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The Road To Hell Is Paid In Value Added Taxes

As I write this particular paragraph I am sitting in the dark lobby of the Sunset Shores Resort in Villa Bay, St. Vincent, waiting for a taxi that was supposed to have been ordered by our hotel after numerous confirmations … 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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On The Role Of Government In The Fostering Of Innovation And Creativity

In his book Innovators, writer Walter Isaacson makes a strong case for the importance of the role and legitimacy of government in fostering innovation and creativity through the development of public goods like the infrastructure of the internet.  In the … Continue reading

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Quos Deus Vult Perdere, Prius Dementat

One of the great tragedies of historical reputation is the way that people think of King Louis XVI and Queen Antoinette the way their libelous critics thought of them, as monarchs who had no concern for the fate of their … Continue reading

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Y U No Finish: The Myth Of Male Power

The Myth Of Male Power, by Warren Farrell I suppose it my own fault that I was curious about reading this book in the first place.  I saw this book on my roommate’s bookshelf and was a bit puzzled as … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil:  A History Of American Distrust Of Government, by Garry Wills Garry Wills is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of a book on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but this book is only worthy of the book equivalent of … Continue reading

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What Took You So Long?

Sometimes news happens at inconvenient times.  As I was racing around after work this past Friday, I managed to stop in at my apartment in Vancouver, dropping off books I had read and reviewed, picking up my mail and more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Domesday

Domesday:  A Search For The Roots Of England, by Michael Wood There is both a lot to praise and criticize about a book like this.  On the one hand, this is a book that shows a great love and attention … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, by Ray Pitz This book is a strange book for many reasons. For one, it is a book of photographic history, consisting of black and white photographs from various archives along with captions. For another, … Continue reading

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Make Us A King To Judge Us Like All The Nations

One of the notable and fateful incidents of ancient Israel occurred when in the 1000s BC (recounted in 1 Samuel 8) the people of Israel thought that a change in constitutional government would solve their difficulties with other nations and … Continue reading

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