Immoral Relativism

“Child Bride: Through the Looking Glass” by Sharooq Amin

Influential (and cultural relativist) early 20th century anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote:

“Mankind has always preferred to say, ‘It is morally good,’ rather than “It is habitual,’ and the fact of this preference is matter enough for a critical science of ethics. But historically the […]

Thursday Open Thread

In my Humanities course yesterday we started talking about the Enlightenment… laying the foundation with Locke and Montesquieu which of course lead to a brief presentation on the importance of the concept of natural law and natural rights.

Wednesday Open Thread

Last night in my international law seminar we discussed obligations towards foreign nationals and the 1994 Singapore caning of widdle Michael Fay for vandalizing cars was discussed. 13mm thick rattan cane, 1.5m long and he was sentenced to 9 strokes and they negotiated that down to 3.

Saturday Open Thread

I’m giving a talk this afternoon on the insanity defense. The above depicts Congressman Daniel Sickles killing Peter Key… Grandson of Francis Scott Key for sleeping with Mrs. Sickles. Sickles mounted and won the first temporary insanity defense in American law. He was a scoundrel of immense proportions.

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Friday Open Thread

Paul Before Felix by William Hogarth

Monday Open Thread

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To […]

No One Was Old Enough to Break the First Rule

This Virginia woman — a daycare worker — was convicted with running a “baby fight club”.

Sarah Jordan, 31, of Woodbridge, was the lead teacher of 1-year-old children back in 2013 at a Minnieland Academy classroom in Woodbridge. Witnesses testified that Jordan intentionally tripped children, stepped on their toes, encouraged them to fight each […]

Tuesday Open Thread

The Jury by John Morgan (1861)

I am reporting for jury duty this morning… that time honored bit of duty that Alexis de Tocqueville said “rubs off that private selfishness which is the rust of society.” I’m try to keep the rubbing to my private selfishness — only.

Given my past as a lawyer […]

Missing Christians

Whatever your views of the brouhaha over Syrian refugees (and many of them are refugees — which colors the debate over, but does not resolve the issues involved with whether or not to take them in) there is no doubt that the group is mostly Muslim even though Syria’s total population was 10% Christian […]

Capital Idea

Indonesia’s anti-narcotics agency is about to get real with its prison:

Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency has proposed building a prison on an island guarded by crocodiles to hold death row drug convicts, an official said on Monday, an idea that would not be out of place in a James Bond film.

The proposal is the […]