Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

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Dan is the Vice President of Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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Mark Cuban Predicts the No. 1 Job Skill in 10 Years

Billionaire software developer and investor Mark Cuban is known for playing the fool on the sidelines of Dallas Mavericks’ basketball games. But I actually think he’s a pretty smart guy, and have been impressed with his seeming level-headedness...

Is Patriotism Irrational?

Last September, President Donald Trump vowed to promote “patriotism” in America’s schools. This vow, along with ones like it, was greeted with cringes from those who see patriotism as irrational, opposed to critical thinking, and a form of...

We're All ‘Snowflakes’ Now

A quote frequently attributed to Socrates says that “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” And probably the most cited logical fallacy these days is the ad hominem, which is an attack “against the person” rather than...

Slavoj Zizek: Don't Mock Trump, Propose an Actual Vision

A minority of those on the Left have responded to Trump’s election with rational reflection and a critical look at some of their positions that were rejected by voters. However, the majority of the Left seem to be throwing a collective temper...

'Anti-Civics' Being Taught in U.S. Colleges, NAS Report says

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” According to a recent report of the National Association of Scholars, this line (from Yeats’ apocalyptic poem The Second Coming) may be a fitting description of...

America’s Public Schools Are No Longer Serving the Public

Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. Education Secretary, is an advocate of school choice. As such, her confirmation hearings have generated warnings that Trump wants to “destroy” public education. The very adjective “public” is a marketing advantage for...

Our So-Called 'Tolerant' Society Is Actually Very Dogmatic

The Book of Daniel tells us that the three Jewish youths in Babylon were cast into a “white-hot furnace” for not falling down and worshipping the king’s golden statue.   Thousands of early Christians were reportedly martyred for refusing to...

The Religious Origins of Groundhog Day

Americans know today, February 2, as Groundhog Day, when Punxsutawney Phil is brought out of his tree-trunk in Northwestern Pennsylvania to determine how much longer winter will last. For Christians, it’s also the Feast of Candlemas. Most people...

The News Media Needs to Keep You Angry

I work for a nonprofit whose activities largely center around digital media. But lately, I wish I could just get away from it all. There’s way too much anger right now in that sphere, and much of it is being driven by news media The mainstream...

Are We Already Fighting the 2nd Civil War?

The possibility of another American civil war is something that many raise as a topic of interest, but usually dismiss as remote.     But in his most recent column, conservative pundit Dennis Prager goes so far as to say that “...

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