Fake vs. Real Virtue

One of the greatest moral tragedies of our time is that mere representations of virtue, “virtue signalings,” are supplanting actual virtue: The virtue of mere words is replacing the virtue of solid action. The virtue of appearing to do is replacing the virtue of doing. The virtue of denouncing the…

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Knowledge is Power: The Forgotten Perils of the Intellect

I’ve been reviewing some of the stories and lessons in McGuffey’s Readers, which were by far the bestselling textbooks in 19th century America (the only book that outsold them was the Bible).  They were originally authored by William Holmes McGuffey in 1836.  McGuffey, who was a deeply religious man, believed…

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