of the religious, even of the Christian view of the world.”

Roger Scruton, a philosopher in full

By John Dale Dunn; American Thinker, November 18, 2019

Sir Roger Scruton (knighted by the queen in 2016) is the greatest living English philosopher, and he’s a conservative.  It almost makes me wanna cry.

He is active and productive as author, essayist, and lecturer, and he is extremely effective as a debater and polemicist.  He certainly is in the philosophy hall of fame based on his status as a refined and far ranging philosopher, specializing in aesthetics, like music and architecture, but always ready to engage on politics, culture, and morality.  He is the ideal conservative philosopher in many ways, and I have yet to disagree with his analysis of things and his judgments.  Of course, I can’t quite keep up, so I will have to assume he still hits the ball correctly and smartly.  He has written more than 50 books and a silo full of essays and commentaries.


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Chick-fil-A goes wobbly

“Writing in The American Conservative, Rod Dreher called the move ‘a gutless surrender.”

“The LGBT[QIA] lobby, and their progressive allies, will never, ever leave you alone. Never.” Rod Dreher, The Western Journal, November 19, 2019

“Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who was at the forefront of defending Chick-fil-A from the left’s wrath after CEO Dan Cathy voiced support for Biblical marriage in 2012, decried the company’s change as ‘betrayal.’”

Gov. Huckabee Blasts Chick-fil-A for Selling Out to Leftists Who Will Hate It Anyway

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee let Chick-fil-A have it for the company’s decision to stop giving to charities like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes because they support Biblical marriage.

On Monday, Chick-fil-A announced it will now give through its foundation to three charities in each city the chain does business.

Each charity must be linked to the company’s core issues of “education, homelessness and hunger.”

Chick-fil-A’s dollars will flow to Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International (which is Christian-affiliated) and local food banks.

“This provides more focus and more clarity,” Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. “We think [education, hunger and homelessness] are critical issues in communities where we do business in the U.S.” Continue reading

Full Blown Communism

“A professor who grew up in communist Romania has revealed that he quit his tenured position at Columbia University in New York City because the Ivy League school is ‘on its way toward full blown communism.’”  WND staff

Prof who fled communism quits ‘communist’ university in America

Gave up tenured Ivy League post amid ‘social justice’ demands

WND staff,  WorldNetDaily.com, November 10, 2019

A professor who grew up in communist Romania has revealed that he quit his tenured position at Columbia University in New York City because the Ivy League school is “on its way toward full blown communism.”

In one instance, he was told as the chairman of a faculty hiring committee that he could not chose a heterosexual married man like himself, even if that person was the most qualified for the job.

“I felt like I was living under communism again,” he said in the interview on Romania’s TVR1 on Oct. 26.

The TV host expressed incredulity several times in the interview at the state of the American higher education system.

In another instance, he was said he was pressured to admit a male-to-female transgender applicant who auditioned as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Serban said his colleagues expressed displeasure with him stating that this person could not become Juliet.

It was the last straw, for me, he said, and he resigned, explaining he could not violate his principles.

The College Fix said Andy Ionescu, a native Romanian speaker who immigrated to the United States in 1999, translated the interview.

Ionescu said it likely was the first time Serban made his resignation public.

Columbia still lists Serban as an active professor, the College Fix said, and the university’s media relations and Serban did not respond to emails.

Serban said he was told by the dean of the art school that there were “too many white professors, too many heterosexual men.”

The committee should not choose someone like Serban, he was told, because he he’s a heterosexual married man who has children.

According to his faculty bio, Serban is an accomplished theater and opera producer who served as the director of the Romanian National Theater and won a Tony Award.