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Honest Dissent

“Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1847 The New York Times revealed the day before yesterday that the F.D.A. recently rid itself of disgruntled scientists who took exception to the agency’s medical … 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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The Child of Liberalism

Anyone interested in what shaped the United States’ founding generation’s views on human nature, virtue and purpose ought to read Carl J. Richard’s The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome and the American Enlightenment. Richard’s comprehensive study of the founders’ … 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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A Converging World

The last two hundred years were particularly transformative for humanity. Dramatic increases in both longevity and wealth swept across the globe, affecting the industrialized nations first and the developing nations second. While a wide gap remains between the richest and … Continue reading

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Good Policy: Magnanimity

MAGNANIM’ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of … Continue reading

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