- What do the Taliban have in common with high schools? They both hand out diplomas. Thank you, Pakistan.
- In related news: CPAC allows homophobic bigot to take the stage, and the results are predictable. Unbelievable.
- Megan McArdle, “The Majesty of the Law” – from the article: I’ve read a lot about prohibition, but I never read about the government’s deliberate effort to make industrial alcohol undrinkably poisonous. Thousands of people seem to have died as a result. (A few of you have asked about this, so I need to clarify. I am for the war on drugs. But I know it can be conducted a lot more humanely and with far more respect for people’s liberties.)
- Charles Krauthammer, “Excuses for Obama’s Failure to Lead” – I don’t think he appreciates the situation in regard to entitlements sufficiently, but I could be mistaken. Still, an awesome op-ed that captures how much left-of-center punditry is hyping up how radical America is for purely partisan purposes. The difference between me and many who decry the Right couldn’t be starker: they have policy outcomes they want. I want better citizens.
- Paige Williams, “Dolly, Rejection and Radiohead Journalism” (h/t Josh) – read the whole thing, and note that her online presence before the article was probably smaller than mine is now, yet her work went “viral.” I’m thinking a large part of that is that she asked for donations. Somehow, when we feel like “money” is related to something, it’s a lot more important. That donation button might be going up soon.
I am a graduate student in political science at the University of Dallas who thinks the media is dumb for the most part, yet am immersed myself. I am looking to break my addiction, and this blog is part of the solution: Why not try to see what the past can tell us about the present, as opposed to seeing what the present has to say about the present only?
OK, I’m sold. What should I read here?
- Analysis of The Gettysburg Address: Is Democracy Feasible?
- Analysis of Lincoln's "Second Inaugural:" Where do American virtues lie?
- Commentary on the Book of Jonah
- On "Batman Begins"
- From Love to God: On Hopkins' "As Kingfishers Catch Fire"
- On Emily Dickinson's "These are the days when birds come back..."
- The Coming Age: Macbeth and the Birth of the Modern World
- On Polemarchus: Commentary on the Republic of Plato, 331d-336a
- A Reading of Plato's "Crito"
- Towards a Nietzschean Understanding of Politics: Notes on "The Case of Wagner"