A Principled Defense of Justice Clarence Thomas

The recent decision by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), which overturned abortion rights provided by Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), has been a source of concern and controversy. The abortion debate understandably arouses passions as people on both sides of the issue feel as though they are the rightful occupants of the moral high ground, and they fail to see the other side as anything but deeply evil. Those who are resolutely against abortion believe in the sanctity of life and that terminating life on the basis of personal expediency is the height of self-centeredness and rank immorality. Those who are supportive of abortion rights believe that liberty fundamentally entails having agency over one’s body and reproductive system, which means not being forced by an intrusive government to carry unwanted—or, in some instances, dangerous— pregnancies to term. 

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Against the Commonplace Wunderkind

Mgbe onye ji tete ụra bụ ụtụtụ ya. / Whenever one wakes up is his own morning. — Igbo proverb

The above Igbo proverb highlights the importance of understanding that life is an individual race, not a competition to see who arrives at the finish line first. It emphasizes that individuals peak at different times, and it is futile to judge someone’s success by how early another person succeeded. There is a lot of wisdom in this proverb that is lost in contemporary culture.

Lamentably, the current world is one where people venerate youth. Some people fastidiously keep up with whatever trends are occurring among the youth in order to remain “relevant” and “current.” Some even try to mimic the sartorial choices of the young. There are entire industries devoted to people who are fervent about looking young for as long as possible. Aside from just venerating youth, more problematically, people are irrationally obsessed with being perceived as having achieved success while young. The worldwide cultural obsession with the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists shows that many think achieving global recognition and tremendous success by the age of 30—society’s arbitrary endpoint for youth—is the best way to define a successful life.

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Against Student Loan Debt Relief

Since there is renewed talk about President Biden considering student loan relief, starting at $10,000 per borrower, I am releasing my Substack essay from November 2020 entitled Fiscal Responsibility Extends to Educational Choices.

Spoiler: I am against canceling student loan debt. Ambitious yuppies need to pay their bills, and governmental aid needs to be focused on those who are truly disadvantaged.

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Documentary Review – “Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed”

It is nearly impossible to be even a nominal Christian without ever having encountered the music of Hillsong. Hillsong Church has dramatically increased in popularity over the years. A new three-part docuseries on Discovery+ by Dan Johnstone explores the Hillsong megachurch and its associated brand, from its lowly 1983 beginnings to its current scandal-laden status in 2022. Unfortunately, despite the intriguing trailer whetting the appetite of viewers, for most of the series, the audience is left waiting for new information about the church to be unveiled.

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Notes on ‘Downfall’

When traveling by plane, friends and family often demand phone calls and texts from loved ones when they are boarding and when they have landed. There is an observable seriousness and concern that is applied to air travel that is not seen for other modes of travel, even though traveling by car is statistically less safe than air travel. This universal concern, one could argue, is an unnecessary remnant of a bygone era where plane travel used to be considerably more precarious. However, a new Netflix documentary, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, directed by Rory Kennedy, expertly shows that, in reality, the concerns that loved ones show when people are traveling are not unfounded. Rather, the documentary reveals that traveling on a Boeing plane is almost akin to being in the Squid Game.

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