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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

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  1. Vince Cornell says:

    Interesting and thought-provoking podcast. I heard a similar argument regarding the validity and importance of Capital Punishment in a Moral Theology class with Dr. William Marshner. There are certain actions by which a man takes away the dignity of his own life.
    Regarding the morality of medical care for those in a vegetative state, the argument I’ve heard is that nothing is absolutely necessary save basic food and water (i.e. feeding tubes). The argument is that other devices, such as a ventilator, are artificially keeping the body alive when it would naturally die, but the providing of food and water is a normal level of care that is reasonably expected for anyone in any condition so long as the body can digest/absorb the food and water. It’s also, allegedly, affordable unlike ventilators and other such types of care. I’m no biologist, medical professional, or moral theologian, though, so that’s just my layman’s rendering of what I’ve digested.
    Rex does a good job of fairly portraying the argument from the BLM side. I’ve heard the same exact words when the topic of black on black violence is brought up (“Stop trying to deflect from the important issue which is police brutality!”). What I find consistent in all the rhetoric on the entire spectrum of black commentary is that life = material life. The concern, the goals, the solutions . . . etc. all revolve around the material position of black people. They want more money, better houses, the same or better “privileges” as others . . . etc. When a company signals its virtue by supporting BLM, they’re immediately asked “What are you DOING to support BLM” which translates into “How much money are you gonna give us?”
    I read in Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange the following simple summary. Material goods always grow lesser based on how many people share them (i.e. if I share my pie, by default, I will always receive less pie). Spiritual goods, conversely, always increase the more they are shared with others (i.e. Faith, love, honor, truth, happiness…etc. never lessen when shared, but normally our own share increases, Henry V’s speech notwithstanding). Fixating on the Material Life, like BLM and others of its ilk, is the best way to be always unhappy, always jealous, always angry, and always manipulated.

  2. Dot says:

    BLM means just one thing to me and no other. If the BLM movement comes from other groups, the blacks and mulattos have the responsibility to correct the meaning. Not too say anything says one thing only. It says they agree because they could receive more goodies. So the hands get bigger and the mouths scream louder. This movement has done nothing for me but form a negative opinion about this race. I feel like I have to stop for them, bend over so that they can pass right by. Sorry, but that’s how I feel. You might say I am an angry person. Resentful is more like it. I blame those who bring mayhem and disruption on the streets because of this BLM as fools. The election for president has started and typically Biden plans to give Americans the store.
    Someone from my church, a doctor, sent an opinion piece that was written in the the so-called respected and “unbiased” Journal of the American Medical Association. This article was highly biased against Trump. There was a bibliography in support of their opinion. I would venture to say this article was highly biased and the bibliography very selective because the medical community probably has a stake in the result of this election – like money. I tend to be a skeptic and therefore do not accept things on face value. Thank you.

  3. Dot says:

    I voted Friday and according to everything media, Trump doesn’t have a chance. Biden is winning according to all poles.
    College students will have their debt forgiven, wrong is right, riots are justified, corporate taxes and taxes on the rich will be raised and the police will be confronted with greater scrutiny – a little something for everyone except the police and the average American . Corporations will pass their extra tax load onto the the public, cost of goods will probably increase and the very rich will put their money off shore. With some kind of magic, maybe Trump can Make America Great Again.

  4. Dot says:

    There is a list available on Trump’s accomplishments. This impressive list comes from Mark Simone,” The List Of President Trump’s Accomplishments So Far”, March 10, 2019. https://710wor:heart.com/freaturd/mark-simone/content/2019-03-09-the list-of-president-trumps-accomplishments-so-far:/#:-:text=The List Of Presidents Accomplishments So Far

  5. Dot says:

    Cancel out the https://710wor:heart.com by Mark Simone 2019-03-09 List of President Trump’s accomplishments.