Opinion

No common ground without Natural Law

It’s recently become clear that the common ground people of a variety of worldviews once stood on is crumbling beneath our feet. And without this mutual starting place, known as Natural Law, it’s not clear how we can have meaningful dialogue or come to agreements on how to live together.  Evidence for this can be...

David Larson
Opinion

A ‘Conservative Spring’ in 2022

The word “spring” is often tacked on to political moments when a repressive status quo crumbles and a new era of hope emerges. The “Springtime of Nations” in 1848 was one of the largest political shifts in history, as European nations rebelled against monarchy and other traditional institutions, which they replaced with flatter, more-democratic structures....

David Larson
Opinion

Double taxes for the unvaccinated and other outrageous stories

I’m up here at a conference in Washington D.C. and met somebody from Raleigh who is a fan of Carolina Journal and he told me he liked the outrageous stories segment. It’s nice to hear from readers and I try to pick out content that has a broad appeal. Here are a few stories that...

Ray Nothstine
Opinion

The leftist paradox

“When science dissolves its marriage with reality, truth, their child, is orphaned.” “Don’t you wonder where they all are?” This simple question was posed by Enrico Fermi during a lunch with fellow physicists in 1950 and has become a serious problem for modern science. The question has resonated like a stone thrown into a pond, but...

Nelson Paul
Opinion

Entitlement is not just bad politics, but a sickness of the soul  

Jussie Smollett’s release from jail mere days into his sentence for faking a hate crime reveals another example of entitlement culture run amok. It’s not just that Smollett likely got preferential treatment with his release because of his money and status, but that he never apologized or admitted any wrongdoing from his hoax. When held...

Ray Nothstine

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Opinion

Heaven knows, anything goes

The phase that headlines this piece is from Cole Porter’s song that was also the name of his 1934 musical, “Anything Goes.” Written almost 100 years ago now, Porter predicted our decorum plight without knowing it, a better scryer than those with crystal balls. One of my favorite lines runs, “Good authors, too, who once...

Mark Herring
Opinion

A look into the different expressions of conservatism

As someone who tends to fall on the libertarian end of the political spectrum, I used to struggle with understanding the term “conservative” as a political category. I have noticed the term expresses a broad political ideology. This is generally understood to those that adhere to the principle of conservatism but not something readily available...

Joshua Peters
Opinion

Our ‘sodden-witted lord!’

For the past two months—and much longer if I think back when our exchanges began—I have been at loggerheads with a close correspondent about the Trump years and what I refer to as President Biden’s Much Ado about Nothing moment in which “four of his five wits went halting off” (but that may be overgenerous). We...

Mark Herring