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Book Review: A Great And Terrible King

A Great And Terrible King:  Edward I And The Forging Of Britain, by Marc Morris This is a very good book, but it is also one whose importance and whose focuses have to be understood in a larger context.  Edward … Continue reading

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The Talmud And The Porcupine

As I have commented before, I can often tend to be a prickly person when it comes to my discourse with other people.  Today a conversation I had on my goodreads page where I had a testy conversation with a … Continue reading

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On The Necessity Of Government

Generally speaking, it can be fairly said that I am no friend to government.  As a person of fairly high levels of native cynicism about humanity in general, my default feelings for those who seek and obtain positions of authority … Continue reading

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The Only People Who Object To Escape Are Jailers

Earlier today (as I write this), I began reading a collection of some of the nonfiction writings of Neil Gaiman, a noted British writer of speculative fiction whose works I have to-date been unfamiliar with, although they are at least … Continue reading

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Above And Beyond

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, still living in honor dorms there, my roommate at the time turned me on to an obscure Bee Gees album that was largely neglected in the United States … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard II

Richard II, by William Shakespeare One of the more intriguing aspects of the relationship between drama and politics in Elizabethan England is the way that a performance of this play wound up endangering the lives and well-being of Shakespeare and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Richard III

Richard III, by William Shakespeare There are a variety of ways that one can view Richard III.  As a portrayal goes, Shakespeare’s protagonist is dishonest and ruthlessly ambitious, a step above the usual Marlovian overreachers and one that embodies the … Continue reading

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You Are My Friends If You Do Whatever I Command You: Part Two

In the last part of our discussion we looked at John 15:14 and examined that it showed a model of friendship that was very different from what we are used to in the contemporary world but that which is very common … Continue reading

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You Are My Friends If You Do Whatever I Command You: Part One

Jesus Christ was known for saying some very striking and paradoxical things, but on the last night of his physical life, just before heading off to the Garden of Gethsemane where he would be arrested and suffer through the various … Continue reading

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On The Asymmetry Between Government And Self-Government

Recently I have read five books in a Jane Austen continuation series that bother me on a fundamental level.  There is something deeply broken about the worldview of the author, in that she assumes that anyone who is a principled … Continue reading

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