About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.


From a Place Called Hope

By December 12, 2007

I watched a few minutes of the Republican primary debate today (I couldn't handle more than a few minutes), and happened to stumble upon the following question for all the candidates (slight paraphrase): "In 30 seconds, could you say whether … Read More

Freedom Isn’t Free

By December 11, 2007

Steve Chapman has a nice piece at Reason dissecting the flagrant and transparent hypocrisy of Mitt Romney’s call to religious voters to put aside their misgivings about his creed in order to unite behind him in a popular front against … Read More

What New Atheism?

By December 10, 2007

There's been a lot of talk about the "New Atheism" recently. Last week, I confessed to not having a clue what distinguished "new" atheism from "old," and not for a lack of acquaintance with atheist ideas, past and present. The … Read More

The Torture Tapes

By December 7, 2007

This is incredible: The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the … Read More

So Reasonable… And Yet So Wrong

By December 6, 2007

Julian Sanchez picks up Ron Paul's statement on Romney and Mormonism: The recent attacks and insinuations, both direct and subtle, that Gov. Romney may be less fit to serve as president of our United States because of his faith fly … Read More

A Trustworthy Analyst

By December 6, 2007

Hugh Hewitt on Mitt Romney's "Stupid and Insulting Speech": Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was simply magnificent, and anyone who denies it is not to be trusted as an analyst. On every level it was a masterpiece. The staging … Read More

Detention Policy or Kafka Story?

By December 5, 2007

"'USA considers Murat Kurnaz's innocence to be proven,' a German intelligence officer wrote that year in memo to his colleagues. 'He is to be released in approximately six to eight weeks.'" That was in 2002. And that's how the Washington … Read More

Just Like Pim Fortuyn’s Blues

By December 5, 2007

Matthew Yglesias took a trip to the Netherlands recently, and, as if struck by Zeus's own thunderbolt, discovered that secularists in Europe tend to come into conflict with the most combative and aggressive modes of religiosity there, whereas secularists in … Read More