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Depending on who you ask, It’s a Wonderful Life is either “a fanfare for the common man” or “one of the most profoundly pessimistic tales of human existence ever to achieve a lasting popularity” depending on who you ask. The movie emerged from relative obscurity after its initial box office failure in 1946 to become an American icon by the 1980s and remains popular to the present, ranking 20th on the American Film Institute’s most recent 100 greatest American films of all time industry poll. It’s even “Britain’s favourite Christmas film” according to the BBC. Though it might be…
In the U.S. we theoretically have a republic, a system in which the scope of laws and extent of authority is limited by textual contractual agreement. But what good is any contract in a world where “infrastructure” means the creation of a “Civilian Climate Corps”?
But for now, the search for the great Latter-Day Saint musical continues. George D. Nelson’s new ‘1820: The Musical’ is more consistent and less likely to cause the audience to cringe, but like ‘Saturday’s Warrior’ and ‘My Turn on Earth,’ it’s a musical with great songs and moments and yet fails to be a great musical.
Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City announced the first wide-scale vaccine passport system in the U.S., the so-called “Excelsior Pass.” The few objections from the left to this scheme are not concerned with the inherent impracticality and immorality of regulating personal behavior, but with the disproportionate impact the requirement will have on certain minorities. In the Critical Race Theory framework, that makes it inherently White Supremacist. A few grifters have come out of the woodwork to call vaccine passports racist, most notably the mayor of Boston. But this time Twitter and the media have generally…
Documentarian Ken Burns says that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg “belongs in jail” for allowing conservative “misinformation” on the site. Strangely, some conservatives say he has a point.
Conversation is necessary for understanding, scrutiny is the source of scientific knowledge, and opposition is the forge of experience. Social media censorship is designed to prevent these, and drives people to hoaxes, propaganda, and conspiracy theories in the process.
The Authoritarian Moment is an (Incomplete) Complete Formulation of Shapiro’s Thesis on the New Left
Ben Shapiro’s latest book condenses a year’s worth of talking points into an overall theory about the series of recent trends perpetuated by the new left in an authoritarian attempt to silence dissent. But there are important questions that need to be reckoned with if there is to be a cohesive resistance against the authoritarian left.
The U.S. Secretary of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion criticized the move, saying that it was a “privileged attempt by mostly straight, white, cisgendered teachers to preserve the white supremacy inherent in education,”
There are many theories, accusations, and suggestions that a conspiracy may exist, but a Conspiracy Theory worldview works via the same unfalsifiable circular logic as woke critical theories that claim presenting evidence against them is proof their theories are correct.
I’m a notorious Grinch on the subject of religious film. I have a theory that the standards for religious films are so low because they only tell the audience what they want to hear. But Witnesses is a movie that understands that its role is not to be a sermon or a polemic, but an emotional journey.
In a fiery speech last Tuesday, President Biden took aim at Jim Crow, the evil Republican who is responsible for racist voting suppression across the United States. “If I win, Jim Crow has to get out of town and let my people vote,” said the President.
In a world of terror, disease, racism, deadly chemicals, horrific accidents, gun violence, and dangerous politics, it can be hard to know how to keep yourself safe… until now! No one should have to deal with uncertainty in life, that’s why every PerfectlySafe is built to prevent any potential dangers from going in or out.
The Greatest Collection of Church History in the World is Tucked Away in Provo. Nowhere else do you have the chance to see the personal copies of the Book of Mormon owned by Joseph, Hyrum, and Samuel Smith during their lifetimes.
Modern and ancient revelations warn us to be prepared spiritually and temporally for a wide range of potential disasters. But Helena Kleinlien’s presentation uses preparedness as a jumping-off point for spreading all kinds of falsehoods.
Hume’s basic epistemological framework evaluates things on the basis of their origins. Is this really how people think? More importantly, is this really how people should think? Is this the way of thinking most likely to identify truth or pragmatic value?
Those who have observed mysticism and revelation from a physiological perspective acknowledge that religious experience is a real mental and neurological phenomenon. But the ability of revelation to give us knowledge by which we live our lives remains in doubt.
Hume argues that miracles are logically impossible, because they are defined as breaking the laws of nature, and everyone knows through the sum of their empirical observation that breaking the laws of nature is impossible. This method of reconciling contradictory proofs is epistemologically bankrupt.
In Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor K. Frankl stops short of saying that suffering is an essential. But in examining each of the sources of meaning Frankl identified, we can see that the suffering endemic to these sources is necessary for them to possess meaning.
Given the radically different understandings of human autonomy, the degree to which autonomy is possible and the approach to achieve or to get closer to it depends on each individual thinker’s conception of the forces that oppose autonomy.
Did the Restoration begin with Joseph Smith’s First Vision? Or did it begin with the Book of Mormon and the visions of the angel Moroni? The Latter-Day Saint perspective on that question has changed significantly: It took until 1976 for a film featuring the First Vision to be made