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The Ever-Threatening Slide

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill I fear for the future of our great nation. We’ve gone a long way on the momentum generated by our forefathers, but we’ve made … Continue reading

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Liberty and Responsibility

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw Freedom is balanced by responsibility in all matters. Too much freedom with too little responsibility produces situations that quickly spiral out of control. Insufficient freedom coupled … Continue reading

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The Crimes of the Tongue

“The second most deadly instrument of destruction is the dynamite gun [Editor’s Note: this was written before the atomic bomb was invented though the point is still valid],—the first is the human tongue. The gun merely kills bodies; the tongue … Continue reading

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The Guardian of True Liberty

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ~ James Madison Seeing the images and videos of the various manifestations of rebellion known as the “Arab Spring” brings me back to the year of my … Continue reading

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A Cure for Superficiality

“Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation and education is its midwife.” ~ John Dewey, Twentieth Century Education Theorist A friend of mine recommended New York Times columnist David Brooks’ recent TED presentation to me yesterday (David Brooks: The … Continue reading

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Dead Symbols

I am reading a book recommended by a friend called “The Culture of Classicism”, written by history professor Caroline Winterer. The author notes that the book “charts how Americans over the course of the 19th century fundamentally changed their relationship … Continue reading

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