Archive for October 27th, 2009

Sisyphus and Higher Education »

Those of us laboring for academic reform often feel like Sisyphus, rolling a rock up the hill only to have it come crashing down again. The gods of academe seem to have condemned higher education to inevitable decay. That thought came to me as I read about the demise of an institute (at Hamilton...
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Gary Johnson May Run for President »

Second only to Ron Paul, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is the most pro-liberty politician of any prominence. It looks like he might be considering a presidential run. Johnson seems like a dream come true (at least for a politician). For example, he supports the second amendment, marijuana legalization, and fought tax increases...
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Resigning from the Empire »

Expressing his frustration with an occupation in Afghanistan that is doomed to fail, citing similarities between the U.S. effort and the failed Soviet occupation of the same country, reminding us that the futility is reminiscent of American involvement in Vietnam, calling the entire project a “complex, opaque and Sisyphean mission” that is strategically bankrupt...
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Democracy’s Most Critical Defect »

Although democracy now comes closer than anything else to serving as a world religion, it has never lacked critics. For millennia those critics, such as Aristotle, had large followings among political thinkers and practicing politicians. Even as late as 1787, when a group of prominent men met in Philadelphia to compose the U.S. Constitution,...
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