Gone But Never To Be Forgotten

Once again I turn to the subject of Ronald Dworkin, my own favorite great thinker of the the 20th century. Ronald wrote the following in a NY Review of Brooks article: “In my own view, someone who leads a boring, conventional life without close friendships or challenges or achievements, marking time to his grave, has not had a good life, even if he thinks he has and even if he has thoroughly enjoyed the life he has had. If you agree, we...

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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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A Secret Revealed

Psst! I am as anti-American as you are pro-American. Who’da guessed? There is very little about this country I like. A few loonies have screamed at me, “Go back to where you came from if you don’t like it here!” Thanks for the advice. Just where is it I came from? I think (not sure) it was Lutheran Hospital at the edge of Brownsville, Brooklyn, near the East NY section. I doubt it is even there any more. So much...

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Before a packed audience, Donald Kagan gave his Retirement Address. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323789704578446614144636002.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

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Strength In Numbers

If there were fewer than 10 million Christians in this world, Christianity would not be taken very seriously. If only about 5000 people were willing to swear that the ritual of sucking on wafers and drinking a bit of red wine was not a symbolic act but the literal ingestion of the flesh and blood of Jesus, then the religion would be called a cult and be laughed at. One may choose to think that the much higher number we have to deal with does...

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Nothing Is Too Innocuous To Fail

H.R. 588: Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2013 Introduced: Feb 06, 2013 (113th Congress, 2013–2015) Sponsor: Rep. Don Young [R-AK0] Status: Reported by Committee OVERVIEW SUMMARIESRELATED STATUS The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on March 20, 2013. PROGRESS Introduced Feb 06, 2013 Referred to Committee Feb 06, 2013 Reported by Committee Mar 20, 2013 Passed...

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