Philosopher Stephen Turner On Carl Schmitt’s Concept of the Political

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Schmitt, Telos, the Collapse of the Weimar Constitution, and the Bad Conscience of the Left

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Springtime for Schmitt

Stephen Turner’s response: Carl Schmitt: Between Banality & Catholicism

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‘Martin Heideger and the Space of the Political’

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Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes

From Indiana University:

Aurelian Craiutu (Ph.D. Princeton, 1999) is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Adjunct Professor in the American Studies Program. He is also affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute, the Institute for European Studies, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Lilly School of Philanthropic Studies. Prior to coming to Indiana, he taught at Duke University and the University of Northern Iowa. In 2010, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-II, Panthéon-Assas and in 2005 and 2006, he was Visiting Professor at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.

Craiutu’s research interests include French political and social thought (Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Aron), political ideologies (liberalism, conservatism) as well as theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation (mostly Central and Eastern Europe). He is the author and editor of several books on modern political thought. His first monograph, Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2003), won a 2004 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award. It was also translated into French in a revised and enlarged edition as Le centre introuvable: la pensée politique des doctrinaires sous la Restauration (Plon, 2006). His two most recent books are A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Dr. Craiutu also published two books in political theory in Romanian, In Praise of Liberty: Essays in Political Philosophy, (1998), and In Praise of Moderation (2006), both with Polirom Publishing House, one of the country’s leading presses.

He has also edited six books: François Guizot, History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe (Liberty Fund, 2002); Germaine de Staël, Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution (Liberty Fund, 2008); America through European Eyes (co-edited with Jeffrey C. Isaac, Penn State University Press, 2009); Conversations with Tocqueville (co-edited with Sheldon Gellar, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (with Jeremy Jennings, Cambridge University Press, 2009), as well as Dialog şi libertate: Eseuri în onoarea lui Mihai Şora [Dialogue and Liberty: Essays in Honor of Mihai Şora], edited by Aurelian Craiutu & Sorin Antohi (Bucharest: Nemira Publishing House, 1997) [in Romanian].

Dr. Craiutu’s articles and reviews have been published in many academic journals including American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, The Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, and History of European Ideas. He served as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Political Theory (2004-14).

Professor Craiutu has received awards, fellowships, and grants from several institutions including the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the James Madison Program (Princeton University), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Earhart Foundation. In 2000, he won the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political theory. In 2004, he received a Student Choice Award and an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at Indiana University.

He is currently working on a book manuscript on moderation and the rise of democracy in France, 1830-1880 and is preparing for Liberty Fund a new translation and annotated edition of Jacques Necker’s On the Executive Power in Large States (1792).

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School Killers

David Grossman writes in his book On Combat:

Psychologist and FBI consultant, Dr. James McGee has conducted the most definitive profile of the school shooters, using extensive data collected from 17 cases. Dr. McGee calls these kids, “Classroom Avengers,” and his superb research has been extensively used by local, federal and international law enforcement organizations.

There are many myths about these killers. For example, some individuals claim they were all on Ritalin or Prozac, which is wrong. The truth is that very few, if any, of these school shooters was on these drugs when they committed their crimes. Dr. McGee says there is a lot of “bad” info out there, and even most of the media reports were wrong, based on rumor that cannot be refuted because the reporters do not have access to the juvenile offenders’ medical records. McGee had access to the FBI data in these cases, and he believes that one or possibly two of the school shooters was had been on antidepressants and one or two had been on Ritalin, but in most of cases they had been taken off those medications prior to committing their crimes. It may be useful to ask ourselves how many kids (and how many adults) would have committed violent crimes if they were not on powerful, modern antidepressants.

Very few, if any, of the school shooters were on medication, but according to the FBI, all of these Classroom Avengers did have something in common: All of them had refused to participate in any disciplined activity or sport, and all of them were obsessed with media violence.

Consider these facts. When they committed their crimes:

-None of the school shooters was in varsity sports.
-None of them had trained extensively in the strict discipline of a martial art. (One had
earned a yellow belt, the lowest rank which took only a few weeks, and after dabbling
briefly he dropped out.)
-None of the school killers was in Junior ROTC.
-None of them was a competitive shooter, a very demanding sport with draconian
punishments if you fire at the wrong time or in the wrong direction.
-None of the school killers had a hunting license, another activity that requires strict
discipline and adherence to the law. (Did you know that if you shoot at a deer from your
car, you would lose your car, your gun, your money, and your hunting license? For all you
golfers, what would happen if the first time you cheated, they took your clubs and your
cart, and banned you from golfing again? There wouldn’t be any golfers left! Such
draconian discipline and severe punishment is present in hunting because the activity
involves deadly weapons, and hunters wouldn’t have it any other way.)
-None of them had been avid paintball players, a demanding sport that requires
discipline, and one in which the player can get hurt. (You may note that paintball does
provide military quality conditioned reflexes and combat inoculation, but no one is
attacking this sport, nor should they. The entire medical community–AMA, APA, American
Academy of Pediatrics, and many others–has warned us about the health impact of
violent video games, but not one scholarly study has indicated that paintball is harmful
for kids. Again, discipline seems to be the safeguard.)

The video game industry is particularly incensed by this school shooter profile, and have gone to extreme levels to provide some exceptions. For example, they claim that the Columbine killers were reported to have gone bowling. Which is a pretty pathetic example, and I believe it simply proves the point if this is the best they can come up
with. The primary point to remember is that it is not me saying this about these killers. It is the FBI.

(It should be mentioned that there was one disciplined activity in which several of the school shooters did participate (although several of them later dropped out), and that was band. But no one is sure what to make of that. I am not taking a cheap shot at band, an excellent activity in which all three of my sons participated. This is a puzzle that many good people have examined with sincere concern, developing theories involving such
factors as the absence of discipline in some band programs, possible bullying in the band environment, and the non-athletic nature of this activity.)

With a few minor exceptions, none of the school shooters were willing to participate in disciplined, structured, adult led activities, but all of them were infatuated with media violence. In the end, the profile of the school killer is that of a sad, pathetic little kid who is obsessed with violent movies, TV, and/or video games, but who will not participate in an activity in which he might be hurt or have to submit to discipline. I am not necessarily recommending any of these activities for children, nor am I condemning them. But I am joining our medical community in stating that, from the perspective of my area of expertise in enabling killing in combat, the impact of violent TV, movies, and (most especially) video games on kids should be condemned. Like the AlQaida terrorist, or the kamikaze pilot, or the Nazi SS, these kids have immersed themselves in a sick culture, and they have convinced themselves that what they are doing is good, appropriate and necessary. The school shooters are all products of our sick culture, and those who immerse themselves in the sickest part of our sick culture have potential to be very sick indeed.

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The Steve Sailer Diet

He stands 6’4″ and weighs 175 pounds.

Steve writes:

Don’t eat sugar or starch. I really, really like sugar and starch, so don’t put myself in positions of temptation around sugar/starch. Don’t rely on willpower: e.g., “Oh, I’ll just eat one slice of pizza and then when I’ve reminded myself of how much I like pizza, I’ll totally stop at just one slice and NOT eat 3 more.”

Nah, just don’t let yourself be near pizza or ice cream or pastries etc. etc.

My particular metabolism is such that the first hit of sugar/starch makes me hungrier for more of the same, so a strategy of moderation and willpower involving sugar and starch doesn’t work well. Instead, eat meat and vegetables. It’s like how teetotaling works better for an Irishman with a drinking problem while an Italian finds it easier to drink moderately.

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