Author Archives: Steven Yates

About Steven Yates

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and teach Critical Thinking (mostly in English) at Universidad Nacionale Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. I moved here in 2012 from South Carolina. My most recent book is entitled Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic (2011). I am the author of an earlier book, around two dozen articles & reviews, & still more articles on commentary sites on the Web. I live in Santiago with my wife Gisela & two spoiled cats, Bo & Princesa.

Life Advice Author Mark Manson on Why You Should Study Philosophy

Mark Manson, noted author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, explains the value you can obtain from studying philosophy. Continue reading

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The “Virus” of Revolutionism

The “Virus” of Revolutionism – has infected modern civilizations since the time of the Jacobins of the French Revolution, and threatens the U.S. today. Continue reading

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Edmund Burke (But Were Afraid To Ask For Fear You’d Be Called a Fascist).

Another workaround due to censorship of the parent site. Highly recommended introduction to intellectual conservatism’s most important modern founding father. Continue reading

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From Affirmative Action to Cancel Culture: Americans, You Were Warned

Slightly over 30 years ago, some of us warned anyone who would listen that the political correctness then emerging was dangerous and would spread to every institution in the country if it was not opposed. We were ignored, or called racists. Now, everything we predicted has happened, and we find not just historical monuments but history itself being canceled little by little Continue reading

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Do Their Lives Matter?

Do their lives matter? This is another of my “workarounds” because of censorship on Facebook and elsewhere. Continue reading

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Basic Conservative Principles, Part 2

[Continued from Part 1.] Reviewing quickly: these were the nine basic conservative principles we settled on a week ago. (1) Supervening over — standing above — the world we live in, with all its events and trials, is an enduring … Continue reading

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Basic Conservative Principles, Part 1

What is conservatism today? This two part essay tries to answer that question. Continue reading

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Harper’s Cancel Culture Letter Is an Indicator Where Present Cultural and Intellectual Dialogue Stands — It’s Been Canceled!

Harper’s July 7 Cancel Culture Letter is an important indicator of where present cultural and intellectual dialogue stands — there isn’t any! It’s been canceled! Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

Myths about “systemic racism,” “white supremacy,” and “white privilege” get blown completely to pieces in this latest article by Paul Craig Roberts, easily one of the boldest authors in the online world, who always tries to write the truth as … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell Revisited: Constrained versus Unconstrained Visions

Back in 1987 Thomas Sowell published his important book A Conflict of Visions which distinguished constrained from unconstrained visions. With the unconstrained vision of the radical far-left in evidence everywhere in today’s “cancel culture,” never has the time been better for a rediscovery of this important work. Continue reading

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