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Carl Schmitt on the Tyranny of Values

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Gerrit van Honthorst, Croesus and Solon, 1624

Gerrit van Honthorst, Croesus and Solon, 1624

Carl Schmitt’s two essays on “The Tyranny of Values” (1959 and 1967) are typical of his work. They contain simple and illuminating ideas which are nevertheless quite difficult to piece together because Schmitt presents them only through complex conversations with other thinkers and schools of thought. In “The Tyranny of Values” essays, Schmitt’s target is “moralism,” which boils down to doing evil while one thinks one is doing good. Read more …

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The Pursuit of Happiness
Harmony, Inner & Outer, Part 1

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Read more …

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The Beginning & the End of History

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The duel to the death over honor is a remarkable phenomenon. Animals duel over dominance, which insures their access to mates. But these duels result in death only by accident, because the whole process is governed by their survival instincts, and their “egos” do not prevent them from surrendering when the fight is hopeless. Read more …

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ABC of Economics, Part 5 & Conclusion

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Part 5 of 5

Chapter I

Minor Addenda and Varia 

I have never met a gambler with an ounce of intelligence, but the prejudice against lotteries is in the category of superstitions, totemism and taboo. Lotteries can harm only the imbeciles who buy tickets, but these imbeciles appear to be wholly in their own right. Read more …

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On Oratory

Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, "Demosthenes Practicing Oratory," 1870

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There is a vast gulf between oratory, on the one hand, and public speaking on the other.

By oratory I mean the art of speaking in the style we associate with great orators of the Western past, not elaborate, formal, public discourses treating important topics in a stiff, formal, or dignified manner.

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