Kerwick, Jack

On the Worship of a False American Idol

Written by Jack Kerwick on Sunday, 08 February 2015. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

The idolators who worship Chris Kyle are merely propagandists worshiping at the altar of the total state. They hate criticism of Kyle, because that criticism calls their bankrupt ideology to account.

On the Worship of a False American Idol

Nationally syndicated talk radio host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher has recently lambasted me for besmirching Chris Kyle, “the American Sniper,” and, thus, throwing in with the likes of Michael Moore. 

The Hero-Worship of Chris Kyle: Why We Must Separate Myth from Truth

Written by Jack Kerwick on Monday, 02 February 2015. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Statists and warmongers want badly to continue to hero-worship Chris Kyle and tear down his detractors. But, as Kyle's story is the current centerpiece of statist propaganda, getting at the truth is more important than ever.

The Hero-Worship of Chris Kyle: Why We Must Separate Myth from Truth

I confess to having been more than a bit shocked, and even mystified, to have recently found myself on the receiving end of some wildly baseless attacks by people, Iraq War devotees, who accused me of “tearing down” the late Chris Kyle, the subject of Clint Eastwood’s latest blockbuster film, American Sniper. 

'Occupy the White Male Syllabus' at Berkeley

Written by Jack Kerwick on Monday, 02 February 2015. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

An example of ultra-leftist thinking on campus demonstrates that students in the liberal arts are no longer getting an education, but instead are receiving merely training in an ideology.

'Occupy the White Male Syllabus' at Berkeley

Upon witnessing the trials of Nazi war criminals in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt remarked that they shared in common one salient feature: “it was not stupidity,” she said, “but a curious, quite authentic inability to think.” This inability or refusal to think is on full display in a student editorial—“Occupy the Syllabus”—that was recently published by The Daily Californian.

More Thoughts on the American Sniper's Ventura Tall Tale

Written by Jack Kerwick on Saturday, 31 January 2015. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Fans of American Sniper Chris Kyle have been angered by Jesse Ventura's successful lawsuit against their idol. But even if Kyle hadn't lied about Ventura, he still would have been guilty of a crime.

More Thoughts on the American Sniper's Ventura Tall Tale

While listening to a “conservative” talk radio show recently, the host—who, along with other Iraq War devotees and, what amount to one and the same thing, “American Sniper” worshippers—brought up Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle. I was amazed at the dishonesty of his coverage.

'The American Sniper': Some Tough Thoughts

Written by Jack Kerwick on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Neocons and warmongers, usually one and the same, worship the image of American Sniper Chris Kyle. Rational adults concerned with truth and freedom should not be so credulous.

'The American Sniper': Some Tough Thoughts

Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper” who Clint Eastwood has immortalized in his latest blockbuster film, is widely being heralded by unreconstructed Iraq War supporters—i.e. neoconservative Republicans—as an unqualified “war hero.” Some thoughts:

Christianity and Christmas

Written by Jack Kerwick on Wednesday, 24 December 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

This Christmas, let’s not only remember that Jesus made possible the occasion for this holiday. Let’s remember as well that He made possible the very civilization, the most awesome of civilizations, that we call our own.

Christianity and Christmas

Christmas, unlike any other Western holiday, is ubiquitous. It is as impossible for an inhabitant of the Western world to escape Christmas as it is impossible for a person to escape breathing while remaining alive.

Natural Law, Positive Law, and Civil Disobedience

Written by Jack Kerwick on Tuesday, 23 December 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

An historical review of natural rights and the non-aggression principle in light of natural law.

Natural Law, Positive Law, and Civil Disobedience

In the wake of the Eric Garner case, some libertarians have urged us to revisit the topic of natural law, a “higher” moral law that supplies an objective standard of justice for “positive law,” the law(s) posited (or made) by human beings. 

Natural Law Versus Positive Law

Written by Jack Kerwick on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Natural law theorists who seek to make an example of the Eric Garner case, risk using arguments that, in reality, undermine the concepts of Natural Law.

Natural Law Versus Positive Law

Eric Garner, many libertarians seem to think, was innocent as far as the natural law is concerned.

Neocon Leftists, "American Exceptionalism," and Immigration

Written by Jack Kerwick on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

When neocons embrace Obama's immigration policy, they unmask themselves as the liberal progressive extremists they really are.

Neocon Leftists,

Paul Greenberg’s last article proves what many of us have long known: neoconservatives are leftists by another name.

Against "Saving People from Themselves": Thomas Szasz vs. the Drug Prohibitionists

Written by Jack Kerwick on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

If the GOP is the party of freedom, staunchly dedicated to defending liberty, then it has to work to end the War on Drugs.

Against

Few things are as effective in eliciting the ire of Republicans as is talk of decriminalizing recreational drug use.

Iraq Proves that the Neocons are the Ultimate Big Government Statists

Written by Jack Kerwick on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

That the vast majority of Republicans remain as committed as ever to a strong American military presence in Iraq has everything to do with the neoconservative ideology that dominates their party.

Iraq Proves that the Neocons are the Ultimate Big Government Statists

Unlike traditional conservatives, neoconservatives subordinate the contingencies of history and culture to such abstract universal “principles” as “human rights” and/or “Liberty”—principles in which they locate America’s unique, supra-historical origins. The latter, in turn, endows America with its special, indeed, messianic, mission to protect “Liberty”—to promote what neoconservatives call, “liberal democracy”—for peoples everywhere.

"Diversity": THE Idol of Academia

Written by Jack Kerwick on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

The demand in most quarters of academia for diversity uber alles, is, in more honest terms, nothing more than a demand for the anathematization of non-liberal views.

“Diversity” is not just a good in the academic world. It is the supreme good, the one good before which all other considerations must yield.  

Elliot Rodger and the Left

Written by Jack Kerwick on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Taking leftist foolishness seriously.

Elliot Rodger and the Left

That media coverage of American mass shootings always references “gun control” proves just how thoroughly the left controls the media.

"The Point" of a Truly Honest Discussion of Race

Written by Jack Kerwick on Tuesday, 03 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Discussions of slavery in modern America willfully overlook a large amount of the scholarship on the subject, in an apparent effort to obscure the inconvenient and full historical extent of the loathsome practice.

In reply to a recent article in which I disclosed some neglected facts concerning race and slavery, a reader inquired as to the point in unveiling them. Before answering, let’s review some of the tidbits that I shared in the interest of that “honest discussion” of race that the Eric Holders of the world continually charge the rest of us with deferring:

“White Privilege” Exposed

Written by Jack Kerwick on Monday, 02 June 2014. Posted in Opinion, Kerwick, Jack

Spelling out the absurd implications of an absurd theory.

“White Privilege” Exposed

The idea of “white privilege” has made the news recently. The truth, though, is that it has been a fetish of leftist academics for quite some time. 

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