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Politics This Week with John DePetro: RI as Narrative Machine

By Justin Katz | January 9, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz pick apart the false image the establishment presents of the Ocean State.

A water drop and ripples

The English can now be arrested for possibly praying silently in their heads, now.

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2023 |

This incident occurred the week before Christmas, but I still can’t believe it’s real: A charity volunteer has been arrested and charged on four counts after she told the police she “might” be praying silently, when questioned as to why she was standing on a public street near an abortion facility. Police approached Isabel Vaughan-Spruce…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Interesting (Maybe Dark) Times in RI

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz consider the year ahead for Rhode Island.

A water drop and ripples

Canada is going over the totalitarian cliff (and we’re not far behind).

By Justin Katz | January 3, 2023 |

Like him or hate him, this thread of tweets from Jordan Peterson should be a wakeup call as to the direction of Western Civilization: BREAKING: the Ontario College of Psychologists @CPOntario has demanded that I submit myself to mandatory social-media communication retraining with their experts for, among other crimes, retweeting @PierrePoilievre and criticizing @JustinTrudeau and…

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Go back to the first question of spending.

By Justin Katz | January 2, 2023 |

Like it or not, we’re all tangled up with each other, so in some degree, the choices we make and the value we create or destroy affect everybody.  How we structure society is a decision about how we utilize “our” resources.  That doesn’t mean maximizing efficiency or economic advancement or anything else must be the…

Teenager gets vaccinated

Can the provaxers change their minds?

By Justin Katz | December 30, 2022 |

A skeptical reader can find many things worthy of comment in David McRaney’s How Minds Change even beyond the author’s central objective of training people how to manipulate others psychologically to implement radical policies.  Not wanting to write a book in response, I’ll probably just bring them up as they become relevant. One side point…

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Who Can Claim Cooperation as a Core Value

By Justin Katz | December 29, 2022 |

Whether Western Civilization is fundamentally build on a principle of cooperation is a fundamental philosophical dividing line in our current politics.

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Women attempting to enroll in Catholic seminaries as men point to a more-profound problem of sin and radical politics.

By Justin Katz | December 28, 2022 |

Grappling with matters of identity and the complicated experience of being human isn’t, of itself, the problem.  The follow-on transgressions, such as a willful action to deceive and undermine others’ beliefs based on false pretenses, are: “Recently, the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance was made aware of instances where it had been discovered…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Establishment Back in Control

By Justin Katz | December 27, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz note the return of the RI establishment’s confidence and evidence that its underlying approach remains flawed.

A water drop and ripples

Michael Munger’s reference to Bastiat’s proposal to grow the French economy by burning Paris is a worthwhile reminder.

By Justin Katz | December 27, 2022 |

For that lesson alone, readers should give it a few minutes.  But this paragraph near the end captures something far more intimately relevant to our times than even Munger may have intended: Once you are duped into believing destruction is productive, almost everything that a rational public policy would label as a cost becomes, by…