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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A Fairly Evil Man

My wife is a somewhat prominent America historian and so it is with some trepidation that I disagree with her about FDR. It seems to me that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a nasty person who ranks among the ten worst presidents in our history. JoEllen doesn’t think he is in the top ten Terribles but does not supply her ranking. She agrees that at his worst, few compare with him for evil. His worst moment was his acquiescence in the...

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With Eyes Wide Shut

From the NY Times July 27, 2013: “When Justice Department officials announced the results of a two-year investigation into civil rights violations at the Miami Police Department this month, it was the 11th time in two years that the federal government had put a local law enforcement agency on notice that it must change its ways or face a federal lawsuit.” [SG: Let us take note of the obvious: every city in the USA with a population...

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Faithful readers know I regard our police forces as the worst humans on earth since the heyday of Nazi storm troopers. Prior to 1970, those who disagreed with me had a leg to stand on. Since then, that leg has been cut out from under them. For the last 43 years there is no respectable argument against me. I have posted several pieces on the subject, mainly in www.watching and today I resume the attack. Nothing I have to offer...

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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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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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