Host John Snyder discusses food prices, oil production and the mortgage crisis as all being related to America’s singular love-affair with regulation and legislation by litigation. The program investigates the problem of stagnate supply as opposed to explaining these problems as issues of increased demand. Environmental laws are no small part of the food problem.
In the Public Square's two hour LIVE interview with Dr. Hugh Ross will center on the unsettling observation that there are just too many things that are perfectly tuned in the universe for human life to have simply popped into existence by accident. The necessary myriads of conditions for life to emerge on this planet simply defy mathematical probability. Conclusion: Dr Hugh Ross argues that these curiosities point to a supernatural source, some Intelligence that has formed and guided the evolution of our universe.
In The Metaphysics of America Pt 2 Host John Snyder and Alexandra Berauer discuss the underlying philosophical ideas that govern the idea of America: the epistemology, ontology, teleology and ethics that are woven seamlessly into the fabric of our national identity, with commentary on the Star Spangled Banner and Emma Lazarus’ poem The New Collosus.
In honor of the Fourth of July, Host John Snyder will discuss the Metaphysics of America—those qualities and ideas engendered in the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution that have made the American experience the startling success that it has been so far. The Metaphysics of America will review the structure of good, true and even beautiful philosophical foundations that underlie the political idea called The United States of America.
Hosts John Snyder and Alexandra Berauer review and critique three Supreme Court decisions handed down in June 2008: Boumediene v. Bushon the issue of habeas corpus and due process rights for terrorists and non-state belligerents held at Guantanamo, the Kennedy v. Louisianadecision regarding the Constitutionality of the death penalty in cases involving child rapists, and the District of Columbia v. Heller decision that held that the 2nd Amendment allows private persons and not just the militia to own weapons.
Host John Snyder interviews Dr. Harry Jaffa (Professor Emeritus of Government at Claremont McKenna College) on the meaning and importance of the Declaration of Independence. Many jurists, including conservative Justice Scalia of the US Supreme Court, hold that the Declaration has no legal authority in how we read and interpret the Constitution. Jaffa asserts that the Declaration is part of the organic law of our country and is essential to all legal interpretation, and expresses the very spirit of the nation.
Often we are taught that the roots of democracy should be traced to Athens and the Golden Age of Greece. While this is partially true, it does not tell us the whole truth. Democracy is largely, and perhaps entirely, the product of ideas culled and developed from Christian thinking. Listen in as Guest Christopher Neiswonger and Host John Snyder discuss the Influence of Christianity on the Development of Democracy.
War is often seen as only a physical act of violence committed by nations against one another. This is not a very insightful way of looking at war. Rather, war is primarily a metaphysical event, the struggle of abstract ideas, beliefs and moral principles played out in the incarnate world of physical things. Because war, properly undertaken, always involves moral consequence, war is not just violence, but has the purpose of restoring moral order. Once we accept this notion, war imposes duties on the combatants and the victor.
Almost all Republicans are unhappy with their party. Why is this? What does the Republican Party represent? Where did it go wrong? What are its core values? Host John Snyder discusses the differences and similarities of the parties and the ideas and values which have separated Democrats and Republicans for nearly 150 years.
This is our first Life in the Public Square program, the purpose of which is to cast a broad light on life issues such as abortion, cloning, euthanasia, and end of life issues. These programs which will be hosted by Alexandra Berauer will air about every two months. Stay tuned to our program schedule. With the defeat of the last challenge to a UK law preventing the creation of human hybrids, the prospect of similar legal protections to human-animal hybrids and similar scientific research creeps a little closer to our shores.