Tag Archives: Individual Rights

The Cult of Thrasymachus

In Plato’s Republic Socrates rhetorically dispatches the political doctrine of Thrasymachus, who asserted that justice is what is good for the strong.  Today, Thrasymachus’ thesis animates President Obama’s agenda and the very notion of American democracy.  Instead of Plato’s idealistic … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet: Is Gideon v. Wainwright and Indigent Defense Counsel Still Relevant?

I really enjoy Diana Hsieh’s podcast “Philosophy in Action”, but I think that she insufficiently chewed her reply to the following question: Why is receiving the counsel of an attorney a right while receiving health care is not? In both … Continue reading

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Our Declaration of Independence

On this Independence Day, consider the virtue of independence in your own personal life. Great American, and Russia-born, author Ayn Rand expressed the essence of independence at such a personal level, when she wrote in For the New Intellectual: “Independence … Continue reading

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