What Would Benjamin Franklin Say?

Actually, we know what Ben would say: “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Our country has gone mad with its fear of terrorism, and we are prepared and even eager to sacrifice freedom and privacy for some imaginary gain in safety and escape from the evil-doing terrorists banging at our doors. Actually, this dread of “bad guys” has been going on...

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Low Grade Pricks

Not without good reason am I ending my subscription to the London Review of Books. For several years LRB has prided itself on cultivating the worst gang of lowlifes in the literary world. I do not know what the charm is in doing that but it is definitely the case. Consider the disgusting David Runciman of the distinguished Runciman clan. Thanks to his family power, he can say anything and get it published. Last year he wrote an anti-Lance...

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Good Anarchism And Bad Anarchy

ANARCHISM is a philosophical view about how the world should be structured. It preaches; it does not act. On the other hand, ANARCHY may be the more or less successful collection of reflective and violent efforts to disrupt a state it suspects of apropriating the status quo by such weak-willed philosophies as the preaching of anarchism. Anarchists who preach ANARCHISM are mild mannered members of conventionally ordered capitalistic...

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What Happens In North Korea Should Only Stay In North Korea

May 12, 2013 Floral Tribute Paid to Statues of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il 1. Delegations of different countries and regions Sunday visited the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill. The delegations came here to participate in the 16th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair. They laid a floral basket before the statues of the peerlessly great men who made immortal contributions to developing the friendly...

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The Boston Monotony

Now, at last, we can go to bed. The Bad Guy is in the custody of even worse guys and we, the public, are delighted. We can call off the media drudges who thrill maniacally to each day’s dull pursuit of a minor criminal. Yes, the media drudges who do their best to promote hysteria. The nation came close to saying freedom of movement is as nothing compared to the danger of a lunatic on the loose. We were inches away from accepting...

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For the third time I revisit the great Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) of 2001. The signatories to the Initiative wrote, By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose,...

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