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Liberty and Tyranny

I recently encountered an childhood friend. We started talking politics, and it turns out that our thoughts politically have developed in very different directions. In keeping with the grand tradition of proxy war, we each agreed to choose a book for the other to read and comment on. He told me to read Liberty and [...]


Today’s detail was planeside honors. Seven young aviators in dress green uniforms drove in a minivan to the airport. There was laughter and talk inside the van, because nobody here is morbid. Upon arrival, we spent a few minutes coordinating with the funeral director, the police escort for the hearse, the traffic controller in charge [...]

The Importance of Diversity

My little brother recently wrote about an article which argues that western culture has gone too far in accepting and promoting diversity, and the acceptance of other cultures. On the one hand, I am forced to agree with this guy on some points: not all worldviews have equal merit, and some are simply better than [...]


I like it when students point out things in English that I can’t explain; it means they’re paying attention. That said, there are rather more of those in English than I would prefer… Why is it that people from Afghanistan are Afghani, while people from Pakistan are Pakistani? Shouldn’t there be some sort of reliable [...]

Mr. Lindh should die, convicted of treason. Unfortunately, he probably won’t.

I see in the news that John Walker Lindh’s trial is in the air because during three interviews with him in Afghanistan, his lawyer (who his father had retained in America without contact with the man for over two years) was not present. Does this sound like junk to you, too? If Mr. Lindh was [...]