Author: Caleb Acker

Book Review: Suicide of the West

Jonah Goldberg’s new book, Suicide of the West, is not about Donald Trump. Trump and Trumpism, to be sure, are part of his story of modernity’s corruption. But Suicide of the West is primarily about the modern West’s place in human history. The book teaches that identity politics is no innovation, but rather a backwards slide into tribal human nature. For that reason, it becomes difficult to categorize the book by genre. It is some history, some political science, and some moral philosophy. In any case, its ability to transcend a Trumpocentric worldview—the bland bane of so many authors, pundits, and writers—makes...

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Assisted Suicide of the West

The Swiss Option: Assisted Suicide A man killed himself, and a Swiss organization helped. On May 10, 104-year-old Australian scientist Dave Goodall died at a Lifecircle assisted suicide facility in Switzerland. The organization set up most of the process. Then Goodall himself, by law, administered the fatal dose of barbiturates. Such “suicide tourism” is not new, although most countries “lag behind Switzerland,” in Goodall’s words. Dignitas, another assisted suicide organization in Switzerland, has recorded that over 2,100 people from all over the world have committed suicide with assistance in the historically peaceful European country. Euthanasia in Europe Although conservatives in...

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In North Korea, Build Peace, not Legacy

The forty-fourth president of the United States of America was more concerned with building his legacy than building lasting peace. President Trump, do not make the same mistake with North Korea. Two Pieces of News Two major pieces of news came out on April 30th. South Korean President Moon suggested that President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Israel had stolen thousands of documents from Tehran that proved that Iran had lied during the signing of the Iran Deal. Two Nobel Peace Prizes The lesson of Nobel laureate Barack Obama and Iran should caution us...

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Alfie Evans and the Invisible Church of England

As Alfie Evans dies under the government of England, the Church of England remains (un)mysteriously silent and invisible. Alfie is a toddler with an undiagnosed but devastating neurological disease. After his doctors decided that it was best for Alfie to die, the UK Court of Appeals ruled in their favor and against Alfie’s parents. On April 25th, Alfie was barred from leaving the country. Over the past few days, an outpouring of support and prayer has come from all parts of the world, including from the Pope himself and Vatican doctors. Meanwhile, the Church of England and its leadership say nothing. A STATE CHURCH How could any...

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