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Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken

Friday Music: So We Came Across the Water


The other day, I was listening to this TED talk, which discusses the loss of native languages and the prevalence of English in our modern world. As I was listening, I … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The State as Country Club Part II: Voting and Representation


 Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. ~ H.L. Mencken In the 2012 elections, only 57.5% of those eligible to vote actually cast a ballot … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Friday Music: Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn


Apropos of nothing… Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn ~ The White Stripes Singing Li De Li De Li Oh Oh Well A Li De Li De Li Oh Oh Li De … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Friday Music: How Am I Gonna Be An Optimist?


For Logan, may he always choose dealing with the sin over clearing the rubble. “Pompeii” by Bastille Eh-eh-o eh-o I was left to my own devices Many days fell away with nothing … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Friday Music: Peace and Trust Can Win the Day


For Liam, in whose blood the spirit seems to run true: Led Zeppelin ~ “Immigrant Song” Ah, ah, We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Friday Music: Thou My Best Thought, by Day or by Night


The Purple Hulls ~Be Thou My Vision Be Thou my Vision ~Dal­lan For­gaill/Mary E. Bryne/Eleanor H. Hull Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

School Daze


Editor’s Note: My apologies for delaying part two of “The State as Country Club”. I did not want to miss the near holiday atmosphere surrounding the first day back to … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Friday Music: To do the things she does best…


Because sometimes even non-jam band folks can appreciate a well written Phish song. “Heavy Things” Things are falling down on me Heavy things I could not see When I finally … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The State as Country Club, Part I: Government Gifts and Citizenship


It is true that State apologists maintain that taxation is “really” voluntary; one simple but instructive refutation of this claim is to ponder what would happen if the government were … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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