Nationalism is, among other things, a gigantic aggregation error.
Self-improvement leads to world-improvement.
The idea that one culture would need to defend itself from another is a fallacy.
Elections are rituals, the deeper system will persist regardless of outcomes.
Two cases of government obstructions at the border.
When others do it, it’s terrorism; when Americans do it, it’s national defense. When others do it, it’s a war crime; when Americans do it, it’s collateral damage. When others do it, it’s torture; when Americans do it, it’s enhanced interrogation. When others do it, it’s unprovoked attack; when Americans do it, it’s shock...
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Americans have a unique advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how one looks at it) in experiencing their nation’s defense and foreign affairs, namely, that for the great majority such affairs take place “over there” somewhere, often in a place they can’t locate on a map and about which they know approximately nothing. They don’t...
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The power of ideological convictions in shaping political, social, and economic life.
Everyone who knows me knows that I loathe government as it now exists everywhere. But yesterday, as I set out to walk Fly Boy down the road through the jungle as usual, I was struck by what a beautiful day it was, and I determined to count my blessings.
A complicated order is established to maintain the status quo.