Can NYPD Control the Tongue?

The new deputy commissioner wants “New York’s finest” to control the tongue. People who insist they should control others should be able to demonstrate self-control. The people who are subject to them should have confidence that this elite group has mastered themselves—that vices and passions don’t rule them. When we have people holding office who are not in control of themselves, we have reason to be worried. Saint Augustine wrote about this centuries ago: [T]he bad man, even Read more […]

Promoting a Virtuous Society, Part 2

How are we to go about promoting a virtuous society? The first question is obvious: “What is virtue?” The Oxford English Dictionary says it is “behavior showing high moral standards.” And there is the rub. Whose standards are to be used? Some people believe they are virtuous because they don’t cuss, smoke, or drink. Others think themselves virtuous because they work hard and take care of their families. Some think they are virtuous because they don’t judge others or because they are Read more […]