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Book Review: The Paradox Of Choice

The Paradox Of Choice:  Why More Is Less, by Barry Schwartz This is a book that disappointed me.  There are a lot of things about this particular book that are worthwhile insights, but at the same time the perspective of … Continue reading

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Rights, Entitlements, And Privileges

All rights that we possess by necessity place obligations on other people and provide us with some sort of privilege and entitlement as a result.  This is true whether we view rights in the negative sense of freedom from interference … Continue reading

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αυτονομία

The subject of autonomy is one about which my feelings and opinions are characteristically ambivalent.  Much depends on what one means by autonomy.  I general, I support the right of smaller regions and peoples to be free from despotic and … 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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Book Review: FDR Goes To War

FDR Goes To War:  How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, And Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America, by Burton W. Folsom, Jr & Anita Folsom The more I read in this book, the less I appreciated FDR as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Spartacus War

The Spartacus War, by Barry Strauss It is unclear exactly what led the author to write this book as a classicist who bemoans the lack of good sources and firm knowledge and has to resort to all kinds of speculations … Continue reading

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Someone’s Freedom Is Often Someone Else’s Tyranny

During the Feast of Tabernacles this past year in Suriname, I overheard but did not participate in an argument that dealt with the legal philosophy concerning abortion law in the United States.  According to the woman who was vociferously not … Continue reading

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We Are Pieces In The Mysterious Game Of Chess Played By God

I have from time to time written about God as a chessmaster.  Some people may find it comforting to realize that God is a master of strategy and that, as we are not on His level, divine providence will work … Continue reading

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Here We Are, Servants Today!

Yesterday our congregation’s retired pastor gave a sermon message that was deeply interesting, as it often is when he speaks [1].  As is at lest somewhat frequent in his messages, he gave our congregation homework to read Nehemiah 8 and … Continue reading

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Book Review: War Time

War Time:  An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, by Mary L. Dudziak Initially, it would seem like an easy thing to define what war time is.  It is the opposite of peace time, duh.  However, the author manages to demonstrate … Continue reading

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