Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz is author of "In Defense of Selfishness: Why The Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive" which seeks to answer the fascinating and controversial question "What if the central idea we’re all taught about morality is wrong?" Visit his website at www.peterschwartz.com.

The GOP Should Divorce Trump from the Republican Party

Republicans have to consign Donald Trump to a state of ignominy. There is no other hope if the Republican Party is to stand as an ideological counterweight to the statism of the left.

Why To Vote Against Trump

Why To Vote Against Trump

Trump has taken over the Republican Party and stripped it of all vestiges of ideology. Trump is the most anti-ideological, anti-conceptual president in memory.

In Defense of Income Inequality

The issue of income inequality reveals one of the ugliest aspects of today's culture. The ugliness stems not from the existence of income inequality--but from the motives of those who denounce it. Income inequality used to be a rabble-rousing issue of the left. Now it...

Moral Values Without Religion

Does morality depend upon religion? Most people believe it does, which is a major reason behind the appeal of the religious right. People believe that without faith in a supernatural authority, we can have no moral values--no moral absolutes, no black-and-white...

Freedom vs. Unlimited Majority Rule

America's foreign policy has led to a bizarre contradiction. President Bush claims to be pursuing freedom in the world, so that Americans will be safer. Yet this campaign's results--a more zealous proponent of terrorism in the Palestinian Authority, and the prospect...

A Morality of Reason

Does morality depend upon religion? Most people believe it does, which is a major reason behind the appeal of the religious right. People believe that without faith in a supernatural authority, we can have no moral values--no moral absolutes, no black-and-white...

American Appeasement in Iraq

As U.S. soldiers respond to attacks in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq, many commentators warn that a forceful, self-assertive campaign to wipe out the militant resistance would be disastrous. Disaster may indeed be looming--but only because of a lack of...

The Racism of “Diversity”

Texas A&M president Robert Gates should be praised for announcing that race will no longer be a factor when applications are considered, and that students "should be admitted as individuals, on personal merit--and no other basis." What is needed now is for him, and...

Stop Apologizing for Civilian Casualties

In war, a country convinced of the rightness of its course expects its forces to subordinate all considerations to the objective of military victory. Our government, however, has adopted the indecisive policy of "balancing" the goal of defeating the enemy in Iraq with...

They Hate Us, Too

The Sept. 11 attacks on America led many to ask, about the terrorists, "Why do they hate us?" Today, a similar question applies to those who virulently condemn a U.S. war against Iraq--along with a similar answer. It is not actually anti-war views that they are...

The Racism of “Diversity”

President Bush faces an ideal opportunity to take a principled position on the issue of racial "diversity." As his administration ponders whether to support the legal challenge, now before the Supreme Court, to the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies,...

War and Morality

The hallmark of our political leaders today is moral uncertainty--a quality that is shaping President Bush's shapeless policy toward Iraq. Despite his repeated assertions about the dangers posed by Saddam Hussein, Mr. Bush chose to embrace the appeasing resolution...

The Threat Of The Paternalistic State

A precondition of freedom is the recognition of the individual's capacity to make decisions for himself. If man were viewed as congenitally incapable of making rational choices, there would be no basis for the very concept of rights. Yet that is increasingly how our...

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