Freedom of Expression

Those who often moan about the violation of their “rights” are often quite niggardly when it comes to affording those rights to others. We not only have a right to our beliefs, we have the right to spew them. We have the right to express ourselves in the most hateful, hurtful, vile manner we can think of (as long as we don't get naked, or put on blackface in some states, though I'd be happy to challenge the constitutionality of either restriction).

We even have the right to preach what we believe, whether it's

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On Risk and Responsibility

“Damn it, I'm scared” should be our signal to act. I didn't realize how quickly I'd come to sound like a broken record, but this is the adult version of the article below.

The problem is most of us don't even recognize when we are stopped by fear. We give it nice new names and make up beautiful stories, like

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Dialogue

I think Senator Sasse has nailed it in this speech. We must transform our dialogue at all levels if we want to right our Ship of State.

Freshman Senator To His Colleagues: ‘The People Despise Us All’

Ben Sasse, the last Republican freshman to address the Senate this year, said this: “No one in this body thinks the Senate is laser-focused on the most pressing issues facing the nation. No one.”

It Takes a Community to . . .

Addressing questions on the design of society's institutions, the theory being that the presence of a stronger sense of community will maximize desired outcomes.

I have been taken recently by questions of how the compartmentalization of societal functions (e.g. education, housing, caring for the elderly or infirm, trading or conducting business) results in an approach to those functions that neglects a basic foundation of human existence, which is that we are hard-wired to be

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On Freedom:

America was built on people building their own lives, on having creative control, dreaming big, and producing outrageous results. Liberty, Justice and Freedom are the bedrock of our nation. While this certainly leaves us free to be complete idiots and fail in spectacular ways, we much more often realize the best in ourselves, and have become a nation of generous, loving, helpful people, people committed to each other and to an ideal of freedom and respect.

On being asked what we got, Benjamin Franklin said

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