Is wealth inequality to be blamed upon capitalism?

As usual, economic freedoms are held accountable for the blunders of centrally planned policies: Mr Rognlie mounts three main criticisms of these arguments. First, he argues that the rate of return from capital probably declines over the long run, rather than remaining high as Mr Piketty suggests, due to the law of diminishing marginal returns. Modern…

Lifting the Veil of “Islamophobia”: A Conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Sam Harris recounts a conversation he had with Ayan Hirsi Ali last year.  In this dialogue, both authors unmask the moral and intellectual hypocrisy of so-called liberals who seem less bothered by Islamic radicalism and more panicked by criticisms of the motivational doctrines which make such fanaticism possible in the first place: That’s a point I really wanted us to cover. Most liberals think that religion…

With a Media Like This, The West Can’t Win

Nice article about the moral hypocrisy of mainstream media coverage on Islam in the west. When the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby was reported in May 2013, the headlines, for many hours, avoided any indication that the murder was connected to Islam or Muslims. On the other hand, after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris,…

Avijit Roy and His Legacy

“He was Richard Dawkins of Bangladesh. …Today I know what is the philosophy of science, what is evolution, what is freethinking, what is logic. Today I can dare to dream of writing popular science in my mother tongue only because of him. He was a true master of modern thinking and writing. He, literally, was…

Where would we be without the moral compass of religion?

Probably not stampeding a mentally ill woman to death and then burning her corpse, all over some ancient textbook which might have been mishandled. KABUL, Afghanistan — The mentally ill woman, her face covered in blood, rose to her feet and looked out across the mob. She pleaded. But these men meant to kill her. A kick sent…