Theodicy

Of Omnibenevolence and Free Will

According to Christian theology, the first human beings to walk the Earth were Adam and Eve. For the purposes of reconciling God’s omnibenevolence with the existence of evil, this provides a convenient starting point (with a very convenient minimum of variables).

Given Adam and Eve, there are four possible states of affairs regarding the possible entrance of evil into the world.

  1. Adam is transworld depraved.
  2. Eve is transworld depraved.
  3. Both Adam and Eve are transworld depraved.
  4. Neither Adam nor Eve is transworld depraved.

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The European Peoples and Christianity

In Christ, Our Mythology Is Complete

I do not believe that God leaves, or causes, any to walk in darkness. I believe that all men in all ages have been granted glimpses of the Light; for some it has been the mere flashes of a candle at a distance and for others it has been the blinding brilliance of the midday sun, but all have had at least a glimpse of the Truth. The Scriptures and logic both support me in this view:

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Free Speech, Corporations, and Dissent

On the Constructive Denial of Rights

Unique among nations, the United States of America professes to and actually does protect freedom of speech. Enshrined in the First Amendment, but not granted by it, is the freedom for all to speak their minds and to be free from having their lives destroyed for doing so. This freedom has consistently been interpreted very broadly by the Supreme Court.

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If Living, Then Not Both Rational and Honest

The Central Logical Problem of Atheism and Hard Materialism

Anyone who claims to be an Atheist should immediately lose any and all credibility with rational men, for an Atheist can be at most two of the following things: alive, rational, and honest. Naturally, this means that a living Atheist must be irrational or dishonest. The logic behind these conclusions is as simple as it is compelling: If there is no soul1, this life is, in the end analysis, wholly and totally devoid of meaning. In the face of a meaningless existence, the only logical action is not to act. However, avoiding personal pain and suffering is also2 rational, so suicide (in order to avoid the pain and suffering entailed by simply waiting to die) is the most rational choice.
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The American Nationalist Movement: An Inflection Point

Ad Astra Per Aspera

The American Nationalist movement is currently rudderless, adrift on a sea of perils where every shore offers opportunity if only one can be reached. We are leaderless1, our platform is non-existent, and our plans are underdeveloped or wholly absent. Wars are won or lost on resources, logistics, and strategy, in that order, and make no mistake: We are at war.

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The Theology of Hell

Inescapable, Annihilative, and Just

There is, perhaps, no more contentious part of Christian theology than Hell. Other parts of the theology1 occasionally cause controversy (particularly in our increasingly immoral and decadent society in the West), but little can compare with the assertion that all who do not believe will be judged, condemned by their lack of belief, and damned to an eternity of suffering. Nevertheless, Hell remains a centrally important part of Christian theology and warrants substantial consideration.
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Net Neutrality: Capacity, Inefficiency, and Cost

The Consumer Cost of Inefficient Increases in Capacity Necessary to Meet QoS Expectations

Net neutrality1 will, almost certainly, increase the cost of end-consumer2 connections. The logic behind this is simple and requires only minimal understanding of economics; in short: requiring equal treatment of all data will mean that capacity increases will be the only way to ensure quality of service for important or time-sensitive data3; such increases in capacity will, necessarily, be inefficient4; increased inefficiency means increased operating costs5; and the consumer always pays.

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Modern Environmentalism

Rethinking Tactics

While there is no shortage of blame to go around when it comes to environmental issues and environmental policy, the over politicization of environmental matters falls squarely on the shoulders of those pushing the global warming (or climate change or whatever the term du jour happens to be) narrative. That the Earth’s climate is changing is undeniable, the science insofar as that is concerned is fairly settled and the conclusion well supported, but whether or not that change is an artifact of human industrial and technological advance is another matter entirely. However, arguendo, let’s assume that that anthropogenic climate change hypothesis is correct.

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Rising Prescription Drug Costs

A Simple Proposal for a Complex Problem

Prescription drug prices in the US are, to say the least, unpleasantly high. Now, there are a plethora of reasons for this (e.g., use of brand-name drugs over generics, long waits on approvals for new drugs), but one that could be easily addressed is blatant price gouging. Pharmaceutical companies routinely charge more in the US for the same drugs that are available in other parts of the world at vastly lower prices. Here’s a single sentence proposal for a law to address that problem:

“Any pharmaceutical company, or company offering products in the pharmaceutical category, operating in the US, or any territory or possession thereof, or which is subject to US law, must offer its products on an MFN basis to US consumers and businesses.”