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Jacob Burckhardt

Nothing in the world is better suited to laziness than orthodoxy. If you gag your mouth, stop up your ears and put a blinder over your eyes, you can sleep peacefully. Jacob Burckhardt was a teacher and reserved, cautious mentor to Friedrich Nietzsche.

Bertrand de Jouvenel

There are philosophers who have given their minds to the phenomenon of disregard of laws and have sought out its causes. Much more surprising, however, is the opposite phenomenon of respect for laws and deference to authority. . . . It is as true today as it was ten thousand

Tom Paine, Thomas Paine, quote, quotation, wrong, right, meme, illustration

The Uncommon Author of Common Sense

Last week we noted the 243rd anniversary of the publication of Common Sense — Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, that is. The importance of this document for the formation of the United States of America can hardly be over-estimated. And the general good . . . sense . . . of

Benjamin Franklin, We must all hang together, quote

Ideas, Online and Ongoing … with Help

In recent years there has been a great burgeoning of public debate about ideas. Politics. Ethics. UFOs. You name it. This “burgeoning” has mostly taken place online. Some people are so good at it that they have made their whole livings at it, parlaying advertisements and donations into successful careers.

Christmas, 2018, Paul Jacob, liberty

Precious Gifts

There’s a quiet on Christmas morning . . . after Santa has come and gone . . . and the kids are still sound asleep . . . sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always

Courtesy Adam Fagen, Flickr, Creative Common License

Townhall: Taking the Crime Out of Crime

Turnstile-hopping just went legit — or nearly so — in DC Metro. For reasons, we kid you not, of race. Read this weekend’s column for details and perspective. Then come back here for more bizarre details from the nation’s bizarro capital. Washington Post: D.C. Council decriminalizes Metro fare evasion Washington

Hate Crime Stats Explained in Detail

Matt Christiansen peers underneath the “negligent, maybe even maliciously deceptive” mainstream press accounts of the most recent FBI hate crime report. What is there? Well, the facts are very different from what journalists are saying:

Townhall: Don’t Let Politicians Hit the Mute Button

This weekend at Townhall.com — how to vote to protect one’s state from the meddling hands of insiders and politicians. Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for more reading: Ballotpedia: 2018 Ballot Measures Wall Street Journal: When Local Lawmakers Won’t Take No for an Answer Common Sense:

Sucker-Punching the People

Sneaky. Low-down. Poltroons. Click on over to Townhall for this weekend’s highlights reel on how politicians do it, how they sucker-punch the people. Then come back here for the raw footage: Arkansas El Dorado News-Times: Arkansas Supreme Court disqualifies term limits proposal KARK: Mike Huckabee Talks Capitol Corruption, Term Limits

Jefferson, quote, good government, labor day, “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring oneanother, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits ofindustry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. . ."

Wisdom for Labor Day

“…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” –Thomas Jefferson,

salt, lies, politicians, politics, Donald Trump, truth, economy, trade

Never Trust a Politician

One of my more persistent critics on this site asked, last week, why I might believe anything the current president says — considering all the lies. For reasons of decorum I won’t repeat his exact wording. The odd thing about the comment was not the vulgarity, though (unfortunately). It was

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