Archive for January 23rd, 2012

U.S. Senator Detained by Transportation Security Administration »

This story has been getting some press, and I hope it gets a lot more. The Senator who was detained was Rand Paul, which may make the story more interesting. Senator Paul has been a frequent critic of the TSA. Even though I do a fair amount of airline travel, I still get a...
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Charles Dickens, Capitalist »

Did you know 2012 is the centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth? Dickens is often lumped with Carlyle, Shaw, Ruskin, etc. as a Romantic, Victorian, literary anti-capitalist. (Carlyle indeed disliked capitalism, but not for the usual reasons.) But Dickens, as I originally learned from Paul Cantor, was a wildly successful capitalist and entrepreneur, a driving force behind the...
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