The Worst Protection

You feel safe in your neighborhood, but worry about the small chance of a break-in or act of vandalism. To protect yourself from these risks, you pay a security company to look after your house. It costs a little more than you’d like, but you determine it’s worth it. They put an unarmed guard in…


Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Old An imaginative and captivating read, Screwtape Proposes a Toast was C.S. Lewis's follow-up published in the Saturday Evening Post to his popular book, the Screwtape Letters.  Screwtape is a fictitious correspondence between a senior and junior devil about how to damn men's souls.  In the…


Conquering Time and Space with Facebook

It is obvious how Facebook allows conversations to take place regardless of the distance between participants. Conversational threads between multiple parties in locations spread across the globe happen with more ease and efficiency than any conference call. An element of this new conversational…


What the News Could Never Do

I love Facebook.  It's a great way to connect to people I enjoy communicating with, see new ideas and articles, enjoy social diversions during the day (when you work from home it can replace the water cooler), and of course keep up on memes and videos of cats.  But there is another function of…


Nothing is Something

Nothing’s more complicated Than the absence of a dream Like an end without means, And without a beginning it seems Your eyes are running over, With all that’s left inside This little, this much, This hollowness such A thing to bear, or worse yet you fear, Nothing at all, no place to fall To fall…


The Things That Make for Peace

(Originally posted here.) "I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war." – Psalm 120:7 "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” – Luke 19:41-42…


Why Corporations Don't Support Freedom

There is a common assumption that advocacy of free-market ideas is funded in large part by big corporations.  As much as I wish the many great organizations and projects that are educating in liberty received financial support from large corporations, almost none of them do, and when they do it is…


Never Have a Magnum Opus

In yesterday's post, I said, "I’ve also found that viewing a post as the beginning of my own understanding of the topic, rather than my final word or magnum opus, is intellectually enriching and produces a wealth of new ideas down the road.  But more on that later…" Now is the later. My son spends…


Grow Up Slowly

About a year ago, I had lunch with a very successful couple.  The husband had made a great deal of money early in life on a business start-up in a big city.  After running the firm for a time, he sold most of his shares and the family moved to a picturesque rural dwelling.  He spends but a few…


Rewrite the Present

Humans tend to have a "good ol' days" bias.  We imagine the past as better than it was.  Over time, events and experiences in our own life that were dull or painful can become funny or wonderful as we recreate them in our memory.  Epochs long before our time are romanticized, like the idea of the…