Monthly Archives: November 2011

Private Gain = Public Loss

I keep trying to come up with a snappy paraphrase (or perversion) of Winston Churchill’s line in praise of the RAF’s defense of England during the Blitz, “Never have so many owed so much to so few.” I want to … Continue reading

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More Than Enough Already!

I’ve been minding children for a while now –a job I’m not remotely qualified for, but I’m trying. As I often say, when I’m the designated adult in the room, we are all in deep shit. One interesting thing about … Continue reading

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It’s Only Words. And Ideas. And Rights

Now here’s a revealing and alarming course of action. Sadly enough, it’s not really a surprise. Those who do not respect books sure as hell don’t respect mere humans. As T. S. Elliot once said, “Those who trust us educate … Continue reading

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The Stupid, It Helps?

At first, this idea seems both absurd and counter-intuitive. Violent repression as the proximate cause or catalyst of freedom and justice? Sounds almost Orwellian, an inversion of logic and language. Or maybe it’s more a matter of Newtonian physics, with … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Senators

I’m never sure it will do much good, but I often sign online petitions, and even break down and compose an actual letter to my elected representatives now and then. Recently, a group [who remembers which one?] asked me to … Continue reading

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