Fred Hutchison column
Frederick J. Hutchison attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an undergraduate, and Cleveland State University to get his Master's degree in business. He was a CPA and MBA and worked as a technical expert in governmental auditing and accounting for the Ohio Auditor of State until he underwent surgery for a brain tumor in the winter of 1997, after which he was granted a disability pension that freed him to pursue his passions. This enabled him to pursue writing, politics, and the intellectual and spiritual treasures that were the joy of his heart. This was the beginning of a twelve-year period of authorship, which includes his first book titled The Stages of Sanctification.

Fred was a man of many interests and had a passion for intellectual exchange, the arts, culture, history, politics, and spiritual studies. He was a brilliant seeker of truth. He was a philosopher, historian, psychologist, student of classical literature, science buff, and political writer. He claimed to be a classic autodidact (self-taught) and polymath (student of many subjects), and he chased intellectual excitement for most of his life. He was designated as a "Christian Intellectual" by a Department of Philosophy of Talbot University program.

Fred was an author, mentor, speaker, counselor (to close friends), and witness to everyone who knew him. His passion was the restoration of Christian values in the United States, and he was a frequent contributor to RenewAmerica. His essays on the history of conservatism came out of a desire to see real, meaningful cultural and spiritual awakening in this country.

Fred's brain tumor recurred and he died at age 60 on August 10, 2010. He left behind a great treasure of wisdom, and a sterling example we can follow with confidence.


Retrospective: Obama is riding the whirlwind
Fred Hutchison
January 23, 2014

Originally published April 7, 2008 I have been writing a series of essays on the five kinds of conservatives, but only recently realized that there are also . . .


Roman politics and the birth and death of Christ
Fred Hutchison
December 27, 2013

Originally published December 21, 2006 Augustus Caesar's actions in Rome started a chain of events that governed the circumstances of Christ's birth in . . .


Can government 'create' gay rights?
Fred Hutchison
December 12, 2013

Originally published April 2, 2008 In consideration of a gay advocacy column by Ann Fisher, a gay rights bill in the legislature, and a public invitation . . .


The founding of the 20th century conservative movement: The restoration of traditionalism
Fred Hutchison
November 22, 2013

Originally published March 17, 2008 The birth of the conservative intellectual movement in the 1940's happened at about the same time that the nihilistic . . .


The one and the many versus multiculturalism
Fred Hutchison
October 31, 2013

Originally published March 11, 2008 In our journey through history, we have reached the culture war of the twentieth century that began in the 1920's and . . .


Modernism's war against the past: Freud, James, Dewey, and the conservative reaction in the early 20th century
Fred Hutchison
October 17, 2013

Originally published January 14, 2008 In 1920, Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, which was about the high society of Old New York in the 1870's. She . . .


The one-world cult, Darwin, and Einstein
Fred Hutchison
October 3, 2013

Originally published October 29, 2007 In the last essay (part 7), we considered how Hegel propagated the cult of modernism. The modernists had faith in the . . .


The babe in the womb is a person
Fred Hutchison
September 19, 2013

Originally published October 18, 2007 Columnist Jonah Goldberg's heart is in the right place about the right to life, but he is a naive innocent when it . . .


The depredations of modernism (1820-1920)
Fred Hutchison
September 13, 2013

Originally published October 1, 2007 Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. The previous essay (part 6) viewed . . .


The cataclysm of states (1861-1865)
Fred Hutchison
August 30, 2013

Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. I will tell the tale in two parts. This essay will view conservatism and . . .


The founders of modern conservatism
Fred Hutchison
August 22, 2013

Originally published July 31, 2007 Prior to 1600 A.D., much of what we now regard as conservative ideas was taken for granted by most people of the West. . . .


What went wrong? The bad seeds sowed from Bacon to Kant
Fred Hutchison
August 15, 2013

Originally published June 25, 2007 According to traditional conservatism, a large part of our wisdom comes to us from the past. According to Christian . . .


From the King James Bible to Samuel Johnson (1600-1750)
Fred Hutchison
August 8, 2013

Originally published June 11, 2007 Historically, Europe enjoyed three periods of rapid cultural advance: 1) 1050-1250 A.D., 2) 1375-1520, and 3) 1600-1750. . . .


From Dante to Shakespeare
Fred Hutchison
August 1, 2013

Originally published May 13, 2007 My last essay was A Brief History of Conservatism, Part 1, 800 B.C. to 1300 A.D. During that journey of 2,100 years, we . . .


The link between abortion and divorce
Fred Hutchison
July 25, 2013

Originally published May 8, 2007 Is a married couple who aborts their child more likely to divorce? If so, is there a direct relationship between high . . .


A brief history of the five kinds of conservatism
Fred Hutchison
July 18, 2013

Originally published April 20, 2007 During this time of political setbacks for conservatives, it is a good time to consider the vital role of Conservatism in . . .


Natural law versus social justice: The permanent conflict of modern democracy
Fred Hutchison
July 11, 2013

Originally published March 31, 2007 The central philosophical problem of modern democracy is the clash between natural law theory and social justice theory. . . .


Liberalism and the two roads to nihilism
Fred Hutchison
July 4, 2013

Originally published March 7, 2007 Leo Strauss (1899-1973), the father of Neoconservatism, predicted that liberalism must give way to relativism and that . . .


The rise of conservatism and the decline of liberalism
Fred Hutchison
June 27, 2013

Originally published February 13, 2007 Democratic politics is ultimately a battle of worldviews. A rising worldview will eventually prevail over a declining . . .


'The Era of the Republic': America is still living in the vitality of its founding era
Fred Hutchison
June 20, 2013

Originally published January 17, 2007 Both the Roman Republic and the American Republic enjoyed a period of energy and vitality. The thesis of this essay is . . .


Does man have a nature?
Fred Hutchison
June 13, 2013

Originally published December 7, 2006 Frances Schaefer once said, "There are not many men in the house." What he meant was there are not many worldviews, and . . .


The link between morality, law, and reason
Fred Hutchison
June 6, 2013

Originally published November 19, 2006 In this essay, we shall consider the nature of moral reasoning and why it essential to the health of a republic. We . . .


Cultural suicide by Europe and the Democrats
Fred Hutchison
May 30, 2013

Originally published November 3, 2006 This essay asks two questions: Are Europeans in the throes of passive cultural and political suicide as they ignore the . . .


The myth of the intelligent machine
Fred Hutchison
May 23, 2013

Originally published September 8, 2006 In 1921, Karel Capek wrote the play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots), about machines that became intelligent and turned . . .


Cosmic evil and terrorism
Fred Hutchison
May 16, 2013

Originally published August 26, 2006 The war by America, Britain, and Israel against Islamist terrorism is destined to be a long war in which all the depths . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism -- part 2
Fred Hutchison
May 9, 2013

Originally published August 9, 2006 During part one of this essay, we took a tour of history, beginning with the birth of European civilization and finishing . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism
Fred Hutchison
May 2, 2013

Originally published July 22, 2006 Every civilization has a theory about what man knows and how he knows it. The theory of a particular civilization will . . .


The sexual bondage of women
Fred Hutchison
April 25, 2013

Originally published July 11, 2006 In advance of the 2006 World Cup football (soccer) games in Germany, 40,000 women were estimated by several major internet . . .


The enigma of Islam: The two faces of Muhammad
Fred Hutchison
April 18, 2013

Originally published June 30, 2006 American Muslims tell us that Islam is a religion of peace. Jihadist leaders abroad describe Islam as a religion of war . . .


A cure for the educational crisis: Learn from the extraordinary educational heritage of the West
Fred Hutchison
April 11, 2013

Originally published June 1, 2006 In my prior essay, I described seven historical waves of bad ideas for education that are responsible for the American . . .


The crisis in education
Fred Hutchison
April 4, 2013

Originally published May 17, 2006 The crisis in public education is well known. High dropout rates, low test scores, deficits in reading, math, and history, . . .


Illegal aliens and culture
Fred Hutchison
March 28, 2013

Originally published April 14, 2006 In an earlier essay, I called for a national conversation on illegal aliens. Thankfully, we are finally having that . . .


We, the men of America
Fred Hutchison
March 21, 2013

Originally published April 11, 2006 We, the men of America, are still here in spite of forty years of gender warfare against us. We are still here because . . .


The fight against evil
Fred Hutchison
March 14, 2013

Originally published April 2, 2006 The culture war is in part a fight against evil. This essay will focus upon the nature of evil, how we should confront . . .


Theology and the culture war: Millennium vs. utopia
Fred Hutchison
March 7, 2013

Originally published March 18, 2006 Theology has more influence on world views and on political ideologies than most people can guess. One particular . . .


A dilettante debates the scientists
Fred Hutchison
February 28, 2013

Originally published March 3, 2006 Last fall, I had extended e-mail debates with two credentialed scientists. One was a defender of Einstein, and the other a . . .


Saving the crumbling liberal worldview
Fred Hutchison
February 21, 2013

Originally published February 15, 2006 The worldview of political liberalism suffers from an inner contradiction that must in time prove fatal. The historic . . .


Life-enhancing culture vs. life-debilitating culture
Fred Hutchison
February 14, 2013

Originally published January 19, 2006 The cultural war debate often centers on life and death issues such as abortion and euthanasia, and the question of . . .


Restoration of moral sanity: Turning away from the weird moral obsessions of the Left
Fred Hutchison
February 7, 2013

Originally published January 4, 2006 The traditional definition of a sociopath is one who is "morally insane." When a culture becomes morally insane, it . . .


Conservatism and the pursuit of excellence
Fred Hutchison
January 31, 2013

Originally published November 29, 2005 When President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court in Oct. 2005, it was a prototypical . . .


Christ and reason: Why Christianity is essential to winning the culture war
Fred Hutchison
January 24, 2013

Originally published November 6, 2005 In my last issue analysis titled The Revolt against Reason, I wrote, "It is up to the conservative movement and . . .


The revolt against reason: The culture war and the fight to save rationality
Fred Hutchison
January 17, 2013

Originally published October 29, 2005 The culture war is part of a collision of two worldviews. Can the disagreements between these worldviews be settled . . .


The myths of the science establishment
Fred Hutchison
January 10, 2013

Originally published October 6, 2005 Those who believe that man has an innate nature and design generally oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem . . .


Historical roots of the culture war
Fred Hutchison
January 3, 2013

Originally published September 30, 2005 The culture war is deadlocked. Conflicts between contradictory worldviews generally produce clear winners and losers, . . .


Intelligent design vs. gay marriage
Fred Hutchison
December 27, 2012

Originally published September 15, 2005 The California legislature voted to legalize gay marriage on Sept. 6, 2005. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the . . .


Culture and the culture wars: is cultural relativism compatible with moral absolutes?
Fred Hutchison
December 20, 2012

Originally published August 27, 2005 I am writing a book about Western culture, and I also write essays about the culture war. Obviously, I am interested in . . .


Evolution vs. intelligent design: which model has more integrity?
Fred Hutchison
December 13, 2012

Originally published August 18, 2005 President George Bush once said that public schools should expose students to both evolution and intelligent design . . .


Political correctness and the crisis of open borders
Fred Hutchison
December 6, 2012

Originally published June 22, 2005 America has a de facto policy of open borders and virtually unlimited immigration along the southern border with Mexico.  . . .


The role of patriotism in a democracy
Fred Hutchison
November 29, 2012

Originally published June 1, 2005 The issue of patriotism has become unusually contentious in American politics. To gain perspective of our present partisan . . .


A political donnybrook
Fred Hutchison
November 22, 2012

Originally published May 20, 2005 The policy of Senate Democrats in 2005 to filibuster conservative nominees for the Supreme Court — coupled with . . .


A battle of orthodoxies and the right to life
Fred Hutchison
November 15, 2012

Originally published April 19, 2005 The fight between the right-to-life movement and the right-to-die camp has all the ferocity and bitterness of two . . .


Existentialist morality and the right to die
Fred Hutchison
November 8, 2012

Originally published April 12, 2005 By coincidence, both Terri Schiavo and Pope John Paul II, the great advocate of the value of life, had feeding tubes . . .


Terri Schiavo and diagnostic, legal, and ethical confusion
Fred Hutchison
November 1, 2012

Originally published March 25, 2005 The state and federal judges who have reviewed Terri Schiavo's* case are influenced by the medical diagnosis made by a . . .


Common sense on global warming
Fred Hutchison
October 25, 2012

Originally published March 19, 2005 When a controversial issue in science is politicized and seems to become a fad, does an ordinary person have the tools to . . .


The music of the spheres
Fred Hutchison
October 18, 2012

Originally published February 28, 2005 The seminal idea of western music is that music reflects the harmonies and moral order of the universe and, therefore, . . .


We had faces
Fred Hutchison
October 11, 2012

Originally published February 17, 2005 "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces." Gloria Swanson spoke these lines when she played Norma Desmond, a fading star . . .


The case against atheistic materialism
Fred Hutchison
October 4, 2012

Originally published February 10, 2005 This essay is a rebuttal of the philosophy of materialism and its modern use to deny the existence of God. Atheists . . .


The rise and fall of atheism
Fred Hutchison
September 27, 2012

Originally published February 4, 2005 Last September, I wrote an essay about the rise of the new atheism which began with the birth of modernism, around 1750 . . .


A critique of Einstein
Fred Hutchison
September 20, 2012

Originally published January 28, 2005 In September 2004, Discover Magazine had a special Einstein issue. Fifty-eight pages of glossy magazine space was . . .


Intellectual decadence of pro-abortion ideology
Fred Hutchison
September 13, 2012

Originally published January 23, 2005 A coherent philosophy or ideology must be true to the world view upon which it is based. When a philosophy or ideology . . .


The coming crack-up of postmodern liberalism
Fred Hutchison
September 6, 2012

Originally published January 17, 2005 In 1980, I wrote a twenty-page paper in which I predicted the collapse of liberal humanism. A year or two earlier, I . . .


Individual purpose and universal meaning
Fred Hutchison
August 30, 2012

Originally published January 7, 2005 Happiness cannot be long sustained unless one lives a life of meaning and purpose. How does one obtain a strong sense of . . .


The extinction of Deism: Historical riddle solved & lessons for today
Fred Hutchison
August 23, 2012

Originally published December 30, 2004 Deism had a rapid rise to popularity and an even more rapid fall into oblivion. The rapid extinction of the once . . .


The crisis of the postmodern worldview
Fred Hutchison
August 16, 2012

Originally published December 9, 2004 The postmodern worldview is schizophrenic. It is split in two, and the two parts contradict one another. Francis . . .


Idealism in political, philosophical, and theological dress
Fred Hutchison
August 2, 2012

Originally published December 2, 2004 The Conservative movement has many intellectual streams. Some of the names that readily come to mind are Traditionalist . . .


The moral imagination, politics, and wisdom
Fred Hutchison
July 26, 2012

Originally published November 23, 2004 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence....By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, and . . .


Defense of marriage and the defense of civilization
Fred Hutchison
July 19, 2012

Originally published October 28, 2004 Marriage is the indispensable foundation and building block of our culture. We are in the midst of a hideous culture . . .


Liberal judges and the intellectual pathology
Fred Hutchison
July 12, 2012

Originally published October 26, 2004 Have you ever noticed how some judicial decisions defy common sense? The cold, abstract words of their decrees often . . .


The Keyes vs. Obama prize fight -- 2004 U.S. Senate race
Fred Hutchison
July 5, 2012

Originally published October 15, 2004 It was nice to listen to an intelligent articulate political debate for a change. Alan Keyes is probably the nation's . . .


Faith and atheism in politics: The great divide
Fred Hutchison
June 28, 2012

Originally published September 28, 2004 During the culture war of the last forty years, Evangelicals, devout Catholics, and moralists have been migrating . . .


Understanding the enemy
Fred Hutchison
June 21, 2012

Originally published September 22, 2004 Lee Harris, author of Civilization and its Enemies, believes that neither liberals nor conservatives understand . . .


Utopia: The perpetual delusion of the left
Fred Hutchison
June 14, 2012

Originally published September 14, 2004 When I was eighteen, I knew that the left is generally deceived. It required a few years to find out what the core . . .


Abortion and the clash of worldviews
Fred Hutchison
June 7, 2012

Originally published September 9, 2004 Debates about abortion are often very heated because they involve a head-on collision of worldviews. Abortion cannot . . .


Unanswered questions about global warming
Fred Hutchison
May 31, 2012

Originally published August 24, 2004 The scientists whose voices are quoted in the popular press sound like they are certain about global warming. But do . . .


The moral law, justice, and capital punishment
Fred Hutchison
May 24, 2012

Originally published August 5, 2004 In this essay, I shall consider the transcendent source of justice, the universal moral law on which justice is based, . . .


The seven-headed Hydra
Fred Hutchison
May 17, 2012

Originally published July 21, 2004 Fighting fallacies one at a time as they spring from a false ideology is like Hercules' battle with the Hydra — a . . .


Liberalism and group-think
Fred Hutchison
May 10, 2012

Originally published July 13, 2004 As I was sitting in a restaurant eating breakfast and reading the newspaper, I perused the voting records of the nine . . .


The false worldview of liberal progressives
Fred Hutchison
May 3, 2012

Originally published July 8, 2004 This essay begins with a recap and commentary on Thomas Sowell's brilliant critique of the old liberal obsession with  . . .


The roots of the culture war: The debate over universal law
Fred Hutchison
April 26, 2012

Originally published June 26, 2004 Certain aspects of the culture war have ancient roots. One of the central points of disagreement regards the existence of . . .


Postmodern barbarians
Fred Hutchison
April 19, 2012

Originally published June 17, 2004 In this essay, I discuss some psychological similarities between Postmodernism and barbarism. Both seem to inflict some of . . .


Lincoln's dilemma
Fred Hutchison
April 12, 2012

Originally published June 13, 2004 How important was freeing the slaves to Abraham Lincoln? Was that his top priority? How did Lincoln view his primary . . .


Hard Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
April 5, 2012

Originally published May 31, 2004 I coined the term "Hard Postmodernism" as a shorthand reference to a set of theories of cultural determinism. I define  . . .


The spiritual suicide of Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
March 29, 2012

Originally published May 20, 2004 This essay begins with a brief outline of the rise and collapse of Modernism. In the aftermath of that collapse, a number . . .


The dark, intolerant, and abusive nature of the gay agenda
Fred Hutchison
March 22, 2012

Originally published April 28, 2004 Over twenty years ago, I had an intermittent conversation about homosexuality with a gay man at work. Although he . . .


The spirit of the laws
Fred Hutchison
March 15, 2012

Originally published February 14, 2004 Baron Montesquieu (Mahn-tes'-kyoo) De Secondat (French political philosopher, 1689–1755) wrote The Spirit of the . . .


Narcissism and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
March 8, 2012

Originally published February 8, 2004 The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a . . .


Corruption of the science establishment: causes and cures
Fred Hutchison
December 24, 2009

By now, most of my readers have heard of the scandal nicknamed "Climategate," involving the suppression of information that contradicts a supposed consensus of . . .


Incarnation and epiphany
Fred Hutchison
December 14, 2009

In the movie Ben Hur, one of the Persian Magi who worshipped Christ in Bethlehem returned to Judea 30 years later to see the adult messiah-king. The old Magi . . .


The joy of rebuilding
Fred Hutchison
November 26, 2009

Conservatives will soon have one of the great joys of this life: the joy of rebuilding with like-minded comrades. I happen to believe that the time for . . .


What is personhood?
Fred Hutchison
November 15, 2009

Letter to the Editor, First Things Robert George defines a person as a "dynamic unity of body, mind, emotion, will, and spirit." This is very similar to how . . .


A snake on the capitol dome
Fred Hutchison
September 27, 2009

The Glenn Beck show sometimes displays a picture of the capitol building with a giant snake wrapped around the dome. This chilling image age is unforgettable. . . .


The tribune of the people falls off his horse
Fred Hutchison
September 21, 2009

Last November, the American people elected a man president who has never had management or executive experience, and who has only had two years experience in . . .


Is health care a right?
Fred Hutchison
September 17, 2009

Prior to the twentieth century, no one called health care a right. The idea seemed to have originated with the Progressive Movement in the early 20th century. . . .


A grassroots revolution
Fred Hutchison
September 3, 2009

One can see a grassroots revolution in America in three places: The "tea parties" in the public square, the noisy "town hall" meetings between congressmen, . . .


Renew America and America's founding
Fred Hutchison
August 27, 2009

Renew America, now recognized by About.com as one of the top ten conservative web sites in the U.S., stands out as being the most Christian of the ten and the . . .


A dishonest sales game for pushing socialized medicine
Fred Hutchison
August 12, 2009

Don't believe what you are told by Obama, Inc. about the proposed legislation to regulate medicine and medical insurance. Does this mean they are telling lies? . . .


Natural law and conservatism
Fred Hutchison
August 10, 2009

Natural law is a vital part of the conservative intellectual heritage. Among the five ancient kinds of conservatism, natural law is the second oldest. Natural . . .


Pride and ideology
Fred Hutchison
July 13, 2009

Self-deceiving pride leads the sons of Adam into many foolish vanities and conceits. Some people concentrate on the petty vanities, and others indulge in . . .


Liberal myths about the Vietnam War
Fred Hutchison
July 10, 2009

Columnist Bob Herbert has historical amnesia about the Vietnam war but has total recall about the liberal myths of the anti-war movement. The central theme of . . .


Man cannot live without truth
Fred Hutchison
June 15, 2009

People are searching for the meaning of life as much now as they ever did. However, meaning is harder to find today because of a very tough skepticism in today . . .


The crisis of Christianity: Part 2
Fred Hutchison
June 1, 2009

This is part 2 of an essay in which we are considering the "emergent church" a postmodern cult disguised as a church and the "seeker-sensitive church" that . . .


The seduction of Christianity
Fred Hutchison
May 18, 2009

Part 1 of this essay deals with the rise of the "emerging church," which is postmodern and heretical. As such, it is a double threat to doctrinally orthodox . . .


The fault lines of conservatism: finding a new unity
Fred Hutchison
April 23, 2009

We have traveled a long way through the history of conservatism and are nearing the end of the story. It is 2009, and I am doing post mortems of the disastrous . . .


The rise of the neoconservatives (2000 - 2008)
Fred Hutchison
April 2, 2009

President George W. Bush appointed a handful of neoconservatives to positions of power and influence. These officials were highly visible and controversial.  . . .


Dyer equates Guantanamo with the Soviet Gulag
Fred Hutchison
March 17, 2009

(Letter to the editor the Columbus Dispatch) In a spectacular moment of irrationality and moral confusion, columnist Gwinne Dyer drew a moral equivalent . . .


Christianity and conservatism: Christian doctrinal orthodoxy and conservative political philosophy
Fred Hutchison
February 26, 2009

In the last essay in this series, part 15, we discovered in history a strong correlation between Christian spirituality and the vitality of Western culture. . . .


Farewell to greatness
Fred Hutchison
January 10, 2009

We live in an age in which the great man has become a rarity. We little understand how impoverished we will be when we can no long bask in the light of great . . .


Christianity and the vitality of Western civilization
Fred Hutchison
January 5, 2009

In our walk through the history of conservatism, we have reached the period running from 1973 to 1988. In 1973, abortion was legalized, and 1988 was the last . . .


Glory to the new born king: Christ, the ten-fold king
Fred Hutchison
December 22, 2008

"Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king." Have you ever noticed that during the Christmas season, we sing a lot more about the birth of . . .


The Jews in prophesy
Fred Hutchison
December 20, 2008

Letter to the editor of First Things: regarding Messianic Gentiles and Messianic Jews Mark Kinzer is justified in his complaint that the Jews have been . . .


The crisis of our time: A letter from Leo Strauss to Peggy Noonan
Fred Hutchison
November 24, 2008

The meltdown of the conservative movement is a greater calamity than losing an election! The civil war among conservatives has left an unknown number of . . .


Obama and the universal moral law
Fred Hutchison
November 3, 2008

Does Barack Obama believe in the universal moral law? Hard to tell. Obama insists he is a Christian and admits that evil exists, but answers questions about . . .


Obama a 'socialist'?
Fred Hutchison
October 30, 2008

Is Barack Obama a socialist? Well, yes and no. If you mean by that what Americans used to call "creeping socialism" and the Brits called Fabian socialism, . . .


Intellectual excitement in the land of Oz
Fred Hutchison
September 29, 2008

I was invited by the Defender's Council of Vermont to debate with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) concerning an Al Jazeera channel on Burlington . . .


False histories impugn doctrinal orthodoxy
Fred Hutchison
September 22, 2008

Now that the brouhaha about The Da Vinci Code has died down, it is time to turn our attention to other historical myths that cast doubt upon the historical . . .


How I know we will win
Fred Hutchison
September 7, 2008

The Hollywood movie The Hustler featured a marathon pool match between Minnesota Fats, played by Jackie Gleason and Fast Eddie Felsen, played by Paul Newman. . . .


The Pope's quest to save Western civilization
Fred Hutchison
August 18, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI has identified several causes for the intellectual, moral, cultural, and spiritual decline of the European civilization. I was thrilled to . . .


The early culture war (1967 - 1973)
Fred Hutchison
July 28, 2008

In this essay, we shall examine the early days of the culture war, which include a frenetic prelude (196768), and the development of a hideous counter-culture . . .


We hold these truths to be self evident
Fred Hutchison
July 5, 2008

(Letter to the editor, The Dispatch, July 4, 2008) Columnist George Will claims that when Thomas Jefferson wrote "We hold these truths to be self-evident" he . . .


From Buckley to Reagan (1960 - 1988)
Fred Hutchison
July 4, 2008

The last installment of this series (Part 12) ended with the nomination of Barry Goldwater for president in 1964. Senator Robert Taft, who was the preeminent . . .


Save the print media
Fred Hutchison
June 20, 2008

(Letter to the editor, the Columbus Dispatch) Although I am usually a critic of the liberal print media, I am now obliged to argue that the print media is a . . .


Einstein's Potemkin villages
Fred Hutchison
June 16, 2008

Albert Einstein (18791955) was a philosophical pantheist, and his theory of general relativity is based upon pantheistic assumptions that rule out a . . .


Letter to Ohio Senate committee: The gay bill of rights: SB 305
Fred Hutchison
May 16, 2008

Senators, the gay agenda is radical, militant and well funded. If you pass the gay bill of rights, SB 305, they will flood Ohio businesses with lawsuits and . . .


Conservatism gains political traction: from Wilson to Taft (1912 - 1952)
Fred Hutchison
May 7, 2008

This essay deals mainly with the emergence of traditionalist conservatives in American politics during the 19121952 period. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson, a . . .


Obama is riding the whirlwind
Fred Hutchison
April 7, 2008

I have been writing a series of essays on the five kinds of conservatives, but only recently realized that there are also five kinds of postmodern liberals. In . . .


Can government create new rights?
Fred Hutchison
April 2, 2008

In consideration of a gay advocacy column by Ann Fisher, a gay rights bill in the legislature, and a general public invitation by the Dispatch to discuss the . . .


The founding of the 20th century conservative movement: The restoration of traditionalism
Fred Hutchison
March 17, 2008

The birth of the conservative intellectual movement in the 1940's happened at about the same time that the nihilistic philosophy of atheistic Existentialism . . .


The one and the many versus multiculturalism
Fred Hutchison
March 11, 2008

In our journey through history, we have reached the culture war of the twentieth century that began in the 1920's and accelerated during the counter-cultural . . .


William F. Buckley, Jr., conservative founder, R.I.P.
Fred Hutchison
March 3, 2008

A large percentage of those who became conservatives during the last 50 years can hark back to a moment when the words of William F. Buckley, Jr., were . . .


A second return to metaphysics
Fred Hutchison
February 15, 2008

(Letter to the editor of First Things magazine) The book review God Returns to French Philosophy describes the French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion trying to . . .


Is conservatism in crisis?
Fred Hutchison
February 4, 2008

When the Republican primaries were a free-for-all with no front-runners, some called it a signal of conservatism in crisis. After the Florida primary, the field . . .


Modernism's war against the past: Freud, James, Dewey, and the conservative reaction in the early twentieth century
Fred Hutchison
January 14, 2008

Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence (1920), which was about the high society of Old New York in the 1870's. She borrowed from the wisdom of the past to . . .


A gathering of angels
Fred Hutchison
December 24, 2007

"...these things the angels desire to look into." 1 Peter 1:12 The heavenly heralds sounded their trumpets in all the precincts of heaven. The News echoed . . .


Abstinence only plus condoms is a contradiction
Fred Hutchison
December 8, 2007

Letter to the Editor Columbus Dispatch The Columbus Dispatch advocates both abstinence-only for teens, plus condoms, which is a contradiction. It is a . . .


Looking for a man of principle
Fred Hutchison
November 26, 2007

According to intellectual historian Richard Weaver (19101963), a republic devoted to freedom and order requires a rational citizenry who will hearken to the . . .


The one world cult, Darwin, and Einstein
Fred Hutchison
October 29, 2007

In the last essay (part 7), we considered how Hegel propagated the cult of modernism. The modernists had faith in the inevitability of progress based upon . . .


The babe in the womb is a person
Fred Hutchison
October 18, 2007

Letter to the Editor The Dispatch 10/18/07 Columnist Jonah Goldberg's heart is in the right place about the right to life, but is a naive innocent when it . . .


The five kinds of conservatism: listed by order of first historical appearance
Fred Hutchison
October 7, 2007

1) Traditionalist conservatism (first appeared in the 8th century BC) Ancient: Sought to restore a golden age, to venerate forefathers and heroes, to embrace . . .


The depredations of modernism (1820 - 1920)
Fred Hutchison
October 1, 2007

Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. The previous essay (part 6) viewed conservatism and Christianity in the . . .


The news media awakens to the Franklin County gang problem
Fred Hutchison
September 7, 2007

OP-ED Submission: The Columbus Dispatch Al Capone was beyond the reach of law enforcement in Chicago as long as he had friendly relationships with . . .


The cataclysm of states (1861 - 1865)
Fred Hutchison
September 5, 2007

Conservatism passed through a series of fiery trials during the nineteenth century. I shall tell the tale in two parts. This essay shall view conservatism and . . .


Straw poll afterglow
Fred Hutchison
August 19, 2007

Summer sunset in the Iowa countryside is often a brilliant red-orange and trails behind it a long twilight afterglow. During the Iowa Straw Poll, I stayed at . . .


Voices from the Iowa grassroots
Fred Hutchison
August 4, 2007

In my report "A Trip to Iowa," I mentioned Tom Immermann, a veteran of Iowa grassroots politics. Tom Immermann has proven to be the perfect mentor to me in all . . .


The founders of modern conservatism
Fred Hutchison
July 31, 2007

Prior to 1600 A.D., much of what we now regard as conservative ideas was taken for granted by most people of the West. Although some counter-cultural ideas . . .


Untrustworthy computer models and bad climate science
Fred Hutchison
July 11, 2007

I applaud everything Thomas Dyer said about the politicalization of global warming. I admire his correlation of long term climate cycles with solar cycles and . . .


A trip to Iowa
Fred Hutchison
July 5, 2007

On June 29, I checked into my hotel in Des Moines, Iowa the political capital of America. It was the night before the Republican Presidential Candidates Forum . . .


What went wrong? The bad seeds sowed from Bacon to Kant
Fred Hutchison
June 25, 2007

According to conservative traditionalism, a large part of our wisdom comes to us from the past. According to Christian conservatism, man is a fallen creature, . . .


Gays should not be given a free pass
Fred Hutchison
June 14, 2007

Debates about gay rights which are coming before legislative bodies require candor, civility and clear thinking. However, some gay activists seem to think that . . .


From the King James Bible to Samuel Johnson (1600 - 1750)
Fred Hutchison
June 11, 2007

Historically, Europe enjoyed three periods of rapid cultural advance: 1) 10501250 A.D.; 2) 13751520; and 3) 16001750. During this seven-century developmental . . .


From Dante to Shakespeare
Fred Hutchison
May 13, 2007

My last essay was A Brief History of Conservatism, Part 1, 800 B.C. to 1300 A.D. During that journey of 2,100 years, we learned how four streams of Conservatism . . .


The link between abortion and divorce
Fred Hutchison
May 8, 2007

Is a married couple who aborts their child more likely to divorce? If so, is there a direct relationship between high abortion rates and high divorce rates? . . .


The diversity cult is intellectually bankrupt
Fred Hutchison
May 5, 2007

Letter to the Editor The Columbus Dispatch We are living in the worst of all possible worlds in terms of intellectual culture. The diversity cult which . . .


Crazy liberals, cowardly conservatives
Fred Hutchison
April 22, 2007

Bernard Goldberg wrote a book titled, Crazies to the Left of me, Wimps to the Right. As Tim Russert interviewed Goldberg about his book on TV, I wondered if . . .


A brief history of the five kinds of conservatism
Fred Hutchison
April 20, 2007

During this time of political setbacks for conservatives, it is a good time to consider the vital role of Conservatism in Western cultural and political history . . .


Jurisprudence by feelings instead of reason
Fred Hutchison
April 18, 2007

Letter to the Editor, The Columbus Dispatch Andy Bowers wrote in his op-ed piece (4/18/07) that the education funding increases brought about by the DeRolphe . . .


Natural law versus social justice: The permanent conflict of modern democracy
Fred Hutchison
March 31, 2007

The central philosophical problem of modern democracy is the clash between natural law theory and social justice theory. Beginning with the era of the French . . .


Mr. Pitts slanders the general
Fred Hutchison
March 20, 2007

Letter to the Editor, The Columbus Dispatch On March 19, columnist Leonard Pitts called General Peter Pace a "bigot," and "immoral." General Pace had said . . .


Liberalism and the two roads to nihilism
Fred Hutchison
March 7, 2007

Leo Strauss (18991973), the father of Neoconservatism, predicted that liberalism must give way to relativism and that relativism must eventually give way to . . .


The rise of conservatism and the decline of liberalism
Fred Hutchison
February 13, 2007

Democratic politics is ultimately a battle of world views. A rising world view will eventually prevail over a declining world view in elections and in the . . .


Carbon dioxide is good
Fred Hutchison
February 2, 2007

Letter to the Editor, The Columbus Dispatch Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant or a greenhouse gas. It is a wholesome, naturally occurring, colorless and . . .


Hardin ridicules opponents of lap dancing
Fred Hutchison
January 30, 2007

Letter to the editor, the Columbus Dispatch On 1/30/07, Mike Hardin ridiculed the opponents of lap dancing. His sniggering laugh lines indicate that he has . . .


'The Era of the Republic': America is still living in the vitality of its founding era
Fred Hutchison
January 17, 2007

Both the Roman Republic and the American Republic enjoyed a period of energy and vitality. The thesis of this essay is that the American Republic is still in . . .


Roman politics and the birth and death of Christ
Fred Hutchison
December 21, 2006

Augustus Caesar's actions in Rome started a chain of events that governed the circumstances of Christ's birth in Bethlehem. Tiberius Caesar, who followed . . .


Does man have a nature?
Fred Hutchison
December 7, 2006

Frances Schaefer once said, "There are not many men in the house." What he meant was there are not many world views and most world views are ancient. The . . .


The link between morality, law, and reason
Fred Hutchison
November 19, 2006

In this essay, we shall consider the nature of moral reasoning and why it essential to the health of a republic. We shall also take a look at natural law theory . . .


Cultural suicide by Europe and the Democrats
Fred Hutchison
November 3, 2006

This essay asks two questions: Are Europeans in the throes of passive cultural and political suicide as they ignore the threat of fanatical Muslims in their . . .


Vietnam deceptions live on
Fred Hutchison
October 21, 2006

The tendency of generals to re-fight the last war has been a recurring phenomenon since Carl Von Clausewitz wrote about it in his book On War (published 1832). . . .


The collapse of the center: The mysterious disappearance of the moderate Democrat
Fred Hutchison
September 21, 2006

The defeat of moderate Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman by Ned Lamont, a relatively unknown liberal, in the Connecticut primary election was a historic election . . .


The myth of the intelligent machine
Fred Hutchison
September 8, 2006

In 1921, Karel Capek wrote the play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots), about machines that became intelligent and turned against their human masters. The 1984 . . .


Cosmic evil and terrorism
Fred Hutchison
August 23, 2006

The war by America, Britain, and Israel against Islamist terrorism is destined to be a long war in which all the depths of good and evil will be sounded. This . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism -- part 2
Fred Hutchison
August 9, 2006

During part one of this essay, we took a tour of history, beginning with the birth of European civilization and finishing with the high watermark in Western . . .


The denial of choice by some "pro-choicer" people
Fred Hutchison
July 24, 2006

Pro-choice people fall into two categories, those who really care about a woman's right to choose and those who claim to be pro-choice but are actually pro . . .


The fatal mistake of Modernism
Fred Hutchison
July 22, 2006

Every civilization has a theory about what man knows and how he knows it. The theory of a particular civilization will influence every area of human thought and . . .


The sexual bondage of women
Fred Hutchison
July 11, 2006

According to reports posted on the internet by several major news services on 6/13/06, 40,000 women were expected to be brought to Germany to sexually service . . .


The enigma of Islam: The two faces of Muhammad
Fred Hutchison
June 30, 2006

American Muslims tell us that Islam is a religion of peace. Jihadist leaders abroad describe Islam as a religion of war against infidels. Who is correct? Both . . .


A cure for the educational crisis: Learn from the extraordinary educational heritage of the West
Fred Hutchison
June 1, 2006

In my prior essay, I described seven historical waves of bad ideas for education that are responsible for the American educational crisis. In this essay, I will . . .


The crisis in education
Fred Hutchison
May 17, 2006

The crisis in public education is well known. High dropout rates, low test scores, deficits in reading, math, and history, and inarticulate young people who do . . .


The Da Vinci Code and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
May 3, 2006

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, and the second century Gospel of Judas are two books in the news that promote the heresy of Gnosticism. Gnosticism is the . . .


Illegal aliens and culture
Fred Hutchison
April 14, 2006

In an earlier essay, I called for a national conversation on illegal aliens. Thankfully, we are finally having that conversation and debate in the Congress, the . . .


We, the men of America
Fred Hutchison
April 11, 2006

We, the men of America are still here in spite of forty years of gender warfare against us. We are still here because God designed us to be men, placed us in . . .


The fight against evil
Fred Hutchison
April 2, 2006

The culture war is in part a fight against evil. This essay will focus upon the nature of evil, how we should confront evil, and the agendas and tactics of evil . . .


Theology and the culture war: Millennium vs. utopia
Fred Hutchison
March 18, 2006

Theology has more influence on world views and on political ideologies than most people can guess. One particular field of theology has a disproportionate . . .


A dilettante debates the scientists
Fred Hutchison
March 3, 2006

Last fall, I had extended e-mail debates with two credentialed scientists. One was a defender of Einstein, and the other a defender of the global warming . . .


Saving the crumbling liberal world view
Fred Hutchison
February 15, 2006

The world view of political liberalism suffers from an inner contradiction that must in time prove fatal. The historic liberal world view is now in danger of . . .


Professional skepticism vs. leaping to conclusions
Fred Hutchison
January 29, 2006

During the hearings in the Senate Judiciary committee, Judge Samuel Alito exhibited a quality called "professional skepticism." He is perhaps the most perfect . . .


Intelligent design foe is 50 years out of date
Fred Hutchison
January 21, 2006

Dr. Jeffrey Thurston, in a letter published 1/21/05, thought to criticize intelligent design science and praise the theory of evolution. Unfortunately, Dr. . . .


Life-enhancing culture vs. life-debilitating culture
Fred Hutchison
January 19, 2006

The cultural war debate often centers on life and death issues such as abortion and euthanasia, and the question of whether we are living in a culture of life . . .


Alito versus the Democrats: Round One
Fred Hutchison
January 14, 2006

All the Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have taken an adversarial position against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito from the outset of Judge Alito . . .


Restoration of moral sanity: Turning away from the weird moral obsessions of the Left
Fred Hutchison
January 4, 2006

The traditional definition of the sociopath is one who is "morally insane." When a culture becomes morally insane, it descends into barbarism, and the . . .


The rise and decline of Christmas: The perspective of history
Fred Hutchison
December 21, 2005

Memorials to Christmas have been removed from the public square in many places, due to legal threats from the ACLU and the timidity of politically-correct . . .


Victory in Iraq: Getting beyond comparisons with Vietnam
Fred Hutchison
December 12, 2005

American troops won every battle in the Vietnam War, but lost the propaganda battle waged on the streets, in the media, and in Congress. A democracy must win . . .


Conservatism and the pursuit of excellence
Fred Hutchison
November 29, 2005

When President Bush nominated Harriet Miers, a mediocre crony, for the Supreme Court, it was a prototypical example of how Multiculturalism has a deadening . . .


Is Paris burning?
Fred Hutchison
November 13, 2005

The rioting and arson in Paris reminds me of the book Is Paris Burning? by Larry Collins and Dominique La Pierre, and the 1966 Hollywood movie of the same . . .


Christ and reason: Why Christianity is essential to winning the culture war
Fred Hutchison
November 6, 2005

In my last issue analysis titled The Revolt against Reason, I wrote, "It is up to the conservative movement and doctrinally-orthodox Christianity to rescue the . . .


The revolt against reason: The culture war and the fight to save rationality
Fred Hutchison
October 29, 2005

The culture war is part of a collision of two world views. Can the disagreements between these world views be settled through rational discussion? This can only . . .


The Harriet Miers syndrome: A falling away from conservative principles?
Fred Hutchison
October 20, 2005

The strange nomination of Harriet Miers is one of the most astonishing political events in years. The more one learns about Harriet, the more peculiar and . . .


Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory
Fred Hutchison
October 13, 2005

President Bush had a historic opportunity to fill two seats on the Supreme Court and shift the legal philosophy of the court away from liberal activism. The . . .


The myths of the science establishment
Fred Hutchison
October 6, 2005

Those who believe that man has an innate nature and design generally oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem-cell research, and cloning, because . . .


Historical roots of the culture war
Fred Hutchison
September 30, 2005

The culture war is deadlocked. Conflicts between contradictory world views generally produce clear winners and losers, instead of going into extended deadlock. . . .


The Roberts riddle: Is Judge Roberts a Scalia in disguise or an O'Connor in disguise?
Fred Hutchison
September 21, 2005

Judge John Roberts was too clever a poker player to show his hand in the Senate hearings. In order to be confirmed, he concealed some of his cards so as not to . . .


Intelligent design vs. gay marriage
Fred Hutchison
September 15, 2005

The California legislature voted to legalize gay marriage on Sept. 6. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged to veto the bill because it contradicted . . .


Hurricane Katrina and the culture war: Can natural disasters change worldviews?
Fred Hutchison
September 7, 2005

Some folks might be surprised that a hurricane can be relevant to the culture war. History provides a number of cases in which natural disasters have had . . .


Culture and the culture wars: is cultural relativism compatible with moral absolutes?
Fred Hutchison
August 27, 2005

I am writing a book about Western culture, and I also write essays about the culture war. Obviously, I am interested in whether a necessary link exists between . . .


Evolution vs. intelligent design: which model has more integrity?
Fred Hutchison
August 18, 2005

President Bush said that public schools should expose students to both evolution and intelligent design science and discuss the scientific controversies as the . . .


Civilization vs. barbarism: An analysis of the terrorist bombings of London
Fred Hutchison
August 9, 2005

I spent a week in Oxford University in England, an ancient college town that is filled with architectural monuments to the founding and developing of a high . . .


The enigma of the moderate Republican judges: the mystery of the Leftward migration
Fred Hutchison
July 16, 2005

Seven of the nine justices of the Supreme Court were nominated by Republican presidents. Those who had a conservative track record prior to nomination have . . .


Ten Commandments: Do legal principles support the Court's split decision?
Fred Hutchison
July 5, 2005

The Supreme Court issued a split decision Monday, June 26, concerning state government displays of the Ten Commandments. The Texas state capitol was allowed to . . .


The evolution establishment suppresses evidence
Fred Hutchison
June 24, 2005

In an op-ed piece in the Columbus Dispatch on 6/24/05, Professor Oldenquist asserted that there is no scientific evidence against the theory of evolution. Last . . .


Political correctness and the crisis of open borders
Fred Hutchison
June 22, 2005

America has a de facto policy of open borders and virtually unlimited immigration along the southern border with Mexico. Americans like to call the eleven . . .


A Senate showdown vs. a moderating compromise
Fred Hutchison
June 14, 2005

The aggressive filibustering of judicial nominees by Senate Democrats finally provoked Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to threaten to use the "nuclear option, . . .


The evolution establishment fights with power, not evidence
Fred Hutchison
June 9, 2005

Thomas Kuhn, historian of science and author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was interested in the phenomenon of two competing scientific models. . . .


The role of patriotism in a democracy
Fred Hutchison
June 1, 2005

The issue of patriotism has become unusually contentious in American politics. To gain perspective of our present partisan quarrels over patriotism, an . . .


A political donnybrook
Fred Hutchison
May 20, 2005

The policy of Senate Democrats to filibuster conservative nominees for the Supreme Court--coupled with Republicans' threat to change Senate rules to curtail . . .


Banishment of sexual predators
Fred Hutchison
May 6, 2005

Mayor David Dermer of Miami Beach is promoting a law that would prohibit sexual predators from living 2,500 feet from a park or a school. At first, this plan . . .


Preemptive war against evil
Fred Hutchison
April 27, 2005

One of the most contentious issues during the election of 2004 was the war in Iraq. The question of whether it was right to go to war, whether it was done in . . .


A battle of orthodoxies and the right to life
Fred Hutchison
April 19, 2005

The fight between the right to life movement and the right to die camp has all the ferocity and bitterness of two opposing orthodoxies. "Orthodox" is a word of . . .


Existentialist morality and the right to die
Fred Hutchison
April 12, 2005

By coincidence, both Terri Schiavo and Pope John Paul II, the great advocate of the value of life, had feeding tubes inserted by doctors. Both Terri and the . . .


Terri Schiavo and diagnostic, legal, and ethical confusion
Fred Hutchison
March 25, 2005

The state and federal judges who have reviewed Terri Schiavo's* case are influenced by the medical diagnosis made by a few doctors that Terri is in a  . . .


Common sense on global warming
Fred Hutchison
March 19, 2005

When a controversial issue in science is politicized and seems to become a fad, does an ordinary person have the tools to judge whether it is likely to be good . . .


The Ten Commandments puzzle
Fred Hutchison
March 11, 2005

According to a CNN/USA Today poll, 76% of those questioned said they support the display of the Ten Commandments at the Texas Capital. The Supreme Court will . . .


The music of the spheres
Fred Hutchison
February 28, 2005

The seminal idea of western music is that music reflects the harmonies and the moral order of the universe and therefore, has a divine origin. This idea came to . . .


We had faces
Fred Hutchison
February 17, 2005

"We didn't need dialog. We had faces." Gloria Swanson spoke these lines when she played Norma Desmond, a fading star of silent movies, in the movie Sunset . . .


The case against atheistic materialism
Fred Hutchison
February 10, 2005

This essay is a rebuttal of the philosophy of materialism and its modern use to deny the existence of God. Atheists usually begin as theists, then decide for . . .


The academic -- journalist axis creates new myth
Fred Hutchison
February 7, 2005

Conservative and Christian college students face a solid phalanx of tax-supported liberal professors, many of whom use class time for left wing propaganda. . . .


The rise and fall of atheism
Fred Hutchison
February 4, 2005

Last September, I wrote an essay about the rise of the new atheism which began with the birth of Modernism, around 1750. A friend has called my attention to a . . .


A critique of Einstein
Fred Hutchison
January 28, 2005

Discover Magazine had a special Einstein issue for September 2004. Fifty-eight pages of glossy magazine space was devoted to Einstein! Einstein seems to be . . .


Intellectual decadence of pro-abortion ideology
Fred Hutchison
January 23, 2005

A coherent philosophy or ideology must be true to the world view upon which it is based. When a philosophy or ideology borrows from two contradictory world . . .


An historic speech: inspirational, problematical, politically astute
Fred Hutchison
January 21, 2005

President Bush's second inaugural speech is historic because it will effect the course of history and permanently define his administration. It may also change . . .


The coming crack-up of postmodern liberalism
Fred Hutchison
January 17, 2005

In 1980, I wrote a twenty page paper in which I predicted the collapse of Liberal Humanism. A year or two earlier I had predicted the gradual decline and . . .


Politically correct myths of gay adoption
Fred Hutchison
January 11, 2005

The Supreme Court decided not to review a Florida law which bans gay adoptions. (Associated Press story, 1/11/04) The ACLU attorney protested "...what all the . . .


Individual purpose and universal meaning
Fred Hutchison
January 7, 2005

Happiness cannot be long sustained unless one lives a life of meaning and purpose. How does one obtain a strong sense of meaning and purpose? Meaning is derived . . .


The extinction of deism: Historical riddle solved & lessons for today
Fred Hutchison
December 30, 2004

Deism had a rapid rise to popularity and an even more rapid fall into oblivion. The rapid extinction of the once popular and politically influential Deism in . . .


View from the manger
Fred Hutchison
December 22, 2004

Several of our Christmas carols describe the qualities of the Christ child in the manger. Have you ever wondered what the baby Christ's personal experience of . . .


Risen with healing in His wings
Fred Hutchison
December 14, 2004

Christ by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time behold him come, Offspring of the Virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; . . .


The crisis of the postmodern world view
Fred Hutchison
December 9, 2004

The Postmodern World View is schizophrenic. It is split in two and the two parts contradict one another. Francis Shaeffer taught us to think of it as a house . . .


Idealism in political, philosophical, and theological dress
Fred Hutchison
December 2, 2004

The Conservative movement has many intellectual streams. Some of the names which readily come to mind are, Traditionalist, Idealist, Realist, Conservationist, . . .


The moral imagination, politics, and wisdom
Fred Hutchison
November 23, 2004

"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence...By Me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, and all the judges of the earth.....When it . . .


Stem cell hype
Fred Hutchison
November 17, 2004

The stem cell hype goes something like this. "If we would only allow unrestricted research of embryonic stem cells, miraculous cures for some of the most . . .


Harbingers of a new era
Fred Hutchison
November 11, 2004

Four times in the last forty years there was a sense of being on the threshold of a new era. Four memorable years, 1968, 1989, 2001, and 2004 stand out as . . .


The emerging Republican majority
Fred Hutchison
November 8, 2004

Howard Phillips wrote a book titled, The Emerging Republican Majority, in which he analyzed Richard Nixon's electoral victories in 1968 and 1972. The theme was . . .


Predictions, celebrations, and post mortems
Fred Hutchison
November 4, 2004

When one makes political predictions, one is riveted to the television until the wee hours of the morning to see how he fared. Here is a brief summation of how . . .


Columbus, Ohio, electoral ground zero
Fred Hutchison
October 31, 2004

Ohio, an swing state with twenty electoral votes has been targeted by the Democrats, as must win or die. Republicans identify it as a crucial state. If they . . .


Defense of marriage and the defense of civilization
Fred Hutchison
October 28, 2004

When I go to the polls I will find Issue 1, The Ohio Marriage Protection Amendment, on the ballot. A majority of the Republicans holding state-wide elective . . .


Liberal judges and the intellectual pathology
Fred Hutchison
October 26, 2004

Have you ever noticed how some judicial decisions defy common sense? The cold abstract words of their decrees often seem to be the very antithesis of things . . .


Cracking the Democrat coalition
Fred Hutchison
October 23, 2004

The presidential election campaign of 2000 revealed two parties of roughly equal popularity. Both parties are coalitions delicately stitched together from many . . .


The man who wasn't there
Fred Hutchison
October 16, 2004

"Yesterday upon the stair / I met a man who wasn't there. / He wasn't there again today / I wish that man would go away." Hugh Means (1875 1965) I have often . . .


The Keyes vs. Obama prize fight
Fred Hutchison
October 15, 2004

It was nice to listen to an intelligent articulate political debate for a change. Alan Keyes is probably the nation's most articulate black conservative and . . .


Terror: Kerry's grand illusion?
Fred Hutchison
October 13, 2004

John Kerry recently said in an interview with the New York Times that we can hope for a time when terrorism can be reduced to the level of a law enforcement . . .


Presidential debates and the culture war wild card
Fred Hutchison
October 9, 2004

The TV pundits generally regarded the second Bush-Kerry debate as a draw. But they are wrong. Bush won. The pundits in the TV studios did not err because they . . .


Electoral analysis with culture war factors
Fred Hutchison
October 7, 2004

Has the culture war become important enough that is relevant to a presidential election? If, so can we discover its influence in electoral college numbers? If . . .


The illusions of the one worlders
Fred Hutchison
October 5, 2004

Kofi Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations (U.N.), said, "The war in Iraq is illegal." This is an absurd statement, of course. There are several levels . . .


Kerry is back
Fred Hutchison
October 1, 2004

Pundit Dick Morris said of the first debate that Kerry won on style, and Bush won on substance. I believe that this is exactly correct. It was essential for . . .


Faith and atheism in politics: The great divide
Fred Hutchison
September 28, 2004

During the culture war of the last thirty five years, Evangelicals, devout Catholics, and moralists have been migrating steadily to the increasingly . . .


Understanding the enemy
Fred Hutchison
September 22, 2004

Lee Harris, author of Civilization and its Enemies, believes that neither liberals nor conservatives understand the Muslim terrorists. We will have difficulty . . .


Dan Rather's epic denial
Fred Hutchison
September 16, 2004

By now most people have heard about the scandal at CBS involving the use of forged documents to discredit the National Guard service of President Bush. Dan . . .


Utopia: The perpetual delusion of the Left
Fred Hutchison
September 14, 2004

When I was eighteen I knew that the left is generally deceived. It required a few years to find out what the core delusion was but many years to appreciate how . . .


Abortion and the clash of world views
Fred Hutchison
September 9, 2004

Debates about abortion are often very heated because they involve a head-on collision of world views. Abortion cannot be supported within the internal logic of . . .


Stuck in Vietnam
Fred Hutchison
September 5, 2004

When Zell Miller said that we honor Kerry for his service in Vietnam, I wish he had added the line, "...and we are tired of hearing about it." After all the  . . .


We gave them Zell
Fred Hutchison
September 2, 2004

Zell Miller's speech at the convention was like a barrage of big cannons opening fire. One could feel the ground tremble as the large caliber ordinance hit the . . .


The speech that stopped the clock
Fred Hutchison
August 31, 2004

Great speeches have an enchanted message which abstracts one away from the realm of time and space and catches one up into a different world.. By this standard, . . .


Unanswered questions about Global Warming
Fred Hutchison
August 24, 2004

The scientists whose voices are quoted in the popular press sound like they are certain about global warming. But do they have adequate grounds for that . . .


The Kerry enigma
Fred Hutchison
August 19, 2004

All but one of the sailors on Kerry's fast boat (patrol craft) are backing Kerry and his claims about his Vietnam service. Almost all the sailors in the other . . .


Economic myths are told with misconstrued numbers
Fred Hutchison
August 17, 2004

The story titled "Income gap continues to widen" is a textbook example of how to lie with statistics. We are told that the gap between the highest 20% of . . .


Follow-up on the Da Vinci Code fabrications
Fred Hutchison
August 16, 2004

A few months ago, I wrote an essay in which I demonstrated how the knowledge of a few facts of history make many of the claims of the popular novel, The Da . . .


The Keyes-Obama debates and the Lincoln-Douglas debates: Does history repeat itself?
Fred Hutchison
August 9, 2004

Alan Keyes will run against Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. Keyes is one of the most articulate spokesmen for conservative Republicans. Obama is . . .


The moral law, justice, and capital punishment
Fred Hutchison
August 5, 2004

In this essay I shall consider the transcendent source of justice, the universal moral law on which justice is based and capital punishment. The Transcendent . . .


The case for sovereignty
Fred Hutchison
July 27, 2004

The price of getting help from the French in the war on terror is to give up a piece of American sovereignty such the right of a sovereign state to choose the . . .


Gay "marriage" is not a "right"
Fred Hutchison
July 26, 2004

A recurring theme of the pro-gay letters is that gay marriage is a "right." Saying so does not make it so. When carefully considered the claim does not make . . .


The seven-headed hydra
Fred Hutchison
July 21, 2004

Fighting fallacies one at a time as they spring from a false ideology is like Hercules' battle with the hydra a serpentine creature with seven heads. When he . . .


Liberalism and group-think
Fred Hutchison
July 13, 2004

As I was sitting in a restaurant eating breakfast and reading the newspaper, I perused a table of the voting records of the nine Supreme Court justices over the . . .


The false world view of liberal progressives
Fred Hutchison
July 8, 2004

This essay begins with a recap and commentary on Thomas Sowell's brilliant critique of the old liberal obsession with "change" and with seeking socioeconomic  . . .


Political mythology -- Michael Moore in wonderland
Fred Hutchison
June 30, 2004

The success of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 had nothing to do with the intrinsic merits of the film. It is a crudely made propaganda film posing as a . . .


The roots of the culture war: The debate over universal law
Fred Hutchison
June 26, 2004

Certain aspects of the culture war have ancient roots. One of the central points of disagreement regards the existence of a universal moral law. Political . . .


The Da Vinci Code, gnostic feminists, and other nonsense
Fred Hutchison
June 25, 2004

After listening to the debates about the popular and controversial book, The da Vinci Code, it has occurs to me that some important and relevant facts of . . .


Postmodern barbarians
Fred Hutchison
June 17, 2004

In this essay, I discuss some psychological similarities between Postmodernism and barbarism. Both seem to inflict some of the same kinds of torments upon the . . .


Lincoln's dilemma
Fred Hutchison
June 13, 2004

How important was freeing the slaves to Abraham Lincoln? Was that his top priority? How did Lincoln view his primary mission as president? I have heard these . . .


Good bye, dear friend
Fred Hutchison
June 9, 2004

The body of the great president lies in state in the nation's capital. Endless lines of quiet, reverent Americans stand in the blistering June sun, patiently . . .


Hard Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
May 31, 2004

I coined the term "Hard Postmodernism" as a shorthand reference to a set of theories of cultural determinism. I defined "Soft Postmodernism" in a recent essay, . . .


The spiritual suicide of Postmodernism
Fred Hutchison
May 20, 2004

This essay begins with a brief outline of the rise and collapse of Modernism. In the aftermath a number of disillusioned modernists committed a peculiar form of . . .


America's embarrassment: trashy culture
Fred Hutchison
May 16, 2004

The photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being sexually humiliated by American military police may have lost the battle for many Arab hearts and minds. Arab . . .


The crisis in Islam
Fred Hutchison
May 5, 2004

World Islam is in a state of crisis. This crisis is one of the reasons that many Islamic nations are at war with their neighbors or having strained relations . . .


Liberal pastor writes fallacies about gay marriage
Fred Hutchison
May 1, 2004

Glenn Scherdtfeger, a local pastor of liberal theology, argued for gay marriage in the Faith and Values section of the Dispatch (4-30-04). Some of his arguments . . .


The dark, intolerant, and abusive nature of the gay agenda
Fred Hutchison
April 28, 2004

Over twenty years ago, I had an intermittent conversation about homosexuality with an gay man at work. Although he persistently brought up the subject, he would . . .


The prophetic voices of Dallas
Fred Hutchison
April 8, 2004

There were moments at Dallas when the voices rang in my ears like the voices of prophets. After Ambassador Alan Keyes had finished speaking, a graphic . . .


American innovation and the culture war: A golden age of American innovation
Fred Hutchison
March 22, 2004

Syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a remarkable column (March 9, 2004, Columbus Dispatch) about the wonder of American innovation. "America is the . . .


The peace movement and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
March 6, 2004

Postmodern liberals have taken control of the "peace" movement and have transformed it into a political weapon. The culture war has spread to questions of war . . .


Two events which changed the world
Fred Hutchison
March 1, 2004

After watching Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, I was too shell-shocked by the graphic brutality of Christ's ordeal to do much analysis. But one . . .


The spirit of the laws
Fred Hutchison
February 14, 2004

Baron Montesquieu (Mahn- tes'-kyoo) De Secondat (French political philosopher, 1689 - 1755) wrote The Spirit of the Laws (l'Espirit des Lois, 1750) which is . . .


Narcissism and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
February 8, 2004

The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy . . .


Testifying before the Senate Committee
Fred Hutchison
January 23, 2004

The Ohio House passed a Defense of Marriage Act last November. While the Senate was working on the bill, I was able to attend a Senate committee meeting and . . .


Legislative protection of women & children
Fred Hutchison
January 19, 2004

(Document submitted with testimony by Fred Hutchison before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, January 20, 2004, concerning the Ohio Defense of Marriage Act)  . . .


Beauty, truth, and the pursuit of excellence
Fred Hutchison
January 12, 2004

One aspect of the culture war is the rejection of beauty and truth by the Postmodern left. The arguments center around whether beauty and truth have objective . . .


Tolkien, Islam, & Manicheism
Fred Hutchison
January 5, 2004

We live in a society which is facing danger from two directions. Some do not believe that evil exists and would leave us unprotected against evil. Others have . . .


Christmas, the incarnation, and the culture war
Fred Hutchison
December 22, 2003

Is Christmas an appropriate time to be discussing the culture war? Yes! Christmas is an opportune time for seeing the culture war in theological and historical . . .


The defeat and humiliation of evil
Fred Hutchison
December 16, 2003

I met a traveler from an antique land who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage . . .


A personal talk with Alan Keyes
Fred Hutchison
December 9, 2003

On Friday evening December 5th, I attended a banquet at which Ambassador Alan Keyes (former presidential candidate and former TV talk show host) was the speaker . . .


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