Boycott The Jews

A short time ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people. What should we expect if the 1 billion, 200 million Muslims follow this advice assiduously? Any Muslim who has syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has syphilis, because the Wasserman Test...

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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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A Letter To His Grandfather.

Jacques Barzun is dead. He died late last year at age 104 and his family’s loss is barely greater than our loss. Barzun is one of my heroes and has been that since about 1970 when I first heard of him. His was a gigantic intellect and no one can fail to appreciate his writings if one takes the trouble. His grandson Charles has found a perfect way to communicate with Barzun even now. The letter is both a touching tribute and a...

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You Can’t Go Home Again

For some people, the music in this video is the thing. For most of us, I hope, it is an astonishing revelation of the way the world turns. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=L7N6slVrQeY&vq=medium

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Master Of Them That Know

The mailbag has been overflowing this month with letters from people who need to know. I know all the answers to all the questions, so let us begin, but I have time for only a short sample. Request 1: Dear Master, why do you write “them that know” rather than “they who know”? Master: Why indeed! Did your mother never tell you that “Y” is a crooked letter? Be gone! that is all the answer you need. Request...

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IN MEMORIAM Ronald Dworkin 1931 – 2013 “Without dignity our lives are only blinks of duration. But if we manage to lead a good life well, we create something more. We write a subscript to our mortality. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands.” ********************* Excerpted from Ronald Dworkin’s final masterpiece, JUSTICE FOR...

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